Monday, October 25, 2010

Bellagio Center Residency Program

Through conferences and residencies, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in northern Italy brings together people of diverse expertise and backgrounds in a thought-provoking, collegial environment that helps to promote impact on a wide range of world issues.

The center's residency program allows for one month of disciplined work, uninterrupted by the professional and personal demands of daily life, in a diverse and stimulating community of fellow residents. Residents include an international cohort of scholars, scientists, journalists, writers, artists, non-governmental organization practitioners, and policy makers. In addition to time for writing, creativity, and reflection during the day, building new connections and collegial interaction with other residents is an integral dimension of the Bellagio experience. Meals and informal presentations of residents' work afford an opportunity for dynamic discussion and engagement with each other.

Residencies typically last four weeks, and spouses/life partners may accompany residents. Team residencies for small groups of two to four are also available; practitioners (i.e., not artists or scholars based at universities) may opt for two two-week residency periods.

DUE DATE: December 1, 2010

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

PGE Foundation Grants supporting Arts & Culture

The PGE Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life in Oregon by awarding grants in the areas of education, healthy families, and arts and culture. In the education category, the Foundation supports a wide range of programs, from preschool through college. In the healthy families category, the focus is on organizations that work to promote services in all areas of health, including hunger, mental health, homelessness, domestic violence, health care, etc. In the arts and culture category, the Foundation strives to educate all ages through the support of arts curriculum development as well as a variety of cultural performances.

Amount: $2,500 - $10,000

Date due: The remaining 2010 deadlines for letters of inquiry are July 13 and November 16.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

MetLife "Meet the Composer" Competition

Administered by Meet the Composer, the MetLife Creative Connections program provides support for American composers to participate in public activities related to specific performances of their original music. By supporting the composer's interaction with audiences, performers, arts organizations, and local communities, the program aims to increase public awareness and enhance the creative artist's role in society.

The program is open to U.S. composers and U.S-based sponsoring organizations. Applications are submitted by the sponsoring organization (a presenter, ensemble, dance company, etc.) requesting support for one or more composers (up to six). Grants are awarded to support the composer's participation fee for outreach activities.

There are no limits or restrictions on the style or genre of music to be performed or presented.

Amount: $250 - $5000

Date due: June 1, 2010

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships

The William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group established the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships as a two-year pilot program to support both emerging and established actors.

The Fox Fellowships program seeks to further an actor's artistic and professional development, to deepen and enrich his/her relationship with a not-for-profit theater, to ensure his/her continued professional commitment to live theater, and to encourage actors to work outside their comfort zone.

The fellowships are awarded to actors in two categories — Extraordinary Potential, for early to mid-career actors who have completed their training within the last fifteen years; and Distinguished Achievement, for actors who have demonstrated considerable experience in professional theater, with a substantial body of work.

The program will bestow a total of five fellowships per year in both categories. Recipients in the Extraordinary Potential category will receive $15,000, with an additional $10,000 available to relieve student loan debt. Recipients in the Distinguished Achievement category will receive $25,000. The host theater will receive $7,500 to be applied to costs incurred in the actor's residency activities.

Date due: June 11, 2010

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Film Festival Grants

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is accepting applications for its Film Festival Grants program for nonprofit film festivals in the United States that will take place during the 2011 calendar year. Film festivals are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public.

Only festivals based in the United States that have held at least five festivals as of December 31, 2009, are eligible to apply this year. Individual festivals are not allowed to receive grants in successive years. Festivals that do not screen films in a theatrical setting are not eligible to apply.

Eligible film festivals may apply for grants at four funding levels ranging from $2,500 to $30,000, depending on the cash budget of the festival. Grant requests must target one or more concrete elements within the festival. No grants will be awarded for general support.

Date due: July 1, 2010

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010


The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is accepting applications for the second round of its Jazz.NEXT grant program.

Developed in partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Jazz.NEXT is designed to test substantive and innovative projects that utilize technology to improve communications with existing audiences and engage new constituents, distribute the work of jazz artists to a broader public, and connect the disparate members of the jazz field into a more cohesive and effective community better equipped to face current and future challenges.

Round II of the program will provide support for the implementation of innovative, fully developed plans that incorporate technology to address audience development, communications, distribution, marketing, and network building. Grants may support projects that are new to the grantees or clearly represent taking their current technology efforts to the next level of development in order to advance their proposed concepts rather than simply maintaining or modifying them.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a jazz artist who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (or an organization with an eligible fiscal sponsor) with a history of programming jazz or providing services to jazz artists or jazz organizations. Applicants must have demonstrated some prior experience working with technology applications in addressing audience development, communications, creation and presentation, marketing and promotion, networking, or other capacity-building endeavors.

Date due: June 1, 2010

Amount: $10,000 - $75,000

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cultural Exchange Fund Travel Awards

The Cultural Exchange Fund, a travel subsidy program supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, assists United States-based presenters in building partnerships and collaborations with international touring artists, companies, and their collaborators and in seeing the work of artists from around the world in its appropriate cultural context.

Arts Presenters will award travel subsidies to individual presenters, presenting organizations, and to groups of presenters traveling to see the work of artists, companies, and/or to develop and advance projects with international artists and their collaborators. All applicants must be active members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. In promoting cross-cultural arts programming, Arts Presenters strongly encourages travel to locations including, but not limited to, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Arts Presenters will fund individual travel subsidies as well as group travel subsidies. The maximum amount awarded per individual organization, inclusive of travel costs and per diem, is $2,000 each. Group travel subsidies will be awarded only to groups of three or more presenters from different member presenting organizations. The maximum award for a group is $10,000 each, with no more than $2,000 awarded per organization.

Date due: May 14, 2010

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Arts in Education Model Development

The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) Program supports the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive models that are based on research and have demonstrated that they effectively--(1) Integrate standards-based arts education into the core elementary and middle school curriculum; (2) strengthen standards-based arts instruction in these grades; and (3) improve students' academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. Projects funded through the AEMDD Program are intended to increase the amount of nationally available information on effective models for arts education that integrate the arts with standards-based education programs.

Amount: $250,000

Date due: March 16, 2010

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U.S. -- Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program

The Department of Education announces the U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program to support the formation of educational consortia of U.S. and Brazilian institutions. To meet this priority, the applicant must propose a project that supports cooperation in the coordination of curricula; the exchange of students, if pertinent to grant activities; and the opening of educational opportunities between the U.S. and Brazil. In order to be eligible for an award under this priority, the applicant in the U.S. must be a U.S. institution and the applicant in Brazil must be a Brazilian institution. The focus of the consortium can be an discipline.

The purpose of this grant program is to promote more than student exchange, it is also curriculum development as well as language and cultural preparation to promote student mobility. Students should be exchanged in the context of a common program of study or curriculum and should draw benefits from the added value of spending time abroad. The time abroad should count for their study within their academic major at their home institution and should not significantly increase their time to degree completion.

Amount: $240,000 (spread across four years)

Due date: March 25, 2010

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Regional Arts & Culture Council General Support Grant Program (Portland)

The RACC General Support Grant Program aims to provide general financial support to arts organizations in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties, based on their artistic excellence, proven service to the community, administrative and fiscal competence and RACC grant compliance. The General Support Grant Program seeks to fund arts organizations and help provide a wide range of quality arts programming made available to the public. The minimum General Support Grant award is $7,000 for each year of the grant cycle.

Amount: $7,000

Date due: March 3, 2010

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Professional Development Grant Program (Portland)

The Professional Development Grant Program assists artists or representatives of arts organizations with opportunities that specifically improve their business management skills and/or help advance the careers of the individual artist or the arts administrator by supporting expenses related to specific, unique opportunities that have potential to significantly impact an individual’s work and professional development. An opportunity may be one of many things, but it must clearly demonstrate how the proposal will benefit the organization or individual long-term.

Unlike grant programs that support the creation of new work, this program does not ask panelists to critique the applicant’s previous work. Instead, reviewers must determine from the application: (1) whether the opportunity is unique, and not a repetition of the applicant’s similar, previous experiences; (2) whether the applicant has made the case that this opportunity is timely and has true potential to positively impact their career or organization.

Artists who are current residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, or Washington counties and who meet the eligibility criteria are eligible to apply.

Date due: April 14, 2010

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Portland Regional Arts & Culture Council Artist Fellowship

The Regional Arts & Culture Council of Portland, Oregon, is restoring its Artist Fellowship program and will honor one extraordinary artist in the performing arts (dance, movement, music, or theater) with a $20,000 fellowship this spring.

RACC established the Artist Fellowship program in 1999 to honor and support uniquely talented local artists who have contributed to the community in meaningful ways. The accompanying cash award allows the selected artist to explore a particular project or enhance his or her artistic process. Fellowships are awarded annually in rotating disciplines that include performing arts, visual arts, media arts, and literature. RACC did not award a fellowship in 2009 because of the unstable economic climate.

Review criteria include proof of sustained high artistic quality in the applicant's work as well as evidence of the applicant's involvement in the community and the importance of his or her work to the local culture. Artists who are current residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, or Washington counties and who meet the eligibility criteria are eligible to apply.

Date due: March 31, 2010

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

International Ibsen Scholarships

Initiated by the Norwegian government, the International Ibsen Scholarships will be awarded for a third time in 2010. The scholarships are designed to encourage critical discourse in regards to existential and society-related subject matters concerning Henrik Ibsen. Scholarship funds are available to individuals, organizations, or institutions within the artistic and cultural communities around the world.

Amount: Varies

Date due: April 15, 2010

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Princess Grace Foundation Fellowships

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA has announced the availability of applications for the 2010 Princess Grace Awards in theater, playwriting, dance performance, choreography, and film. Founded in 1982 in memory of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, the foundation identifies and assists emerging artists in theater, dance, and film and has awarded grants in excess of $7 million to nearly five hundred individuals nationwide.

Theater awards take the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. Grants are awarded based on the quality of the emerging artist's past work, his/her potential for future excellence, and the impact the collaboration between the nominating organization and the artist will have on the individual's artistic growth. The Playwriting Award includes a residency at New Dramatists, Inc. and the opportunity for the winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc. (Deadline: March 31, 2010.)

Dance performance awards take the form of scholarships and fellowships. Awards are based on the applicant's artistic merit, significance of the award to current artistic development, and the potential for future excellence and impact on the field. Choreography awards offer emerging choreographers the opportunity to create a new work with organizations with which they have little experience. (Deadline: April 30, 2010.)

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Access to Artistic Excellence (NEA)

Access to Artistic Excellence encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves our diverse cultural heritage, and makes the arts more widely available in communities throughout the country. Particularly relevant at this time are projects that demonstrate innovation by generating new forms of art making, new directions in the field, and/or innovative uses of creative resources. This category supports projects that provide short-term arts exposure or arts appreciation for children and youth as well as intergenerational education projects.

Amount: $150,000

Date due: March 11, 2010 or August 12, 2010 (depending upon topic)

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Jazz for Peace Grants

JAZZ FOR PEACE has performed over 650 Benefit Concerts to raise funds, publicity and awareness for outstanding organizations in need worldwide. In addition Jazz for Peace performs educational programs bringing music and Jazz back into the schools and donates musical instruments to underprivileged children. Funds may be requested for general operating support, start-up costs, capital, project/program support, and technical assistance.

Amount: Varies

Date due: 5th of each month

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Contemporary Music Grant (France)

The French American Fund for Contemporary Music supports contemporary music projects — commissions, residencies, performances, tours, and master classes — that foster cultural exchange between France and the United States. Only projects involving works by living composers or works composed during the last 50 years will be considered for funding. The repertoire should fall within one of the following categories: contemporary music for classical instrumentation; computer-assisted composition and research with multi-media tools; and new forms of improvised and electronic music. Special consideration will be given to projects involving the commission of new works.

Amount: Varies (up to 50% of cost)

Date due: March 1, 2010

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