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BAX is 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, Roxy Gordon (roxy@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

Financial Aid Applications for our School Breaks Arts Programs will be accepted/processed as of January 2, 2019.

President’s Week Arts Program: February 18-22 (Grades K-5th)

Spring Break Arts Program: April 22-26 (Grades K-5th)

Spring Break Master Classes: April 23-25 (Ages 10-14) 

BAX is committed to offering high-quality and accessible arts programs for all. As such, our School Breaks Arts Program tuition is priced at three tiers, which includes sliding scale subsidies of up to 40% so that each family can assess the price that works best for their household. This is based on an honor system of your-expressed-need (we do not require financial documentation). By paying what you are able, you help us better meet the needs of other families. Click HERE to register online. Registration is taken on a first come, first serve basis, and half of the tuition must be received to secure a spot.

If you are seeking financial assistance beyond 40% tuition subsidy, click HERE. Please note that these offers are more limited. These requests will be accepted beginning January 2nd and are available on a first come, first serve basis (for both PWAP and SBAP). Upon receipt of your application, you will receive an email offer within 10 business days and you will have 3 business days to accept an offer. Any offer not accepted within 3 business days will be forfeited and we will move on to sending offers to the next people on our waiting list.

FA Requests of 75% (Tier 6) and greater by new families will require an in person welcome meeting with a BAX Financial Aid Representative, which our office will take responsibility to schedule and which will not delay the processing of your application. (Returning applicants requesting 75-100% may also be asked to meet with a representative.)

Please note that full scholarships (100% subsidized tuition) are extremely limited due to limited program and budget capacity. Requests for full scholarships require an application as well as a letter by the primary caregiver(s) further addressing 1). the family’s need and 2). the particular value this BAX program will have for the family. Applications will not be considered complete without this accompanying letter. If we are able to meet your request, we will reach out to schedule a welcome meeting with the Education Director after you have confirmed our offer.

If we’re unable to meet your request, we will put you on a wait-list and will notify you if additional spots become available.

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

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


Summer Arts Program – 2019 Information Coming Soon


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


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.

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    New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
    NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council
    Council Member Brad Lander
    Jody and John Arnhold
    Bank United
    The Bay and Paul Foundations
    Con Edison
    The Copper Beech Foundation
    Corcoran Cares
    The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
    Houlihan Lokey
    M&T Charitable Foundation
    The Pritchard Family Foundation
    Sterling National Bank
    The Beth M. Uffner Arts Fund
    … and our generous individual donors.