BDA is gratified by unprecedented support being offered to small dance organizations and dance makers by The Boston Foundation. Next Steps for Boston Dance launches today and Live Arts Boston (LAB) launches September 30.

Next Steps for Boston Dance, a partnership between the Boston Foundation and the Aliad Fund, supports Greater Boston choreographers creating original work in any dance genre to move forward and take a “next step” in their careers by providing an artist with:

  • 250 hours of rehearsal space over 18 months;
  • 6-10 consulting meetings with expert advisors in chosen areas of need and/or interest to the artist including artistic, organizational, technical, marketing and communication, or strategic/business planning;
  • $5,000 in implementation funds to create or complete a project or take a “next step” in his or her work or career;
  • A series of cohort meetings to connect choreographers, build relationships, and allow for co-learning.

Live Arts Boston (LAB) was designed to respond directly to the needs articulated by Boston’s arts community through Boston Creates. LAB provides critically needed, flexible, project-specific support to performing artists and small nonprofit performing arts organizations working in Greater Boston to create, produce or present artistic work for Greater Boston audiences.

Funding will be directed to work in the following performing arts disciplines: dance, theater, spoken word, performance art, circus arts, certain specified genres of music* or any inter or multi-disciplinary combination of the above.

Allyson Esposito of The Boston Foundation will be sharing the vision of these programs at our Open Call Audition on September 18, and also at many other introductory sessions. Best of luck to all applicants!