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Co-Tenancy Discussions Between Dance Organizations Lead to Merger

The New York City-based Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company sought a permanent home but estimated that it would cost $30 million to purchase and renovate a facility. Dance Theater Workshop, a New York City center for the development and presentation of contemporary dance and performance, conversely, had a dance facility but was looking for a co-tenant to help defray their venue-related costs. While initial discussions centered on a long-term tenancy arrangement, the two nonprofit arts organizations ultimately merged to form New York Live Arts in 2011. A primary goal of the merger was to achieve long-term financial stability for the organizations not only by sharing a venue but also by reducing administrative overlap and launching a blended capital campaign. A grant from the SeaChange-Lodestar Fund provided support for one-time costs associated with the merger.

Grant Information

Grant Amount: $93,000

Year Granted: 2011

Grantee: New York Live Arts

Location: NY - New York

Grantee Website: New York Live Arts