Live Arts Boston (LAB)

Live Arts Boston
The American Symphony of Soul performs at Black Box Sounds as part of BAMS Fest. Photo by Maya Rafie.

Boston’s performing arts and music scene helps the city 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.

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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 multidisciplinary combination of the above. Performance projects that include a visual art or film component are eligible, but LAB does not support standalone film projects.

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See our Guidelines to learn more about the application process.

When you're ready, use the "Click here to Submit" button below to begin your application.


Access/download the Live Arts Boston 2018 budget spreadsheet form, then upload with your materials to the online application. You may also use the budget form embedded in the application.   

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. Note that the project does not need to be completed in its entirety during the grant period, but the project must be made available to/presented to the public in some form before December 31, 2018.

Program Information Sessions and Office Hours

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

You can also see the slide presentation from the Information Session online, in case you missed the session or want to review.

If your question is not answered in an Information Session, or if you are unable to attend and the slides don't have the answer, please email your question to Aimee Scorziello.

*Only nonprofit organizations with total organizational budgets of less than $250,000 for the most recently completed year are eligible to apply.

**In order not to get closed out of your application, we strongly urge you to submit your work at least 30 minutes before midnight on the deadline.