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Dance, Music, Folk Arts, and Theater Performances

Miller Outdoor Theatre (MOT) Grant

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Miller Theatre Advisory Board (MTAB)

Deadline Date:

11/19/21 5:30 PM


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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for performances at a local theater that are open to the general public. 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 for 2019 and approved for 2020 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.

Grantees will receive a Performance Grant to cover the cost of the proposed production and marketing the event. MTAB will cover the cost of rent, Miller Outdoor Theatre crew and IATSE over hired, security, ushers, tickets, live streaming or video production for streaming and applicable 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 which 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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143788

Term of Contract:

All performances must occur between March 19 and November 19, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The MTAB is committed to serving the many diverse communities of Houston. 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.

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.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

- Friday, October 29, 2021: 2022 Application posted on website
- Friday, November 19, 2021: Applications due by 5:30 pm 11/19/2021
- Wed., December 15, 2021: 2022 Funding announced

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit your application and attachments to:

Reg Burns

For questions regarding the funding process, required documentation, or payment procedures, please contact MTAB Director of Finance and Operations Reg Burns at (832) 487-7119 or at the above email address.

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

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

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