Opportunities for Artists

2016 Levitt AMP Grant Awards. Levitt Pavilions announces an exciting grant opportunity serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country. Ten grantees will be awarded up to $25K each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series – an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse line up of high caliber entertainment for all ages to enjoy. Online public voting determines the Top 20 finalists. Grant applications are due by October 15, 2015. For more information, visit www.levittamp.org.

Intercultural Harmony Initiative. The Laura Jane Musser Fund provides grants to projects that promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas through collaborative, cross-cultural exchange projects. Projects must be intercultural and demonstrate intercultural exchange, rather than focused on just one culture. Applications will be accepted from September 16 through October 16, 2015. For more information, check website: www.musserfund.org.

Research: Art Works. The National Endowment for the Arts offers support for research for projects that investigate the value and impact of the arts on individuals and communities. Prospective applicants can learn about the grant process at an upcoming NEA grant guidelines webinar on September 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Click here to register in advance. An archive of the webinar will be available on the NEA’s website in the webinar section shortly after the event. The deadline for submitting an application is October 20, 2015. For more information, check website: http://arts.gov.

Rural Initiative. The Laura Jane Musser Fund grants up to $25,000 to rural communities to wants to encourage encourage collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. The geographic area for these initiatives is Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming. Applications will be accepted from October 6 through November 6, 2015. More information is available at www.musserfund.org.

Artist-in-Residence Studio (A.I.R. Studio) in Paducah, Kentucky is accepting applications from visual artists, writers and composers. The program welcomes self-motivated, focused artists working in a range of traditional and non-traditional media.The duration of the residency is two weeks to three months. Collaborative artists and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older. The residency affords the artist time and space for focused, independent studio work, the development of new ideas and experimentation. A.I.R. Studio also features gallery space for exhibiting work during the residency. Opportunities to work in collaboration with other artists and galleries in the Paducah community are often available. Visiting artists may also conduct workshops, for the public, during their residency. The studio space and living quarters are handicap accessible. The studio area features a large, open workspace and is not media specific. Accommodations may be made upon request for residents requiring access to specific studio equipment. Living quarters include a sleeping area, kitchenette, and bathroom. The space is snug but large enough to accommodate a couple. Rent is $875 per month, or $550 for two weeks, inclusive of utilities. Transportation, materials, food and additional expenses are the responsibility of the artists. Length of stay is negotiable. Application deadline for March – December 2016 residencies: November 7, 2015. Please direct inquiries to: A.I.R. Studio Paducah, c/o Blue Door Studios, 3704 Otis Street (Read), Mount Ranier, MD 20712; email: airstudiopaducah@gmail.com, call (202) 438-5710, or check website: http://airstudiopaducah.com/.

Air_J: Artist-in-Residence in Japan Call for Artists. The Artist-in-Residence Program in Japan offers a database that provides a comprehensive listing of available opportunities. Deadline: Varies by location. For more information, visit their website: en.air-j.info/.

The Foundation Center Nonprofit Webinar: Proposal Budgeting Basics. The Foundation Center offers an introductory course on creating an effective budget for a grant proposal. This self-paced webinar is geared for the novice grantseeker and covers topics such as: what is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it; what level of detail is needed for non-personnel expenses; how to determine reasonable costs; what types of expenses can be included in the “overhead” category. Ongoing. Visit Grant Space www.grantspace.org for more information and registration.

The Foundation Center Nonprofit Webinar: Grantseeking Basics. The Foundation Center offers an introductory course that provides an overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities. This 45-minute-long recorded webinar covers what you need to have in place before you seek a grant, what you need to know about grantmakers and how nonprofits are supported, and how you identify funding partners. Ongoing. Visit Grant Space www.grantspace.org for more information and registration.

The Foundation Center Nonprofit Webinar: Proposal Budgeting Basics. The Foundation Center offers a free introductory course on creating an effective budget for a grant proposal. This self-paced webinar is geared for the novice grantseeker and covers topics such as: what is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it; what level of detail is needed for non-personnel expenses; how to determine reasonable costs; what types of expenses can be included in the “overhead” category. Ongoing. Visit Grant Space for more information.

Public Art San Antonio: 2014 Call for Artists Qualifications. The City of San Antonio’s Department for Culture & Creative Development’s Public Art division, Public Art San Antonio (PASA) seeks artists for potential inclusion in the Capital Projects Artist Pool (CPAP), a roster of pre-qualified artists to be considered for upcoming opportunities to create new public artwork for various projects in parks, plazas, streetscapes, and facilities throughout the City in conjunction with City-funded capital improvements. Selected artists shall remain active for a two-year period. Artists that were selected as a result of the 2013 Call for Artists need not apply. Artists who previously applied to this call and were not selected are encouraged to reapply. Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process. This opportunity is open to all practicing, professional artists working in any media and who reside in the United States. Click on the link to view the entire call: www.publicartist.org.

The Business of the Arts is a Hawai‘i Public Radio program hosted by Judy Neale on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. This weekly one-hour radio program illuminates the business of operating non-profit arts organizations in Hawai‘i as well as examines other nonprofit organizations whose work contributes to or enhances the Hawai‘i arts and cultural community. For program information, check the website: www.hawaiipublicradio.org.