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NYC Dance Response Fund Grants

Greetings from Dance/NYC:

In response to Hurricane Sandy and to early field testimony collected by Dance/NYC and its colleagues in service and grantmaking, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation has established a NYC Dance Response Fund to be administered by Dance/NYC, a branch of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.

This first NYC dance-specific investment in our city's recovery is being launched with a leadership commitment of $200,000 from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

Through strategic, immediate granting of low-dollar relief funds, the NYC Dance Response Fund will help the field to meet emerging needs and keep moving and lifting the spirits of our city. Of special value to the smallest and most economically fragile dancemakers, the initiative will complement arts-wide and geography-specific recovery efforts.

As an arts responder, Dance/NYC has been collecting stories as they come in and working with the wider arts service community to direct NYC dance artists to tools and resources to rebuild. Thank you to those of you who have shared your stories with Dance/NYC and participated in other survey efforts to make the case for funding.

Selection Process

NYC Dance Response Fund grants, from $1,000 to $5,000, will be awarded to New York City-based nonprofit organizations and fiscally sponsored projects of The Field, Fractured Atlas, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Live Arts, and Pentacle focused on the creation or performance of dance. Successful applicants will have incurred identifiable costs due to Hurricane Sandy not otherwise covered by insurance or other sources, including:

• Unpaid artist fees (e.g., performance, rehearsal, or teaching fees cancelled as a result of suspended

• Travel expenses (e.g., unplanned airfare, lodging);

• Lost sales (e.g., returned event tickets, class fees, uncollected rental fees); and

• Property damage (e.g., costumes, sets, equipment, space) not covered by insurance.

Applications will be accepted and processed by Dance/NYC, in partnership with the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, on a first-come first-served basis until all funds are expended. Priority will be given to those who articulate a clear need for reimbursement to rebuild. These are discrete funds and will not impact other Mertz Gilmore Foundation giving priorities.

All applications should be submitted electronically to MGFDanceResponse@dancenyc.org and include: a one-page statement of need; documentation of identifiable costs; and proof of nonprofit or fiscal sponsorship status. Questions may be addressed to Leigh Ross at lross@dancenyc.org. For more information, visit dancenyc.org/resources/news.php?id=322.

Join the conversation on Twitter at @DanceNYC #sandydance.

Our thoughts are with you. Be well, and keep dancing.
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