Live Arts Boston (LAB)

  Live Arts Boston

Barr Foundation

Boston’s performing arts and music scene is part of what makes it thrive. As part of our effort to support the local artists that drive that scene, the Boston Foundation is proud of announce the 2018 LAB program, created with the support and partnership of the Barr Foundation. We invite performing artists, small nonprofit organizations, bands, collaboratives, producers and presenters in the Greater Boston area to apply today.

LAB will provide up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce or present artistic work for Greater Boston audiences. In addition to grant funding, this year’s grantees will receive:

  • Additional support for videography/documentation of the project.
  • One-on-one artistic mentorship for each grantee with a performing arts luminary.
  • Assistance in marketing and outreach of performances.
  • Opportunities to network, socialize, and participate in peer learning with other LAB grantees throughout 2018.
  • Learning opportunities for grantees around topics such as business development, marketing, fundraising, taxes, and more.
  • Number of Grants: It is anticipated that at least 50 projects will be supported during this cycle of the grant.

Funding in 2018 will support work in the following performing arts disciplines: dance, theater, original music of any kind, spoken word, performance art, circus arts, as well as traditional, culturally-specific, and folk performing arts, or any multi-disciplinary combination of the above. Performance projects that include a visual art or film component are eligible, but LAB does not support standalone film projects.

See our Guidelines to learn more.

2018 LAB Timeline

Application Deadline: November 30, 2017, MIDNIGHT (EST)

Decisions Anticipated: February 2018

Grant Period: Funds must be spent between January 1 and December 31, 2018. While the project does not need to be completed in its entirety during the grant period, it must be made available/presented in Greater Boston in some form by December 31, 2018.

Program Information Sessions: The Foundation invites all interested applicants to learn more about both programs and ask questions at a series of information sessions to be held in different locations throughout Greater Boston.  Dates, times, locations and registration links for upcoming sessions can be found here.


Learn more about 2017 LAB grantees and panelists.

If your question is not answered in an Information Session, or if you are unable to attend, please email your question to Aimee Scorziello at