Last week, the City University of New York launched the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), a residency program providing rehearsal and performance space to NYC choreographers and dance companies. The new program, which brings a host of benefits to both CUNY campuses and local dance artists, is supported by a lead $200,000 two-year grant from the New York Community Trust, with additional two-year funding from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
Starting this summer, 11 CUNY campuses in all five boroughs will host a total of 12 to 14 residencies, which will range from rehearsals only to larger residencies that may include master classes, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations and performances. CUNY Dance Initiative subsidies will assist the colleges with artist fees, rehearsal expenses, marketing efforts, and other costs.
Choreographers who live in New York City may apply for a residency through an open application process, with a deadline of April 30 for the first round. Guidelines and applications are available here. Residencies in the first round must take place between June 1 and December 31, 2014.