Performing Arts Grant Program

Introduction

The Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program offers grants to non-profit performing arts organizations in Los Angeles County for music, dance and theatre. Under the purview of the City Council and the Cultural Affairs Commission, the Performing Arts Grant Program is designed to support arts organizations and to bring distinguished cultural programming to Culver City. 

The amount of grant funding available is dependent upon the total deposits made into the City’s Cultural Trust Fund each fiscal year. Additionally, the Performing Arts Grant Program is supported by contributions from Sony Pictures Entertainment and Culver City Arts Foundation.

 Logos for Culver City, Sony Pictures and Culver City Arts Foundation. This performance is made possible in part by the City of Culver City and its Cultural Affairs Commission, with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Culver City Arts Foundation.

Grant Guidelines and Instructions

2021 Grant Guidelines For Reference Only(PDF, 513KB)

New 2022 Grant Guidelines will be published soon.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, organizations and projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The primary mission of the organization must include performances in one or more of the following disciplines: dance, music, theatre.
  • The organization must be a current 501(c)(3) and provide proof of non-profit status; or the organization must provide a current agreement with an established fiscal receiver that is a 501(c)(3).
  • The organization must be based in Los Angeles County.
  • Projects must be scheduled to take place in a Culver City location (or online only) from April 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.
  • Performances must take place in an ADA-compliant venue or location.
  • Performances may not be staged in conjunction with a fundraiser or class presentation.
  • Applicants must include their DataArts Funder Report for a minimum of one year.
  • Organizations must demonstrate significant plans for outreach and promotion to attract Culver City residents and visitors.
  • Applicants may not submit multiple applications for different projects.
  • Applicants may not apply to the City’s Performing Arts Grant Program and the City’s Special Events Grant Program for the same project.

 

Schedule and Deadline to Apply

Schedule (subject to change)

AUGUST 2021 Application Released and Grant Workshop

SEPTEMBER 2021 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION, SAMPLES, SUPPORT MATERIALS

OCTOBER 2021 Review Panel Meets and Makes Recommendations

NOVEMBER 2021 Cultural Affairs Commission Meeting and Award Recommendations

DECEMBER 2021 City Council Approves Final Grant Awards

JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31, 2022 Grant Performances in Culver City

 

 

Before you begin...prepare your budget and narrative

Link to Budget Template

Create the project budget before your start the grant application.

Sample of 2021 Application Questions - For reference only(PDF, 3MB)

Sample of 2022 Application Questions coming soon. You can use this to prepare narrative answers before you begin the online application form.

 

Ready to Apply - Link to Grant Application

Deadline for 2021 grant program has passed.

New application for 2022 performances coming soon.

Click here to view 2021 form (for reference only).

Upload Artistic Samples

Cultural Data Profile - Funder Report

The City of Culver City is participating with SMU DataArts to utilize The Cultural Data Profile. All applicants must include the DataArts Funder Report for the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program with their application.

The City of Culver City, along with other funders, requires applicants to complete an annual survey that collects financial and programmatic data. Applicants will complete the online Cultural Data Profile and use that data as part of their application to all participating funders throughout the state. A short form is available for organizations with budgets of less than $50,000, making the data entry process faster and more equitable for small nonprofits. 

For detailed information and instructions about the required report, please refer to the 2021 Performing Arts Grant Guidelines.(PDF, 513KB)

 

 

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Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program 

Notice of Funding Availability

The Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program offers grants to non-profit performing arts organizations in Los Angeles County for music, dance and theatre. Under the purview of the City Council and the Cultural Affairs Commission, the Performing Arts Grant Program is designed to support arts organizations and to bring distinguished cultural programming to Culver City.  The amount of grant funding available is dependent upon the total deposits made into the City’s Cultural Trust Fund each fiscal year. Additionally, the Performing Arts Grant Program is supported by contributions from Sony Pictures Entertainment and Culver City Arts Foundation.

Deadline to submit application, budget, samples and collateral: To be announced soon

For questions about the grant program, please email Lee Lawlor Cultural.Affairs@culvercity.org or call (310) 253-5772

 

Eligibility for the grant.

Step 1.Review the 2022 Eligibility Requirements

  • To be eligible for consideration, organizations and projects must meet all of the following criteria:
  • The primary mission of the organization must include performances in one or more of the following disciplines: dance, music, theatre.
  • The organization must be a current 501(c)(3) and provide proof of non-profit status; or the organization must provide a current agreement with an established fiscal receiver that is a 501(c)(3).
  • The organization must be based in Los Angeles County.
  • Projects must be scheduled to take place in a Culver City location from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.
  • Performances must take place in an ADA-compliant venue or location.
  • Performances may not be staged in conjunction with a fundraiser or class presentation.
  • Applicants must include their DataArts Funder Report for a minimum of one year.
  • Organizations must demonstrate significant plans for outreach and promotion to attract Culver City residents and visitors.
  • Applicants may not submit multiple applications for different projects.
  • Applicants may not apply to the City’s Performing Arts Grant Program and the City’s Special Events Grant Program for the same project

Step 2. 

Schedule for the 2022 Grant Cycle and training workshop will be announced soon. Email cultural.affairs@culvercity.org with questions.

 

Guidelines

Partial List of Funding Guidelines

Step 1.Tax Exempt Status

Applicant organizations, or their fiscal receiver, must qualify as tax exempt – as defined by the Internal Revenue Service – at the time the application is submitted. A copy of the non-profit determination letter issued by the IRS must be submitted with the application to be considered eligible.

Step 2.Use of Funds

Funding may only be used for direct expenses related to the performances in Culver City. No grants shall be awarded for performances that are staged in conjunction with a fundraiser or a class presentation. Funding may be awarded for a single production, a series of performances, or for one production within a series

Step 3.Compliance

Compliance with licensing and insurance requirements established by the facility at which the performance will be held is required. If the applicant’s production requires performance or staging rights, the applicant should include a letter indicating that rights have been secured. Please provide a copy of the Performance Rights License with the completed application. Applicant shall perform all work in accordance with applicable laws, codes and regulations required by all authorities having jurisdiction over such work.

Step 4.Invoice and Final Report

Grant recipients will be required to submit an invoice after the performance and an evaluation form detailing audience attendance, comments and zip code tally

Step 5.Special Permits

Productions may require a permit through the City’s Committee on Permits and Licenses. Application must be made with the Finance Department at City Hall. Please contact the Business License Division at (310) 253-5870 for information on permit fees. Visit the Culver City website for the online permit form.  

Step 6.Culver City Business Tax Certificate

All grant recipients shall be required to obtain a Culver City Business Tax Certificate before a contract can be issued and before any performances. Contact the Culver City Treasurer’s Office at (310) 253-5870 for information.