The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is dedicated to upholding the legacy of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, (née Grace Kelly) and elevating extraordinary emerging artists in theater, dance and film through career-advancing grants.
Her commitment to advance the arts in the United States is sustained by the Princess Grace Awards which supports and elevates extraordinary early career artists in theater, dance and film through game-changing grants; and nurtures and supports Princess Grace Award winners throughout their careers.
2021 Awards Program Update
In 2020 the Princess Grace Foundation embarked on an assessment of our Awards Program to evaluate how the Princess Grace Foundation ensures the Awards program stays true to the core mission of supporting and elevating extraordinary emerging talent.
The Princess Grace Foundation is proud of our nearly 40 year track record of supporting our artistic community and elevating a diverse range of artists across disciplines, geography, race, gender and sexuality. The review of the Awards Program recognized that the landscape of theater, dance and film has changed since our grant-making activity began in 1982, the need to ensure our application process remains equitable and accessible, and that funding to artists is optimized to be reflective of artists’ needs, particularly as the artistic communities emerge from the Covid-19 shutdown.
The assessment of the Awards Program was led by our Taskforce and members of the Arts Advisory Board. Thank you to members of the Taskforce and Arts Advisory Board for their time and dedication to the process.
Read Assessment Report Here
Please review the grant guidelines carefully as our Awards program has evolved for 2021.
Values of the Princess Grace Foundation:
Evaluation of Extraordinary: In its consideration of the mission during the evaluation of Princess Grace Award applicants, the selection panel considers the promise and potential of the applicant to be extraordinary; evaluating “extraordinary” with a multi-prong definition: artistic intentionality, demonstration of technique in artistic practice, potential for innovation or impact of the artist on their field. Applicants are not expected to already be extraordinary but demonstrate the promise of extraordinary.
Evaluation of Emerging: The Princess Grace Awards are for emerging artists, or artists at the onset of their careers. In its evaluation of emerging, the selection panel considers the aggregate of the applicant’s work.
Princess Grace Awards are available via nomination. Applicants must be nominated and nomination can come from:
New in 2021
In the application process, the nominated artist will begin the application (link below) and they will be prompted to fill out their nominator information including an email. Once the email is filled out, the nominator will be notified via email to submit their nomination.
The Princess Grace Awards recognize both creative generators (including but not limited to theater directors, designers, playwrights*, choreographers, film directors, etc.) and performance-based creatives (including but not limited to actors, dancers, etc.). The Princess Grace Award is an unrestricted cash grant of $10,000 paid directly to the artist.**
*The Playwriting Fellowship will continue to be administered by our project partners, New Dramatists in 2021. The 2020 applications that were in process when the Awards program closed will be evaluated in 2021 and a 2021 Princess Grace Award Playwright will be selected from those pool of applicants. There will not be an updated Playwriting Fellowship application for 2021.
**For information on how the grant is paid please visit our FAQ.
Beginning in 2021, the Princess Grace Awards is a 2-part application process
Round 1: The Nomination | Deadline February 15, 2021
Invited artists are invited to continue in the application process by March 31
Round 2: Full Application | Deadline May 1
Award winners are selected annually by experts in theater, dance and film. Applicants are assessed in 3 review stages consisting of both online and in person panel reviews by Adjudicators and Panelists. Each Adjudicator and Panelist brings their own experience and aesthetic to the table, however decisions are made by panel consensus.
The 3 Stages of Review
Adjudicators serve a 3-year term and are nominated by the Arts Advisory Board, Director of Programs and CEO. Princess Grace Award Adjudicators participate and review applications in all stages of the review process. They are experts within specific form(s) but are also equipped to evaluate applicants based on the Princess Grace Foundation’s mission and values.
Princess Grace Award Adjudicators are joined by additional panelists representing specific areas of expertise within the disciplines of theater, dance, choreography, film, and animation. Panelists review applications within their specific disciplines for Rounds 1 and 2a. These additional panelists serve annually.
The Arts Advisory Board Chair and Director of Programs moderate both the online and in-person panel discussions. They facilitate and moderate each stage of the process and are not voting members in the view process.
Learn more about the Arts Advisory Board, Adjudicators and the panel process here.
Panelists will still have access to Round 1 materials
Work samples are a significant component of your application and we urge you to use care in selecting the samples you submit.
Optional Full Work for Choreography and Film based artists:
For those artists that work in choreography or film mediums, there is an option to submit a full work as supplemental viewing material that is optional for the Review Panels to view. The complete work may be of any length, can be a complete version of one of your work samples or a different work. The Review Panelists may have limited time to review your full length work and it is helpful to indicate your preferred viewing sections of the supplemental material.
It is strongly recommended that the applicant submit contrasting work samples in terms of genre and style and work samples that highlight their range of artistic abilities. Competitive applicants, in general, do the following: