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How Do I Apply For A Grant?

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).

    • Open to U.S. based artists currently living and working in the United States. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must have permanent work authorization from USCIS.
    • Princess Grace Awards are only available through a nomination process.
    • Nominations can be by a non-profit university, organization, media arts center or previous Princess Grace Award winner.
    • Self-nominations are not allowed.
    • An artist can only be nominated by 1 organization or individual in a given year. Applications are evaluated on the individual artist’s artistic merits.

Applications for the 2021 Princess Grace Awards will be available in January 2021

What does emerging mean?

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.

I am in high school. Am I considered an emerging artist?

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.

I am an artist who does not live in the United States. Can I apply?

No.
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.

What types of organizations are eligible to nominate artists?

Universities and training programs:

    • Must be an independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations.
    • Nominations should be on behalf of the entire department and come from the Dean/Chair of the School/College
    • Professional training program or accredited universities
    • Universities/Colleges may one nominate 1 undergraduate artist and 1 graduate artist per category of theater, dance, choreography, film, and animation
      • Should the University have separate colleges or schools with programs that contain eligible applicants, each college or school may nominate an applicants
    • Non-profit training programs may only nominate 1 artist per year per category of theater, dance, choreography, film, and animation

 

Organizations such as non-profit theater companies, dance companies, media arts centers

    • Nominations should come from the Artistic Director or Executive Director
    • Be in continuous operation as an independent 501(C) (3) company or have a fiscal sponsor
    • Employ professional administrative staff
    • Theater companies, dance companies and media arts centers may only nominate 1 artist per year per category of theater, dance, choreography, film, and animation

 

New in 2021

Individual previous Princess Grace Award winners and honoraria can nominate

    • Princess Grace Award winners and honoraria may each nominate 1 artist per year

Can individuals working in the area of dramaturgy, arts administration, or stage management apply?

No.

 

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.).

What is your review process?

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

    • Round 1: The Nomination: Adjudicators and Panelists evaluate each component of the application within their specific area(s) of expertise via the online application system.
    • Round 2a: The Full Application: Adjudicators and Panelists review applicants within their specific area(s) of expertise via the online application evaluating each component of the Full Application including work samples.
    • Round 2b: Adjudicators convene in person to discuss the finalist applications and select the Princess Grace Award winners.

 

About Adjudicators

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.

 

About Panelists

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.

How is the money allotted?

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.

How long is the playwriting residency at 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.

If I do not receive a Princess Grace Award, can I reapply?

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 grants@pgfusa.org.

What are some good tips for compiling competitive work samples?

Work samples are a significant component of your application and we urge you to use care in selecting the samples you submit.

  • Space is provided within the application to provide detailed descriptions of work samples, and it is highly recommended that applicants take the time to provide details regarding their work samples to allow the Review Panel to fully understand how this work sample is representative of your artistic abilities, how it’s meant to be viewed, etc.
  • Applicants should submit work samples that best represent their artistic style.
  • Work samples are viewed on a single channel screen with 16:9 aspect ratio. If you sample was originally created to be viewed in another format it is helpful to use the work sample chart in the application to clearly describe your work as it was meant to be seen by the audience.
  • Please do not submit promotional videos, trailers, commercials or PSA’s.

 

Performance-based Creatives:

  • Make sure the samples show a range of the nominee’s abilities.
  • You can include rehearsal and performance footage
  • Make sure the work sample is in focus and filmed with a steady hand
  • Make sure the nominee is clearly visible (particularly if shot as part of a group)
  • Do NOT include media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional-type submissions.

Have a question not on the FAQ? Email Program Director, Diana Kemppainen