I’ve applied for a $5,000 design enhancement grant for my solo show, so that I can work with awesome designers, and they will have fun designing the set and lights to communicate the sterility of the way old people will be dealt with in the future. My solo show starts in 2059, in a futuristic hospice, as one old lady manages to tell her daughter one last story before she dies. The world has changed significantly between now and then, and our worship of youth, and denial of aging have grown tremendously – causing extreme separation between generations. It would be cool to get the grant and be able to communicate “we’re not in 2014 anymore” immediately through the design, right as folks take their seats and thumb through the program. Special thanks to my theatre company wwwthedqt.org for making this a remote possibility.
The statistics of grants are not in my favor. I have to probably apply for about $100,000 worth of grant possibilities to land $2 – $5K. So I’ve got a lot of grant application writing to do!
What has been your grant application experience? Is it worth it? Is it a closed loop of the same-old same-old who always get the grants, and newcomers don’t? What do you think?