The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Invites LOIs for Building Demand for the Arts Program

Deadline: April 24, 2015 (Letter of Intent)

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its Building Demand for the Arts program (formerly called Doris Duke Artist Residencies to Build Demand for the Arts grants).
The annual program supports organizations and artists working to develop audience demand for jazz, theatre, and/or contemporary dance. While many programs focus on the supply side of the supply/demand equation, this program is predicated on the belief that artists and organizations can work together in imaginative ways to create and pilot methods of reaching the public and developing interest in and access to the performing arts. Among other things, the grants are intended to promote deeper partnerships, longer relationships, and new kinds of conversation and cooperation between organizations and artists. At the same time, they provide substantial resources to artists and afford organizations the opportunity to embark on new kinds of behavior.

Building Demand for the Arts grants will support efforts by exemplary artists and organizations to increase demand for jazz, theater, and contemporary dance. Artists and organizations must have a prior history of collaboration and will be expected to work together to create proposals.
After the first round of grants in 2013, the program was split into two distinct initiatives: Exploration grants and Implementation grants.

Exploration Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded to organizations for the purpose of hosting artists for at least thirty days over a period of up to fifteen months in order to brainstorm and plan ways to build demand.

Implementation Grants: Grants of up to $110,000 will be awarded to support organizations hosting artists on-site for a minimum of ninety days within a maximum thirty-six month period to execute and evaluate demand-building programs, projects, or activities.

Both Exploration and Implementation grants will be  offered in 2015, but organizations may only apply in one of the categories. A total of forty Implementation grants will be awarded in the next two rounds. Not all Exploration grantees will be awarded Implementation grants; additionally, receipt of an Exploration grant is not a prerequisite for applying for an Implementation grant.

Online LOIs must be received no later than April 24, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the DDCF website.