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Mark Ryder Original Choreography Grant

Grants to Maryland Individual Artists and
Dance Companies to Produce New Choreography

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Howard County Arts Council (HCAC)

Deadline Date:

06/24/20 4:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland choreographers and nonprofit dance companies in eligible counties to enhance artistic endeavors. Eligible uses of funds are to create new and original works of choreography. Funding is intended to support creative expression, expand opportunities, and encourage and sustain the pursuit of artistic excellence. Artists must have established residence and be living in the counties of Howard, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, or Carroll, or Baltimore City, for six months prior to the application deadline and must maintain residence for the duration of the grant period.

Re-interpretation of existing work is not considered an original work.

The review of grants is based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit
  • Originality (of choreography)
  • Evidence of artistic and professional growth
  • Clarity of proposal
  • Ability of the applicant to carry out the project, based on the level of professional commitment as demonstrated in submitted application and supplemental materials.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159955

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant award is in the minimum amount of $500 is offered annually.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed no later than July 8, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Artist(s) must be 18 years or older
- Artists/applicants must have established residence and be living in the central Maryland counties of Howard, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll or Baltimore City for 6 months prior to application deadline and must maintain residence for the duration of the grant period. Proof of residency may be requested.
- Individuals enrolled in high school or any undergraduate classes or programs during FY18 are ineligible to apply.
- Choreographer(s) must provide evidence of their professional achievements within the field of choreography
- Collaborating choreographers interested in applying together must file and sign one joint application for a single artist grant, as well as provide resumes for both collaborators.
- Previous recipients are eligible to apply once in a 3-year period.

In addition to the above criteria, please be aware that the use of copyright material is strictly prohibited. Copyright law protects a work, in whatever medium, unless it has been placed in the public domain. Owners of copyrights hold exclusive right to the reproduction and distribution of their work; therefore, unauthorized use and distribution of copyrighted works is illegal.

While the intent of the grant program is to support individual artistic endeavors, dance companies may apply if the following criteria are met:
- Dance companies may apply for funds; however, grant funds must be used to pay the choreographer for creating a new work. Proof of payment will be required. The company is responsible for supplying all required supplemental materials relating to the choreographer in addition to required company materials.
- K-12 school or college dance companies are ineligible to apply. Independent 501(c)3 groups in residence are eligible.
- Dance companies that apply must be a non-profit 501(c)3 and provide proof thereof.

Pre-Application Information:

May 2020 - Grant applications available online at
June 24, 2020 - Deadline for applications. Please submit the original plus four copies (a total of five) if submitting hard copies.
August 18, 2020 - Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection. If awarded, grant funds will be disbursed after this date.

Contact Information:

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

Grant application form is found at the bottom of the URL for Full Text (RFP) link below.

If you need assistance completing this application, please contact the Howard County Arts Council at:
410-313-ARTS (2787)

Howard County Center for the Arts
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Howard, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Carroll Counties, and Baltimore City

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