TACA New Works Fund Grants
New works of art are vital to a vibrant arts community. New works support local artists, explore new ideas, inspire innovation, challenge traditional thinking, and keep art fresh and relevant. But creating new work also means taking risks, which is challenging for many arts organizations. The TACA New Works Fund makes it possible for more organizations to take those risks and create original works with the potential for national and international impact.
Since the launch of the New Works Fund in 2012, 28 new works have been supported with $900,000 in grants, further establishing North Texas as one of the nation’s major cultural incubators.
In 2019, TACA distributed $150,000 to support the creation of new work at seven organizations. The 2019 New Works Fund was made possible by the Hersh Foundation, the Sapphire Foundation, and the Donna Wilhelm Family Fund.
If you are interested in supporting the New Works Fund, please contact Elisabeth Galley, TACA’s Interim Director of Development at email@example.com.
2020 TACA New Works Fund Cycle
Applications for the 2020 cycle will be available in Spring 2020.
For specific information about eligibility, the review process and evaluative criteria, the application, and other information, please review the Grant Guidelines.
- In order to be eligible to apply for funding, an organization must be a current grant recipient of TACA’s 2019 Arts General Operating Grant Program.
- Joint applications between two or more 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 you are a previous recipient of a grant from this fund and have not yet completed the work and/or submitted the final report form, you are not eligible to apply.
- Eligible applicant projects must be new works in the area of performing art, including dance, plays, musical theater, solo and choral vocal works, instrumental music, spoken word or any comparable work presented for an audience.
- Works which have been previously produced or performed before a paying audience are eligible only if the creators of the work intend to significantly refine or revise the work for performance(s) for an audience in Dallas County, and such refinements and revisions must be clearly specified in the application.
- The creator(s) of the submitted work need not be a resident of Dallas County. However, the application must reflect that a substantial result of the development of the submitted new work will be performance(s) for an audience in Dallas County within three (3) years of the date that initial funds are distributed.
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
Quality/track record of the artists involved in the creation of the new work
New work is of high artistic quality or exemplary of the organization’s discipline
Relevance/fit with the organization’s mission and vision
Innovativeness and creativity
|40 Points||Change-Making Potential
Impact on the field/discipline
Impact on the future of the organization
Impact on the targeted audience
Impact of the project on the new works creators
Methodology for measuring impact
|20 Points||Executional Competence
Feasibility; assessment of the organization’s ability to execute the project as described
Adequacy of facilities and personnel for project scope
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.