Core Awards Program

Working in conjunction with nominating schools and non-profit companies, the Princess Grace Awards recognize the talent of individual artists in theater, dance, and film.

This unique collaborative process fills vast voids in the artistic community: scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships give emerging artists the financial assistance and encouragement to focus on artistic excellence; monetary support for the nominating organizations eases fundraising challenges, directing resources toward the creative process.

Awards winners are selected annually by panels of experts in each field. Panelists review written material in advance of coming together to review all materials and discuss nominees. Panelists rotate yearly and are selected by the Chairs of Theater, Dance, and Film respectively, based on their knowledge and experience in each field.

Please visit the Guidelines section of the website for specific details pertaining to each category of the core Princess Grace Awards.

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Our commitment to Princess Grace Awards winners

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA’s commitment to our Awards winners is long-term and PGF-USA strives to maintain a relationship with each Princess Grace Awards winner. Recognizing that an artist will continue to need both financial support and encouragement as they pursue their craft, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA offers continuing grants to Awards winners. Currently there are four avenues of funding available to Princess Grace Awards winners: Special Projects, Works in Progress, Professional Development, and Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission.

Special Project: In 2003, the Arts Advisory Board (AAB) created the Special Project Grant to provide Princess Grace Awards winners with the opportunity to return to the Foundation with project-specific funding requests. The AAB looks to fund projects that offer unique, consequential artistic opportunities at a critical juncture in an artist’s career. The AAB expects that an artistic career will include staging new work, creating new films, choreographing new pieces, etc., and it considers these projects part of the natural artistic development. In contrast, the Special Project grant supports projects that challenge and nurtures artistic growth.

Works in Progress: In 2008, the Arts Advisory Board (AAB) entered into a partnership with the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) to provide further support for Princess Grace Awards winners. The aim of this alliance is to provide Princess Grace Awards winners the opportunity for creative experimentation without the pressure to produce a final, finished product. This aligns seamlessly with the mission of BAC, which serves as “an international center for artistic experimentation and collaboration, providing unique opportunities for the professional development of emerging and mid-career artists from around the world and across disciplines.” The Works in Progress residency is open to Princess Grace Awards winners who are exploring and/or working on projects of a multi-media or interdisciplinary nature. Specifically, the residency with BAC in New York City gives Princess Grace Awards winning artists the space and resources for an incubation period to develop a particular project. The residency enables the artist to explore, experiment, and push the boundaries of his/her work in an environment that focuses on process over product.

Professional Development: Recognizing that artists need to continue learn new skills and hone his/her artistic craft, the Professional Development grants provide funding to Princess Grace Awards winners for seminars/classes/conferences to develop capacity and knowledge in both artistic development and arts management. Princess Grace Awards winners are invited to seek out opportunities that will help strengthen his/her sustainability in the arts marketplace by developing a new artistic skill set, marketing and promotion efforts, and increasing management capacity.

Choreography Mentorship Co-commission: The Arts Advisory Board, sensing a consistent need in the dance field for time and space to perform, as well as the opportunity and platform to work with a mentor to help choreographers grow artistically, created the Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission (CMCC). Partnering with a small number of dance organizations throughout the United States with a history of residency and mentorship, the grant provides Princess Grace Awards winners working in choreography a residency opportunity that focuses on the development of a new work and the opportunity to work with a mentor who will help the choreographer grow artistically. The goal is to provide Princess Grace Awards winners time, space and guidance to work on a choreographic vision, and see that vision realized in a performance.