Knight New Work Miami to invest $500,000 in the performing arts

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Building on the momentum that has made Miami one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the nation, Knight Foundation will invest $500,000 in an open call for ground-breaking, innovative works of dance, theater and music.

Starting now, artists including choreographers, playwrights and composers, with strong connections to Miami, as well as local performing arts organizations can apply for Knight New Work Miami funding to bring fresh ideas to the stage.

“Miami has blossomed into a community where art is created, not just performed or experienced,” said Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation president. “We want to leverage that. Our success will be measured by more challenging and inspiring works of authentically, made-in-Miami art, for the world to see our artists’ interpretation of our evolving community.”

Knight Foundation has helped to propel Miami’s cultural growth, investing more than $125 million in the arts in South Florida.

The funding has allowed institutions to better engage the public and helped realize more than 350 arts projects through the Knight Arts Challenge.

Knight New Work Miami is open to artists with a strong connection to Miami and to arts organizations based in Miami-Dade County, in partnership with artists. The work must premiere in Miami. Submissions are welcome from both emerging and established artists including playwrights, composers, choreographers. For those that need it, Knight will facilitate connections between winning artists and local organizations that can premier their work. Performances should take place during the 2020-21 or 2021-22 seasons (September-May).

“New Work will showcase artists who take risks, innovate, and inspire people. We’re not looking for nice, safe ideas. We want to commission art in Miami that has the potential to be groundbreaking — created and performed at the highest levels,” said Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation vice president for arts.

Winners will share $500,000 in funding. Knight funding is intended to cover the development and premiere of the piece in Miami, though organizations and artists can seek additional funding from other sources, if necessary. Knight Foundation hopes that successful ideas will capture Miami’s creativity, and advance bold collaborations between local artists and institutions.

More information on Knight New Work Miami, and the application, is available online at Submissions are due Aug. 31.

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