Mali sings and holds a bass next to a man who plays a brass instrument.

New Work New England-supported Mali Obomsawin | photo by Nolan Altvater, Passamaquoddy Tribe

Supporting a Thriving, Creative Future

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.

December 1, 2022
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.
Rolling thru December 19, 2022
The Public Art Learning Fund aims to strengthen the field of public art in New England by providing professional development support directly to artists.
March 1, 2023
Funds nonprofit organizations to present touring artists in venues across New England.
By invitation only
Presentation Grants are made to eligible organizations to support up to 50% of the artist fee and travel expenses per engagement of NDP awarded projects on tour.
By Invitation Only: Rolling Deadline
Presentation Grants are made to invited U.S. presenters and support up to 50% of the artistic fee for NTP projects.

What's happening

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Professional Development
Here are opportunities for this month; check them out and pass them along to your colleagues. Email us if you know of any professional development opportunities, calls to artists, or cultural events that we should consider. The format for these listings is: "deadline/date of event | location of host
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Performing Arts
Professional Development
Recommended for all first-time Idea Swap participants! The Idea Swap is November 2 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. Registration closes tomorrow, October 25. This session provides an insider’s guide to understanding NEFA and how the Idea Swap supports New England’s presenting and touring field
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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Accessibility
Six leaders - one from each New England state - join a national strategic development program for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) leaders committed to the advancement of cultural equity in the arts
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Performing Arts
Watch this webinar to learn more about the changes to our New England States Touring (NEST) Grant in advance of the Idea Swap on November 2. The deadline to apply for NEST 3 support is March 1, 2023. ASL interpretation provided by Elizabeth Nadolski and Lisa Gentile. Review the Slide Deck If you

Fostering regional, national, and international connections


CreativeGround spotlights the creative people and places at work in New England: cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts, and crafts.

Center Stage

Center Stage is among the most successful programs to bring contemporary international performing artists into direct contact with people across a wide range of U.S. communities, and to share these experiences globally.