Knight Foundation Launches Miami-Focused Performing Arts Initiative

New World Symphony WALLCAST concert.


The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced that it will put $500,000 toward the establishment of the Knight New Work Miami, a new program that will fund the development and staging of performing arts projects in the Floridian city and its surrounding area.

The initiative will recognize artists—including playwrights, composers, and choreographers—living and working in and outside of Miami; applicants must have a “strong connection” to Miami and to arts organizations in Miami-Dade County, according to a release. Winners will share the $500,000 purse, and performances will take place from fall 2020 to spring 2021.

Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation president, said in a statement, “Miami has blossomed into a community where art is created, not just performed or experienced. We want to leverage that. Our success will be measured by more challenging and inspiring works of authentically, made-in-Miami art, for the world to see our artists’ interpretation of our evolving community.”

Submissions to the Knight New Work Miami open call are due August 31.

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