Performance from NewAveArts event Oct 10 2018

Live Arts Boston (LAB) 2020


Boston’s performing arts and music scene is at the heart of this thriving, innovative city. The Boston Foundation believes that investing in local artists to test ideas, explore collaborations, and build skills in the process of generating new work adds depth and diversity to our cultural landscape.

In support of this vision, we are proud to highlight the fourth round of the Live Arts Boston (LAB) program, created with the support and partnership of the Barr Foundation. We invited performing artists, small performing arts organizations, bands, groups of artists, producers, and presenters in the Greater Boston area to apply.

LAB provides up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce, or present new performing arts work for Greater Boston audiences. In addition to funding, grantees receive project documentation, one-on-one advising, peer networking opportunities, and support for other professional development.

Funding supports work in dance, theater, music, opera, musical theater, spoken word, performance art, circus arts, traditional and folk performing arts, and any multi-disciplinary combination of the above. See the full guidelines and FAQs for further eligibility information.

Priority is given to:

  • Projects with clear artistic intention, creativity, and strength of concept
  • Projects with high potential for artistic and career growth and visibility of Greater Boston area artists
  • Projects led by and uplifting the artistry and voices of people of color, indigenous people, immigrants, and new Americans
  • Projects centered on art forms that have had less representation, visibility, and support in Greater Boston
  • Timely and compelling projects
See the sidebar for information on deadlines, application guidelines, frequently asked questions, or watch the recorded information session webinar for artists to learn about LAB and the application process.

 Program Information


The application period for LAB 2020 grants has closed. The following timeline only applies to those who applied by the February 10, 2020 deadline.

Applicants Notified About Round One Decisions: Mid-March 2020

Round Two Application Deadline (by invitation only): April 21, 2020 at 5:00 PM (EST) 

Applicants Notified About Round Two Decisions: Late May 2020

Grant Period: Funds must be spent between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

LAB by the numbers


Grants since 2017


Performances of new and original work


Projects headed by artists-of-color

Christopher Pegram Anna Rae Anjimile

Final Fantasy

All Together Now Anjimile
Anthony Romero Arlekin Players Theatre Ashton Lites
Anthony Romero, in collaboration with Dan Jackson and Jules Rochielle Severt of NULaw Lab
...first in thought, then in action.
Arlekin Players Theatre
The Seagull
Ashton Lites | StiggetyStackz Worldwide Inc.
Stackin' Stylez Freestyle Dance Festival
Asian Am Playwright Collab
Blly Dean Thomas
Catherine Siller
Asian American Playwright Collaborative
New Works Series
Billy Dean Thomas Catherine Siller
All American Beauty
Ceren Turkmengolu
Cliff Notez
D. Farai Williams
Ceren Turkmengolu
East of the Sun West of the Moon
Cliff Notez
Live Concert Series
D. Farai Williams
Surveil Me
Emily Beattie
Somerville Interfaith Mina Cho
FEM Slam
Emily Beattie
See | Be Seen
Faith in a City
Exploring Religion in Somerville, Mass.
Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam
Home Spaces: Sustaining FEMS Community Programming
Fort Point Theatre Channel
Frederick Woodard
Fresh Ink Theatre Company
Fort Point Theatre Channel
Tempest Reconfigured
Fred Woodard
The Dudley Jazz Festival
Fresh Ink Theatre Company
Ink Spot Festival
Junichi Fukuda - FUKUDANCE
Gabriela Martina
Guy Mendilow Ensemble
A World In-Between
Gabriela Martina
Homage to Grämlis
Guy Mendilow Ensemble & Sand Artist Kseniya Simonova
The Forgotten Kingdom: Sand Stories
Jorge Santiago Arce
Isaac de los Reyes
Jane Park
Humano Multicultural Project
Esto es Puerto Rico
Isaac de los Reyes Jane Park
Asian Glow
Jean Appolon Expressions Joel LaRue Smith John Kordalewski
Jean Appolon Expressions
Joel LaRue Smith
Pasajes (Passages): an Afro Latin Jazz Musical Odyssey
John Kordalewski
Big band arrangements of Chico Freeman compositions
Jorge Perez-Albela
Josie Bray
Juma Inniss
Jorge Perez-Albela
Original music composing and recording project
Josie Bray
Owning Dissonance: A New Play
Karen Young
Kara Washington Zili Misik
Latrell James
Karen S. Young
Older and Bolder Anthem
Kera Washington/Zili Misik
From Shining Seas, Freedom Sings
Latrell James
Under EP
Marshall Gillson
MASARY Studios
Marshall "Gripp" Gillson and Porsha Olayiwola
Afro-futuristic Storytelling
MASARY Studios
Water's Edge
New Opera Workshop: Freedom Ride
Felicia Chen
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol
Nedelka Pescod
New Music with Radical Intention
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext? feat. NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman
Nedelka F. Prescod
The Un-Silenced Voice Project
New Movement Collaborative
Omar Najmi
New Movement Collaborative
Lions Jaw Performance and Dance Festival
Sounding Boston: Experimental Music in Non-Traditional Spaces
Omar Najmi
En la ardiente oscuridad
Palaver Strings
Madhvi Venkatesh
Cleo Album + Release Show
Palaver Strings
Prakriti Dance
Through Fish Eyes
Prometheus Dance
Benjamin Evett
Rebecca McGowan
Prometheus Dance Regie Gibson and Queen Mab, Inc.
The Juke: A Blues Bacchae
Rising Step
Elaine Schulbaum

Sissy Castrogiovanni
The Telos Project
Sad Satan
Sissy Castrogiovanni
TERRA:Mother Earth
Sumati Ram-Mohan
TC Squared Theatre
The New Normal
Sumati Ram-Mohan TC Squared Theatre Company
TC Squared Art Salons and New Play Festival
Tim Hall
Triveni School of Dance Unbound Bodies Collective
Tim Hall
Sonic Experience
Triveni Ensemble
Sapta - The Seven Deadly Sins
Unbound Bodies Collective
Unbound Bodies Lab: Unbinding Series
Wee the People
Yara Liceaga-Rojas
Wee the People
My Night in the Planetarium
Yara Liceaga-Rojas
El despojo: ¿Alguien ha/Has Someone?
  Zakiyyah Sutton   
  Zakiyyah Sutton
African Import

Special thanks to our funding partners:

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