National Performance Network: Creation Fund

Phase I of a three-part program that advances racial and cultural justice and results in an exchange between artists and communities. The Creation Fund supports artists creating a new work in its earliest stages, centering relationship-building between artists, presenters, and communities. Creation Fund projects receive a minimum of $15,000 of unrestricted funding that supports the process and labor that goes into creating a new artistic work. Each project must have a minimum of two commissioning organizations, known as Co-commissioners. One Co-commissioner must be an NPN National Partner, who will serve as the Lead Commissioner.


  • Phase II: Development Fund – Additional funds are earmarked for every Creation Fund Project. Twice a year, NPN invites artists who have received Creation Fund support to apply for development support.
  • Phase III: Public Engagement – NPN offers access to, but does not guarantee, Artist Engagement Funds for NPN Partners to support artist fees.