M·U·S·E Residency 2020

Request for Proposals
Tisch M·U·S·E Residency
Summer 2020

WHEN: June 1 - 13, 2020
WHERE: Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church (131 E 10th St)
WHO is Eligible: Faculty, Staff, Students (graduate and undergraduate)

DEADLINE: March 2, 2020 at 11:59pm

The Application Portal for M·U·S·E 2020 will open on February 4th and proposals will be due on March 2nd. Please check back for an update on the 2020 application process. What follows is our most recent (Spring 2019) RFP which you can use as a reference.

The Tisch Inititiative for Creative Research welcomes applications from ALL CREATIVE AND SCHOLARLY DISCIPLINES to the 2019 M·U·S·E Residency (formerly known as the Tisch/Danspace Residency)!

The M·U·S·E (Multi-Use Space for Experimentation) Residency is open to one applicant from each group: faculty, staff, undergraduate student, and graduate student. Current faculty, staff, and students at Tisch are eligible, and successful applicants must be available and present for all residency times for which they are assigned. The panel reviewing applications will include past residency grantees.

A total of up to 12 hours of residency time will be shared among approximately 4 artists (or groups of artists). In addition to access to the space during the residency (see attached schedule), there will be limited access to tech and tech support from the Danspace Project Technical Director. Examples of available tech include: lights on/off (there is no light plot to work with), sound system and microphones, video, DVD and Blu-ray players and projector. Please note that Wi-Fi access is not available in the sanctuary at St Mark’s.

Points of Entry (POE)

Drawing on the successful use of points of entry strategies by institutions such as the Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University, the application requires a plan for sharing residency material with an audience. Some examples of POE activities are listed below; M·U·S·E applicants are encouraged to develop a plan that most authentically reflects their own proposed inquiry. Size, composition and interactivity with “audience” should be thoughtfully considered by applicants. Again, since this opportunity is meant to serve as a creative laboratory, rather than a formal presentational/performance opportunity, the proposed POE should address processes of inquiry, research and/or development. Successful applicants will finalize their POE in collaboration with the Tisch Initiative for Creative Research and Danspace Project staff.

These points of entry (POE) could include open rehearsals, public or invited conversations, published documentation (including websites or other online platforms) or other methods of dissemination. The scale of dissemination will be up to each participating artist.

Successful proposals

The review panel will consider the following when reviewing applications:

  • Does this residency proposal demonstrate understanding of the opportunity and how it might serve applicant’s needs at this time?
  • Does it succinctly describe residency design and components – and does the applicant demonstrate capacity to complete the residency as designed?
  • Is the proposed dissemination or POE strategy realistic (in terms of available resources and capacity) and does it reflect the artist’s overall residency goals?


Successful applicants will be asked to participate in an informal evaluation of their experience following their residency. They will be asked to reflect on their personal experience as resident artists, the usefulness of residency resources, and suggestions for improving the residency (including the application process) in future years. They may also be asked to serve as future panelists or roundtable participants in conversations (hosted by the Dean’s Office) about residency opportunities at Tisch.


To apply for a Tisch M·U·S·E Residency, please submit a PDF document here by Monday, April 1st. Restate and respond to the following questions (in order). Please do not exceed word limits indicated and label each page with your name and page number.

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of past residency participants. Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than Monday, April 15th.

  1. Since the M·U·S·E Residency is a research opportunity (and not just a free work-space opportunity), tell us about your research interests. What kinds of questions are you going to investigate through residency? How might a residency help you refine existing questions or formulate new ones? (300 words)
  2. Please describe in detail your proposed residency (150 words):
    a. How will you utilize your time in the space? What is your preferred construction of residency time: contiguous, book-ended, other? Please include any preferred days/times and how many hours you would like to be awarded (you may request up to 12 hours).
    b. Who will be working with you during the residency?
    c. What tools will you need? What support will you need from Danspace?
  3. Please describe your plan for sharing your residency work with others (250 words):
    a. What format of dissemination do you plan to use and when will it be offered?
    b. Who is your target “audience” for this dissemination and how will you reach them?
    c. What is your plan for documentation of your residency?

    Questions about your application can be directed to tisch.research@nyu.edu. Please use the following subject line in your email: M·U·S·E Question 2019.


DRAFT Schedule (JUNE 3 - 8)
Successful applicants will be awarded up to 12 hours within the following time slots:

Mon 12:00pm – 10:30pm
Production Coordinator
Tue 1:30pm – 10:30pm Production Coordinator
Wed 11:00am – 3:30pm No Tech
Thu 12:30pm – 4:30pm
4:30pm – 10:30pm
No Tech
Production Coordinator
Fri 1:00pm – 5:30pm
5:30pm – 10:30pm
No Tech
Production Coordinator
Sat 5:30pm – 10:30pm Production Coordinator