Choreography, Dancer, and Teaching Artist Opportunities


BDA publishes calls for participation for upcoming local opportunities for Boston area choreographers, dancers, and teaching artists by deadline date. We will try to post virtual opportunities during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deadlines for certain grant applications may be in flux.  Check the websites and if you do not see updates, send emails to confirm deadlines and to confirm your eligibility, deadlines, etc.  BDA takes no responsibility for out of date or inaccurate information. Past deadlines will not appear on this list.

Not a nonprofit? Need a fiscal sponsor in order to apply for a grant opportunity? Check out the information here and get in touch with us to learn more.

Dancers, looking for other jobs? Check out the BDA Auditions and BDA Jobs pages year-round.

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Red Bull Microgrants Direct-funding to artists is essential always, and is particularly critical at this moment. In response to the current socio-political climate, Red Bull Arts is expanding the Detroit Microgrant Program nationally.  The adapted Microgrant program will award two unrestricted $1000 grants each month to two artists in Boston. This program also provides an opportunity to share projects through Red Bull Arts social channels. 

Career Transition For Dancers has a new grant program. Dancers with at least 5 years professional performing experience can apply for Professional Development grants ($1,000), which can be used to create a non-dance income as well as build marketable skills. Scholarships for undergraduate (up to $2,000) and graduate degrees (up to $,5000 are also offered to dancers with at least 7 years professional dance experience. To learn about additional application criteria as well as the range of services offered by The Actors Fund, dance professionals can register for a bi-weekly  national dancer orientation. All dancers, from early career to mid-career to retired from performing, can work with career counselors – at no cost –  in person or remotely. 


September 2020

Artists based along the Fairmount Cultural Corridor are invited to map, draw, animate, dance or otherwise represent their response to this prompt:Has this moment of pause and reflection stirred or opened your imagination in some unexpected way? Has this moment allowed for you to dream or imagine new ways you’d like to arrange life? Up to a dozen works will be commissioned by The Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI). This provides a $300 stipend. Deadline is September 11, 2020 at midnight.

NEFA’s New England Dance Fund awards small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. Deadline is September 14, 2020

The Somerville Arts Council (SAC)  COVID Relief Grant program will support local cultural institutions that are facing dire economic circumstances brought on by the COVID crisis. One-time Covid Relief grants of between $3,000 and $24,000.  The deadline to submit is Monday, September 28th at 11:59 p.m.   

The Arts and Business Council’s  Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship (CEF) is designed to accelerate the careers and practice of a diverse group of 8-10 artists and creative solopreneurs. Applications are due September 30, 2020


October 2020

The Somerville Arts Council has launched a new grant program to support the local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community as well as build organizational capacity to provide leadership in arts presenting, programming and instruction that predominantly serves BIPOC culture. Fellowships are up to $4,000 and project grants of between $3,000 and $15,000 each.  The submission deadline is Monday, Oct. 12th at 11:59 p.m.   


November 2020

New England States Touring (NEST) funds the presentation of regional, national, and international artists presented by New England-based nonprofit organizations. Deadline November 16, 2020 for projects occurring after February 1, 2021.

Local Cultural Councils  support arts projects where you live and work. Read the specifics and priorities for your city or town on the Mass Cultural Council website. Deadline is November 16, 2020.


Check Dance/USA , which posts national and international jobs and auditions for dancers, choreographers and administrators.

The International Association of Blacks in Dance has begun to list jobs; while many of these duplicate other national postings, dancers/dancemakers of color may want to subscribe.