About The Innovation & Exploration Grant

NAMT’s Innovation & Exploration Grant is designed to help NAMT member theatres pilot new ideas in various administrative and production areas to advance their missions. Areas of exploration may include (but are not limited to) technology, accessibility, audience development, education and artistic innovation and advancement. By reducing the financial burden, these project grants will allow theatres to take some risks and try new ideas, contributing to the overall growth and health of the field. Whether the projects succeed fully, minimally or not at all, lessons learned will be shared with the entire NAMT membership, leading to opportunities for more innovation and continual growth.

The Innovation & Exploration (I&E) Grant program is intended to complement the National Fund for New Musicals (NFNM). Where NFNM focuses specifically on new work development, the I&E Grant may fund other production-related activities, such as audience development and inclusion for a specific project, or an artistic project that combines your producing mission with community engagement. It may also be used for administrative, front-of-house, and other projects that relate to how the business of making theatre is conducted; how our spaces are accessed and navigated; or how overall institutional infrastructure might be strengthened.

Suggested Project Areas

The Innovation & Exploration Grant was conceived for — but is not limited to — the following project areas:

  • Accessibility
  • Community Engagement
  • Audience Development
  • Education
  • Artistic Innovation and Advancement
  • Technology

Applicants may submit other areas for consideration — innovate! We want this grant to grow with your ideas. Feel free to email adam@namt.org or call (212) 714-6668 x15 if you have any questions.

Grant Eligibility

The Innovation & Exploration Grant is open to NAMT’s U.S. not-for-profit theatre members in good standing.

Distribution Of Awards

Applications for the I&E Grant are reviewed once a year by a panel selected by NAMT and comprised of NAMT members and other musical theatre professionals.

Project Period

The current round of I&E Grants will be to fund projects taking place from May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. We understand that the nature of some of these projects (audience development, etc.) may mean they don’t have a hard end date, but the project budget should fall within this period, and you should be prepared to provide your progress report by May 30, 2019.

Reporting Requirement

Issuing of grant recipient’s final payment will be contingent on the filing of a detailed post-project report with NAMT, outlining the project’s goals, the methods used and the outcomes. These reports will be disseminated to NAMT’s other members via an online resource library (a password-protected member benefit) and may also be shared at NAMT Conferences, Roundtables, and in our newsletters and publications. This sharing of ideas is an important feature of the I&E Grant, so that others can learn from your project (whether it succeeds or fails) and innovate at their own theatres.


The deadline to submit an Intent to apply submissions for 2018 grants has passed.

Applications will be due January 12, 2018.

The panel will meet in late February (exact date TBD) and the grant recipients will be notified shortly thereafter.

Past Recipients

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More Details

For more information, email Member Services Director Adam Grosswirth.

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