The Fund for New Work supports emerging artists with commissions and assistance in the conception, development, and presentation of their work and manifests Harlem Stage's commitment to support and enable artists to actualize their creative concepts and visions. Support from the Fund for New Work ranges from commissions and rehearsal space for artists in workshop during the development stage of their work, to additional creative staff support, for example, during the concept phase. The grant or commissioning aspect of the Fund for New Work supports 5 to10 artists to enable them to develop a new piece which is given consideration for a possible presentation. Grants range from $1,500 to $5,000. Artists also receive up to 8 hours of rehearsal space (subject to availability) in addition to administrative and programming support at Harlem Stage that can have a value of several thousands of dollars. The Fund for New Work is also complemented by the Fund for New Work Showcase performance where Fund for New Works artists have the opportunity to perform excerpts of their commissioned work for their peers and the public.
The impact of the Fund for New Work is extensive. Since its inception in 1993, we have supported over 150 artists. Artists and works premiered and developed as part of Harlem Stage's Fund for New Work have gone on to be presented at national and international venues and festivals. These include the Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Arts, The Kitchen, Lincoln Center, the American Music Theater Festival, SummerStage, City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, the Kennedy Center, Jacob's Pillow, P.S. 122, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Dixon Place and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD).