The Princess Grace Awards recognize both creative generators (including but not limited to theater directors, designers, choreographers, film directors, etc.) and performance-based creatives (including but not limited to actors, dancers, etc.). A Playwriting Fellowship* is offered through a partnership with New Dramatists.
The Princess Grace Award is an unrestricted cash grant of $10,000 paid directly to the artist.**
- Open to U.S. based artists currently living and working in the United States. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must have permanent work authorization from USCIS.
- All applicants must be nominated by a non-profit university, organization, media arts center or previous Princess Grace Award winner.
- Self-nominations are not allowed.
- An artist can only be nominated by 1 organization or individual in a given year. Applications are evaluated on the individual artist’s artistic merits.
The Princess Grace Awards are a 2 Part application process
Round 1: The Nomination | Deadline February 15, 2022
- Artists are nominated and together with their nominator submit their nominator letter of recommendation, artist statement, resume, short work sample, and headshot.
Applicants will be notified by March 31 and selected applicants will be invited to advance to Round 2.
Round 2: Full Application | Deadline May 1
- Applicants invited to continue in the application process submit a creative process statement, additional letter of recommendation, and work samples.
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA anticipates that the normal course of your artistic career will include staging new work, creating new films, choreographing new pieces, etc., and it considers these projects part of your natural artistic development. In contrast, the Special Project Grant supports projects that challenge and nurture your artistic growth. The Foundation looks to fund projects that offer unique and consequential opportunities at a critical juncture in an artist’s career.
- Princess Grace Award winners and Honorarium recipients may apply.
- Grants must be applied to projects occurring between September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023.
- Grant requests should reflect accurately calculated expenses related to the proposed project during the grant period.
- PGF-USA welcomes applicants to reapply with projects that were not funded in the previous year. Note, that generally, PGF-USA has found that repeat applications are only competitive when the project has continued to grow or evolve in a significant way between submissions. Applicants who plan to resubmit a project are encouraged to request feedback. Any feedback requests should be made before March 31, 2022, to provide adequate time for PGF-USA staff to respond.
- Award winners and honoraria can receive 2 annually granted Advancement grants (Special Projects, Works in Progress, CMCC) within a 5 year time period. This does not include your initial Award or Statue Award and does not include Professional Development grants, including the Flaherty Seminar for filmmakers. This new guideline was implemented in 2021, and does not apply to annual grant funding prior to 2021.
Works in Progress residencies at Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) offer Princess Grace Award winners and honoraria the opportunity for creative experimentation without the pressure to produce a final, finished product. Specifically, the residency with BAC gives Princess Grace Award winning artists the space and resources for an incubation period to develop a particular project. Artists are given exclusive and full access to the selected studio space during the residency, and the residency enables the artist to explore, experiment and push the boundaries of their work in an environment that focuses on process over product.
This aligns seamlessly with the mission of BAC, which serves as “an international center for artistic experimentation and collaboration, providing unique opportunities for the professional development of emerging and mid-career artists from around the world and across disciplines.”
The artists selected for the Works in Progress residency will be afforded use of a BAC studio or the Jerome Robbins Theater (subject to availability) to develop their proposed projects for a duration of 1-3 consecutive weeks during January – December 2023.
- Princess Grace Award and Honorarium recipients may apply who are exploring and/or working on projects of a multi-media or interdisciplinary nature.
- If you received a 2021 Works in Progress Award you are not eligible to apply in the next consecutive year of the grant.
- Prior to applying, the applicant must consult BAC Production Staff, no later than May 1, 2022. This ensures the technical needs of the proposed project make use of the appropriate space. This applies to all applicants, even if the artist or collaborators have participated in a previous BAC residency. Failure to consult with BAC will result in the ineligibility of your application. Please email Pamela Rapp to set up a consultation.
- In advance of the consultation, the artist is also required to view the BAC website for technical specifications and space information. Please take note of equipment inventory, elevator, and studio/theater dimensions, and space drawings and plots which can be found here.
- Competitive applications will show strong management of the proposed residency. Your application must designate a production manager (it may not be you, but it could be a member of your current artistic team) who will assist in the logistical aspects of the residency with BAC; the production manager must be present for BAC communications/meetings including load-in/load-out dates. This can be their only role or it can be a fellow artist on your team who demonstrates strong, managerial skills. Their role as production manager can be reflected in the budget.
- Applicants are required to review the following pdf documents: WIP Residency Responsibilities and WIP Pre-Production Timeline to fully understand the residency commitments and responsibilities. Should funding be awarded, the artist and key collaborators are required to communicate with BAC production staff in advance of the residency.
- Award winners and honoraria can receive 2 annually granted Advancement grants (Special Projects, Works in Progress, CMCC) within a 5 year time period. This does not include your initial Award or Statue Award and does not include Professional Development grants, including the Flaherty Seminar for filmmakers. This new guideline was implemented in 2021 and does not apply to annual grant funding before 2021.