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New Works Fund

TACA New Works Fund Grants

The TACA New Works Fund was created to stimulate, within the Dallas arts community, innovative new works of music, dance and theater in Dallas demonstrating artistic excellence and transformational relevance that increase the innovative capacity of the applicant organization and audience enlightenment.

Since the launch of the New Works Fund in 2012, 17 adventurous, risk-worthy new works have been supported, further establishing North Texas as one of the nation’s major cultural incubators.

The 2018 New Works Fund is made possible by the Hersh Foundation, the Sapphire Foundation, and the Donna Wilhelm Family Fund.

Why is New Work important?

“I’ve been extremely impressed with TACA’s commitment to new works. If we want to keep Dallas in the national conversation, we have to produce home grown work to export to other cities, rather than consistently importing works that have already premiered in other parts of the country.”

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Strategic Planning Environmental Research
Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet
Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet
Cara Mía Theatre Co. & Dallas Children’s Theater
(Photo Credit: Karen Almond)

Eligibility Requirements

  • In order to be eligible to apply for funding, an organization must be a current grant recipient of TACA’s 2018 General Operating & Project Grant Program.
  • Joint applications between two or more TACA Grant Recipients are acceptable, though one organization must assume primary fiduciary and reporting responsibility.
  • Only one submission by an organization is accepted per funding cycle.
  • If your organization is a previous recipient of a New Works Fund grant and have not yet completed the work or submitted the final report form, you are not eligible to apply.

Funding Restrictions

Grant funds from the TACA New Works Fund cannot be used for the following:

  • Regional or national premieres of works that have already had their world premiere elsewhere
  • New works that will not be performed in Dallas County
  • New works that will not have their world premiere in Dallas County

Review Process & Evaluative Criteria

All applications are evaluated by a multi-disciplinary jury of local and national artists and arts experts. All applications – both the project itself and the creator(s) of the new work – are evaluated on the following criteria:

40 Points – Artistic Merit
40 Points – Change-Making Potential
20 Points – Executional Competence

Finalist applicants will be determined by the jury through a detailed scoring process. All finalist organizations will be interviewed by local members of the jury to provide additional information about the new work and enable funding recommendations. Funding recommendations from the jury are forwarded to the TACA Board of Directors for final approval.

2018 Important Dates

April 30     Application Available
May 22 at 8:30 a.m.     Application Orientation #1 (Register to Attend)
May 23 at 4:00 p.m.     Application Orientation #2 (Register to Attend)
June 29 by 5:00 p.m. (CST)     Application Submission Deadline
July 30     Finalists Determined
August 21     Finalist Interviews
September 20     TACA Board of Directors Approval
September 21     Award Notification

Interested in applying?

TACA is now accepting applications for the 2018 New Works Fund. Please review the Grant Guidelines before completing the application. The deadline to submit an application is June 29, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (CST).

2018 Grant Guidelines
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TACA New Works Fund Grant Recipients

Homeschooled (2012) │ $25,000
Jonathan Norton, Playwright
Performance Dates: September 2013

Chasing Home (2016) │ $70,000
Albert Drake, Choreographer
Joseph Thalken, Composer, Pianist, Arranger & Conductor
Performance Dates: June 2017

The Dreamers: A Bloodline (2012) │ $25,000
Cara Mía Artistic Ensemble
Performance Dates: May-June 2013

Le Mozart Noir (2014) │ $25,000
In collaboration with Contemporary Ballet Dallas
Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Composer
Valerie Shelton-Tabor, Choreographer
Performance Dates: February 2016

Tribute (2016) │ $30,000
Matthew Rushing, Choreographer
Ted Rosenthal, Composer
Performance Dates: November 2016

Uncharted Territory (2017) │ $20,000
Bridget L. Moore, Choreographer
Performance Dates: November 3-5, 2017

Skippyjon Jones (2014) │ $25,000
Linda Daugherty, Playwright
Nick Martin, Composer and Librettist
Performance Dates: January – February 2015

Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet (2017) │ $25,000
A co-production with Cara Mía Theatre Company
María F. Rocha and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Authors
Héctor Martínez Morales, Composer
Evelio Flores, Choreographer
Performance Dates: March 23 – April 8, 2018

Stagger Lee (2012) │ $50,000
Will Power and Justin Ellington, Playwrights
Performance Dates: January – February 2015

Deferred Action (2015) │ $50,000
A co-production with Cara Mía Theatre Company
David Lozano and Lee Trull, Playwrights
Performance Dates: April – May 2016

Penny Candy (2017) │ $55,000
Jonathan Norton, Playwright
Performance Dates: Fall 2018

Universal Language (2014) │ $25,000
Margaret Barrett, Composer
Dr. David Silva, Librettist
Performance Dates: November 2014

The Thrush and the Woodpecker and
Blackberry Winter (2015) │ $50,000
Steve Yockey, Playwright
Performance Dates: May – June 2016

Booth (2013) │ $40,000
Steven Walters and Erik Archilla, Playwrights
Performance Dates: May – June 2014

Everest (2014) │ $25,000
Joby Talbot, Composer
Gene Scheer, Librettist
Performance Dates: January – February 2015

Abraham Zobell’s
Home Movie: Final Reel (2013) │ $40,000
Len Jenkin, Playwright
Performance Dates: January – February 2014

Tibet Fantasia (2013) │ $20,000
Xi Wang, Composer
Performance Dates: March 2015

Dear friend,

North Texas Giving Day is one of the biggest days of philanthropy in the country – can you believe it?! It’s become so because of generous people like yourself.

TACA believes in the transformative power of the arts and its innate ability to nurture, educate and inspire people every day.

Be it through valued grants, professional development workshops, or community events, TACA supports and strengthens our entire arts ecosystem. We hope that you consider joining us in this work and supporting the incredibly vibrant and impactful arts organizations we serve for North Texas Giving Day!

The TACA team

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