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New Works Fund

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, over 20 new works have been supported with $750,000 in grants, further establishing North Texas as one of the nation’s major cultural incubators.

In 2018, TACA distributed $150,000 to support the creation of new work at four organizations. The 2018 New Works Fund was made possible by the Hersh Foundation, the Sapphire Foundation, and the Donna Wilhelm Family Fund.

Read the 2018 Press Release Here

SOLUNA has always been a festival in which the Dallas Symphony pushes beyond its traditional genres and performances to engage and connect with audiences in new ways. Caravan - A Revolution on the Road is an extension of that and directly discusses important and tragic events from Dallas’s recent history. We are grateful to TACA for their generosity and support in demonstrating how music and art can be the catalyst for positive and meaningful social change.

Kim Noltemy, President & CEO
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
2018 TACA New Works Fund Grant Recipient
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)

2019 TACA New Works Fund Cycle

The Grant Guidelines and application for the 2019 TACA New Works Fund cycle will be available by April 29, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant organizations must be a current recipient of a 2019 TACA Arts General Operating Grant.
  • Previous New Works Fund grant recipients that have projects in-process and have not yet submitted the Final Report form for their grant are not eligible to apply.

New Work Requirements

  • 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.

TACA New Works Fund Grant Recipients

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

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

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

CHILDREN’S CHORUS OF GREATER DALLAS
This is the Key & Song to the Moon (2018) │ $25,000
Alan Bullard, Composer
Performance Dates: April 7, 2019

DALLAS BACH SOCIETY
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

DALLAS BLACK DANCE THEATRE
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

DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER
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

DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Caravan: A Revolution on the Road (2018) │ $37,500
Terence Blanchard, Rennie Harris and Andrew Scott
Performance Date: April 9, 2019

DALLAS THEATER CENTER
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: June 5 – July 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

TBA (2018) | $50,000
TBA

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

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