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Moody Fund Moves Up Application Deadlines So Arts Grants Can Be Given Sooner

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The dates for the applications for Moody Fund for the Arts (MFA) and for The Elevator Project have been set for 2021. The MFA flipped the order so it can give grants earlier in the year.

The online application period for the 2021 MFA will run from Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 29.

The online application period for the 2021/2022 Elevator Project Season will be from Monday, February 22, 2021, to March 12, 2021.

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The full release:

MOODY FUND FOR THE ARTS

The online application period for the 2021 MFA will run from Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 29. MFA provides grants to small Dallas-based arts organizations (budgets under $1M) supported by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.

MFA grants may be awarded for a diverse range of proposals such as new works, offsetting production costs, projects addressing cultural equity, artists-in residency, operating support, and more.

Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic will still likely be impacting performance, rehearsal, education and exhibition spaces, as well as audiences in 2021, grants may also support:

a. Virtual programming.
b. Programs presented in unusual spaces.
c. Programs reaching isolated audiences and those with limited internet access.
d. New works and projects that may only get to workshop/reading stage for now,
but held until reopening.

Applications along these lines must demonstrate realistic strategies to reach and measure broad and underserved audiences. The Center, which administers the MFA moved the application from its usual late February to mid-March submission period to the January time frame in order to get more funds to the groups during a challenging period. All applications are filed online and reviewed by a panel of artists and arts advocates.

The grants are awarded after a two-level review process judged by a panel of experienced artists and arts advocates. A virtual town hall informational meeting will be held on Thursday, December 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Moody Fund for the Arts Community Meeting on www.TicketDFW.com A zoom link will be sent two hours before the meeting begins.

For more information, email MFA.

ELEVATOR PROJECT

The online application period for 2021/2022 Elevator Project Season will be from
Monday, February 22, 2021, to March 12, 2021. Due to the pandemic, the 2020/2021 season shows and one from the 2019/2020 season have all been moved into 2021. The March application period allows more time for the existing shows to be performed with their new schedules. Since 2014, the Center has proudly supported the Dallas cultural ecosystem by presenting the city’s best small and emerging performing arts organizations in venues on the Center’s campus.

In addition to performance space in the Dallas Arts District, the Center partners with the organizations to provide operationally, marketing, production and ticketing support, and expertise. This is designed to support organizations that do not have a permanent space to perform in. The project has presented a diverse selection
of genres and organizations with many presenting world premieres of their work. A selected organization can do two seasons in a row but must take a season off before applying again.

Organizations are selected after a two-level review process judged by a panel of artists and arts advocates. This Elevator Project is presented with the support of the City of Dallas of Arts and Culture. A virtual town hall meeting will be announced in advance of the application period where you will hear more details on the process and answer questions.

For more information, email the Elevator Project.

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