NEFA’s Regional Programs Newsletter
New England States Touring, Meet the Composer and Expeditions are programs of New England Foundation for the Arts that provide funding for performing & cross-disciplinary arts activity in the New England region.
* NEFA Awards over $37,000 for Regional Touring Projects
* Idea Swap Save-the-Date
* Revised Criteria for Regional Grant Programs
* Featured Project
* Upcoming NEFA Grant Deadlines
* NEFA-Funded Events
Welcome back to our regional touring newsletter –
this month’s issue is packed with news and upcoming
opportunities from NEFA. One item of particular
note that you’ll read below is the release of revised
funding criteria for the NEST and Meet the
Composer/New England programs, and new and
improved application forms for all of our regional
Though it’s still beach weather outside, like many of
you, we’re already focusing on the fall, with several
exciting events on the calendar, including the 4th
annual Idea Swap networking event and launch of
MatchBook.org , our new performing arts website. If
you have any questions about NEFA programs or
activities please feel free to call or email me or
Program Assistant, Christine Lamas
Rhode Island liaison to NEFA: Wini Lambrecht at RISCA (email@example.com)
Adrienne Petrillo, Program Manager for Presenting & Touring
NEFA Awards over $37,000 for Regional Touring Projects
We’re pleased to announce recent grant recipients
for NEFA’s regional performing arts touring programs:
New England States Touring (NEST) and Meet the
Composer, which award grants on a quarterly basis.
This quarter’s NEST and Meet the
Composer grants totaled $37,005.
NEST is a cooperative program with the
state arts agencies of New England, providing
support to nonprofits for performances, readings, and
related community activities by artists on the New
England States Touring list, or “roster”. The NEST
program strives to provide artists with the
opportunity to enrich their work through contact with
a variety of communities.
NEST grant awards this
quarter totaled $26,350.
Meet the Composer seeks to
increase opportunities for composers by fostering the
creation, performance, dissemination, and
appreciation of their music, and providing meaningful
interactions and experiences between composers,
their music, and the citizens of New England. This
quarter, Meet the Composer grantees were awarded
a total of $10,655.
Idea Swap Save-the-Date
Mark November 3, 2005 on your calendars for this
year’s fun and productive networking event, the Idea
Swap! The Idea Swap is an annual convening hosted
by NEFA’s Expeditions program that gives artists and
representatives of non-profit organizations the
opportunity to gather and share ideas for touring
projects for the New England region that may qualify
for funding from NEFA’s Expeditions program.
Get your skis ready because this year’s Idea Swap
will take place at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton,
MA. Registration for the event will be available later
this summer, so stay tuned!
Revised Criteria for Regional Grant Programs
Newly revised NEST and Meet the Composer funding
criteria are now available on NEFA’s website (www.nefa.org). Be sure
to read them over for your next grant request.
New and improved NEST, Meet the Composer,
Expeditions and Presenter Travel Fund application
forms are also available for download on the website.
We’re now only a couple of months from the “soft
launch” date for MatchBook.org, our online performing
arts marketplace that’s been in the works for the last
two years. Site development is humming along, and
the MatchBook.org ‘look and feel’ was met with much
enthusiasm when NEFA staff recently presented the
project at the New England Consortium of
Artist Educator Professionals (NECAP) town meeting
When the site goes live in early fall, all New England-
based performing artists will be able to go online and
create a free ‘profile’ on the site, with the option of
adding streaming audio and video clips of their work.
In conjunction with National Poetry Month, The Arts Alliance of
Northern New Hampshire (AANNH) received a
New England States Touring grant from NEFA this
year for “Poetry without Fear”; a successful seven-
day residency with Connecticut’s award winning
poet, author and teacher Reggie Marra .
The New England States Touring program strives to
give the citizens of New England access to
excellence and diversity in the live performing and
literary arts, and is funded by the National
Endowment for the Arts and the six New England
state arts agencies.
Upcoming NEFA Grant Deadlines
Don’t Forget! Thursday, September 1 is the next
grant application deadline for NEFA’s regional touring
programs: Meet the Composer and New England States Touring.
Check out NEFA’s online events calendar for a look at
upcoming performances funded by our grant
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