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Applications Will Be Accepted Until 3/15

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center today announced that the online application period for the Moody Fund for the Arts grant process is now open and applications are being accepted at until March 15, 2018.

MFA was created to provide grants to small and emerging Dallas arts groups that are supported by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and have annual budgets of $1 million or less. In 2018, MFA will award $100,000 in grants. In this first year, the maximum grant for each award will not exceed $7,500.

Submissions will be reviewed through a two-tiered panel selection process which will include arts educators, administrators, advocates, philanthropists, a Cultural Affairs Commissioner and the director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. Grants awards will be announced in June 2018. Applicants can find new information on categories and scoring, including a judging rubric on the fund’s website.

MFA Grants may be awarded for:

  • Commissions of original works and artistic collaborations.
  • Support for new works, innovative programs and offsetting rent and production costs at Moody Performance Hall and other venues.
  • Programs, projects and exhibitions that address important issues of cultural equity and community access to the arts.
  • Programs that create and deliver cultural experiences to all parts of Dallas and the hosting of artist-in-residency programs.
  • Operating, staff and marketing support for new initiatives.
  • Support of capacity building.
  • Other projects deemed important to the vibrancy of the arts in the city.

The Moody Fund for the Arts is a $10 million endowment that is part of a $22 million gift from the Moody Foundation to the arts in Dallas, including a $12 million gift to the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s capital campaign. When fully vested, the endowment will award an estimated $400,000 annually. In recognition of the generosity of the Galveston-based Moody Foundation, the City of Dallas changed the name of Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District to Moody Performance Hall.

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