The NEW Program provides unrestricted and artist fee support grants to small and mid-size dance, theater and multidisciplinary arts organizations that enable Bay Area artists to produce visionary projects relevant to the communities they serve.
Projects must have a public presentation of some kind but are not required to have a fully produced performance component. For example, grant funds may be used to support research and development, work-in-progress showings, readings, films of project activities, etc. Public presentations may be in-person (in accordance with public health guidelines) and/or virtual.
At least one-half of the grant funds must go to the artistic project team and their direct expenses for creating the work. The remaining one-half of the grant funds are unrestricted to the applicant organization. This is a baseline minimum, and projects may allocate more than one-half of the grant to artist fees. Projects that compensate artists at a significant level will be prioritized.