The Nancy Quinn Fund
Little Lord's’ production of Babes in Toyland. Photo by Daniela Mullady.
The Nancy Quinn Fund was created in honor of Nancy Quinn, one time A.R.T./New York board member and former Artistic Director of Young Playwrights, Inc. Ms. Quinn strongly believed in the importance of giving young talent an opportunity to “have their say.” She showed tremendous respect for the voices of the next generation of artists and was committed to fostering the work of new, emerging, and small theatre companies. After she passed away in 1993, A.R.T./New York launched the Nancy Quinn Fund to assist its largest and most rapidly growing sector of member theatres – those with annual cash budgets under $100,000 – by providing management seminars, annual grants, and other services designed to help companies facing the challenges of producing in New York City.
Often on the cutting edge of the theatrical experience, these small theatres frequently produce world premieres that launch new careers, technology, techniques, and plays into the American Theatre lexicon. Despite the number of companies this size, however, very few funding resources are available to them. The Nancy Quinn Fund is designed specifically to help fill that need by providing general operating grants to those companies with budgets under $100,000.
Grants range in size from $500 to $2,000 with no grant exceeding 10% of the theatre's expenses for its most recently completed fiscal year. If your organization's budget is less than $5,000, apply for the $500 minimum grant. If your most recently completed fiscal year was unusually small, you may take the average expenses of your last two completed fiscal years.
Grantees can find information on crediting policies and language here.
The application for the 2017 Nancy Quinn fund will open on Monday January 23 and applications will be due by Monday March 6, 2017 at 5:00pm.
- Applicant must be a Full, Associate, or Independent Producer member of A.R.T./New York in good standing.
- Applicant must have had annual expenses totaling under $100,000 for its most recently completed fiscal year.
- Applicant must have participated in Organizational Planning and Process Part 1 and Part 2. The one-on-one individual session is not required. The theatre does not have to have participated in this year’s sessions if it participated in past years.
- Applicant must not have an outstanding final report from previous years’ grant cycles.
A company does not have to be incorporated or have 501(c)(3) status to apply for the grant.
2017 Guldelines, Eiligibilty, and Evaluation Criteria »
Please review this information in full before applying
Narrative Statement Review
Applicants who wish to receive comments on a draft of their narrative before submitting their application may send a draft and receive comments from the A.R.T./New York Programs team. Drafts must be sent by February 23, 2017 to ensure feedback in a timely manner. Please review the guidelines for this process in our Grant Guidelines.
For more information about this program, please contact Corinne Woods, Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 244-6667 ext. 241.
2017 NANCY QUINN FUND GRANT RECIPIENTS
Broken Box Mime Theater
Concrete Temple Theatre
Crossing Jamaica Avenue
Downtown Urban Arts Festival
Flux Theatre Ensemble
General Mischief Dance Theatre
The Habitat Theater Company
Honest Accomplice Theatre
IRT Theater, Inc.
Life Jacket Theatre Company
Live Source Theatre Group
The Mad Ones
The Movement Theatre CompanyNational Asian Artists Project, Inc.
New York Deaf Theatre, Ltd.
New York Madness
The New Stage Theatre Company
Parallel Exit, Inc.
Partial Comfort ProductionsPeculiar Works Project
Pipeline Theatre Company
Rising Circle Theater Collective
Semicolon Theatre Company
Voyage Theater Company
The Nancy Quinn Fund is made possible in part by generous funding from the Mental Insight Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Header: 2014 Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Grantee The Team’s production of RoosevElvis (Photo by: Sue Kessler)