Deadlines are fast approaching for a range of grants to benefit performing artists. Due dates and grants are:
Jan. 14-"Fund for U.S. Artists" at International Festivals and Exhibitions awards grants (usually $500-$10,000, not exceeding $25,000) to U.S. artists and groups invited to perform at festivals overseas. For guidelines, artists should write to Arts International, 251 Park Avenue South, NYC 10010. Call (212) 674-9744 or visit www.artsinternational.org .
Jan. 14-"The Independent Project Grants Program" provides grants of $500 to individual artists and groups of artists to help organize and produce self-initiated exhibitions, performances, site-specific works, Internet projects, screenings of films or videos. Applications must be picked up at Artists Space. Forms cannot be mailed or faxed. Applications must be hand-delivered on the deadline date only, 10 am-6 pm. Artists Space is located at 38 Greene Street, 3rd floor, NYC. For more information, call Jenelle Porter at (212) 226-3970, x27.
Jan. 15-"Copland Fund Recor-ding Program" supports recordings of contemporary American music. Non-profit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions, and recording companies may apply for $2,000 to $20,000 in recording funds. For an application, contact: The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program, c/o The American Music Center, 30 W. 26th St., Ste. 1001, NYC 10010-2011, Attn: Grants Manager. Phone: (212) 366-5260; Fax: (212) 366-5265.
Jan. 28-"Call for Artists 2001" The Lake George Arts Project's Gallery Committee is now developing the exhibition schedule for 2001. Proposals for special exhibitions, installations, mixed media presentations, and performance art will also be considered. Call (518) 668-2616.
Jan. 31-"Building Up Infra-structure Levels for Dance" (BUILD) is a program offering grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to support emerging and mid-career New York City dance companies. The grants are targeted at boosting structural and developmental stability within the company. BUILD is a continuing partnership between The J.M. Kaplan Fund and the New York Foundation for the Arts with additional support from J. P. Morgan. For more information, call (212) 366-6900, x219.
Feb. 7-"The Special Oppor-tunity Stipends program" (SOS) provides cash stipends of $50 to $500 to artists who live in the state of New York, but who do not live in the five boroughs, and wish to take advantage of opportunities for significant career advancement. For information, call (212) 366-6900, x218.
Feb. 15-"Developmental Op-portunity Grants" are matching grants for arts and education projects that encourage school reform in and through the arts, break new educational/artistic ground, and meet previously unmet needs in the school community. NYFA seeks projects that advance student learning-teaching life skills to young people or assisting students to effectively explore core curricula. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. For more information, call (212) 366-6900, x220.