Venue Waivers

Venue waivers are available for nonprofit arts organizations that will present performing arts activities in Miami Beach.  These performing arts activities include: dance, film, theatre, opera, and music.

Community Benefit Fund Fee Waivers for The Jackie Gleason Theater at the Fillmore Miami Beach

The Cultural Arts Council may issue up to 24 rental waivers per calendar year to qualified nonprofit organizations for use of the Jackie Gleason Theater and/or backstage at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
Community Benefit Fund Rent Waiver Application Fillmore 17-18

Community Benefit Fund Fee Waivers for Theater at the Colony Theater
For Theater Only
The Cultural Arts Council may issue up to 12 rental waivers per calendar year to qualified nonprofit organizations for use of the Colony Theater.
Community Benefit Fund Rent Waiver Application Colony Theatre

Rent Waiver Program for Soundscape Wall
The Cultural Arts Council may issue up to 10 grants annually for the use of the Soundscape projection wall and sound system to qualified nonprofit organizations. Restrictions apply.
SoundScape Wall Rent Waiver Application 2018

Cultural Arts Council Grants Program

The Cultural Arts Council distributes $850,000 annually to nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 cultural organizations and cultural departments within institutions of higher learning (colleges or universities) with tax-exempt status under other subsections of 501 (c) 3 wishing to present or produce cultural and artistic events within the City of Miami Beach.

Program application periods and relevant deadlines are announced in January via our website and through e-mail, social media, and e-newsletters. The Cultural Arts Council Grants Program has two separate parts:

(1) Cultural Anchors

Provides grants for operating funds to the major preeminent and smaller arts institutions physically based in the City of Miami Beach, whose primary mission is year-round artistic and cultural programming that contributes significantly to the cultural life of the City of Miami Beach. Grants may be used towards operational expenses in association with the annual cultural programming described in the application.

Maximum Request Amounts:

$25,000 for Cultural Anchors with annual organizational budgets below $750,000
$30,000 for Cultural Anchors with annual organizational budgets between $750,000 and 3.5M
$35,000 for Cultural Anchors with annual organizational budgets at or above $3.5 M

Cultural Anchor organizations include ArtCenter/South Florida, The Bass Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami City Ballet, Miami Design Preservation League, Miami New Drama, New World Symphony, Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS-FIU), the Wolfsonian – FIU, the Holocaust Memorial Committee, Miami Beach Cinematheque (Miami Beach Film Society), Miami Beach Garden Conservancy (Miami Beach Botanical Garden), Miami Dade Public Library, O Cinema, and The Rhythm Foundation.

(2) Call for Ideas: Cultural Presenters

The Call for Ideas for Cultural Presenters is open to nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 cultural organizations and cultural departments within institutions of higher learning (colleges or universities) with tax-exempt status under other subsections of 501 (c) 3 wishing to present or produce cultural and artistic events within the City of Miami Beach.

All artistic disciplines, including dance, music, theater, film, visual arts, and multi-disciplinary events are encouraged to apply. Qualified organizations may submit up to two (2) ideas.

The review criteria include a two-round selection process. In the first round, the Cultural Arts Council will review the submissions and propose a set of finalists. These finalists will then be invited to submit a full grant application, which will be further reviewed and scored by the Cultural Arts Council. Final award recommendations will be made by the Cultural Arts Council. The Cultural Arts Council will fund the ideas best suited for artistic and cultural programming in the City of Miami Beach.

Call for Ideas applications open in January annually, and the submittal deadline is the end of February annually.

Call for Ideas 2019-2020 Timeline:

  1. Call for Ideas Application (Intent to Apply) Available: January 15, 2019
  2. Intent to Apply Submission Deadline: February 22, 2019
  3. Full Application Submission Deadline: May, 2019
  4. Cultural Affairs Council Panel Meeting: June 6, 2019 *Additional meetings may be scheduled*
  5. City Commission Budget Meeting: End of September 2019
  6. Projects must occur between October 1st - September 30th, 2019
  7. FY 18-19 Final Reports Due on November 15th , 2019

Grantees:  Please refer to the attached PDF documents for your Final Report form, in addition to the Excel spreadsheet that includes four (4) separate tabs for you to complete and submit with your completed, signed, and notarized Final Report Form and required supplemental documents.

All final reports are due by November 15th.  Please mail your completed, signed, and notarized Final Report Form and your Final Report Checklist (along with all applicable attachments and supplemental documentation) to:

Catherine Houlihan, Grants & Operations Administrator
TOURISM, CULTURE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
1755 Meridian Ave, Suite 500, 5th Floor, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Grant Agreements

Grantees:  If any changes need to be made to your Grant Agreement, then please refer to the attached PDF documents and edit them accordingly before submitting them:

  1. FY 18-19 Grant Agreement Page 1
  2. Article II and Article III
  3. Exhibit 1 - Revised Project Description
  4. Exhibit 2-A - Total Project Budget
  5. Exhibit 2-B - Grant Award Budget

Once your Grant Agreement is updated, signed, and notarized, please submit three originals and proof of 1:1 matching funds to:

Catherine Houlihan, Grants & Operations Administrator
TOURISM, CULTURE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
1755 Meridian Ave, Suite 500, 5th Floor, Miami Beach, FL 33139