PERFORMING ARTS GRANT GUIDELINES FOR 2021-22
The performing arts have shifted fundamentally since Covid-19 took root as a global pandemic in March 2020. The full magnitude of what has occurred affects funding entities as much as producing organizations, and for that reason, the Samuels Foundation has decided to extend its 2020-21 emergency Performing Arts Grant Guidelines into 2021-22.
The funding process now approved for the year ahead comes after a considerable review of constantly evolving field conditions, both locally and nationally. Our Board discussed and approved these new Guidelines at its annual meeting in late July.
As in 2020-21, Samuels Foundation performing arts grants in 2021-22 will retain a focus on general operating support, but our traditional “open door” application policy will continue to be suspended for another year. Performing Arts department funding in the year ahead will consist of invitation-only roll-overs of each roster applicant’s emergency triage general operating grant from FY21.
All organizations invited to submit application renewals for 2021-22 received an e-mail notification during the second week of August, 2020.
IF YOUR ORGANIZATION HAD SAMUELS FOUNDATION PERFORMING ARTS SUPPORT IN FY21, BUT DID NOT RECEIVE AN E-MAIL INVITING A REAPPLICATION FOR FY22, PLEASE CONTACT COLETTE LUI AT CLUI@SAMUELS.ORG.
Last year, we sustained general operating funding for most roster applicants, while also providing a limited number of one-time-only emergency supplemental grants. Instead of our usual 4-Quarter funding cycle running from September to July, in FY21 we reduced the entire grants process to a Fall Review and a Winter Review, thereby getting every dollar of our arts budget into the accounts of grantees by early February.
For this second year of emergency Guidelines, application submissions will once again be minimal, with grants released on an even shorter timeline. For roster groups invited to reapply in FY22 , application renewals will be due on Friday September 10. In the interest of getting grants out the door even faster than last year, our intent is that nearly all arts grant renewals in FY22 will be reviewed by our Board at its meeting in late October, with funding delivered by wire transfer in early November.
The September 10th application should be sent by e-mail to Colette Lui at firstname.lastname@example.org, and should contain only these 4 required items:
1) A narrative — not to exceed 3 pages — describing your organization’s plans to resume live, on-stage performances in NYC during 2021-22, while also addressing the company’s underlying economic and creative challenges. (Please do not focus the narrative on new streaming or media projects. We recognize the importance of those endeavors, but media is not the Foundation’s arts focus.)
2) The projected FY22 operating budget.
3) The FY21 operating budget
4) A copy of your organization’s most recent independent financial audit.
Because of the Samuels Foundation’s limited budget and other program commitments in FY22, we are unable to consider any grant increases or a second round of supplemental emergency grants. All FY22 grants will match the base grants received in FY21.
Our hope is that this process will be simple, linear, and extremely fast. If you have any questions, please reach out to Colette.
All of us at Samuels are grateful to you for sustaining the arts through a year that was — and remains — beyond precedent.
As we have said for many years, all of us at Samuels know how hard people in the arts work and how much is sacrificed in pursuit of artistic mission – never more than during the continuing pandemic crisis. This is a time of extraordinary challenges for everyone in the field, and the Samuels Foundation respects the effort and loyalty demanded by each passing week. Despite the hardship, losses – and successes – ahead, we look forward to seeing our community thrive in future seasons, as theatres reopen and stage work once again becomes possible.