demy of American Poets Book Awards
The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. The Academy of American Poets provides the most important collection of awards for poetry in the United States. Guidelines and entry forms are provided, where applicable.
Actor’s Fund of American Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center
The AHIRC database was created in 1998 by The Actors’ Fund of America, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as a health insurance resource for artists and people in the entertainment industry. Since then, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, it has expanded to include resources for the self-employed, low-income workers, the under-insured, the uninsured who require medical care and many other groups.
Americans for the Arts Emergency Relief Funds
Established to provide timely financial assistance to victims of a major disaster for the purpose of helping them rebuild the arts in their community. Relief funds are distributed directly to local arts agencies. Local arts agencies may use relief funds to assist with their own recovery as well as to provide needed services and funding to local nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists. Relief funds are generated by Americans for the Arts and the charitable contributions of foundations, corporations, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals from across the country. Contributions to the Americans for the Arts Emergency Relief Fund are tax deductible. One hundred percent of all funds raised will be distributed to local arts agencies in disaster areas.
(Andy) Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, see Warhol Foundation
Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, see Brown Foundation
Art Deadlines List
A free monthly newsletter (email & paper PREMIUM/PAID versions are also available) providing information about juried exhibitions/competitions, call for entries/proposals/papers, jobs, internships, writing & photo contests, scholarships, residencies, design & architecture competitions, auditions, fellowships, casting calls, tryouts, grants, festivals, funding, financial aid, and other opportunities (including some that take place on the web) for artists, art educators and art students of all ages. Edited and published by Richard Gardner.
The Art List
A monthly online newsletter listing grants, upcoming art contests, competitions, and juried shows across the United States. Sign up for either the free list or the subscription list for more extensive postings.
Also listed under Photography.
Artists’ Assets : A Guide to Artist Resources
A compilation by Artist Trust of Seattle, Washington.
(Last checked 08/06/10)
Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center
The mission of AHIRC, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Actors’ Fund of America, is to provide the arts community with the information necessary to make informed choices about individual and small business group health insurance options.
Founded in 1986 by a group of arts patrons and artists concerned about the lack of support for individual artists, the Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines.
Arts and Culture RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center PND Digest
Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker’s Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker. Covers both nonprofit and academic funding opportunities.
Arts and Healing Network Arts Grants
The Arts and Healing Network is an on-line resource celebrating the connection between art and healing. Our web site serves as an international resource for anyone interested in the healing potential of art, especially environmentalists, social activists, artists, art professionals, health care practitioners, and those challenged by illness. Our hope is that the information presented here will educate and inspire. The Artist Support section contains information on funding and grants, calls for entry, books on the business of being an artist, and artist career advice.
Arts Council of Greater Lansing Individual Artist Grant
Scroll down on page to find information about Individual Artist Grant. $1,000 grants are available to greater Lansing artists – both emerging and established – working on projects in the literary, performing, or visual arts. All projects must have a strong local public component.
Arts Grants/Programs from the U.S. Government Posted on Grants.gov
Some of the most current grant opportunities posted by the federal government. Note: Select arts as funding activity category.
Association of Peforming Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant & Travel Subsidy Program
Deadline : October 10
With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Arts Presenters established the Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Travel Subsidies Program to provide ensemble theater directors, producers, presenters, and others engaged in presenting ensemble theater, with opportunities to initiate collaborative planning through face-to-face and live performance interactions. The goal is to encourage cross-sector collaborations between ensemble and independent theater artists and organizations of various sizes working in the presenting and theater fields and to build complementary capacities that support the creation and touring of ensemble theater.
Travel subsidy grants are available for ensemble theater directors, producers, presenters, managers, artists and agents to see work by ensemble theater companies that have initiated planning for potential partnerships or have identified work that is relevant to current and future long-term collaborative program planning. Applicants that have received Arts Presenters travel subsidy funding within the last 12 months will not be eligible to apply. Grants are available for up to $1,000 for domestic travel and $2,000 for international travel.
(Berrien Fragos) Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Workers, see Thorn
Betty Bowen Memorial Award Competition
Betty Bowen (1918–1977) was a Washington native and enthusiastic supporter of Northwest artists. Bowen’s friends established the annual Betty Bowen Memorial Award as a celebration of her life and to honor and continue her efforts to provide financial support to the artists of the Pacific Northwest. Every year since 1977, one artist has been selected by the committee to receive an unrestricted cash award of $11,000. At the discretion of the committee, PONCHO Special Recognition Awards are also often granted. Who is eligible for the award? Artists who live in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho. Sorry, no performing arts.
(Arch and Bruce) Brown Foundation
The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awards yearly grants to writers in three rotating disciplines: Theatre, Full-length Fiction, and Short Stories. All works submitted must present the gay and lesbian lifestyle in a positive manner and be based on, or inspired by, a historic person, culture, event, or work of art. Writing contests close on November 30th of each year. Grants are $1000 and are not limited to a single winner. The Foundation also offers grants (usually of $1000) to production companies to offset expenses in producing gay-positive theatrical works based on history.
Listed under Grants for Individuals — arts, humanities, writing.
California Lawyers for the Arts
California Lawyers for the Arts provides attorney referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications, and a resource library to the state’s artists and arts organizations.
Canada Council for the Arts Endowments and Prizes
The Endowments and Prizes Section of the Canada Council for the Arts administers over 70 annual prizes, fellowships and awards to Canadian artists and scholars for their contributions to the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada. Many of these prizes are privately endowed and are given in perpetuity in memory of the donors. Others, such as the Governor General’s Literary Awards are both funded and administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation Fellowships for Caricature and Cartoon, see Swann Foundation
Center for Craft Creativity and Design
The Craft Research Fund seeks to advance scholarship in the field of craft by supporting high-quality research undertaken by university faculty, graduate students, museum curators, artists and independent scholars. The Fund supports research that demonstrates the relevance of craft within contemporary culture. Its aim is to increase the number of creative scholars and practitioners interested in pursuing craft studies and research.
College Art Association Opportunities
Opportunities offers continuously updated information for artists, scholars, museum professionals, educators, and other members of the arts community. Select Awards, Grants, Fellowships for timely information about funding, research, and recognition opportunities.
College Art Association Professional Development Fellowships for Artists and Art Historians
CAA initiated the Professional Development Fellowship Program in 1993 to help MFA and PhD students bridge the gap between graduate study and professional careers. By offering our support at this critical juncture in scholars’ and artists’ careers, we hope to make timely degree completion more viable and employment opportunities more accessible. In turn, by nurturing outstanding scholars and artists at the beginning of their careers, we hope to strengthen and diversify the profession as a whole. Each fellow receives support over a period of two years. In 2010, five awardees will receive a one-time award of $5,000 each. Honorable mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, will receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the Annual Conference.
(Jack Kent) Cooke Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Foundation offers scholarships to outstanding students with financial need, including a Gradate Scholarship Program that places special emphasis on finding and supporting such students in the arts. Awards can total as much as $300,000 per recipient. For more information, including eligibility criteria and deadlines, see the Graduate Scholarship Program information on the web site.
Costume Society of America Grants, Awards, and Honors
Costume Society of America Stella Blum Research Grant
This $3000 grant is meant to support an undergraduate CSA student member working in the field of North American Costuming. Costume design students who are interested in the program must write for further information and application materials.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund
CERF provides immediate support to professional crafts-people suffering career-threatening emergencies, thereby helping them sustain their craftsmaking as a livelihood and, by doing so, enriching the cultural and economic vitality of communities in the United States.
Craft Research Fund
Deadline: January 10
The Craft Research Fund seeks to advance scholarship in the field of craft by supporting high-quality research undertaken by university faculty, graduate students, museum curators, artists and independent scholars. The Fund supports research that demonstrates the relevance of craft within contemporary culture. Its aim is to increase the number of creative scholars and practitioners interested in pursuing craft studies and research. The Craft Research Fund is a three-year pilot program. Up to $75,000 in Project Grants and $20,000 in Graduate Research Grants, in the field of craft history, criticism and/or cross-disciplinary studio of studio craft in America, will be awarded each year.
Cranbrook Academy of Art Library Grants and Other Funding Sources for Individual Artists
Creative Capital Foundation
Creative Capital is a new, national organization supporting visual artists who are pursuing innovative approaches to form and/or content in the visual, performing, and media arts. Creative Capital will work closely with its funded artists to provide audience development, marketing and other forms of assistance tailored to individual projects. Artists will, in return, share a portion of their proceeds with Creative Capital, enabling the fund to support more artists in the future. Creative Capital funds artist projects in four disciplines: visual arts (includes installation art, painting, fiber art, mixed media works, public art, etc.), film/video arts, performing arts (includes music, dance, theater, puppetry, performance art, etc.), and emerging art fields (includes all forms of digital work, and experimental literature). Projects that transcend traditional discipline boundaries are highly encouraged. Creative Capital operates on a two-year grant cycle, funding alternative disciplines each year. The first year of each cycle, we issue grants in visual and film/video arts; the second year, performing and emerging arts.
2008 Grants Focus : Emerging Fields, Innovative Literature and Performing Arts. Emerging Fields may include all forms of digital arts, audio work, multidisciplinary projects and new genres. Innovative Literature may include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, as well as genre-defying work by writers who demonstrate exceptional stylistic, linguistic, and formal originality. Performing Arts may include dance, music, theater, experimental music performance, experimental opera, spoken word, theater/performance art and interdisciplinary projects.
Also listed under Film and Music.
Dactyl Foundation for the Arts and Humanities Research Support and Awards
A not-for-profit organization established for the purposes of investigating the role of art in the contemporary world. Currently offers partial support (in the form of small cash awards, travel to conferences, and a think tank environment) for several scholars. We provide researchers with the opportunity to invite scientists and artists working in relevant fields to visit Dactyl Foundation in order to consult or collaborate.
Also listed under Arts, Humanities
Dana Foundation Rural Initiatives Grants
Beginning in 2007, The Dana Foundation will grant professional development programs in rural communities in the US. The Dana Foundation is interested primarily in training for:
(1) Professional artists teaching performing arts in public schools
(2) In-school arts specialists who teach performing arts in the public schools. In-school arts specialists are teachers who are part of the permanent school staff (full or part-time) and who teach the performing arts as their primary area of instruction
Dance Magazine’s Scholarship Guide
2009 : http://www.dancemagazine.com/2010_scholarship-guide
Online links to Dance Magazine for MSU faculty, staff, and students
Funding your dance training is no easy task, especially in these tough economic times. How to pay for summer intensives, competitions, or the next year of school? Our annual scholarship guide has lots of answers. We’ve compiled over a hundred opportunities to help you cut the costs of your dance education, from tuition and travel, to costumes and books. Be sure to contact a school or organization for full details on how to apply. Dance Magazine’s Scholarship Guide, included in the August issue, lists funding options from $250 to $100,000 to help you pay for classes, travel, and intensives. Published every August.
Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts Scholarships and Internships, see Reed Foundation
Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship
A private grant awarded annually to four graduate and post-graduate American students in the visual fine arts (painting, graphic design, print-making, sculpture, photography) and music (composition, instrumental or vocal performance). The scholarship is not intended for research in art history, or musicology, nor for dance or theatre. Successful candidates propose a unique and detailed project related to their study which requires a one-year residency in Paris. As this project should include enrolment in a recognized French art school or music conservatory, it is strongly suggested that the candidate establish a significant contact with a teacher or institution prior to arriving in France and to show evidence of this contact in his/her application dossier. Each of the Harriet Hale Woolley scholarships carries a stipend of 8,500 euros paid in five instalments throughout the academic year (October 1st – June 30th). Please note that the scholarship is designed to assist with the rent of an artist atelier or music studio at the Fondation des Etats-Unis, as well as for other living expenses. The Fondation is one of the student residencies of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. For more information about the Fondation and the Cité Internationale, please consult their websites: www.feusa.org and www.ciup.fr. The Woolley scholars are expected to participate actively and regularly in the cultural program of the Fondation des Etats-Unis by giving and attending concerts, art exhibitions, and various social events.
Foundation Center Reference Guide for Artists
If you are an artist and are looking for information on grants, this user aid will help you in your search. We have selected a few of the most important print and electronic resources for you to begin your search.
Foundations, Grants, Trusts, and Scholarships: A Comprehensive Resource for Sculptors
A collection of links and descriptions of organizations which fund sculptor’s training, special commissions and projects, improved communications between 3D artists, and conservation.
Fund for Women Artists Funding Lists
Choices include film/video projects, international projects, and visual arts projects.
Funding for Visual Artists
A compilation by the Fund for Women Artists.
George Sugerman Foundation, see Sugerman Foundation
Getty Grant Program
Support for institutions and individuals throughout the world for projects that promote the understanding of art and its history and the conservation of cultural heritage.
Grants, Funding Opportunities for Sculptors, see Sculptor.Org
Grants.gov : Current Federal Funding Opportunities for Arts
(John Simon) Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts) except the performing arts. Fellows are selected on the basis of two separate competitions, one for the United States and Canada, the other for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Foundation does not make grants to institutions, organizations, or students.
Humanities Grants/Programs from the U.S. Government
Posted on Grants.gov
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, see Cooke Foundation
Jacob Javits Fellowships Program
The program provides financial assistance to students of superior ability, as demonstrated by their achievements and exceptional promise, to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) level in selected fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, see Guggenheim
Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowships, see Kinley Memorial Fellowships
(Samuel H.) Kress Foundation Fellowships
Competitive Kress Fellowships administered by the Kress Foundation are awarded to art historians and art conservators in the final stages of their preparation for professional careers.
(Samuel H.) Kress Foundation Grants
Kress Foundation grants are concentrated on projects and programs that promote the understanding and enjoyment of European art and architecture, especially in relation to its historical context.
Michigan Native American Arts Initiative Grant and Award Opportunities
Also lists fellowship and internship opportunities.
Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters Alumni Endowed Scholarship
Recipients shall be an undergraduate enrolled full or part time in the College of Arts and Letters. Must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. Recipient shall express acceptance and appreciation of the award in writing within six weeks of notification. Address to: Dean John Eadie, College of Arts and Letters, Linton Hall, M.S.U., East Lansing, MI 48824.
A free blog for visual artists, performing artists, and writers with up-to-date information, resources, and deadlines for grants, fellowships, and international residencies.
National Endowment for the Arts Dance Resources Funding
National Endowment for the Arts Grants Page
Although primarily a funder of nonprofit organizations, the National Endowment for the Arts also offers fellowships for individual artists.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits.
National Foundation for Jewish Culture Grant Programs
Provides financial support for theater, music, dance, filmmaking, fiction, and Jewish Studies scholarship.
National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Awards for Young Artists
The mission of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts is to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development; and to raise the appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American Society. High-school seniors and 17- and 18-year-old artists nationwide working in classical music, dance, jazz music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, or writing may wish to apply now for cash awards of up to $3,000 and scholarship opportunities through the Arts Recognition and Talent Search Program of the NFAA. The program is open to U.S. citizens and legal residents, with the exception of the jazz-music category, which is open to international applicants. Interested students should contact their school guidance counselors for forms or contact NFAA. There is a $25 application fee, which may be waived for applicants who can demonstrate financial need. Deadline: June 1. For more information, contact NFAA/ARTS, 800 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131; (305) 377-1140 or (800) 970-2787; fax (305) 377-1149; e-mail email@example.com.
National Gallery of Art Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Fellowships
Fellows have access to the notable resources represented by the collections of the National Gallery, its library and photographic archives as well as the Library of Congress and other specialized research libraries and collections in Washington. Lectures, colloquia, and informal discussions complement the fellowship program. Fellowship programs currently offered include: Predoctoral Fellowship Program for Summer Travel Abroad for Historians of American Art, Paired Fellowship Program in Conservation and Art History/Archaeology, Predoctoral Fellowship Program, Senior Fellowship Program, Frese Senior Fellowship Program, and The Starr Foundation Visiting Senior Research Fellowship Program for Scholars from East and South Asia.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Source
A database of some 6,000 grant, award, publication, and other opportunities for artists in all disciplines nationwide. These listings are supplemented by weekly jobs and opportunity listings that are part of NYFA Current. New postings appear every Sunday. NYFA’s grants and other programs for New York State residents are also described on the site. Note access requires registration.
Northeast Michigan Arts Council
The Northeast Michigan Arts Council is responsible for awarding Minigrants on a matching basis to any non-profit organization, including, but not limited to, service organizations, arts organizations, parks and recreation organizations, professional associations, public and non-public schools, libraries, cities, townships and villages within Region 7 that encompasses the following four counties: Arenac, Bay, Midland and Saginaw. Two of these counties are designated as “underserved,” or as areas in which there is minimal exposure to the arts.
Poets and Writers Magazine Grants and Awards Page
A compilation of resources by the editors of Poets and Writers.
Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. was established in 1985 for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to individual working artists of established ability through the generosity of the late Lee Krasner, one of the leading abstract expressionist painters and the widow of Jackson Pollock. The Foundation`s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time. Dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and financial need, whether professional, personal or both.
Applications are accepted from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will consider need on the part of an applicant for all legitimate expenditures relating to his or her professional work, personal living and medical expenses. The size and length of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. Recent grants have ranged from $1,000 to $30,000.
Princess Grace Awards for Aspiring Young Theater, Dance, and Film Artists in America
The Princess Grace Awards is a national program dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging young artists in theater, dance and film to realize their goals. The mission is accomplished through scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. All candidates must be US citizens or have permanent status.
The Puffin Foundation
The Puffin Foundation Ltd. seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. Grants usually range from $1,000 to $2,500.
(Donna Reed) Foundation for the Performing Arts Scholarships and Internships
Provides scholarships for high school seniors, internship scholarships, and workshop scholarships.
Resources in Art History for Graduate Students A Newsletter of Fellowships and Other Opportunities for Art History Graduate Students
This continuously updated newsletter lists grants, fellowships, internships and study abroad opportunities for graduate students in art history and closely related areas such as humanities and visual art studies. It also carries listings of art history conferences and publication opportunities of particular interest to graduate students. Some listings are also open to undergraduates or to postdocs. This web site is owned, created, and maintained by Adrienne DeAngelis.
Room of Her Own Foundation
The foundation was formed in 2000 to provide innovative and practical arts patronage to women. Through our generous grant program and unique retreat experiences, A Room of Her Own Foundation works to educate the community about the work of female artists and writers.
(Samuel H.) Kress Foundation, see Kress Foundation
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Postdoctoral Awards:
Architecture, Accounting, Arts and Humanities, Interior Design, Liberal Arts, Planning, Religion
A compilation of resources by Francisco Alberto Tomei Torres, Ph.D.
Sculptor.Org: Foundations, Grants, Trusts, Scholarships
Here are collected links and descriptions of organizations which fund sculptor’s training, special commissions and projects, improved communications between 3D artists, and conservation. Compiled by Richard Collins.
Smithsonian Art Museum Fellowships, Internships, and Scholarly Opportunities
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading centers for the study of American art. The Museum offers academic opportunities for scholars at the graduate level and above, research opportunities for visiting scholars, and professional museum training for college seniors and graduate students. Use site map to locate appropriate section of web page.
Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships and Grants
State Arts Commissions
Often have funding available for individual artists as well as art organizations.
Alabama Arts is an example.
Studio Art Center International (SACI) Scholarships
A number of scholarship opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate study at Studio Art Centers International (Florence, Italy). Except for scholarships for children of SACI alumni, SACI scholarships are available for the Fall and Spring terms only. One full scholarship and a large number of partial scholarships are offered annually. All SACI scholarships are based on both demonstrated financial need and outstanding artistic and academic ability. Students interested in applying for a SACI scholarship MUST check the appropriate box on the SACI application form and complete all application requirements. SACI scholarships average between $500 and $2,500 per term.
(George) Sugerman Foundation
Always interested in the well-being of dedicated, young, and developing artists, Sugarman provided for them in his will. The George Sugarman Foundation offers annual grants to painters and sculptors who are engaged in creating new works of fine art, whose work shows promise, and who are in need of financial assistance. Photographers, performance artists, dancers, musicians, and students currently enrolled in degree programs are not eligible for grants.
(Caroline and Erwin) Swann Foundation Fellowships for Caricature and Cartoon*
The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon is administered by the Library of Congress. The Swann Foundation awards one fellowship annually (with a stipend of $15,000) to assist ongoing scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon. To be eligible, one must be a candidate for an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in a university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico and working toward the completion of a dissertation or thesis for that degree, or be engaged in postgraduate research within three years of receiving an M.A. or Ph.D. from an institution in one of those countries. Although research must be in the field of caricature and cartoon, there is no limitation regrading the place or time period covered. Since the Foundation encourages research in a variety of academic disciplines, there is no restrictipon upon the university department in which this work is being done, provided the subject pertains to caricature or cartoon art. For more information, call 202/707-9115; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Target Arts in Education Program
Target believes that appreciation of the arts is a critical part of every student’s education. Target Arts in Education Grants create opportunities for students nationwide to explore, experience and create visual art, music and drama. Each Target store is empowered to make Target Arts in Education Grants in its community. To apply for a grant for your school or organization, visit your local Target store and pick up a grant guidelines brochure.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals : Education
Theatre Communications Groups Grants to Individuals
(Berrien Fragos) Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Workers
Funded by a bequest from Berrien Fragos Thorn, creative arts scholarships have been initiated in order to foster and encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history of migration to obtain work in agriculture. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents in one of the following disciplines:
(1) Visual-painting, sculpture, photography, etc.
(2) Performing-dance, theatre, music, etc.
(3) Media-film, video, animation, computer graphics, etc.
(4) Literary-poetry, short stories, etc.
(5) Crafts-traditional folk arts, furniture, weaving, pottery, etc.
The Foundation’s art grantmaking program goal is to empower visual artists to succeed in the marketplace and to empower curators to continue to push the boundaries of contemporary art.
United States Artists (USA) Fellowships
United States Artists (USA) exists to nurture, support, and strengthen the work of America’s finest living artists. Through this program, we support a diverse array of visual, literary, performing, design, media, and crafts and traditional artists. The first three years of the USA Fellows program will be considered a pilot phase. During that time, USA will distribute 150 unrestricted fellowship grants of $50,000 each to artists across the United States. The program supports artists in all career stages, including emerging and mid-career artists, as well as individuals who have achieved master artist status. The fellowships will be awarded across a broad array of disciplines: Architecture and Design, Crafts and Traditional Arts, Dance, Literature (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry), Media (film, media, and radio), Music, Theater Arts, and Visual Arts.
University of Iowa Division of Sponsored Programs Arts and Humanities Funding Sources
Urban Glass Visiting Artist Fellowships
Deadline: Dec. 31
UrbanGlass seeks to promote the use of glass as a medium for creative endeavor in art, craft and design; to foster excellence in the glass art field; to offer high-quality facilities and expertise to all artists; and to engender public appreciation of glass. Fellowship, scholarship and exhibition opportunities include:
(1) Visiting Artist Fellowships : Two fellowships are offered to Emerging Artists and one fellowship to an Established Artist. Fellowships are for an eight week period and include access to all areas of the Studio on a scheduled basis, technical support and materials as stipulated in the Fellowship Agreement. The Fellowship does not include room and board; however, each Visiting Artist receives an honorarium of $1,500 for his/her discretionary use.
(2) Jerry Raphael Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group Fellowship : Funded through the generosity of the Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group and hosted by UrbanGlass.
(3) Pat and Alan Symonds Scholarships : In 2006 the artist Toots Zynsky donated the proceeds from the sale of a Waterspout to fund scholarships in honor of Pat and Alan Symonds.
(4) MFA Exhibition Competition : In Spring 2009, UrbanGlass will host the fifth annual MFA Exhibition Competition, featuring the work of three to seven recent graduates of North American MFA glass programs.
Provides direct services to artists with life-threatening illnesses — services include vouchers for art supplies, a free materials bank, career workshops, a resource library, exhibition opportunities, andn outreach opportunities.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Established in 1969, New York City-based Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts works to help the arts community understand and deal with its legal problems. The VLANY Web site provides information on the group’s educational and advocacy work, as well as a schedule of upcoming seminars, news & events updates, and contact info for a legal advice hotline. Provide pro bono assistance for individuals within the New York metropolitan area.
(Andy) Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has announced a new three-year program of grants to nonprofit art publications and individual art critics. Called the Andy Warhol Arts Writing Initiative, its self-described aim is to “promote critical discourse that is both rigorous and accessible, foster innovation in arts writing and nurture connections between art and the public.” The foundation has committed $3 million to the program, half to be given to art publications and half to art critics. The assistance to the publications will be designed to increase audiences, stabilize business practices and explore new forms of publishing. The grants to individual writers–expected to run between $3,000 and $50,000–will cover everything from essays and book projects to text-based experiments in new media. The art publications grants will be administered by the Warhol Foundation, while the critic grants will be handled by the Creative Capital Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit devoted to supporting artists. Application information for both areas is available on the Warhol Foundation Web site.
Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation
Offers two types of scholarships:
(1) Scholarships to elementary, middle, or high school student residing within the Lenawee Intermediate School District. High school seniors are not eligible after graduation. Approved camps include Interlochen, Blue Lake, M.A.S.T.A., Show Choir of America and other college-sponsored summer workshops. The scholarship is for camps relating to music or the performing arts only.
(2) Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 for the first year to graduating seniors (or have graduated) from a public or private high school in Lenawee county, Michigan. Applicant must be accepted for attendance at an accredited community college, or bachelor’s degree-granting institution of higher education, and must be planning to enroll as a music or performing arts major at that college.
WomenArts Funding Resources
This site brings together resources for funding for female artists of all disciplines, including links to emergency funding.
Women’s Studio Workshop
A not for profit artists’ space founded in 1974 to provide a supportive working environment for ll persons interested in the arts. WSW staff artists coordinates grants, fellowships, internships, and exhibition opportunities for visual artists in state of the art printmaking, papermaking and photography studios.
Worldstudio Foundation Scholarships
Worldstudio Foundation scholarships allow young people from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds not only to realize their artistic dreams, but also to give back to their communities. Areas of study include: architecture, cartooning, crafts, environmental graphics, fashion design, film/theater design (costume, set, lighting), film/video, fine arts, furniture design, graphic design, illustration, industrial/product design, interior design, landscape architecture, new media, photography, surface/Textile design, and urban planning.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals — Arts, Film, Landscape Architecture, Photography, Minorities.
World Wide Arts Resources
Focusing on the arts, this site offers information about funding and provides contact information for arts organizations all over the world. Choose funding, grants, etc. from the menu.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Main Library Access Only)
Includes descriptions of more than 6,000 foundations and public charities that fund individual grantseekers, and is searchable by nine different criteria. Records provide contact information, financial data, application information, and program descriptions, with links to more than 500 foundation Web sites. Updated quarterly.
GrantSelect is the online version of the GRANTS Database containing over 10,000 funding opportunities provided by over 3,400 sponsoring organizations. Michigan State university faculty, staff, and students can identify additional funding opportunities by searching this database.
MSU Scholarship Search
MSU offers a wide variety of scholarships, some of which have criteria which severely limit the number of students who might be eligible for the scholarship, while others have much broader criteria. This facility should help you find those MSU scholarships for which you might be eligible. You can search either by unit (College/Department) within the University or by criteria such as major/specialization, Michigan county of permanent residence, high school, or study abroad.
Cornell University Graduate School Fellowships Database
If you have access to the world wide web and are willing to fill in the online forms, this service promises a free customized list of financial aid sources. FastWeb is actually a searchable database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from more than 3,000 sources for all levels of higher education. First-time visitors have to register (first and last name and a user ID), then complete a profile, including background and fields of study. Registrants then receive a list of all currently relevant funding sources. The registration information is stored and can be used on subsequent visits. The entire sign-up process, and delivery of available funding sources, can be a bit tedious: about five to twenty minutes, depending on the connection speed. Approximately 500 new scholarships are added to the database daily, so registrants can stay current. Provided courtesy of Financial Aid Information Page and Student Services, Inc. created by Mark Kantrowitz and sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
American Art Directory. New Providence, N.J. : Jaques Cattell Press, R. R. Bowker, annual. Fine Arts Library, 4 West, N50 .A54
Includes a section listing art scholarships and fellowships available through various organizations including museums and colleges.
Latest edition — 2007/2008 ed.61 — is located in the Fine Arts Library – Art Reference section
Artist’s and Graphic Designer’s Market : Where & How to Sell Your Illustrations, Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Cartoons. Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer’s Digest Books, annual. Fine Arts Library Reference NX600 .A76
Provides advice on how to sell to greeting cards, magazine, books, posters, galleries, cartoons, clip art, records labels, and other related markets.
Latest edition — 2006 — available in Fine Arts Library – Art Reference section
Artists and Writers Colonies : Retreats, Residencies, and Respites for the Creative Mind. Robyn Middleton. 2nd edition. Portland, Or. : Blue Heron Publishing Co., 2000. 330pp. Funding Center (1 East) NX110 .B695 2000
Main section contains descriptive entries for residencies, retreats, and fellowships for artists and writers. Entries provide the colony’s name, address, telephone number, history, application information, provisos, and deadline. Also includes a list of foreign artists and writers centers and programs.
Earlier edition (1995) available in Fine Arts Library — Art Reference section.
Artists communities : a Directory of Residencies That Offer Time and Space for Creativity. Introduction by Robert MacNeil ; edited by Deborah Obalil and Caitlin S. Glass. [Portland, Or.] : Alliance of Artists’ Communities ; New York : Allworth Press, c2005. 3rd ed., 273pp. Funding Center (1 East) NX110 .A767 2005
Identifies communities that provide studios and housing for artists in a communal environment. Includes scholarship, fellowship, and stipend opportunities.
2000 edition also available in Fine Arts Library – Art Reference
1996 edition also available in Fine Arts Library – Art Reference
The Artist’s Guide to public Art : how to Find and Win Commissions. Lynn Basa ; foreword by Mary Jane Jacob, with a special section by art lawyer Barbara T. Hoffman. New York : Allworth Press, c2008. 223pp. Fine Arts Library (Art) N8846.U6 B37 2008
The Artist’s Resource Handbook. Daniel Grant. New York: Allworth Press, 1996. 246pp. Fine Arts – Art Reference (4 West) N8600 .G69 1996
Directory of organizations that offer artists advice or technical assistance, as well as tips on working with umbrella organizations. Also included are sources of public and private support for the artist (grants and commissions), and artist-in-residence programs.
Arts Money : Raising It, Saving It, and Earning It. Joan Jeffri. Minneapolis, Minn. : University of Minnesota Press, 1989. 293pp. Main Library Stacks NX700 .J4 1989
Explores a wide range of options for those working in the arts field : traditional funding from private, public, and corporate sources; earning it by sharing costs and activities; saving it by sharing costs and activities with other organizations; and understanding new technology opportunities.
Directory of Grants for Crafts: And How to Write a Winning Proposal. James Dillehay. Torreon, New Mexico: Warm Snow Pub., 2000. 215pp. Funding Center (1 East) NK1127 .D53 2000
Find where and how to apply for grants for artists and craftpersons! Discover the secrets to writing a winning proposal. Learn which public agencies will fund your small business.
[Handicraft–scholarships, fellowships, etc.]
Dramatists Sourcebook: Complete Opportunities for Playwrights, Translators, Composers, Lyricists, and Librettists. New York, N.Y. : Theatre Communications Group, annual. Funding Center (1 East) PN1661 .D735 2002/2003
Contains a fellowships and grants section listing foundations and organizations that offer funding to playwrights, composers, translators, librettists, and lyricists. This directory also includes information about script production resources, sources of emergency funds for writers in severe temporary financial difficulties, the addresses and phone numbers of state art agencies, and artists colonies and residencies.
Earlier editions available in Main Library Stacks PN1661 .D735
Free Money for People in the Arts. Laurie Blum. New York, N.Y. : MacMillan, 1991. 258pp. Funding Center (1 East) NX398 .B58 1991
Lists organizations that provide grants, awards, residency programs, and other means of support for individual artists. Details sources in architecture, creative writing, dance, design, film and video, music, theater, and the visual arts. Each entry includes the name and address of the donating organization, an overview of its grant program, eligibility requirements, geographic restrictions, and application procedures. Also includes information on grants available to artists sponsored by non-profit groups, federal agencies that give money to artists, and how to write successful grant proposals.
Guide to Getting Arts Grants. Ellen Liberatori. New York : Allworth Press, c2006. 261pp. MSU Fine Arts Library (4 West) NX705.5.U6 L53 2006
This book teaches artists how to find financial support for their work. After providing a basic background on foundations and the grant-making process, Ms. Liberatori describes each step in applying for a grant in detail, including suggestions on how to compile a portfolio, behave at foundation forums, and write a thorough and convincing grant proposal, and where to look for additional resources. Each of the 12 chapters concludes with a list of what grant seekers should do and not do and a summary of the lessons that applicants should heed. The book concludes with a glossary of common terms and a list for further reading.
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Guide to Women’s Art Organizations and Directory for the Arts. Cynthia Navaretta. New York, N.Y. : Midmarch Associates, 1982. 174pp. Fine Arts Library, 4 West, NX504 .G84 1982
Contains information on visual and performing arts, crafts, writing, film. The financial help and work opportunities section has information on emergency funds, artists’ colonies and residencies, studying abroad, and grants, awards, and fellowship resources.
How To Survive and Prosper as an Artist : Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul. Caroll Michels. New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2009. 6th edition, 381pp. Career Collection (1 East) N6505 .M46 2009 : The classic handbook for launching and sustaining a career that “explodes the romantic notion of the starving artist,” (The New York Times) with a brand-new chapter on Internet art marketing….Now in its sixth edition, How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist is the definitive guide to taking control of your career and making a good living in the art world. Drawing on nearly three decades of experience, Caroll Michels offers a wealth of insider’s information on getting into a gallery, being your own PR agent, and negotiating prices, as well as innovative marketing, exhibition, and sales opportunities for various artistic disciplines. She has also added a new section on digital printmaking and marketing in this emerging field….Most notably, this sixth edition contains an entirely new chapter: “Art Marketing on the Internet.” Michels offers criteria for selecting an ideal Web designer for your online portfolio and for organizing your Web presence, and shares proven methods for attracting curators, dealers, and private clients to your site. She also addresses vital legal concerns in the age of e-commerce, including copyrighting and registering your art, and finally, the appendix of resources, consistently updated online at Michels’s site the Artist Help Network (www.artisthelpnetwork.com), is fully revised.
Legal Guide for the Visual Artist. Tad Crawford. New York: Allworth Press, 1999. 4th edition, 262pp. MSU College of Law and Business Library KF390.A7 C73 1999
Provides information for artists on copyright law, sales and commissions contracts, publishing and reproduction rights, and taxation. Includes a short section on researching grants and contact information for artists’ organizations and state arts councils.
Michigan Arts Resource Guide. Kimberly R. Adams, Marilyn L. Wheaton, and Chris VanAntwerp. Detroit, Mich. : Arts Foundation of Michigan. 1990, 114pp. Funding Center (1 East) or Fine Arts Library (4 West), NX110 .A3 1990
A publication of resources for arts administrators, artists, and others working in the performing, visual, and literary arts. Includes a section on funding sources, fellowships, etc.
Money Business : Grants and Awards for Creative Artists. Boston, Mass. : The Artists Foundation, Inc., 1982. 140pp. Funding Center (1 East) NX397 .R66 1982
A resource book on financial assistance available to creative artists including poets, fiction writers, playwrights, filmmakers, video artists, composers, choreographers, painters, printmakers, sculptors, craftsmen, and photographers. Covers grants, awards, and prizes offered by various organizations. Funding opportunities cover both independent artists and students.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals: film, music, photography, and writing.
Money for Graduate Students in the Arts and Humanities, 2007-2009. Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Weber. El Dorado Hills, Ca. : Reference Service Press, 2005. Funding Center (1 East) LB2337.2 .M664 2007/2009
Money for International Exchange in the Arts. Jane Gullong. New York, N.Y. : American Council for the Arts, 1992. 200pp. Funding Center (1 East) NX398 .G85 1992
Identifies funding for scholarships, fellowships.
Money for Performing Artists. Suzanne Niemeyer, ed. New York, N.Y. : American Council for the Arts, 1991. 268pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN2293 .E35 M66 1991
A guide to grants, awards, fellowships, artists’ residencies, competititons, technical assistance and more. Entries include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of organizations; type of award and/or scope of services; elibility requirements; application procedures; deadlines; and more. Also provides indexes by organization name, geographical area, type of support, and discipline.
Money for Visual Artists. Douglas Oxenhorn, ed. New York, N.Y. : American Council for the Arts, 1993. 2nd edition, 315pp. Funding Center (1 East) N347 .M59 1993
A guide to grants, awards, fellowships, artists’ colonies, loan programs, technical assistance, and more. Entries include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of organizations; type of award and/or scope of service; eligibility requirements; application procedures; deadlines; and more. Also provides indexes by organization name, geographical area, and art form. Earlier edition available in Fine Arts Library, 4 West.
Money to Work II : Funding for Visual Artists. Helen M. Brunner and Donald H. Russell with Grant E. Samuelson. Washington, D.C. : Art Resources International, 1992. Revised and expanded edition, 312pp. Funding Center (1 East) N347 .M63 1992
Identifies and describes nearly 300 sources of direct fellowship support for visual artists in the U.S. Sources are divided into three categories : national, regional, and state and local. The introduction assesses the nature of fellowship awards, the application process, and the selection process. Includes a bibliography of additional reference tools, plus a list of relevant organizations.
Music, Dance, and Theater Scholarships: A Complete Guide. Cleveland, Ohio: Conway Greene Publishing Company, 1995. 493pp. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .M87 1995
National Directory of Arts and Education Support by Business Corporations. Nancy A. Fandell. Des Moines, Iowa : Arts Letter, 1988. 3rd edition, 150pp. Funding Center (1 East) NX711 .U5 F36 1988
Lists over 600 businesses and corporations who support non-profit arts organizations and educational institutions and for the first time those who support individual artists directly.
National Directory of Arts Internships. Warren Christensen and Ron Clawges, ed. Los Angeles, Ca. : National Network for Artist Placement, annual. Funding Center (1 East) NX 303 .N37
Lists over 1250 host organizations offering more than 5000 internship experiences in arts management, museum/gallery, consortium, festival, literary, photography, film/video, music, dance, theater and performing arts, design and technology, and multidisciplinary arts fields. Latest edition — 9th or 2003/2004 — available in Funding Center.
Earlier editions available in Fine Arts Library.
National Directory of Grants and Aid to Individuals in the Arts, International. Nancy A. Fandel and editors of the Washington International Arts Letter. Des Moines, Iowa : Allied Business Consultants, 1993. Eighth edition, 280pp. Funding Center (1 East) NX398 .G7
Provides brief descriptions of grants, prizes, and awards for professional work in the U.S. and abroad. Includes information about universities and schools with special aid to students, primary government sources, and artists retreats and residency programs.
National Resource Guide for the Placement of Artists : the Databank for Artists Seeking Job Opportunitites, Resources and Funding Sources in any Arts Discipline. Warren Christensen & Cheryl Slean, editors. Los Angeles, CA : National Network for Artist Placement (NNAP), c1992. 252pp. Fine Arts Library, Art Reference (4 West) NX100 .N38
An annotated guide to organizations and publicataions [sic] essential to artists, including a comprehensive introduction to over 700 arts organizations in the U.S. and abroad lending support to artists; concise descriptions of over 1000 trade publications essential to practitioners of every art form.”
Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study in History, Art, Science. Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center (1 East) Q11 .S8 S86 2003-2004
For more current information, check the web site.
Stage Directors Handbook : Opportunities for Directors and Choreographers. Prepared by Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation ; David Diamond and Terry Berliner, editors. New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2006. 215pp. Main Library Stacks PN2053 .S68 2006
1998 edition also available.
Stage Directors Handbook, prepared by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, is fully revised from its 1998 first edition. A resource for directors at several stages in their careers, the Handbook includes sections on director-training programs, career development and regional theatre opportunities, available grants and more. Advice from leaders in the field, including an introduction by director and playwright Moises Kaufman, is also included.
New York, N.Y. : Macfadden Communications, annual. Main Library Stacks GV1580 .D247
Covers all aspects of music and dance. Includes sections on funding agencies and programs, sponsors, and government agencies and councils. Latest edition — 2003; earlier editions also available
Whole Arts Directory. Cynthia Navarett. New York, N.Y. : Midmarch Art Books, 1987. 162pp. Fine Arts Library (4 West) NX110 .N38 1987
Contains information on sources of financial help, artists’ colonies, etc.
Annual Register of Grant Support
Wilmette, Ill. : National Register Publishing Co., annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .A7
Includes information on programs sponsored by government agencies, public and private foundations, educational and professional associations, special interest organizations and corporations. Covers a broad range of interests including academic and scientific research, publication support, equipment and construction support, in-service training, competitions and prizes, and travel and exchange programs. Organized by broad subject areas with four indexes: subject, organization and program, geographic and personnel.
Directory of Research Grants
Phoenix, Ariz. : The Oryx Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .D5
An annual print version of the Grants Database. Contains information about grants and fellowships available for research projects from federal and state governments, private foundations, professional organizations, and corporations. List grants programs by specific funding areas; indexed by sponsoring organization and grant name.
Foundation Grants to Individuals
New York, N.Y. : Foundation Center, biennial. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .F6
The most comprehensive listing available of private foundations which provide financial assistance to individuals. The foundations described have made grants to students, artists, scholars, foreign individuals, minorities, musicians, scientists and writers for scholarships, fellowships, student loans, internships, residencies, arts and cultural projects, medical and emergency assistance, residencies and travel programs.
The Grants Register
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin’s Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .G7
The complete guide to postgraduate funding worldwide.
Awards, Honors, and Prizes : Volume I, United States and Canada and Volume II, International and Foreign
Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., irregular. Main Library Reference AS8 .A87
Directory of awards and their donors recognizing achievement in advertising, architecture, arts and humanities, business and finance, communications, computers, consumer affairs, ecology, education, engineering, fashion, film, journalism, law, librarianship, literature, medicine, music, performing arts, photography, public affairs, publishing, radio and television, religion, science, social science, sports, and transportation. Indexed by sponsoring organization, award, and subject area.