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From The Institute

In April when we began to see the impacts of COVID-19, we created a $1 million Sundance Institute Respond and Reimagine Plan. As part of this plan, we would redistribute funds to directly support the urgent needs of artists, as well as organizations from around the world leading the field in support of artists from historically marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Earlier this summer we distributed 60% of the Fund to the artists, including 103 Institute-curated artists participating in spring/summer Sundance Institute Labs (taking place this year on our digital platform, Sundance Co//ab) and via Artist Relief, which offers needs-based granting. Today we are announcing the organizations selected as part of the Fund.

The Institute is providing 39 non-recoupable grants totalling $405,500 to organizations based and working in 19 countries around the world. In a direct response to the current global crisis, our goal is to extend these flexible funds to storytelling organizations and artist collectives that perform an integral role in their communities. The grants may be used to support artists and/or to strengthen the organizations themselves in their ongoing work.

To select these grantees, we solicited nominations from a network of peer arts organizations, funders, and Sundance Institute alumni artists -- a broad cross-section of expertises across media, arts, racial justice, theatre, humanities, philanthropic, social science, and human rights organizations.

The need to support the arts around the world will be ongoing as these organizations weather the continuing challenges of the pandemic. It’s our hope that the Sundance Institute Respond and Reimagine Plan will help support art and artists around the world. Read on to learn about and follow some of these vital organizations, all of which are at the forefront of cultivating bold, visionary storytelling.


Artist Support


Many of our summer programs, including our labs, are moving onto our digital platform, Sundance Co//ab.

A Note from the Sundance Co//ab Team

We have thought a lot about our programming and really want to keep it going for the many of you who are already planning to participate in our upcoming events.To make it a bit easier for everyone for the next few months, we are going to make all of our member webinars and Master Classes free to attend. We will also be adding a forum for your questions and concerns at this time where we encourage you to support one another, to tell your stories, and to be generous as always with listening and advice. We will soon be adding a focus for any ideas, questions or concerns you want to share with us, where questions will be answered by Sundance Institute staff and artist mentors, advisors, and alumni.

Our team has been thinking deeply about the programming we will roll out this month to help support you. Please check the newsletter where we'll add our special events and features to the top. There will be new programs as we take some of our live programs digital, and also special events dedicated to addressing the impact of the pandemic and the economic slowdown on the creative community.

We are all in this together and will do everything we can to ensure that this community supports you and your work. We look forward to your energy, creativity and brilliance at this time, so please use the forum to let us know what you need.

Michelle Satter
Founding Director, Feature Film Program

Tara Hein-Phillips
Chief Product Officer, Sundance Co//ab

Program Updates


Sundance Institute labs, intensives, and sessions will take place on our digital platform, Sundance Co//ab

Applications are still open. Learn more about the latest Sundance Institute opportunities as we continue our commitment to offering dynamic programming that supports artists at every step of the creative journey.

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