Please note: if you are looking for information about LMCC’s Manhattan Arts Grants for 2016, we have a new program: Creative Engagement. If you were previously eligible for MCAF, or want to see the program guidelines, schedule of Information Sessions, and more, please visit this page.

 

The Manhattan Community Arts Fund (MCAF) is a local arts funding program that provides seed grants to individual artists, collectives and small arts organizations for projects and activities that will enable Manhattan communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. An MCAF grant is often one of the first grants an artist or group receives, and can help grant recipients leverage financial support from other sources. Each year, the program awards over $230,000 to support over 120 arts projects, including concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, screenings, festivals, workshops, readings and more.

The Manhattan Community Arts Fund (MCAF) was established in 1983 as part of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Greater New York Arts Development Fund to support projects that are not able to access city arts funding directly. LMCC administers MCAF for the borough of Manhattan.

How MCAF Works
MCAF makes grants ranging from $750 to $5,000 to Manhattan-based individual artists, collectives, and small nonprofit organizations. The program supports performing, literary, media, and visual arts projects with a public component that is accessible to and engages Manhattan communities. Individual artists may apply directly to MCAF without a fiscal sponsor.

Questions or Technical Issues? Contact: Haowen Wang, Program Manager, Grants at 212-219-9401 x129 or mcaf@lmcc.net

Please visit the Creative Engagement program page for information about current application.

CURRENT GRANTEES CAN USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT THEIR UPCOMING EVENTS TO BE ADDED TO LMCC’S CALENDAR.

The application deadline for projects taking place in calendar year 2015 has passed.

Please visit the Creative Engagement program page for information about current application.

MCAF is designed to support and develop the capacity of individual artists, collectives, and small nonprofit organizations to 1) develop high quality local arts projects and programming and 2) contribute to Manhattan communities by providing opportunities for the public to experience and engage with the arts. Emphasis is placed on the quality and artistic merit of proposed projects and the depth and authenticity of audience experience, participation and engagement.

Competitive projects will demonstrate thoughtful project planning, experienced project personnel and planned project income in the form of cash and other means of support. MCAF and LMCC strongly support the payment of artist fees and opportunities for artists to develop and lead community projects. MCAF seeks to increase access to arts and cultural activities in neighborhoods throughout Manhattan.

LMCC expects applicants to identify the audiences and community they wish to reach and that project activities reflect a relationship with or understanding of that audience or community. Projects should include clear and realistic plans to promote the project and reach the public. The program encourages projects that provide audiences with rich arts experiences as demonstrated by: opportunities to experience the arts; participate in artistic inquiry and creation; present or perform works; and engage with artists and/or dialogues about the arts.

Applications will be accepted from individual artists or small nonprofit organizations with a core artistic mission and/or history of arts programming. Applicants must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Organizations must be based in Manhattan.
  • Organizations must have proof of nonprofit status.
  • Organizations must have operating budgets under $100,000 for two of the last three fiscal years.
  • Individuals may apply directly to MCAF, or use a fiscal sponsor.
  • Individuals may not apply or receive funds on behalf of any organization.
  • Individual artists must reside in Manhattan. Collectives must designate the artistic lead (director, or equivalent) to apply as an individual on its behalf.
  • First-time applicants and applicants who have not attended an information session in 2011 or later are required to attend a session before applying. For dates, locations and to RSVP, click here.

 

Applications will be accepted for new or recurring projects in any artistic discipline. Projects must meet the following requirements:

  • Project activities, including the public component, must be located in Manhattan.
  • Project activities must take place between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.
  • Project must include a public component: an opportunity for the public to access and engage with the arts. The opportunity must be promoted and available to the general public. Note: Projects that are intended to be experienced solely through or by the Internet will not be considered.
  • Projects consisting of community art workshops offered by artists or art groups will be considered if they meet the above requirements for public access, either through outreach and promotion for participation in workshops or through a culminating public event.
  • All participating artists must be guaranteed a fee, indicated in the project budget.
  • Applicants may only submit one (1) proposal requesting support for one (1) project for MCAF. Note: If an applicant to MCAF also submits a proposal to LMCC’s SPARC program for the same fiscal year, please contact LMCC staff for guidance on related budget requirements.
  • Applicants may not be a lead artistic facilitator or key partner in more than one proposal.
  • If applying as an organization, the project budget must show at least 25% of planned project income, in cash or in-kind contributions, from sources other than MCAF.

Under this program funding is not available for:

  • Organizations receiving institutional support or program support (including council member items) from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) or otherwise receiving support for the project from DCA
  • New York City agencies and departments
  • Public school districts, affiliates or components exclusively serving student audiences in school
  • In-school arts education programs
  • General operating support or funds to establish a new organization
  • Offering fellowships or cash prizes
  • Work-in-progress showings solely for the development of new work
  • Humanities projects
  • Professional arts training programs
  • Cultural activities restricted to an organization’s membership; eligible projects must be promoted, and remain available to the general public
  • Proposals requesting support for an existing production previously funded by MCAF
  • Proposals from educational, health or welfare institutions unless they can demonstrate a history of providing arts programs
  • Arts programs that are primarily socio-economic, recreational, rehabilitative, religious or therapeutic in nature
  • Entertainment costs, such as opening parties, receptions or fundraisers
  • Events that take place in private homes
  • Payment for facilities or purchase of capital equipment or non-project related administrative expenses
  • LMCC prioritizes paying fees to professional artists; payment to amateur participants of community workshops or programs will not be supported
  • Previous grantees of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council that have failed to comply with grant contract or reporting requirements

A jury of artists and arts professionals will review projects using the following four criteria:

  • Artistic merit of the proposed project
  • Clarity of project proposal
  • Project feasibility, taking into consideration budget, timeline, and stated goals
  • Appropriateness of the outreach plan to reach the proposed community

The criteria are not listed in order of priority; each is equally important. Please make sure that your application materials, taken as a whole, address these criteria.

Priority consideration will be given to artists and arts organizations that have applied to MCAF for three (3) consecutive years without receiving funding.

Applying to MCAF is a competitive process. Proposals should accurately describe the project, the target audience, and the project’s impact. Project budgets and budget narratives should be precise, reflect actual needs, and demonstrate the ability to raise funds from additional sources.

The grant award is a contract for arts services; grantees are required to provide the following during the grant period:

  • Sign and return grant contract to LMCC
  • Include funding credit and logos on all marketing and event materials, print and electronic
  • Submit event notification form six weeks before your event (a representative of LMCC may be present to monitor your project)
  • Notify LMCC of any significant changes to proposed project activities, including schedule, key participants, project scope or budget, before these changes are finalized
  • Submit final report, no later than 30 days after completion of all project activities

Grantees who do not comply with the above requirements will jeopardize their funding status and future grant consideration. LMCC may also require grantees to submit interim reports and/or attend an LMCC grant clinic (one-on-one grant assistance) to maintain eligibility to apply.

We encourage applicants who are not funded to contact our staff for a summary of jury comments and feedback on their applications.

Applicants may appeal decisions in writing within ten (10) days of funding notifications, effectively arguing the case for appeal based on the criteria below. Dissatisfaction with either an unfavorable decision or the recommended level of support is not grounds for appeal.

Grounds for appeals are limited to the following:

  • Misrepresentation of information: an applicant’s information was improperly presented by the LMCC staff in a way that may have adversely affected the review process
  • Non-presentation of information: the applicant’s information was not presented by the LMCC staff prior to or as part of the jury’s decision-making process
  • Improper jury procedure: conflict of interest or biased decision

Please visit the Creative Engagement program page for information about current application.

Applications can be completed and submitted online. However, certain supporting documents will need to be mailed or delivered in hard copy to complete the application. Applicants must complete both an Online Application Form AND submit organizational documents in hard copy.

Follow these THREE STEPS to apply:

STEP 1: READ

Thoroughly read all sections of these program guidelines and view the Online Application Form before starting the application process. Make sure your project is eligible for consideration before you apply. A sample application form is available here.

STEP 2: COMPLETE and SUBMIT ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

You may view the Online Application Form at any time. Unfinished applications can be saved online and resumed at a later time through a user email and password system. Application forms are not considered final until submitted.

The Online Application Form includes the following sections:

1. Applicant Profile: Submit general information for the application including: contact information, electoral district numbers, funding history, annual operating budgets and demographic information. Applicants with fiscal sponsors should also provide the sponsor’s general information, as with applicants working with community partners.

2. Project Profile: Submit important details about your proposed project, including project venue/location, project summary, artistic discipline and audience information.

3. Project Narrative: Describe in detail the essentials of your project and how you plan to promote it and carry it out successfully. Include goals, activities, public component, audiences, evaluation, and biographies of key artistic personnel.

4. Project Timeline: Submit a timeline for planning & carrying out your project. Be sure to include the anticipated date(s) of your public event(s).

5. Project Budget: List your project income, expenses, and in-kind contributions.

6. Work Samples: Upload or provide weblinks to samples of past or current work. Applicants who only have CD or DVD recordings can submit them by mail or deliver in person to LMCC. Include written details for each sample. See Work Sample Instructions at the end of this document for complete instructions on preparing your work samples.

7. Certification of Application: Verify the information in the application form and confirm you have attended an information session.

We strongly recommend that you view the Online Application Form and instructions in advance and maintain a backup copy of your responses in a separate document off line. Once you have submitted the form, you will not be able to make changes or resubmit.

STEP 3: SUBMIT REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

In addition to completing the Online Application Form, you must submit by mail or deliver in person one (1) printed set of the following items:

Required documents include:

Organizations: one (1) copy of each of the following items

1. Proof of nonprofit status with address in Manhattan. Choose ONE (1) of the following options:

    •  Letter of Determination from the IRS indicating tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3)
    • Documentation of charter by the New York State Board of Regents under section 216 of the New York State Education Law
    • Documentation of incorporation under Section 402 of the New York State Not-for-Profit Corporation Law
    • Current New York State Bureau of Charities (Office of the Attorney General) filing receipt
    • Official authorization as an arm of local government (i.e., a formal letter on official stationery signed by the appropriate county, city, town or village executive)

Note: If the address on the nonprofit documentation is a PO Box, provide additional proof of the organization’s physical address in Manhattan.

2. Audited financial statement for the most recently completed fiscal year or, if unavailable, a copy of the most recently filed IRS Form 990, signed by the organization’s treasurer, bookkeeper, or accountant.

Note: If the organization filed a 990N, submit an itemized financial statement signed by the organization’s treasurer, bookkeeper, or accountant instead.

3. Projected organizational budget for the fiscal year in which the proposed project takes place (i.e. FY15 or FY16).

4. Optional support materials (maximum of 5 pages/items) related to the project or the applicant. Examples include press clippings or printed promotional materials.

5. Include work sample CDs or DVDs if you are not submitting audio or video samples online.

6. Optional self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for return of work samples (stamps only; metered postage not accepted). If no SASE is included with the application, work samples will not be returned after review.

Individual artists or collectives: one (1) copy of the following items:

1. Proof of Manhattan address of the individual artist or artistic lead of collective. Choose one (1) of the following options:

    • Utility bill (e.g. electricity, cable, gas, etc)
    • Driver’s license (address on the driver’s license must be same as address provided in application)

Note: If the proof of address shows a PO Box, provide additional proof of the individual’s physical address in Manhattan.

2. Optional support materials (maximum of 5 pages/items) related to the project or the applicant. Examples include press clippings or printed promotional materials.

3. Include work sample CDs or DVDs if you are not submitting audio or video samples online.

4. Optional self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for return of work samples (stamps only; metered postage not accepted). If no SASE is included with the application, work samples will not be returned after review.

Individual artists or collectives applying through a fiscal sponsor: one (1) copy of the following items

1. Proof of Manhattan address of the individual artist or artistic lead of collective. Choose one (1) of the following options:

    • Utility bill (e.g. electricity, cable, gas, etc)
    • Driver’s license (address on the driver’s license must be same as address provided in application)

Note: If the proof of address shows a PO Box, provide additional proof of the individual’s physical address in Manhattan.

2. Letter of commitment from the fiscal sponsor on the organization’s letterhead confirming the sponsorship relationship, signed by the organization’s Executive Director, or equivalent.

3. Proof of nonprofit status from the Fiscal Sponsor, with address in Manhattan. Choose ONE (1) of the following options:

    • Letter of Determination from the IRS indicating tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3)
    • Documentation of charter by the New York State Board of Regents under section 216 of the New York State Education Law
    • Documentation of incorporation under Section 402 of the New York State Not-for-Profit Corporation Law
    • Current New York State Bureau of Charities (Office of the Attorney General) filing receipt
    • Official authorization as an arm of local government (i.e., a formal letter on official stationary signed by the appropriate county, city, town or village executive)

Note: If the address on nonprofit documentation is a PO Box, provide additional proof of the organization’s physical address in Manhattan.

4. Optional support materials (maximum of 5 pages/items) related to the project or the applicant. Examples include press clippings or printed promotional materials.

5. Include work sample CDs or DVDs if you are not submitting audio or video samples online.

6. Optional self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for return of work samples (stamps only; metered postage not accepted). If no SASE is included with the application, work samples will not be returned after review.

Deadline: 5PM, Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Submit to:
Manhattan Community Arts Fund
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
125 Maiden Lane, Second Floor
New York, NY 10038

Work samples are a critical element of your application. Prepare a well-organized presentation that best represents your work and relates to the proposed project. The grant review jury will spend approximately five minutes reviewing your work samples.

The aim of the work sample is to bring the jury as close as possible to an actual experience of work. Submit samples of work created and/or presented in the last three years. Do not submit edited promotional or interview materials.

Work Sample Formats
Submit samples of past and current work through the Online Application Form in ONE (1) of the following formats, based on the discipline or form of your projects. Contact our staff if you wish to combine formats.

PERFORMING ARTS, FILM, MEDIA AND OTHER TIME-BASED PROJECTS
Submit recordings: 2 maximum

Submit for up to two (2) recordings of past/current works or projects in performing, media, music, film or other time-based art forms. LMCC accepts time-based samples in two formats:

1. Weblinks to video or audio clips hosted on one of the following external sites: YouTube.com, Vimeo.com, or SoundCloud.com.

    • Provide these links in the Online Application Form.
    • Samples should remain accessible online through March 2015.
    • Do NOT submit personal website URLs.

2. CDs or DVDs, mailed or delivered to LMCC offices before the application deadline.

    • Indicate in the Online Application Form that you are submitting CDs or DVDs.
    • Mail or deliver your work samples disks to LMCC before the application deadline.
    • Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) if you want the samples to be returned.
    • Mark your CD/DVD as “[applicant name]: Sample #”. Use a permanent marker. Do not submit stickers on DVDs or CDs as these can jam equipment.

The selection jury will view each recording for up to 2.5 minutes. However, we encourage you to submit full-length work, if possible. Provide a cue point for any work sample that is longer than three (3) minutes total. Theater artists without video documentation should consult the staff about alternative work sample formats.

LITERARY PROJECTS
Upload manuscripts: 10 pages maximum

Submit samples no longer than ten (10) pages of scripts, poetry or prose. Submit one (1) document in PDF, Microsoft Word or JPEG format. Maximum file size: 5MB. The manuscript must be typed, 8 1/2” x 11” page formatting. Minimum font size is 12pt.

VISUAL ARTS PROJECTS
Upload images: 10 maximum

Submit a maximum of ten (10) digital images. Images must be in JPEG format, no larger than 800 x 800 pixels at 72 dpi. File size for each image should not exceed 2MB. Each filename should be saved as “Applicant Name #” (e.g. ArtsOrg01.jpg, ArtsOrg02.jpg, etc.).

What makes me eligible for your grants?
MCAF and The Fund are designed to support art projects for Manhattan communities. Each program has its own eligibility requirements for applicants and for projects. You can find these requirements in each of their guidelines. Please be sure to read the guidelines carefully to make sure you are eligible to apply. If you have any questions, please contact our staff. First time applicants are required to attend an information session. In addition, returning applicants who have not attended an information session in the past 3 years (since 2011) are also required to attend this year.

I’m not based in Lower Manhattan, can I apply?
Don’t let our name fool you! Both MCAF and The FUND support Manhattan-based artists and arts organizations with projects taking place anywhere within the borough of Manhattan.

I’m an individual artist, can I apply?
MCAF will consider applications from individual artists who reside in Manhattan.

The Fund will consider applications from individual artists who reside in Manhattan working in partnership with a Manhattan-based nonprofit organization, either as a community-based project partner or as a fiscal sponsor. Note: community partners and fiscal sponsors may not be applicants of NYSCA for the same year.

For full details and requirements for applying to MCAF and The Fund, please refer to the program guidelines.

I am an individual artist living in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, or the Bronx, but I have a studio and/or work in Manhattan, can I apply?
No. LMCC’s grant programs are borough-specific and require proof of residence in Manhattan. If you reside in a borough other than Manhattan, please contact your borough’s arts council to see if you are eligible for their local grant programs.

We are an unincorporated artist collective, can we apply?
Collectives must designate the artistic lead (director, or equivalent) to apply as an individual on its behalf. The artistic lead must meet the eligibility and application requirements for individual artist applicants.

MCAF will consider applications directly from the artistic lead, or from the artistic lead applying with a fiscal sponsor.

The Fund will consider applications from the artistic lead for a collective working in partnership with a Manhattan-based nonprofit organization, either as a community-based project partner or as a fiscal sponsor.

What is a fiscal sponsor?
A fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that extends its nonprofit status to an artist or group project that does not have its own tax-exempt status. Grants are made to the fiscal sponsor, who in turn provides the grant funds to the artist. The artist or group that is sponsored usually pays a fee to the sponsor for its services. To learn more, check out LMCC’s Fiscal Sponsorship Fact Sheet.

What is the difference between a fiscal sponsor and a community partner when applying to The Fund?
The community partner needs to be a nonprofit organization that is an active collaborator in your proposed project. A fiscal sponsor does not need to play a role in the proposed project, but may if needed. If you apply with a community partner and are awarded, the grant check will be made to you, the applicant, directly. If you apply with a fiscal sponsor, the check will be made to the sponsor, who will then allocate the funding to you.

Can I apply to both MCAF and The Fund?
You may apply to both MCAF and The Fund for the same project or for different projects provided that you meet the applicant and project eligibility requirements of both programs. These programs are supported by separate public sources of funding and therefore have different eligibility requirements.

I’ve applied to the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) for funding, can I apply to MCAF?
MCAF is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). If you have applied to DCA and have been awarded a grant, you are not eligible to apply for MCAF within the same fiscal year. However, if you apply to the DCA and are not funded, you may apply to MCAF.

I’ve applied to New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), can I apply to The Fund?
The Fund is supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). If you’ve applied to NYSCA, you are not eligible to apply for The Fund within the same fiscal year, even if your application is not awarded a grant through NYSCA.

I’m applying to The Fund, can I also apply to Creative Curricula, LMCC’s arts-education grant this year?
Both The Fund and Creative Curricula are grant programs funded by NYSCA’s Decentralization program, and therefore share many requirements. While an applicant may apply to both The Fund and Creative Curricula with different projects in the same year, the combined total request between the two applications may not exceed $5,000.

For example, if you apply to Creative Curricula for a project requesting $3,000 in 2015, you can only apply to The Fund for another project with a request of up to $2,000 in 2015.

The guidelines mention a need for a “public component.” How is this defined?
Both MCAF and The Fund are grants that require a public component that benefits Manhattan communities. A public component is an event or opportunity for audiences to access and engage with art that is promoted and available to the general public. Examples include concerts, dance or theater productions, visual art exhibitions, film screenings, as well as arts workshops and classes that are open for public participation.

How long will it take to complete the online application?
The Online Application Form consists of 7-8 sections. Completion time may vary. Unfinished applications can be saved online and resumed at a later time through a user email and password system. We encourage you to refer to the ‘Preview Sample Application Form’ found on the ‘Apply’ pages for each program to preview the sections & questions in the Online Application Form.

I don’t have reliable Internet access and I am having trouble filling out the Online Application Form. What should I do?
Contact our staff to discuss alternatives. Appointments are available with our staff to use one of LMCC’s computers to fill out the Online Application Form. Our staff can help guide you through the form and assist you with technical difficulties.

Budget: What are in-kind contributions?
In-kind contributions are donations of goods or services, instead of cash. Examples of in-kind contributions: a graphic designer’s donated time and services, donated materials, etc.

How do I value in-kind contributions in my budget?
In-kind contributions should be valued at their market rate. Account for in-kind services and goods that have a clear basis for determining their market value. Example: professional labor may be valued as an hourly wage rate per day or according to a standard fee scale, materials can be estimated at current selling prices, etc. Track in-kind contributions separately from cash income & expenses in your project budget, using the section provided at the end of the budget form.

I’m a filmmaker, can I use this grant for my film’s production costs?
MCAF and The Fund are open to all artistic disciplines, including film. Please keep in mind that these are grants for the presentation of work, not solely for the creation of the work, meaning that all projects must include an opportunity for the public to experience or engage with the project (e.g. film screenings, panel discussions, etc.). Your project budget should reflect the presentation costs for the public component of your project. You may include relevant film production/post-production costs that are related to the public component (including artist fees). The grant period is one year, so we highly recommend that film projects be in the post-production stage at the time of application.

Where do I find information about my elected officials required in the application?
To locate electoral district numbers, visit: http://nyc.pollsitelocator.com

For community board number, visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/cau/html/cb/manhattan.shtml

We are a theater company and I’m worried about Actors Equity rules on video documentation. What should I do regarding work samples?
Every code and contract with Actors Equity contains specific media rules, so make sure to check your contract first. If your contract or code does not allow filming or taping, contact The Equity Media Department to inquire about acquiring a Media Agreement for grantseeking purposes. For more information, visit the AEA website: http://www.actorsequity.org/newsmedia/filmtaping.asp

If you don’t have any video samples, contact our staff to seek guidance about submitting a combination of image and/or manuscript samples and support materials that could help round out your proposal.

If you do have video, when uploading your video on Vimeo or YouTube, make sure to set it to private and to include the password before submitting the link to our online application. Please refer to your Actor’s Equity contract or code, or contact them directly with further questions.

How can I submit video or audio work samples?

To submit recordings of video or audio work samples, there are two options:

1. On a CD/DVD delivered to LMCC before the application deadline on September 16, 2014.

2. As an online link using one of the following third party sites: YouTube.com, Vimeo.com and/or SoundCloud.com.

For more specific guidance on how to format your work samples, please see the program guidelines.

How do I upload my work samples to Vimeo, YouTube, or SoundCloud?

For help with Vimeo, visit the Help Center and read the section on uploading:
vimeo.com/help/faq/uploading-to-vimeo

For YouTube, examine their Help page for uploading instructions:
support.google.com/youtube/answer/57924?hl=en

For Sound Cloud, take a look at their Help page:
help.soundcloud.com/

If you don’t want your sample to be publicly accessible, you will need to make it “private” for Vimeo and SoundCloud and “unlisted” on YouTube. If you choose to keep your video private, please be sure to include all applicable passwords on the grant application.

When uploading videos, the conversion process may take several hours. The conversion process for Vimeo tends to be longer than YouTube as it allows for higher resolution uploads on the site. We strongly suggest that you upload your videos well in advance of completing your application to avoid unexpected delays.

Can I get an extension on the grant deadline?
No. All applications, including the online form and hard copy supporting documents, must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Further Questions?
Contact Claire Gresham, Program Associate, Grants & Services
at 212-219-9401 x113 or at cgresham@lmcc.net

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2014 Jurors

    • Ingrid Chu, Co-Director & Curator, Forever and Today
    • Julia Knight, Operations Director, Apex Art
    • Christine Licata, Director of Performing and Visual Arts, Casita Maria Center for Art & Education
    • Maria Michails, Cross-disciplinary New Media Artist
    • Mauricio Trenard, Education Program Manager, Hester Street Collaborative
    • Ronald K. Brown, Artistic Director, Evidence
    • Kim Chan, Development Director, Harlem School of the Arts
    • Naomi Goldberg Haas, Artistic Director/Choreographer, Dances For A Variable Population
    • Roberto Villanueva, Executive & Artistic Director, BalaSole Dance Company
    • Marýa Wethers, International Project Director, Suitcase Fund, New York Live Arts
    • Allison Astor-Vargas, Manager of Special Projects and Educational Outreach, Repertorio Español
    • Emilya Cachapero, Director of Artistic Programs/ITI-US, Theatre Communications Group
    • Daniel Carlton, Actor, Writer, Storyteller, Director, and Teaching Artist
    • David Herskovits, Artistic Director, Target Margin Theater
    • Edith Meeks, Executive & Artistic Director, HB Studio
    • Ilhan Ersahin, Founder, nublu
    • Sara Jobin, Music Director, Center for Contemporary Opera
    • Patricia Ann Neely, Executive Director, Connecticut Early Music Society; Artistic Director, Abendmusik; Music Faculty, The Brearley School
    • Fahad Siadat, Director, See-A Dot Music Publishing
    • Jill Sternheimer, Producer, Public Programming, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
    • Quang Bao, Executive Director, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
    • Erin Donnelly, Independent Consultant
    • Kuang-Yu Fong, Executive Director, Chinese Theatre Works
    • Lynn Moffat, Producer
    • Linda Walton, Executive Director, Harlem Arts Alliance

 

2013 Jurors

    • Desiree Alvarez, Visual Artist, Poet
    • Tom Chiu, Violinist, Composer, Founder, FLUX Quartet
    • Andrea Ciannavei, Playwright
    • Zachary Fabri, Video and Performance Artist
    • Marjani Forté, Co-Founder, LOVE | FORTÉ
    • Jessica Green, Cinema Director, Maysles Institute
    • La Frances Hui, Film Curator and Assistant Director of Cultural Programs, Asia Society
    • Ryan Inouye, Assistant Curator, New Museum
    • Risa Jaroslow, Artistic Director, Risa Jaroslow & Dancers
    • Dominique Jeannot, Soprano and Music Therapist
    • Andre Lancaster, Founding Artistic Producer, Freedom Train Productions
    • Nicholas Leichter, Artistic Director, Nicholas Leichter Dance
    • Michelle Levy, Program Director, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
    • Victor Malana Maog, Artistic Director, Second Generation Productions
    • Monique Martin, Director of Family Programming, City Parks Foundation
    • Carlos Martinez, Mixed Media Artist
    • Gene Murrow, Founder and Executive Director, Gotham Early Music Scene
    • Terry O’Reilly, Artistic Co-Director, Mabou Mines
    • Bushra Rehman, Poet, Educator
    • Karen Sander, Co-Executive and Artistic Director, World Music Institute
    • Stephanie Skaff, Multidisciplinary Artist
    • Melissa Smey, Director, Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre, Columbia University
    • Bonnie Sue Stein, Executive Director and Founder, GOH Productions
    • Ivan Talijancic, Co-Founder and Artistic Co-Director, WaxFactory
    • Marya Warshaw, Founding and Executive Director, Brooklyn Arts Exchange
    • Christopher Williams, Choreographer and Puppeteer

 

2012 Jurors

    • Elia Alba, Multimedia Artist
    • Claudia Amaya, Documentary Filmmaker and Media Educator
    • Nathalie Anglès, Director and Founder, Residency Unlimited
    • Pele Bauch, Choreographer and Associate Director, The Field
    • Ellen Beckerman, Founder and Executive Director, LightBox Theater
    • Clyde Bullard, Jazz Bassist and Producer, Flushing Town Hall
    • Hector Canonge, Multidisciplinary Artist
    • Farah Chandu, Founder and Director, Willow Interfaith Women’s Choir
    • Amy Chin, Arts, Nonprofit Management and Cultural Planning Consultant
    • Parijat Desai, Artistic Director, Parijat Desai Dance Company
    • David J. Diamond, Coordinator, International Programs, La MaMa ETC
    • Jonathan Durham, Director of Visual Arts, Abrons Art Center, Henry Street Settlement
    • Ty Jones, Producing Director, Classical Theatre of Harlem
    • Mia Katigbak, Co-founder and Artistic Producing Director, The National Asian American Theatre Company
    • Amanda Loulaki, Program Director, Movement Research
    • Meg Okura, Violinist, Composer and Leader, Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble
    • Magdalena, Flamenco Dancer and Educator
    • John Mark Rozendaal, Violoncellist, Repast Baroque Ensemble
    • Lou Moreno, Artistic Director, INTAR Theater
    • Brian Rogers, Co-founder and Artistic Director, The Chocolate Factory
    • Emily Rubin, Writer and Founder, Wash & Dry Productions
    • Isabel Soffer, Director, Live Sounds
    • Muna Tseng, Artistic Director, Muna Tseng Dance Projects
    • Jay Wegman, Director, Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement

 

2011 Jurors

    • Carlos Armesto, Artistic Director, Theatre C
    • Mahogany Browne, Poet, Performer, Slam Host & Curator, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
    • Kabir Carter, Performance & Installation Artist
    • Yanira Castro, Choreographer, Director, acanarytorsi
    • Cece Carpio, Artist, Trust Your Struggle Art Collective
    • Susan Cheng, Executive Director, Music from China
    • Eileen Condon, Program Director, Center for Traditional Music & Dance
    • Michael Connor, Independent Film & New Media Curator
    • Dian Dong, Associate Director, Chen Dance Center
    • Simone Eccleston, Programming and Arts Education Manager, Harlem Stage
    • Daniel Gallant, Executive Director, Nuyorican Poets Cafe
    • Ximena Garnica, Artistic Director, LEIMAY; Director NY Butoh Festival & The Cave
    • Aaron Gilbert, Visual Artist
    • Gabriel de Guzman, Assistant Curator of Visual Arts, Wave Hill
    • Frank Hentschker, Executive Director, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY
    • Cathy Hung, Executive Director, New York Chinese Cultural Center
    • April Lynn James, Performer, 18th-century music and dance specialist
    • James King, Managing Director, Cherry Lane Theater
    • Roger Kleier, Composer, Guitarist & Improviser, new music & jazz specialist
    • Maura Nguyen Donohue, Choreographer, inmixedcompany
    • Aya Ogawa, Playwright, Director, Translator, Performer
    • Nicky Paraiso, Director of Programming, The Club at La MaMa
    • David Sheingold, Independent Consultant, Dance specialist
    • RoseAnne Spradlin, Choreographer
    • Beatrice Wolert-Weese, Program Director, CUE Art Foundation