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South Arts recognizes that an invitation to participate in a major, milestone opportunity is not always enough. Even with stipends or payments, overall expenses can make such an opportunity inaccessible. In order to ensure that artists from our region can take full advantage of major opportunities, South Arts now offers Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants.
The Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant supports a milestone opportunity in an individual artist’s career that is likely to lead to substantial and significant career advancement. Grants of up to $2,000 are available to support opportunities taking place between April 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022. Applications are due at least 60 days prior to activities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until this program’s funds are depleted.
South Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA). Artists with disabilities, artists who are black, indigenous or people of color (BIPOC) and those who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+), are particularly encouraged to apply.
Prior to submitting an application, artists are strongly encouraged to discuss their application with Leland McKeithan, Director, Special Projects and Accessibility Coordinator. email@example.com or 404-874-7244 x15.
Due to high demand, applications for this program have closed
Deadline: Rolling deadline, please submit at least 60 days prior to the proposed project.
Grant period: April 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022
Examples of opportunities that match the intent of this program include, but are not limited to:
Examples of opportunities that do NOT match the intent of this program:
Other types of eligible opportunities not listed here exist. It is incumbent upon the applicant to make a strong and compelling case for the importance of the opportunity and the likely impact it will have on their career.
Due to COVID-19, applications will be accepted for virtual opportunities.
To be considered for this grant, the applicant must:
Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants will pay up to 2/3 of the total cost of the opportunity, with a maximum award of $2,000. The individual artist must cover remaining expenses. South Arts requires a 2:1 match meaning that (as an example) if the total opportunity cost is $3,000, the applicant may request $2,000 and provide the remaining $1,000 from other sources.
The minimum grant request is $500, the maximum is $2,000. Funds are limited so early application is encouraged. In the first cycle of this program (April – June 2020) South Arts made 11 total awards. In the current cycle of the program South Arts expects to make 10-15 awards.
Grant recipients should note that award money is taxable income and must be reported as such. Grantees must comply with all applicable city, state, and federal laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations.
Grant recipients are required to submit receipts/documentation of expenses after the completion of the funded activity in order to receive final payment.
Grant funds will be disbursed as follows: 75% of grant award up to 45 days prior to the event/activity, and 25% of grant award upon receipt of final report and applicable receipts/documentation of expenses.
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Leland McKeithan, Director, Special Projects to discuss the opportunity before submitting an application: firstname.lastname@example.org; or 404-874-7244 x15.
Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant recipients must use the grant funds as stated in their application and budget. Grants are not transferable to other events or activities. Any proposed changes from the original application must be submitted in writing to, and approved by, South Arts before the activity. South Arts retains the right to approve, revise or revoke the award in light of such changes.
Arts professionals will review applications according to these criteria, using the narrative, evidence of invitation or opportunity, budget, work samples, and resumé. The criteria are weighted on a 100-point scale:
Career Impact (50%) – Likelihood that the proposed activity will lead to substantial and significant career advancement. The opportunity, at this time, is a milestone career-impacting activity. The opportunity may be significant because your artistic practice is informed by being an artist who self-identifies as LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, or as an artist with a disability.
Artistic Quality (30%) – Artistic excellence of the applicant as demonstrated through work samples and resumé; and the artistic excellence of the opportunity (the host organization; any other artist(s) invited or selected for the opportunity; etc.).
Capacity/Budget (20%) – The applicant demonstrates the ability to complete the proposed activity and leverage the experience into career advancement. This is demonstrated through answers to narrative questions as well as the proposed use of grant funds.
The applicant must answer each question. Applicants should include 3-5 links for websites relevant to the application (e.g. the applicant’s website; that of the host/inviting organization or program in which the applicant wants to participate; etc.).
Applicants must also include letters of invitation or opportunity for exhibitions, residencies, performances, or programs (if applicable); relevant information about venues/locations, festivals, screenings; and any information about other guest artists or participants and their credentials that are likely to aid in career advancement.
Career Impact 50% (limit 1500 characters)
Please indicate if your artistic practice is informed by being an artist who self-identifies as LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, or as an artist with a disability. Describe how the project might further your career as an artist who identifies in this way.
Artistic Quality 30% (limit 1500 characters)
Capacity/Budget 20% (limit 1500 characters)
Grants will pay up to 2/3 of the total cost of the opportunity, with a maximum award of $2,000. The applicant must cover remaining expenses, and South Arts requires a 2:1 match (2 South Arts: 1 grantee). Artists may include self-funding in the match. Example: If the total opportunity cost is $3,000, the applicant can request $2,000 and provide the remaining $1,000 from their own resources.
Budget details should identify the source of funds (including self-funding) not covered by this grant request. Total projected expenses must meet or exceed request by 1/3.
Funds can be used for these eligible expenses directly related to participation in proposed activities:
Artists may submit a total of three samples of their own work. All work must have been completed within the last five years, and be dated. A mix of media is acceptable. Work samples will be used to evaluate artistic quality. Work samples should be uploaded, or links to online samples be provided, through the online application form. If files are larger than 25MB, artists are encouraged to link to a web-hosted sample of work.
Samples should not be mailed to South Arts. No hardcopy or physical samples will be accepted.
Applicants must submit a current resumé as an attachment; we recommend resumés be no more than two pages.
Demographic information is for South Arts’ use only; this information will not be shared.
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Applicant affirms that all information in the application is correct and agrees that they have read the guidelines and will abide by the grant terms.
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Applications for Individual Artist Career Opportunity grants are now closed.
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