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Foundation for Contemporary Arts (New York | NY)

Emergency Grants

Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $3,000, and the average grant is now $1,700.
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No Fee
Restrictions: 
Applicants must be artists living in United States or US Territories with a Tax ID Number. Applicants must have committed performance or exhibition opportunities, and be able to provide specific dates at the time of application.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
12 / 31 / 2021

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Audible Theater (Newark | NJ)

The Emerging Playwrights Fund

In 2017, Audible launched a theater initiative, intended to radically increase access to exceptional plays and performances. A core pillar of the initiative is the Emerging Playwrights Fund, a program that invests in and nurtures self-identifying emerging playwrights, some of our most inventive, delightful, and provocative storytellers. Through the Fund, Audible aims to connect extraordinary performers with remarkable original work, amplifying new voices and harnessing the power and potential of audio to reach millions of listeners.
Fee: 
No Fee
Restrictions: 
Open to applicants aged 18 and over.
Submission Method: 
Email

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The Jentel Artist Residency Program

2022 Winter/Spring Writer's Jentel Artist Residency

The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Jentel awards residencies to artists and writers who are focused and serious about their intent, who may have proven themselves by publication or solo exhibition or who may not necessarily be well known, but who have developed a personal vision or personal voice in their work. The program welcomes visual artists in all media, writers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry and playwrights.
Fee: 
$30
Restrictions: 
Open to writers over 25 currently residing in the U.S, or any U.S. citizen living abroad.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
9 / 15 / 2021

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Empowering Playwrights one Pixel at a Time: How Online Resources Can Fuel Your Playwriting Interests

What if you want to write a play? Where to start? And what if you have a few plays? What to do with them? And what if you want to learn more skills as a writer? Where to go next? If you’re here, you probably already have some ideas. But member to member, I’ll offer some tips and tricks, in what has become a daily habit: Read, Write, Send and Find. Let’s go!

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Exploring Character Through Environment

Environment dictates more than we give it credit for in our writing. Give environment its due and follow your impulses to explore all facets of your character. Hopefully, the result will be characters that feel molded from the earth they grew up in. In this article, readers are taken through a three-part exercise to explore how environment dictates character and character dictates environment. 

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The Playwright & Biography

Arguably, some of the most successful American plays are gripped by biography. So, how do we shape elements of biography into dramatic works?

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