NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to address the underrepresentation of those who identify as women in film, music, television, and theatre. New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to administer this Fund, which this year adds music as a category.

2020 NYC WOMEN’S FUND FOR MEDIA, MUSIC AND THEATRE RECIPIENTS

THE PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE:

  • Finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects
  • Funds for the creation of music recordings or videos
  • Production funds for live theatre

In addition to being made by, for, or about all who identify as women, projects are eligible if they feature a strong female perspective; and/or include a female-identified director and/or producer and/or writer/songwriter and/or engineer (for recordings) and/or female protagonist(s) or lead musical role. 

GRANTS WILL BE GIVEN IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES (AMOUNTS LISTED ARE THE MAXIMUM POTENTIAL GRANT):

  • Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) – $50,000
  • Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) – $25,000
  • Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) – $20,000
  • Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) – 50,000
  • Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) – $25,000
  • Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) – $20,000
  • Music: Classical/Experimental/Jazz/New Music – $20,000
  • Music General – $20,000
  • Theatre Production – grant amounts up to $50,000

In 2020, finishing funds in the combined amount of $2 million were awarded to 94 music, theatre, film, and digital media projects led by artists who identify as women or that come from a female perspective. 

This was the second round of a $5.5 million, three-year program made possible through the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME).

The next application cycle of NYC Women’s Fund is postponed. Please check back in 2021 and/or subscribe to NYFA’s bi-weekly newsletter for future announcements.

Anyone can apply and be awarded a grant regardless of actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, partnership status, marital status, disability (including use of a service animal), race, color, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, military status, or any other class protected by City, State, or Federal law.

Image Credit: Courtesy the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment