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Applications open for Next Steps for Boston Dance Grants (Massachusetts)


With a mission to strengthen the field of dance in Greater Boston, Next Steps for Boston Dance provides multi-layered support for Greater Boston’s choreographers and Circus Artists.

Donor Name: The Boston Foundation

State: Massachusetts

County: Selected Counties

City/ Town: Selected Cities/ Towns

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 10/23/2023

Size of the Grant: $6,000


This grant program supports choreographers and circus artists creating original work in any dance genre to move forward and take a “next step” in their careers by providing:

  • $5,000 of paid rehearsal space that can be used in a wide variety of venues
  • Five consulting meetings with expert advisors in areas of need and/or interest to the artist including artistic, technical, communication and planning
  • $6,000 in implementation funds to create or complete a project or take a “next step” in an artist’s work or career
  • Cohort meetings to connect choreographers and allow them to share and learn from each other
  • Access to ongoing support for grantees that continues post the grant period: includes project funds, advice, and workshops
  • Grant value is over $12,500.00

Next Steps grants require that the recipient both lives and works in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth or Suffolk County.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Artists must have choreographed and presented work in a public [non- educational institution] setting [on line presentations accepted] within the last 3 years.
  • Candidates must be creating original work; there are no genre-restrictions.
  • Candidates’ primary residences must be located inside the Boston Foundation Catchment area.
  • Post-Secondary students currently seeking and working toward dance and related degrees are ineligible to apply.

For more information, visit TBF.

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