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Deadline:  February 1, 2024 at 3pm EST 

One of the most robust residency programs in the country and serving as a national model, HARP provides a commission, developmental support, career planning, and an opportunity for a full production to cross-genre artists within a collaborative environment of peers working across disparate art forms – including theatre, dance, music, puppetry, visual art, and new media. Each HARP artist receives significant long-term support of $125,000, which includes $50,000 in cash and more than $75,000 in equipment, space, and services over 2-3 years to tailor each residency to each artist’s individual needs.

With the launch of URHERE (our new digital and outdoor platform), HERE has expanded our HARP cohort to include digital and outdoor artists. Selected artists will partake in a 1-2 year residency to create digital native and/or outdoor works that will premiere on URHERE. URHERE HARP residents will receive $50,000 ($25,000 in cash and $25,000 in equipment, space, and services) over 1-2 years. Through significant investment of time and resources, dynamic work within a strong community is created.

Throughout the year, we offer a window into the creative process of the artists in our nationally recognized HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). Watch for RAW / Resident Artist Works to catch these fresh in-process works!

While in residence, the artist or team’s residency is linked to a specific project in development and an exploration of ideas and processes intrinsic to their artistic growth. HERE believes that artists must be in control of the work that they create. This control goes hand in hand with a responsibility to participate in all phases of their artistic projects from inception through all development stages to full production. HARP is designed to respond to the ideas and needs of its artists.

The artists must be proactive in bringing those ideas and needs to HARP and each other; they shape workshop and discussion offerings, create performances, and work with HERE staff to publicize and promote HARP events. We expect our artists to be both good citizens of the HERE community as well as ambassadors to the public.

Artists retain ownership of all work initiated, developed, or workshopped during their residency. For the projects that go to full production, HERE and the artists will negotiate a separate rights agreement. However, in all public materials about the artist or team, the following must appear: "(Name of Artist or Team) was/is a member of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20 __ - 20__, NYC", and in all public materials relating to the work’s development, the following line shall appear: “Development of (Name of Work) was made possible through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20_ - 20_, NYC." For works that go to full production, the following line shall appear: “(Name of Work) was commissioned, developed, and produced through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), 20_ - 20_, NYC.”

Selection Criteria:

HARP is designed to assist individual artists or collaborative teams (writers, performers, composers, directors, designers, dramaturgs, puppeteers, choreographers, singers) working in a multi-genre form in live performance. Multi-genre form refers to the full integration (not just as backdrop) of two or more genres (theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media, and visual art) in the work.

We define an appropriate artist/team for our program as one who has:

Completed their education within the last 8-15 years.

Had at least a few significant residency or commissioning opportunities.

Created a body of work over at least 5 years & at least one full evening-length work.

Earns some income from their art practice.

Never been selected as a HARP artist.

Artists must also meet the following criteria:

The artist or team are residents of the NY metro area

The artist, team, and collaborators are fully vaccinated and willing to participate in whatever testing protocols HERE utilizes to ensure the health and well-being of the performing ensemble.

The artist or team finds themselves at a point in their career where they are developing a distinctive form/style/content of work or are interested in stretching the previously accepted boundaries of their work by experimentation.

The artist or team is interested in actively participating in the HERE community and in a peer-based program to exchange resources, ideas, critique, and support.

The artist or team are proposing a project that is very early in its development process, meaning at its inception and has not been previously workshopped, and any underlying rights for pre-existing material for the project have already been secured.

Additionally, we believe that diversity is extremely important within the makeup of our residency program and actively pursue this diversity both from the work itself in terms of genre and content and in the background of the artists.


Information Session: Monday, November 27, 2023 5:30 - 6:30pm EST

Application Due Date: Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 3pm EST

Final Decisions Announced: Friday, April 12th, 2024

Residencies Begin: April, 2024

Selection Process Overview:

Applications are at first reviewed by the HERE Programming team to ensure they are complete (we might reach out if there is missing information).

Next, the applicant-selected panels will then review all applications and rank them in relation to our guidelines. The panels will then discuss the projects, rerank and recommend the finalists.

The HERE curatorial staff (who do not serve as voting panelists) - Remi Harris and Amanda Szeglowski - will then meet with the finalists and make a final decision on which 2-3 artists will be invited to join the community of existing resident artists.

Send any questions to programming@here.org or call 212-647-0202 x 320.

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