Applications are now open for the 2018 round of our Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions. This year, 10 local nonprofit organizations will receive grants of $150,000 each to commission significant new works of theater, spoken word and musical theater and premiere them in the Bay Area. Applications for this year’s awards are due by April 20.
Applicants for the 2018 awards must be nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) public charity status based in one of the 11 Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma), but they do not need to be focused on the arts as part of their primary mission. We encourage nonprofits working on diverse issues and those that serve disadvantaged or historically marginalized communities to apply. Completing a short letter of inquiry is the first step in the application process.
Awardees will be decided based on four selection criteria: artistic excellence, community engagement, collaboration and leadership, and financial capacity. Finalists for the awards will be nominated by a panel of outside experts. The Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program staff will select this year’s 10 recipients from among the finalists.
In 2017, the first 10 awards, in music composition, supported a set of fascinating projects by world-class artists working in partnership with local nonprofits, and we’re excited about the new works that will be created with this year’s awards.
You can find more information about the 2018 grant application process on the website.