The Great Grant Rush

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 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?


  1. chwilowki says:

    Thanks for every other informative website. Where else may I get that type of information written in such a perfect method? I have a undertaking that I am simply now working on, and I’ve been at the look out for such information.

    1. Noemidlp says:

      Depends on your project – what are you working on? Where are you working on it? The sources you would look to here in the New York area are different that let’s say, if you are producing a show in the UK. Get out there and circulate in your field, attend whatever workshops, talks, classes, etc. you can, and start to ask questions. Find like minded producers, help them out, and build relationships with other artists. These undertakings really require a community of support, so examine your artistic community and determine whom might be able to help you, and who may need your help. Let me know more about your project and I can be more specific. Good luck!

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