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The Princess Grace Awards recognize both creative generators (including but not limited to theater directors, designers, playwrights, choreographers, film directors) and performance-based creatives (including but not limited to actors, dancers).
Applications for the 2021 Princess Grace Awards will be available in January 2021
The Princess Grace Awards are for emerging artists, or artists at the onset of their careers.
The Princess Grace Foundation recognizes “emerging” as a spectrum. In its evaluation of emerging, the Review Panel considers the aggregate of the applicant’s work. However, the Review Panel also expects that the applicant will have a body of work that allows the Review Panel to assess the nominated artist’s application, including work samples, and effectively evaluate their promise of extraordinary.
Probably, not yet.
The Princess Grace Awards are for emerging artists, or artists at the onset of their careers. In general, competitive applicants will have significant professional training experience, i.e., be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, or a similar intensive training program, in theater, dance or film; or have some professional work experience in theater, dance or film.
For applicants whose primary form is film or the moving image, competitive applicants will have completed at least 1-2 short films.
Applicants must be living and working in the United States. The grant is paid directly to the artist. If the artist is not a U.S. citizen, the artist must have permanent work authorization from USCIS.
Universities and training programs:
Organizations such as non-profit theater companies, dance companies, media arts centers
New in 2021
Individual previous Princess Grace Award winners and honoraria can nominate
If you are university who has multiple separate tracks/schools for different categories within a discipline, i.e., in Theater a separate acting program/track and costume program/track; or in Film a separate documentary program/track and narrative program/track, then each program track/school may nominate.
If you are an organization that has a 2nd company (i.e., a dance company with a second company and first company) with separate artistic staff (i.e., Artistic Director), your organization can nominate artists from both companies.
If you are a professional company that also has a pre-professional training program, you may also nominate an artist from your professional company and an artist from your pre-professional training program.
Coordinate with the artist you would like to nominate, let them know you would like to nominate them and have them start the application (available January 12). Once they begin the application, they will be prompted to enter your information including your email which will then send a notification to you to complete the nomination component of the application.
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.).
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 and 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.
The Princess Grace Award is an unrestricted cash grant paid directly to the artist. Recipients will receive a 1099 from the Princess Grace Foundation and for more guidance should consult a tax advisor. Non U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be required to file a non-residential return and should consult a tax advisor.
Playwriting Fellowship is a year long residency with New Dramatists and a $7,500 grant paid by New Dramatists.
The grant period occurs from September 1-August 31. The residency must happen within that time period, but when and how is determined on a case by case basis between the winning playwright and New Dramatists. Some playwriting winners living in NYC at the time of the grant choose to spread out the residency over the year. Others (particularly those outside the NYC) choose to do a concentrated residency over the set period weeks.
In all categories, you may reapply if you did not receive a Princess Grace Award as long as you still meet all the criteria in the guidelines.
You can also request feedback on your application. To do so email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, not at this time.
The Princess Grace Awards are for individual artists and the Selection Panel reviews each applicant individually. Artists that submit as a duo/pair would not be competitive and should be nominated individually.
Work samples are a significant component of your application and we urge you to use care in selecting the samples you submit.