A.R.T./New York Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres and

Leon Levy COVID Relief Fund

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Three Black women in white button ups and orange circle skirts and three black men in orange shirts with black bowties sing in front of a black curtain.
The Braata Folk Singers at the Christmas Grand Market by Braata Productions, a recipient of the Fall 2020 A.R.T./New York Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres. Photo by Rolande Hyde Photography.



In Fall of 2020, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its impact on New York City-based small theatres, the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York created the A.R.T./New York Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres. Originally seeded by a generous gift from The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), with subsequent support from the Seth Sprague Foundation and A.R.T./New York, the fund created an accessible relief fund for small theatres with annual budgets under $250k based or primarily producing in New York City. Grant applications were reviewed and scored on a rolling basis by a diverse panel of theatre makers and administrators from a range of roles in the field nominated by the public. These 55 companies were the first recipients of the fund.

In December of 2020, the Leon Levy Foundation made a generous gift to support A.R.T./New York’s relief fund efforts leading to the creation of the Leon Levy Foundation COVID Relief Fund. The Leon Levy Foundation COVID Relief Fund extended relief grants to seven additional theatres in Fall 2020, and supported increased grant amounts to twelve companies.

The Leon Levy Foundation COVID Relief Fund is now accepting applications through June 1, 2021 at 5pm. Click here for information about how to apply

Your contribution to this Emergency Relief Fund will directly support theatres impacted by COVID-19.To support the Fund, click here to make an online contribution or reach out to Melissa Sandor at [email protected] with any questions.

The A.R.T./New York Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres is made possible with generous funding by the Leon Levy Foundation, the Seth Sprague Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), and A.R.T./New York.