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Grants to Texas Nonprofits for Professional Dance, Music, Folk Arts, and Theater Performances in Eligible Locations

Miller Outdoor Theatre (MOT) 2024 Season Performance Grant


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Funding Source
Miller Theatre Advisory Board Inc
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Geographic Focus
USA: Texas: Houston

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/08/23 5:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for publically accessible performances at local theaters. Funding is intended to support a broad range of professional quality programs and performances in the categories of theater, dance, music, folk art, and multidisciplinary events. Projects must serve the city of Houston.

MTAB accepts applications for the following types of programs at Miller Outdoor Theater:

  • Theater: Projects or organizations that present or produce theater or musical theater. 
  • Music: Projects or organizations that produce or present classical music, new music, contemporary music, chamber music, early music, jazz music, non-classical music, blues, and popular music including orchestras, opera companies, vocal ensembles, concert bands, etc. 
  • Dance: Projects or organizations which support dance performances including ballet, modern and avant-garde, ballet, folklorico, folk, ethnic, and jazz dance styles, historical dance companies, and collectives of individual choreographers. 
  • Folk Art: Projects and organizations that present traditional performing arts, enhancing public understanding of these traditions to help to sustain the vitality of the performing arts heritage. 
  • Multidisciplinary: Projects and organizations that fuse or transcend distinct performing art disciplines and present a balance of events in two or more performing art forms. 
  • Festivals: MTAB is not accepting applications for any new festivals. Only festivals funded in 2023 may re-apply. Festival funding by MTAB only pertains to the performances on the Miller Outdoor Theater main stage. No activities may begin prior to 6:00 pm.

Recipients/grantees will receive a Performance Grant to cover the cost of the proposed production and marketing of the event. Recipients do not need to provide matching funds, however, should the Performance Grant amount not cover all production costs, the recipient will need to supplement with other funds/sponsorships. MTAB will cover the cost of rent, Miller Outdoor Theatre crew and IATSE over hires (if needed), security, ushers, tickets, live streaming/video production for streaming, and applicable streaming license fees.

Programs with cross-over, multi-cultural and multi-generational appeal are particularly encouraged. 

The vastness of the Miller stage and audience area demands that MTAB select performances that will attract a sizeable audience, and support cultural tourism. Performances at MOT shall be “family-friendly” in content.

Programs should be cost-effective in audience reach. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following General Eligibility Requirements pertain to all applicant organizations:
- Applicants must have been in operation for at least one full year as a tax-exempt, charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Applicants must be governed by a Board of Directors that meets regularly.
- Applicants must provide programs open to the general public.
- Admission may not be charged at the Miller Outdoor Theater.

Exception: religious organizations or groups closely affiliated with religious organizations would be eligible to receive funding if the following conditions are met:
1. The primary effect of the performance neither advances nor inhibits religion;
2. The performance does not promote one religion over another, and
3. The performance is open to the general public.

MTAB does not fund the following:
• Administrative expenses.
• Pre-production costs of a show that will have a life beyond the MOT stage. For such shows, MTAB will fund only an appropriately pro-rated share of pre-production expenses.
• Activities that do not take place on the MOT main stage.
• Photography and / or video of your MOT performance. Only expenses related to the pre-performance marketing of your event are eligible.
• Programs whose primary purpose is religious or political.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Tuesday, August 8, 2023: Applicant Orientation Session – Via Zoom, 3:00pm

Pre-Application Information
- Thursday, August 3, 2023: 2024 Application and instructions posted on website
- Tuesday, August 8, 2023: Applicant Orientation Session – Via Zoom, 3:00pm
- Friday, September 8, 2023: Applications due by 5:30 pm
- Wednesday, November 8, 2023: Funding notifications Phase 1 emailed
- Thursday, December 14, 2023: Funding notifications Phase 2 emailed

*Dates subject to change

Term of Contract
All performances must occur between March 29 and November 9, 2024.

Contact Information
Submit your application and attachments to:

Reg Burns
Re: Miller Theater Advisory Board, Inc. Funding Application

Direct questions to MTAB Director of Finance and Operations Reg Burns at the email address above or call (832) 487-7119.

For questions concerning available dates or artistic criteria, contact Managing Director Cissy Segall Davis at (832) 487-7127,

For questions related to technical aspects of the proposed production, contact Production Supervisor Terry Cranshaw at (713) 256-8480,

Miller Theatre Advisory Board, INC.
P. O. Box 66267
Houston, Texas 77266-6267

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