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National Dance Project-supported Ananya Dance Theatre presented by Bates Dance Festival | photo by JHsu Media

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NEFA invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation.

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Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines

NEFA offers grants to artists and organizations to support the creation and presentation of work. These are the grants with upcoming deadlines.

June 1, 2024
Designed for emerging and mid-career artists around the entire country, Jazz Road Tours support small, three- to six-site tours at an array of venue types, often in rural communities and other areas traditionally underserved by the genre.
NEST 1 and 2: August 1, 2024
Funds nonprofit organizations to present touring artists in venues across New England.
Rolling Deadline
National Dance Project Travel Fund provides monetary assistance for U.S. based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors or for current NDP artist grantees to connect in person to explore feasibility of presenting NDP-funded projects.
Rolling Deadline
Grants provide monetary assistance for travel to promote the touring of NTP funded projects.

What's happening

(Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) announces the 12 recipients of the National Theater Project Creation and Touring awards as well as the 12 recipients of Artist Development awards, totaling nearly $1.3 million in support to the field. The National Theater Project (NTP)
Creative Economy
At the end of 2023, NEFA’s creative economy team reached out to folx in the New England creative community to share their top needs within the realms of visibility, connection, and knowledge building. We also asked specific questions about how connection could be increased and a region-wide network
On behalf of the National Dance Project (NDP) Advisor Cohort, we are delighted to share the 2024 NDP Production Grant Finalists. Each year, NDP welcomes applications from dance artists, companies, and collectives to invest in the creation/development and U.S* touring/sharing of new dance projects
As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think. -Toni Morrison When I got the call from the recruiter informing me that I had been chosen to become the next Executive Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts, she said that the search committee understood me to

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