Theatre Production Grants

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Theatre Production Grants
Theatre production grants go towards paying for production necessities like the orchestra. (theatre image by Luisafer from Fotolia.com)

Theatre production involves the technical parts of putting on a play, including scenery, lighting, costumes and make-up, props, sound and stage management. Theatre production grants generally provide funding for non-profit or theatre organisations to launch new plays or do productions of old classics. Many grants will also provide monies for extraneous expenses. Governmental bodies or private foundations typically give out theatre production grants.

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National Alliance for Musical Theatre

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre's (NAMT) National Fund for New Musicals provides production grants to NAMT members who are within good standing and have a non-profit/tax-exempt status. These organisations must also pay artists according to musical theatre guidelines. Production grants assist new productions that are ready to be shown; these must add value to the theatre or attract new audiences. These grants range from £6,500 to £13,000, and the organisation must match the funds on a 3:1 basis.

Expenses allowed under the grant include writer/artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, recordings, production costs and orchestra fees. Theatres may apply under one of three application categories: sole applicant (one applying for the grant), Lead Applicant (representative for a consortium application) or consortium member. There are three grant categories: Early Collaboration, Project Development (projects already started) or Production. You may only submit only one application per year in the sole or Lead Applicant category.

National Alliance for Musical Theatre 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 301 New York, NY 10018 212-714-6668 namt.org

Manitoba Arts Council

The Manitoba Arts Councils promotes and provides funds to arts programs and artists within the province of Manitoba. The theatre production grants provide assistance to Manitoba artists who are either doing a single or a series of theatre productions. To be eligible for the grant, applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants and have been residents in Manitoba for a year. Applicants cannot be students and must be professional artists who have committed a large amount of time to the project. Only submit one proposal in one of the following categories: Travel and Professional Development, Deep Bay Artists' Residency, Touring, Special Opportunities, or Manitoba/New Brunswick Creative Residency.

Manitoba Arts Council 525-93 Lombard Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3B1 204-945-2237 artscouncil.mb.ca

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) provides a number of grants to non-profit American theatre companies of all genres and dimensions. Grants can go to a variety of fields, including production, young audience presentations, experimental works and circus productions. NEA grants vary widely by eligibility, monies and purpose. For example, the Access to Artistic Excellence grant gives out grants between £3,250 to £97,500. Grants go only to artists who create works that preserve America's cultural heritage and open up the arts to all Americans.

National Endowment for the Arts 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20506 202-682-5400 nea.gov

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