The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art 2008-2009

The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art 2008-2009
The Future of the Present

ANNUAL DEADLINE: April 1, 2008 (postmark date).


Supported by Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, Franklin Furnace awards grants between $2,000 and $5,000 to performance artists, allowing them to produce major works anywhere in the State of New York. Artists from all areas of the world are invited to apply.

THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT 2007 Franklin Furnace offers artists an honorarium (this year of $5,000) and a residency facilitated by Franklin Furnace, for a 2-4 month duration at a physical or online venue appropriate to your proposed work. For THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT 2007, we plan to continue to expand the technology available to our artists through collaboration with Parsons School of Design, Digital Design Department and beyond. Artists from all areas of the world are invited to apply.

See below for details on HOW TO APPLY.

Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. We believe that this peer panel system allows all kinds of artists from all over the world an equal shot at presenting their work. All applicants are automatically considered for both categories of awards. Every year the panel changes, as the definition of "emerging artist," the notion of "live art on the Internet," and the definition of "performance art" itself changes, so if at first you don't succeed, try again.

Deadline: April 1, 2008


1. Write a 100-word summary of your proposed work. Make your summary as clear and complete as possible. You may also send a more detailed description of your proposed work.
2. All proposals to THE FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND FOR PERFORMANCE ART must have a ½ inch videotape (VHS - NTSC American format), cued for two - five minutes, of your proposed work or past work. You may also include other visual support materials.
To apply to THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT series you may send a ½ inch videotape, audio cassette, slides, photos, CD-ROMS, Jaz, Zip, floppy disks or URL (either MAC or PC format).
If you do not specify which fund you are applying for, you will automatically be evaluated for both funds.
3. You MUST include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of materials, or indicate that you will pick up your packet at our office.
4. Contact Info: Name, Mailing Address, Phone number/Fax number, Email/WWW.
Optional 5. You may include a budget (i.e. space rental, equipment, tech personnel). If you have other funding sources for your project please indicate this in your budget.
6. You may also submit your resume, reviews of previous work, and any other support materials.

To download the application form in PDF format, click here.
To download the application form in Microsoft Word format, click here.

Send application and material to:

2008 – 2009 Proposals
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
80 Arts – The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place #301
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506

You may also e-mail your proposal to:
(URL proposals only, please don't send huge attachments)
Questions? Contact:
Or call us at 718.398.7255 or fax at 718.398.7256