Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative



Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s initiative to provide free outdoor rehearsal space to artists and arts organizations.

In response to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the NYC cultural landscape, DBP created the Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative in 2020 to provide free outdoor rehearsal space to artists and arts organizations.

The Initiative continues in 2021 with two rounds of residencies, each providing space on a recurring basis for 12 consecutive weeks. The first round will be at MetroTech Commons from April - June, and the second round will be at the Plaza at 300 Ashland from July - September. Time slots are available seven days a week. DBP invites artists and arts organizations to request use of these spaces.

Read about the last year’s Rehearsal Residency and check out press around the Initiative here and here.


Apply Here!

Our Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative 2021 Application is now open.



First Round: Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative at MetroTech Commons

Dates: April 12 - July 2nd (12 weeks)*

Time per slot: Up to 4 hours

Daily slot: 12-4pm

MetroTech Commons is the public space at the center of Brookfield Properties’ bustling MetroTech Center. The Commons has hosted a wide array of events such as BAM’s R&B Festival, Light Up MetroTech, the Brooklyn Book Festival, and DBP’s Summer @ MetroTech series of fitness classes and ping pong tournaments.

Located directly outside NYU’s Dibner Library, the rehearsal space at MetroTech Commons is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest parking garage for an hourly fee is located at 1 MetroTech Center (entrance on Lawrence Street).

The usable space for rehearsals at MetroTech Commons is a level 7,000 square feet. Its surface is accessible and made of large pavers.

*Note: during the weeks of June 8 – June 21, resident artists will be provided with an alternate outdoor rehearsal space as the Commons will not be available. More information will be provided once artists are confirmed.


Second Round: Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative at The Plaza at 300 Ashland

Dates: July 9th - October 7th (12 weeks)

Time per slot: 3 to 4 hours

Daily slots: 12-3pm, 3pm - Dusk

The Plaza at 300 Ashland sits at the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District. DBP has partnered with premier local organizations such as BAM, BRIC, Chelsea Piers Fitness, Brooklyn Public Library, Mark Morris Dance Group, and TFANA to offer free, high-quality programming that enlivens the neighborhood.

Located at the corner of Flatbush and Lafayette Avenues, the Plaza is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest parking garage for an hourly fee is located at 300 Ashland.

The usable space of the Plaza at 300 Ashland is 4,275 square feet (split between two levels, separated by one step), and its surface is concrete. The space is ADA compliant.



The Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative and ongoing programming at MetroTech Commons is made possible by with support from Brookfield Properties.


Program Details Program participants will submit their preferences for rehearsal timing and DBP will try to accommodate requests. Artists will have access to their outdoor rehearsal spaces during the same time each week during the span of the residency. DBP will help secure any permits necessary to use the space and will work with selected participants to address unique needs.

Review Criteria The Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative accommodates artists and arts organizations of all disciplines. Preference will be given to Brooklyn-based artists and organizations whose work will enliven the space. Select applicants will be invited to discuss their projects to gauge feasibility of their proposal for the space.


The Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative and ongoing cultural programming at The Plaza at 300 Ashland is made possible with support from Two Trees Management Co.


Please note:

● The intended purpose is for rehearsal only

● MetroTech Commons and the Plaza at 300 Ashland are outdoor spaces. Artists should be comfortable with their rehearsals or practice being viewed by the public

● In case of inclement weather, DBP will try to reschedule rehearsals

● No invited audiences are permitted

● The sites do not have access to discipline-specific amenities such as a sprung dance floor, marley, amps, etc.

● Artists must provide their own supplies and tools and these must be approved by DBP

● There is no storage, parking, or designated restrooms at the sites

● Participants will be required to observe mandatory health and safety guidelines according to New York City and State COVID-19 regulations

● No use of heat or fire is permitted

● Space must be left exactly as it was found; any clean-up must be done by artists

● Incorporated non-profit organizations will be required to submit a certificate of insurance and name DBP and its affiliates as additionally insured. We will work with independent artists to ensure that they meet all insurance requirements

Because this series takes place in an office complex, levels of sound must be taken into account. Any sort of amplification must be approved. If you have any questions on your eligibility in advance of applying, please contact ahellerman@downtownbrooklyn.com.

The Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative is made possible by with support from Brookfield Properties and Two Trees Management Co.