What if I have applied to LAB before and have not received a grant? Can I apply again with the same project?
If you have previously applied with a particular project and not received a LAB grant, you may apply with that same project again provided it is still considered “new work” (see the definition for “new work” in our guidelines).
Are film, visual arts or media-focused projects eligible for LAB grants?
LAB grants do not support stand-alone media, visual or film projects. Each of these areas may be components of a project, but the majority of the work must align with the following disciplines: dance, theater, music, opera, spoken word, performance art, circus arts, traditional and folk performing arts, and any combination of these.
What if I have an educational project, or a project featuring youth participants?
A requirement of the LAB program is that all artists involved in a project be 18 years or older and professional artists. We define a professional artist as someone who has devoted significant time and training to build a career creating, interpreting, presenting or producing works of art. While an individual or group composed of professional artists may perform for younger audiences, all participants who create the original work for their LAB-funded project must be professional artists, age 18 years and over.
What if my project doesn’t include new work?
LAB funds the creation of new, original works of art. Projects or performances that are predominately tributes or covers of another artist’s work are ineligible for funding. Re-mountings of works that have already premiered in the Greater Boston area are also ineligible to receive a grant.
Who do you serve with LAB grant funding? Where do I need to live to qualify for funding?
A requirement of the LAB program (and of the Boston Foundation in general) is that grant recipients live in one of the towns and cities listed within our geographic catchment area.
What if I want to collaborate with artists who live outside the Greater Boston area?
Applicants are welcome to apply for grant support for projects involving artists who live outside our catchment area. The only requirement is that the primary applicant live within this area.
Application timeline – When will I know if I am moving on to Round 2? When will I know if I have received a grant?
Applicants will be notified if they will advance to Round 2 of the application process on December 19, 2018.
The application deadline for Round 2 submissions is January 16, 2019, at 5 PM.
Applicants in Round 2 will receive notification as to whether they have received a grant in late February 2019.
Who is the primary applicant on the application?
For individual artists, this is yourself!
For organizations, you will provide your organization's name, as funding, if received, will be directed toward that entity.
For a group of artists, this will be the person who would receive funding if a grant were awarded AND be the primary point of contact for the grant process. This individual will also be responsible for the taxes on the grant. In lieu of an individual receiving funds, your group may also choose to work with a fiscal sponsor. (See more on fiscal sponsorship below.)
What does “groups of artists” mean?
The Boston Foundation welcomes LAB applications from unincorporated groups of artists, like a band or ensemble, or an artistic collaboration that isn’t formally organized as a nonprofit.
What types of organizations are eligible to apply for a LAB grant?
Only performing arts organizations may apply.
Am I eligible to apply if I am an LLC?
Yes! Many artists operate as LLCs. However, the primary focus of your company must be on the making and/or presenting/producing of performing arts work in order to receive a grant.
What does “core artistic members” mean?
For bands and other groups/artistic collaborations, the core artistic members are the co-owners of your project and provide creative input. A core artistic member is NOT someone who provides services on a “work for hire” or independent contractor basis.
What is my “legal address”?
In your application, the legal address is the one you use to file your taxes, and the one we will need to have on file. For applicants who receive LAB grants, this legal address will be the one we use to send your grant check to you. It should not be a temporary mailing address, or a post office box number, unless the latter is the one you use on your tax forms.
What is fiscal sponsorship, and do I need it to receive a grant?
The Boston Foundation does not require that LAB grantees have fiscal sponsorship to receive their awards. However, all grant recipients who are not 501(c)(3) nonprofits, whether as standalone nonprofits or via their fiscal sponsors, will be taxed on the amount awarded. For more information about fiscal sponsorship, please contact the following local and national organizations:
You not only can, you must! LAB requires that in each funded project, all artists be paid, and that includes the lead applicant. The types of things you may pay yourself for are:
Composing, script writing or choreography
Administrative work, like marketing, administering finances, etc.
How much should I pay my artists?
We strongly encourage you to talk to peer artists or arts professionals who do what you do to find out how much they pay or are paid to get an idea of what the “going rate” might be. What you pay will depend upon what you are asking people to do, over what period of time, and for how long, as well as what their level of experience or skill is. For example, you might pay an artist a smaller fee for a rehearsal as opposed to the final performance. Overall, you will determine what the fees will be; our only requirement is that you pay any artist who works on your project.
What do I include in my Artist Statement?
We want to know about YOU. We are looking for the following things in your statement:
Tell us who you are as an artist/group of artists/arts organization.
Tell us what you do, why you do it and how you do it.
You do not need to write in academic or scholarly language. Just be as clear as you can be, and provide examples in your statement that help us to understand you and your work. As panelists may not have a deep knowledge of your discipline, write with a general audience in mind.
What makes for a good work sample?
Simply put, a good work sample is one where we can see and/or hear the work clearly. We discourage you from submitting photographs; video/audio samples will better help us to understand what you do. In most cases, one or two longer excerpts of a performance are better than many short snippets or a compilation. We prefer samples of live performances over music videos or promotional materials. By no means do your work samples need to be professionally produced.