Fiscally Sponsored Dance Film Projects
Now more then ever, Fiscal Sponsorship is proving to be a viable option for artists seeking to raise funds. In response, Dance Films Association serves our members by offering Fiscal Sponsorship to dance film projects in production. Ranging from feature length documentary projects to short experimental films, we believe that every idea should have the opportunity to become a fully realized dance film and understand that fundraising is always a huge factor. Through our Fiscal Sponsorship program, not only can dance film projects apply for grants that require non-profit status and collect donations that are tax-deductible, but DFA also provides consultation and builds a personal page for projects on our website to integrate our Fiscally Sponsored projects into the fabric of dance film.
Interested in applying?
To be eligible for Fiscal Sponsorship, you must be a Individual Member of Dance Films Association
Sign Up for Membership
Once you Sign Up, find the Fiscal Sponsorship Submission From under the Forms tab.
DFA staff will review your submission and respond within two weeks by email if you project has been accepted.
What do you need to complete the Submission Form?
- Project Contact Information
- Project Title
- Project Description
- Let us know more about your project. This can be your film synopsis if your project is more Narrative/Experimental, or a project treatment if you’re working on a Documentary.
- Project Timeline
- Where are you currently in the project, where do you intend to be in the next year, and what do you expect to happen along the way? Include fundraising strategy as well as specific grants you are thinking of applying to and their deadlines.
- Artistic/Director’s Statement
- Why does this film need to be made and why do you need to make it?
- Include the confirmed key creative and technical team such as the Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, and Choreographer.
- Be prepared to attach your Project Budget. It should cover predicted costs and expenses from pre-production to distribution and include how you will spend some of the funds you expect to receive through Fiscal Sponsorship.
- Film Still
- File size 500 x 300 pixels, 300dpi
- Online Video Clip
- Preferably to Vimeo so we may include it in our Fiscal Sponsorship Album
- Any Additional Links (if applicable)
- To your Vimeo profile, YouTube account, Facebook page, Twitter account, Project website, Kickstarter campaign
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Projects Fiscally Sponsored by DFA
To support a particular project, send money via PayPal through the specified project donation button on each Fiscally Sponsored projects page. Or, write a check payable to Dance Films Association, earmarked for a specific project and mail it to Dance Films Association, 48 West 21st Street, #907, New York, NY 10010. Please note- For legal and accounting purposes, we need to notify you of our ‘variance power’ over funds donated to us in support of this project. Under our fiscal sponsorship agreement with each project, we retain full discretion and control over the use of such funds to accomplish the charitable purposes of the approved project. This power includes the unilateral right to redirect funds to a different beneficiary who can further the mission of DFA if for some reason the project cannot be completed.
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