Dancemaker Survey - how should NDP evolve?

As the National Dance Project (NDP) approaches our 20th anniversary in the 2016-17 season, we are using this opportune moment to reflect on NDP’s impact over the years and to consider how NDP can best support artistic and presentation practices in the years to come. We are working with Metris Arts Consulting and RMC Research to evaluate the comprehensive impact of NDP on the dance landscape in the United States.

Our work with Metris Arts Consulting involves a two-part research project–a retrospective impact evaluation of NDP and a field scan of the larger dance...Read more »


Rebecca Blunk Fund Recipients Reflect on the Recognition

"It made me feel that the work I have done as an artist has been seen and is important."

Since the inaugural awards in 2015, gifts made to the Rebecca Blunk Fund (RBF), celebrating our former executive director's 29 years of service and passion for the arts, have supported birch bark artist Sierra Henries (Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck), of Maine; traditional artist Elizabeth James Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag), of Massachusetts; dancer, director, and performer Sokeo Ros, of Rhode Island; and dancer, choreographer, and spoken word artist Lida Winfield, of Vermont. Read more »


Announcing National Dance Project Production Grant Finalists

As the National Dance Project enters our 21st year, we are putting the learnings from the Moving Dance Forward report into action. Beginning this year, we will invest in more NDP Production Grants annually to provide essential funding for creation and touring to 20 artists and companies. Cited as NDP’s “most important contribution to the field,” Production Grants deliver a combination of funds including up to $45,000 to create a new work, $10,000 in unrestricted general operating support, and up to $35,000 in tour subsidies that go to U.S. organizations that bring the new work to their communities.Read more »


Seven CreativeGround Profiles We Love: April 2017

CreativeGround is filled with eye-catching profiles, but this collection of artists, creative businesses, and cultural nonprofits really grabbed our attention. In addition to their excellent profiles, each has either received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts or conducts advocacy work for arts funding within their region. Read more about each of these engaging profiles and maybe get some inspiration for ...Read more »


Twelve New England Dance Artists Awarded Grants

We are delighted to announce 12 new artist recipients of the New England Dance Fund in the third round of funding.

Piloted in 2016, the New England Dance Fund makes direct grants up to $1,000 to choreographers living and working within the six New England states. The grants are designed to support a range of critical opportunities that will advance choreographers’ careers in dance. Funds support research, documentation, professional development opportunities, trainings, and more. The New...Read more »


Arts, Military, and Healthcare Communities Convene

Art in the Service of Understanding: Bridging Artists, Military, Veterans, and Civilian Communities held March 10–12, 2017, in partnership with HowlRound, was inspired by the artists and their collaborators in the military, healthcare, and presenter communities who created five new performance works funded by NEFA's National Theater Project (NTP) and National Dance Project (NDP) in recent years. Those five performance works include:Read more »


NEFA's National Dance Project Announces New Advisors

Each year, NEFA’s National Dance Project (NDP) enlists the services of individuals working in the dance field to serve as Advisors and make grant recommendations during annual review meetings. NDP Advisors are leaders in the dance field, including dance presenters and dance artists. In addition to serving as the grant review panel, Advisors work with Production Grant finalists as they prepare their proposals, serve as a policy council, and are ambassadors for the program in their communities....Read more »


French-U.S. Partnership to Award Over $30K For Curatorial Research In Dance

We are excited to announce a special round of Curatorial Research Travel grants for 2016 through the French-U.S. Exchange in Dance, known as FUSED – a partnership between NEFA’s National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE Foundation. This fall, FUSED will support curatorial research trips to the U.S., France, and Burkina Faso totaling $33,872 in funds to be distributed to 17 dance curators from the U.S. and France. The...Read more »


2016 Production Residencies for Dance Recipients

We are excited to announce eight new Production Residencies for Dance (PRD) grants through the National Dance Project (NDP). Eight artists and companies who were awarded Production Grants in 2015 will receive this additional grant of $18,750 each towards end-stage residencies with a U.S.-based residency partner.

PRD grants provide final-stage residency support designed to strengthen the quality and impact of dance works on tour. Now in its sixth year, PRD grants...Read more »


National Dance Project: Production Grant Finalists

Each year, the National Dance Project awards 18 Production Grants to support the creation of new dance works that will tour the U.S. NDP Production Grants provide a full package of support to artists and companies that includes up to $45,000 to create a new work, approximately $10,000 in unrestricted general operating support, and up to $35,000 in tour subsidies to U.S. presenting organizations that bring the new work to their communities.

Recently, the...Read more »


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