The NYC Women’s Fund, an initiative launched to address the underrepresentation of women in the entertainment industry, recently received $2 million in grant funding.
“This additional $2 million in city funding to the NYC Women’s Fund will provide a tremendous leap toward levelling the playing field and ensuring all creatives, regardless of their gender, are given the platform they deserve,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) announced the funding on July 28.
“We are proud to extend our commitment to the NYC Women’s Fund to offer a fourth cycle of grants, ensuring that more women-led creative projects are given the support needed to reach wide audiences,” said MOME Commissioner Anne del Castillo. “Now, more than ever, it is critical that we continue to elevate women’s voices and perspectives in order to advance gender equity and women leadership in the creative industries and beyond.”
Film, theatre, and webisode/webseries projects are eligible if they feature a woman’s perspective prominently, and/or include a woman director, and/or include a meaningful woman producer credit, and/or prominently include a woman’s perspective or writing credit, and/or include a woman protagonist(s).
For music grants, projects can include new EPs, albums, and videos for works from all genres.
NYC-based producers, composers, engineers, solo musicians, ensemble bands, and orchestras must not be signed to a major label.
Applicants must also show evidence of a growing fan base and have played multiple live shows.
Applications and eligibility requirements are available here. The applications process will close Nov. 1, 2022.
To sign up for updates, visit MOME’s website.
Since its launch in 2018, the NYC Women’s Fund grant program has awarded $5.5 million to 246 film, theatre, and music projects.
Film projects from previous grant recipients have been collectively seen by over 339,000 viewers, while film, theatre and music releases have been featured at 99 premieres.