Next Steps
for Boston Dance (a partnership between the Boston Foundation and the Aliad Fund)

This grant supports choreographers creating original work in any dance genre to move forward and take a “next step” in their careers by providing:

  •  250 hours of rehearsal space
  •  6 consulting meetings with expert advisors in areas of need and/or interest to the artist including, artistic, technical, communication, and planning
  • $5,000 in implementation funds to create or complete a project or take a “next step” in an artist’s work or career
  • Cohort meetings to connect choreographers and allow them to share and learn from each other

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Individual Artists, Collaborating Choreographers, and Company Artistic Directors may apply.
  • Artists must have choreographed and presented work in a public [non-educational institute] setting within the last 24months.
  • Candidates must be creating original work; there are no genre-restrictions.
  • Candidates’ primary residences must be located in the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, within Route 495. Click to see a list of eligible cities and towns.
  • Post-Secondary Students currently seeking and working towards dance and related fields are ineligible to apply. 
NOTE: Artists may apply to both Next Steps for Boston Dance and Live Arts Boston and receive both grants in the same year. Current Next Steps grantees are not eligible to apply to Next Steps in this cycle but may apply to Live Arts Boston. Current Live Arts Boston grantees may apply to Next Steps this year. 

  Questions about eligibility, the application, and not sure what to submit? Email Ruth Birnberg -

Boston Foundation