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BAX in a nonprofit organization committed to providing high-quality accessible arts education programming to all families regardless of financial means. We provide financial assistance in the form of  tuition subsidies and/or installment plans for our Youth Education Classes (ages 1-18) and our School Breaks & Summer Arts Programs based on an honor system of your self-expressed need. We do not require financial documentation.  

By making an offer of financial assistance, BAX is making a significant commitment to your family, and we expect that your family is likewise making a commitment to BAX and to your child’s full participation. Financial assistance families are periodically asked to volunteer for projects, bake sales, and special events.  

Please read below to learn about the financial aid application process for your relevant program interest. Please feel free to contact info@bax.org or 718.832.0018 with any questions.

Youth Education Classes

BAX is able to provide tuition subsidies up to 75% and/or installment plans.  Families requesting a subsidy of 75% (or more) will need to meet with our Education Director or other financial aid representative before accepting an offer of assistance.

To apply, please complete the online application below. (Hardcopies are available in person at the BAX front desk.) Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and there is no one factor that disqualifies families from receiving financial assistance. Once submitted, your application acts as a deposit to hold your child’s spot in your requested class(es) while your application is processed. You will be contacted in regard to the status of your application within 10 business days of your submission. 

Youth Classes Financial Aid Application (After School and Saturday Classes)

Families wishing to receive financial assistance must submit a new application for financial aid each time they register a student for class. If you are re-registering a student in class they currently take, and if none of your financial information has changed, you may complete an application for extension of financial assistance in lieu of a new application.

Our capacity to provide full financial assistance (or any amount greater than 75%) is more limited. Such scholarships are available through our Dani Nikas Opportunity Fund. The fund, which was established in 2016 with the goal of doubling our financial assistance support, is named in honor of one of our earliest teaching artists – Dani Nikas – who died in 2001.

If you would like to apply for a subsidy greater than 75% or full financial assistance, please fill out the above financial aid form and with it submit a letter to our Education Assistant, Christie Love Santiago (christie@bax.org) that  clearly addresses the following information:

  • Your child’s interest in the performing arts
  • How the particular class(es) your child plans to take at BAX will serve as an enrichment (Why BAX? Why this particular class?)
  • Your commitment to the class(es) that your child is planning to take (attendance, participation, etc.)

Please note that the number of full financial assistance scholarships awarded each year does vary depending on funding

 

School Breaks Arts Programs: President’s Week, Spring Break  & Master Classes

Applications for our School Breaks Arts Programs will be accepted/processed as of January 2, 2018. Due to limited program capacity and financial resources, comparatively less financial aid is available for our School Breaks Arts Programs as compared to our Youth Education Classes.

President’s Week Arts Program (grades K-5th) applications will be processed on a first come/first served basis as long as allocated funds remain available. Applicants will receive a response within 10 business days via email and will have 3 business days to respond once an offer has been made. 

Spring Break Arts Program  (grades K-5th) applications have a submission deadline of February 15, 2018. Applicants will receive an emailed response on March 1st and will have 3 business days to respond once an offer has been made. 

Spring Break Master Class (ages 10-14) applications have a submission deadline of March 1, 2018Applicants will receive an emailed response on March 15th and will have 3 business days to respond once an offer has been made. 

Given the high volume of requests, any offer not accepted within 3 business days will be forfeited and we will move on to any families on our financial aid wait-list. If you submit an application past a deadline or BAX is otherwise unable to meet your request, we will keep you on a wait-list and will notify you if additional funds become available. Any family requesting a subsidy of 75% or more, will be required to have an in-person meeting with a financial aid representative.

To apply, please complete the online application below. (Hardcopies are available in person at the BAX front desk.) Note that while requests for all School Breaks Arts Programs can be included in a single application, requests will be processed according to each relevant program’s application timeline. 

School Breaks Financial Aid Application (President’s Week/Spring Break Arts Program and Spring Break Master Classes)

 

Summer Arts Program

Our pricing structure for the Summer Arts Program includes tiered tuition options with built-in subsidies of approximately 15% or 30%. For subsidies of more than 30%, financial assistance applications for our Summer Arts Program will be accepted as of January 29, 2018. Due to limited program capacity and financial resources, comparatively less financial aid is available for our Summer Arts Programs as compared to our Youth Education Classes.

Summer Arts Program applications have a submission deadline of April 15, 2018. Applicants will receive an emailed response on May 1st and will have 3 business day to respond once an offer has been made.

Given the high volume of requests, any offer not accepted within 3 business days will be forfeited and we will move on to any families on our financial aid wait-list. If you submit an application past a deadline or BAX is otherwise unable to meet your request, we will keep you on a wait-list and will notify you if additional funds become available. Any family requesting a subsidy of 75% or more, will be required to have an in-person meeting with a financial aid representative.

To apply, please complete the online application below. (Hardcopies are available in person at the BAX front desk.)  

Summer Arts Program Financial Aid Application

 

Donate to the Dani Nikas Opportunity Fund 

If you would like to make a contribution towards financial assistance, please contact Vanessa Adato, Managing Director, at Vanessa@bax.org or (718) 832-0018 or visit www.bax.org/support

IT ALL STARTS WITH SUPPORTING YOUNG ARTISTS

BAX celebrates its 25th anniversary with the launch of a new initiative: The Dani Nikas Opportunity Fund that will double the amount of our scholarships that support young artists to $100,000.

Dani Athena Nikas was a dancer, choreographer, and a treasured BAX faculty member. Before she died in 2001 she spoke passionately about how important dance and young people were to her. Dani provided a truly meaningful learning process for her students that went far beyond dance. Totally in sync with BAX values, she incorporated politics, relationships, history and spirituality throughout her life and work. She was an inspiration to her colleagues, her students and her friends. She would be very proud and honored to know that part of her legacy lives on and would be especially pleased to know that financial hardship would not be an obstacle.

At BAX, and with Dani as our inspiration, we are committed to raising a generation of people who are unafraid to ask tough questions about race, class, gender, identity and justice and create boldly. And we need them to do so with understanding, with complexity, with openness, and with love. That is what drives us all at BAX. So for us — and we hope for you — it all starts with supporting young artists.