Female Creators: Apply now for grants of up to $50,000 to finish a film, TV, theater or music project

By Faye Penn

If you’re in need of funding to complete a creative project in entertainment, you may qualify for a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME).

Applications are now open for the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, a groundbreaking program to award $5.5 million in finishing grants to female creators over three years.

MOME, in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts, launched the fund last year to support film, digital and theater projects made by New York City women, with the goal of fostering gender equity in financing opportunities in the entertainment industry.

In its first-round last year, the program funded 63 diverse projects, awarding a total of $1.5 million to film, TV, web and live theater projects. Going into this year’s round, the initiative is adding $500,000 for music projects—EPs, LPs or videos for yet to be released works in all genres—with a maximum grant of $20,000 per project.

The expansion to music projects was motivated in part by a recent report from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative finding that from 2013 to 2019, only 10% of Grammy nominees were women. Additionally, from 2012 to 2018 only 22% of artists, 12% of songwriters and 2% of producers of 700 popular songs from the Hot 100 year-end Billboard Charts were female.

“We are proud to expand the NYC Women’s Fund to include female-identified songwriters, composers, engineers, and producers working in all genres of music,” said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Anne del Castillo. “Supporting women creatives in media and entertainment diversifies our talent base and generates richer content.”

In addition to music projects, film, theater and web productions are eligible for finishing funds in the following categories if they are made by a New York resident and feature a strong female-identifying perspective or have a female director, producer or writing credit. (Amount of funding is the maximum available):

  •      Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more): $50,000
  •      Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less): $25,000
  •      Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms): $20,000
  •      Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more): $50,000
  •      Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms): $25,000
  •      Theater Production: $50,000

Applications are open until October 1, with award recipients announced in March 2020. For more information and to apply, visit