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It’s Time For Arts Groups To Apply For The Moody Fund For the Arts 8

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center announced Monday that the application process for grants from the Moody Fund for the Arts is now open.

MFA provides grants to small Dallas arts groups supported by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture. They must be nonprofit and have annual budgets of less than $1 million. Last year the MFA awarded $175, 000 in grants to 47 Dallas Arts groups.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 13.

Here’s the full press release:

February 17, 2020
Grants Support Small Dallas Nonprofit Arts Organizations;
Applications Will Be Accepted Until 3/13

(Dallas) The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center today announced that applications for Moody Fund for the Arts grants are now being accepted at until Friday, March 13, 2020, at noon. MFA was created to provide flexible grants to small Dallas arts groups that are supported by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture. They must be nonprofit and have annual budgets of less than $1 million. In 2019, MFA awarded $175,000 in grants to 47 Dallas arts groups. This year, the amount that can be awarded to each group has been raised from $7,500 to $10,000.

Submissions will be reviewed through a two-tiered panel selection process which will include arts educators, administrators, advocates, philanthropists and a member of the Arts and Culture Advisory Commission. Grants will be announced in June 2020. Applicants can find information on categories and scoring, including a judging rubric and downloadable application, on the fund’s website.

MFA Grants may be awarded for:

  • Commissions of original works and artistic collaborations.
  • Support for new works, innovative programs and offsetting rent and production costs at Moody Performance Hall and other venues.
  • Programs, projects and exhibitions that address important issues of
    cultural equity and community access to the arts.
  • Programs that create and deliver cultural experiences to all parts of Dallas and the hosting of artist-in-residency programs.
  • Operating, staff and marketing support for new initiatives.
  • Support of capacity building.
  • Other projects deemed important to the vibrancy of the arts in the city.

The Moody Fund for the Arts is a $10 million endowment that is part of a $22 million gift from the Moody Foundation to the arts in Dallas, including a $12 million gift to the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s capital campaign. In recognition of the generosity of the Galveston-based Moody Foundation, the City of Dallas renamed Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District to Moody Performance Hall.

Applicants can e-mail questions about the grant submission process to or call 214-978-2840.
Drew Eubank, Communications and External Affairs Manager
AT&T Performing Arts Center

There is no better place to explore and experience live performing arts than the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. On its vibrant 10-acre downtown campus, the nonprofit Center operates three of the nation’s finest performance venues: the Winspear Opera House (the best stage for Broadway in North Texas), Wyly Theatre, Strauss Square and the welcoming public green space Sammons Park.

The Center invites you to explore the best in live theatre, opera, pop, ballet, comedy, cutting-edge speakers and, through its partner TITAS/Dance Unbound, the finest dance companies from across the globe. The Center’s stages are a launching pad for world premieres (more than 70 since the Center opened) and an incubator for the city’s emerging arts groups. This is where you can see the award-winning work of its five resident companies: Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center and Texas Ballet Theater.

The Center serves our community through a range of donor and sponsor supported programs. Each year, thousands of students experience our arts
education programs like Open Stages, Backstage Spotlight and Disney Musicals in the Schools, which let students both explore the arts and boost
education outcomes. Our Community Partners and ArtsBridge-Powered by Toyota programs help ensure access to the arts for Dallas families who have been culturally underserved.

At the AT&T Performing Arts Center, you’ll find a public gathering place for everyone. A place that entertains audiences, inspires creativity and makes the cultural fabric of our great community even stronger. AT&T Performing Arts Center. Yours to discover!