Association of Performing Arts Professionals to support small-budget presenters with grants of up to $50K, via Mellon grant

Posted on: September 20, 2021

“A grant of $3M from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enable The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) to assist members and their artist/ensemble partners to reopen venues, resume touring, and re-engage with audiences,” writes Sarah Shay in Friday’s (9/17) Musical America (subscription required). “APAP ArtsForward, a new program charged with distributing the funds, will begin making grants of up to $50,000 in early 2022, with a focus on small and mid-sized presenting organizations with operating budgets of less than $5M. Recipients must be working in partnership with an artist or ensemble on engagements that are virtual, in-person, or through a hybrid approach, with at least half of each grant directly supporting the performers; grant applications must be co-submitted by the artist(s) with the presenter. The Mellon Foundation money will also support a range of services assisting the field’s transition to safely reopening its venues: professional development webinars, conference sessions, and the development of real-time policies and safety protocols to help address COVID-19 issues for staff, artists, and patrons. APAP ArtsForward will also compile reports on the status of reopenings and tours that track presenter, agent, and artist booking/rescheduling activity.”