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NEA Announces Guidelines for American Rescue Plan Grants The National Endowment for the Arts has announced guidelines for American Rescue Plan Grants , which are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations, and assist the field in responding to and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Key highlights for the prospective applicants to the Grants to Organizations category   are as follows:  Grants are for specific operating costs only, with no cost share/matching fund requirement. Applicants may request a fixed grant amount for: $50,000, $100,000, or $150,000. The NEA encourages applicants to select a grant ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2021 || CONTACTS: Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards Announce First Round of 2021 Recipients Past Productions Include Pulitzer Prize-Winning The Hot Wing King and Hamilton NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the recipients of the first round of the 2021 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards. The awards, totaling $1,072,000, allow 28 productions extra time for the development and rehearsal of new plays with the entire creative team, hoping to extend the life of the world ...
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SVOG Update: June 18, 2021 Happy Juneteenth! We are pleased to celebrate this holiday with you.   We met with the SBA today (June 18) on our latest daily stakeholder call (SBA staff was on a mandated half-day of work to keep pushing through this emergency funding program, and will be working through the weekend, as well.) Reminder of SVOG timeline:   The SBA has confirmed that applicants in the 14-day Priority One grant category (those that have experienced a 90% or greater gross revenue loss) began receiving award announcements as of May 26. The agency determined that the 14-day Priority Two grant award announcements began on June 10 (for applicants ...
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THE VISIBILITY REPORT: RACIAL REPRESENTATION ON NEW YORK CITY STAGES  covers employment statistics by race for actors, playwrights, composers, librettists, directors and designers for the 2018-19 season for all of Broadway and the 18 largest non-profit theatre companies in New York City. It is the only publicly available report of its kind. Click here to access the Visibility Report. Click here to read the Press Release.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2021       CONTACTS: Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 Theatre Communications Group Announces THRIVE! Program for Black, Indigenous, Theatres of Color Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Provides $1.635 million in Support New York, NY –   Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the launch of THRIVE! , a regranting program to provide unrestricted funds and professional development and technical assistance for U.S.-based Black theatres, Indigenous Theatres, and all Theatres of Color (BITOC). With $1,635,000 in support from Doris Duke Charitable ...
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Happy Pride! Celebrate by reading the work of the wonderful LGBTQ+ authors published by TCG Books and our Partner Publishers. Take 25% off the paperback edition of any of the below titles when you use the code: HAPPYPRIDE21
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THRIVE! Week  is a week of programming by, for, and about theatremakers who identify as BIPOC, POC or People of the Global Majority, held between June 7th-11th. All theatremakers, regardless of racial identity , are welcome to join us at a conversation between Sarah Bellamy & Resmaa Menakem on Wednesday, June 9th at 7:30pm EST and Bringing the Heat: TCG's Theatres of Color Celebration on Thursday, June 10th at 7pm EST. Learn More & RSVP Today! Bringing the Heat: TCG's 4th Annual Theatres ...
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One week after initiating Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) announcements for the Priority One grant category, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued the first report on awards made to-date . While initial progress on issuing awards has been modest, totaling just 50 grants, the SBA has indicated that grant awards will soon accelerate, with all Priority One applications still expected to be processed before the Priority Two processing period begins on June 10. Most theatre applications will fall within the non-priority processing period, which is scheduled to begin announcing awards on June 25. Over the past week, many SVOG applicants have ...
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A*TCA Spring Training! WHAT: Facing AAPI Race-Based Harassment & Self-Defense WHO: Facilitated by Adriana Li of IMPACT Boston WHEN: This Friday June 4. 4pm EST// 3pm CST// 2pm MST// 1pm PST// 12pm AKT// 10am HST HOW: Register here for the Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3yKlI0H   __________  Free Training for our AAPI* Theater community and extended families (16 to elders)! Join us for a 2-hour workshop with  IMPACT BOSTON  and trainer Adriana Li on  Facing AAPI Race-Based Harassment & Self-Defense Training . This training is being offered free in partnership with CAATA to our AAPI* Theater Community and your families.  During the COVID-19 ...
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“No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us,” wrote artist Micah Bazant on their poster celebrating the great trans activist, Marsha P Johnson. In that spirit, we’re wishing you a very liberatory Pride, one that remembers the very first Pride was a riot against police brutality. Indeed, Queer resistance has deep roots on these lands, stretching back at least as far as We'wha, the Zuni lhamana leader, and William Dorsey Swann, the formerly enslaved “queen of drag,” both of whom faced fierce state violence. Resistance has continued, from the Cooper Do-nuts and Stonewall riots to ACT UP until today, as we face a brutal wave of transphobic legislation ...
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On May 26, 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) posted a new set of Frequently Asked Questions for Awardees approved for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), as grant notifications for the first award recipients for this critical form of COVID-19 relief are issued this week.  Notification of an SVOG award initiates a series of additional steps required for grantees to receive grant funding. The three-page guide addresses initial questions about fund disbursement, documentation requirements, how to seek technical assistance with the post-award process, and more.  The SBA has confirmed that applicants in the 14-day Priority One grant category ...
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SVOG Updates The Small Business Administration has indicated that it will begin rolling out notifications to Priority 1 applicants of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program this week. Yesterday, Small Business Administrator Isabel Guzman testified before both the House and Senate Small Business Committees and reported that the SBA "has started awarding funds." Also yesterday, the SBA published an FAQ for Awardees as well as an updated Post-Application FAQ . Just last night, we sent a letter to The White House urging them to assist in delivering the $16.25 billion of urgently needed funding to our field, to improve communications ...
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TCG participated in an SBA meeting with stakeholders today. Here is what I learned: There appears to sufficient funding to award all grants that have been submitted provided they are eligible. The SBA continues to encourage entities to complete any unfinished applications. Notifications from SBA: A number of applicants that have completely submitted applications have recently received SBA notices erroneously stating that the application has been started but not submitted. Emails also went out asking applicants to confirm their Customer File Number (CFN). Turned out that this information was not available when the email was sent, and it is now. ...
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"That’s why I’m so excited to announce the launch of a special Artist Relief Fund to provide $500 micro-grants to artists . Fifty-one percent of funds raised right now will go to those grants, and at least 51% of all of the micro-grants will be awarded to BIPOC artists. So far, our incredible gala supporters - all of you - have already funded over 40 micro grants. Now 40 is a very nice round number but this is TCG’s 60th birthday and so I just feel it would be disrespectful to stop before we hit 60. " -Nikkole Salter, TCG Board Chair (and runner-up to TCG Gala Disco Queen) Please Give to Get us to 60 Micro-Grants for 60 Years. Thank you for joining ...
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Hello everyone! Tonight, TCG celebrates its 60th Anniversary at its Gala: OUR STORIES . As the team puts the final touches to the celebration, we wanted to extend a special invitation to all of you to join us in celebrating this year’s honorees: TCG’s partner in federal advocacy, the Performing Arts Alliance ; and Ricardo Khan , playwright and founder of Crossroads Theatre Company. We’ll also be premiering two virtual performances created exclusively for TCG , from the cast of Cambodian Rock Band and the young artists of Market Theatre Laboratory in Johannesburg, South Africa. And we’ll close the night with something entirely new for us – a ...
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On May 11, the SBA posted a new Post-Application FAQ for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants . In a week to 10 days, a more substantial FAQ will be released addressing topics related to grant recipients. The SBA expects to issue new, high-level data within the next two days regarding the status of applications received. This data is expected to appear on the Shuttered Venues web page, and will be updated on an ongoing basis. As of today, 11,600 applications have been received. The SBA has specified that funds remain available for new applications. This week and next, applicants may begin receiving notices if action is needed on an application. ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2021      ||        CONTACTS:  Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941             Theatre Communications Group Announces 2021 Gala: Our Stories   To Feature Performances from Cambodian Rock Band and Market Theatre  Virtual Gala on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:30pm ET New York, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the performances for the TCG’s 60th Anniversary Gala: Our Stories , which will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:30pm ET with an afterparty to follow. The Gala ...
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While the U.S. has made uncertain but undeniable progress against COVID-19, the pandemic is worsening in other areas of the world, most notably India, as well as countries in South America like Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The stories of suffering are heartbreaking and enraging, and for theatre people with family and friends in these countries, it may be difficult to think about anything else.  We encourage you to check-in on theatre people with ties to these countries, and to give to efforts to support those on the frontlines. Below are some places to give: India Donations - COVID COVID-19 Emergency Indigenous Mutual ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2021         PRESS CONTACTS:  Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 Theatre Communications Group Launches New Round of  Rising Leaders of Color Program Cohort includes NYC-based leaders in various theatre disciplines New York, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the participants in the sixth round of its Rising Leaders of Color (RLC) Program . The participants will form a cohort of eight highly talented early-career BIPOC leaders based in New York City boroughs who are advancing their careers in the U.S. ...
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It's been a hard few weeks, with the news of Derek Chauvin’s conviction was preceded by Adam Toledo’s murder and followed by that of Ma'Khia Bryant’s. Against such systemic brutality, it has always been the voices of artists and activists who’ve helped move us forward. As Sarah Bellamy, artistic director of Penumbra Theatre, writes in her powerful letter in American Theatre , “We still need the Railroad.” She ends her piece with: “Stand in front of those in danger. Don’t leave them alone. Bear witness. Signal love. Do what you can to help a beloved make it home. To sanctuary. To freedom. Alive.” Sarah’s letter ...
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