South Arts Fund: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW:  The South Arts Fund supports organizations that present touring artists from out of state, with an eye toward enriching the economic, social, cultural, and educational vitality of the South. The fund connects the arts to key state and national policies and advances excellence in the arts.

IP TAKE: The South Arts Fund's dance grants are made only in the southeast and are awarded only for modern dance and contemporary ballet events. The best way for individual dancers or companies to gain access is to approach presenting organizations.

PROFILE: Created in 1975 and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the South Arts Fund seeks to advance “Southern vitality through the arts.” Its grantmaking spans the region, and includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowships support folk and traditional artists of all disciplines. This program provides $9,000 grants to nine master artists from Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee to facilitate their “continued training, research and/or learning opportunities.” Applicants must be residents of one of these states for at least two years before the application deadline. These fellowships support master artists; students and organizations are ineligible. Read the application guidelines before applying.

Momentum: Dance Touring Initiative for Southern Companies supports the professional development of five Southern modern dance or contemporary ballet companies for three-years. The program includes mentorship, networking, conference showcasing and exhibiting, meetings with presenters, tour-prep residencies, and funds to help cover touring costs.

Southern Circuit supports independent film by helping to “provide audiences with the opportunity to meet filmmakers and learn about the art of filmmaking, and encourage community engagement using film as a conduit for discussions about social and community issues.” Participating filmmakers receive a travel stipend and funds to screen their work and engage with audiences.

Deadlines are generally in late spring. New applicants should contact the Fund prior to applying. 

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