Monday, June 29, 2009

GREETINGS FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY

Hi everyone....I'm writing from the North Country, in northern NY state. Sorry I haven't posted that much this past week. I guess even Mira's List has to go on vacation sometime. But I have been thinking about all of you and your requests so there are some great things on the horizon, don't worry. Something new will be posted soon....in the meantime, keep applying for things, keep making art and don't forget to do my new two second poll on the right! And there's a new feature toward the bottom of the right hand side bar—a comments section where you can ask questions and comment on anything you like. Check it out....Best wishes, Mirabee

Saturday, June 27, 2009

ROME PRIZE, TRAVEL FUNDING AND MORE

(ALL DISCIPLINES) The Rome Prize
American Academy in Rome: The Rome Prize: Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. Those with children under 18 live in partially subsidized apartments nearby. Winners of 6-month and 11-month fellowships receive stipends of $12,500 and $25,000, respectively. Each year, the coveted Rome Prize is awarded to thirty emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Prize recipients are invited to Rome for six months or eleven months to immerse themselves in the Academy community where they will enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues' erudition and experience and on the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Academy have to offer. Rome Prize winners are the core of the Academy's residential community, which also includes Residents and Visiting Artists and Scholars. For Further Information: email: [email protected], call: 212-751-7200, fax: 212-751-7220 or visit the website: http://www.aarome.org. The annual deadline for applications is November 1st. Applications will also be accepted between November 2 and November 15 for an additional fee. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply.


(ALL DISCIPLINES) Awards for Study in Scandinavia
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (normally $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Over $300,000 is available for the 2010-11 competition. Awards are made in all fields. Applicants must have a well-defined research or study project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia. Team projects are eligible, but each member must apply as an individual, submitting a separate, fully-documented application. First priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ASF award. Only in exceptional cases will a third award be considered. Also available: grants for Scandinavians and translators. See website for details: http://www.amscan.org/study_scandinavia_details.htm. Nov. 2 deadline.

(ARTISTS/PERFOR.ARTS) Asian Cultural Council Fellowships
$12,000 fellowship: Asian individuals in the visual and performing arts seeking grant assistance to conduct research, study, receive specialized training, undertake observation tours, or pursue creative activity in the United States are eligible to apply for fellowship support from the Council. Americans seeking aid to undertake activities in Asia are also eligible to apply. For more information, write to: Asian Cultural Council, 437 Madison Avenue, 37th Floor, New York, NY 10022-7001, United States. Call: (212) 812-4300, Fax: (212) 812-4299 or visit the website: http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org. Individuals and institutions wishing to inquire about the possibility of grant support should complete and submit the initial inquiry form by October 15, 2009. If the proposed activity falls within the ACC’s guidelines, application materials will be provided by the ACC. The deadline for receipt of completed applications and proposals is November 15, 2009.

(PHOTOGRAPHERS/ARTISTS) Research Fellowship
University of Arizona Ansel Adams Research $2,500 Fellowship: Ansel Adams Research Fellowships are offered to scholars, museum Professionals, artists, and independent researchers who need to utilize the archives, photograph collection, and/or library of the Center for Creative Photography. Applications from all disciplines are encouraged. Write to: 1030 N. Olive, Tucson, AZ 85721 ,Phone: 520-621-7970. Deadline October 31. For more information, go to: http://creativephotography.org.

(HUMANITIES SCHOLARS) Multi Country Research Fellowship
The Council of American Overseas Research Center’s (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Approximately ten awards of up to $9,000 each will be given to scholars who wish to carry out research on broad questions of multi-country significance in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and related natural sciences. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Application is in January. Please check the website for more details: http://www.caorc.org/programs/multi.htm.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

RESIDENCIES IN CHINA, TAIWAN AND KENYA

(ALL DISCIPLINES) Beijing Studio Center Fellowship
Residency in Beijing, China, open to all nationalities; duration, two months. Beijing studio center is a residency program for international visual artists, designers, writers, curators and academics located in Song Zhuang Art Area. The BSC Huaguang Fellowship is offered to international established artists by the BSC and Hua guang Art Academy. The aim is to support the communication of contemporary art between China and the rest of the world and to strengthen the art scene of QuanZhou City and benefit local people. The fellowship includes: one month stay at the BSC (studio,three meals a day,group exhibition in the BSC gallery, studio open event, dynamic artists' community ); round trip airfare to Huaguang Art Academy Fujian province; one month stay in Huaguang Art Academy (meals, accommodations ,allowance,local sights tour). Deadline: July 31, 2009.

The fellowship is offered to established artists who work in the specific field more than five years and are interested in Chinese culture and in collaborating with Chinese artists. Application address: 60 Art District, North Road of Shangshang Art Museum Xiaopu, Songzhuang Art Village, 101168 Beijing, China. Telephone: 008610 89578052, E-mail: [email protected] For more information, go to: www.beijingstudiocenter.org.
Beijing Studio Center also offers partial scholarships and work scholarships. Check their website for more information.

(ARTISTS) Kuona Trust Residency in Kenya
International Residency for visual and media artists, duration: one to two months. Kuona is looking for applications from visual artists from different cultures to participate in 1 - 2 month studio residencies alongside twenty Kenyan artists in Nairobi. As a resident artist you have the opportunity to experience Nairobi, meet and collaborate with Kenyan artists and get to know the many cultural aspects of Kenya.

Accommodation is in a guest house with sitting room, TV, own kitchen and shared garden.
Only apply if you can fund yourself or seek funding from an organization in your country. Kuona can only accept artists who have medical and travel insurance. The monthly rent for the studio space is 120 euro. Deadlines: July 1, October 1, February 1. Application address: Kuona Trust, PO Box 4802, Nyayo Stadium 0506, Nairobi, Kenya. Telephone +254 02 550980. Fax +254 20 557288. E-mail [email protected] For more information, go to: www.kuonatrust.org.

(ALL DISCIPLINES) Taipei Artist Village
International residency, duration: four to eight weeks. The Taipei Artist Village (TAV) first created the International Artist-in-Residence Program to provide a base in Taipei where local and international artists are brought together to facilitate creative intercultural encounters and collaboration. Facilities available for artists’ use include a computer room with Internet access, Mac G4 (editing and design), black and white darkroom, piano studio, dance studio, slide projectors, video projectors, DVD players, and VCR facilities and so on. Accommodations: an office, ten live-in studios, two public rooms, a seminar room and two gardens are located in a four-story building. Deadline: July 31, 2009. Application address: #7, Beiping East Road, Taipei, 100, Taiwan. Telephone +886-2-33937377*103. Fax +886-2-33937389. E-mail [email protected] http://www.artistvillage.org/en_artist_apply.php?lang=en.

***I normally try to post only those residencies that are free or offer some kind of financial assistance but residencies in Kenya are far and few between so I posted it. If you can get yourself there somehow, it is very inexpensive. As with any international residency, when seeking funding for travel, contact the cultural consulate of the country you wish to go to and also check out transartists.org's funding link. You might find something there. Good luck...Mira

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

NEW PUBLIC COMMENT SECTION!

Greetings all...So there is now a place on this blog for you to leave comments. Right now it's near the bottom of the right hand side bar but I might move it up later. Please feel free to leave comments or to ask questions that you might otherwise send to me as an email. I love hearing from all of you, however, as this blog becomes more popular, it is getting harder and harder to keep up with private correspondence, especially when I don't make an income from this passionate little activity of mine. If you ask questions publicly, then others can benefit from the answers. Coming soon I will have a list of FAQs and more how-to articles on grant writing, etc. I hope to work on that over the summer. In the meantime, check out the up-coming summer and fall deadlines for great grants, residencies and other opportunities. Funding may be down all over the world but money is still out there and so are dedicated arts foundations, residency directors and the like. As the Italians say: Coraggio! Avanti Popolo!
p.s. Don't forget to take the new poll! Thanks! Mirabee

Monday, June 22, 2009

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOOL LOAN REPAYMENT INFO AND MORE

Today, I'll start with a quote by Martin Luther King Jr.: "Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better." On that note, here are a few tidbits for you recent grads, for women, scholars and others in the arts....coming soon will be some new FAQs! Oh, by the way, my book is going out today to publishers! Wish me luck and best to thee, Mirabee.

(RECENT GRADUATES)
I originally got this announcement from artbistro.com about the new program in the U.S. for reducing student debt:
Income-Based Repayment Program:

Income-Based Repayment (IBR) is a new payment option for federal student loans. Starting July 1, 2009, it will help borrowers keep their loan payments affordable with payment caps based on their income and family size. For most eligible borrowers, IBR loan payments will be less than 10 percent of their income - and even smaller for borrowers with low earnings. IBR will also forgive remaining debt, if any, after 25 years of qualifying payments.

Who can use IBR? IBR is available to federal student loan borrowers in both the Direct and Guaranteed (or FFEL) loan programs, and covers most types of federal loans made to students, but not those made to parents. To enter IBR, you have to have enough debt relative to your income to qualify for a reduced payment. That means it would take more than 15 percent of whatever you earn above 150% of poverty level to pay off your loans on a standard 10-year payment plan. Click here for more information: http://www.ibrinfo.org/what.vp.html

(WOMEN) Career Development Grants
American Association of University Women, Career Development Grants: Career Development Grants offer up to $12,000 to women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Special consideration is given to women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Write to: American Association of University Women, Career Development Grants, 301 Act Drive, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030 or e-Mail: [email protected] See web site for more details: www.aauw.org/education/fga/fellowships_grants/career_development.cfm. Application Deadline: December 15, 2009.
(RESEARCH) American Antiquarian Society: Research Fellowships
Long-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships: Long-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships provide support for four-to-twelve-month residences in the Society's library and carry stipends of up to $35,000. See web site for more details and deadlines. American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1634. E-Mail: [email protected], Website: www.americanantiquarian.org/longterm.htm. Application Deadline: October 15, 2009.

(PERF. ART/DANCERS) Call for Proposals
STREB is pleased to request proposals for its Emerging Artists Commissioning Program, funded by the Ford Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. The Commissioning Program, housed at the company’s Williamsburg home, SLAM, will accept proposals from artists whose work is movement-based, including choreographers, aerialists and circus artists. The goal of the program is to create a pool of artists who can capitalize on the resources distinct to SLAM. Either literally or conceptually, the space’s special and unusual characteristics and qualities should inform and inspire new and exciting creative experiments. Commissioning program artists will have various opportunities to showcase work throughout its development and to receive feedback from both STREB and audiences. Selected artists will receive a $2,000.00 grant plus a specific amount of time, space and resources tailored to the nature and scope of each particular project. For more info and application guidelines, go to: http://www.streb.org/V2/vision/commissions.html. All proposals must be received by July 13, 2009, 5:00pm.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

GRANTS FOR EMERGING WRITERS, MUSICIANS, MEDIA ARTISTS AND MORE!

Greetings all and Happy Solstice. Below are a few upcoming grants and opportunities for writers, musicians and the like. Happy hunting!

(WRITERS) Grants for Emerging Writers

The Elizabeth George Foundation offers grants to unpublished fiction writers, for unpublished and published poets, and emerging playwrights. There is no website; you need to request funding through a well-written letter. In your letter, emphasize the importance of your project, the marketability of your work, a rough financial message about your situation, and details on how you'd utilize funds. Keep requests reasonable in light of these economic times. Deadline July 1, 2009. Write to: Elizabeth George, Director, PO Box 1429, Langley, WA 98260 also 4111 Shorebreak Drive, Huntington Beach, CA, 92649-2184. If you want to read my article, "Finding Money for Your Dreams," about the grant writing process, go here: http://miraslist.blogspot.com/2009/04/finding-money-for-your-dreams.html. You might find it useful if you are an emerging writer (or artist).

(WRITERS)Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Scholarships
The Elizabeth George Foundation also now sponsers a Full Scholarship for a Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Student. In the first phase of building its scholarship and student loan program, the Whidbey Writers Workshop, located on Whidbey Island in Washington State, is pleased to announce a full-tuition merit scholarship with the establishment of the Elizabeth George Foundation scholarship.The organization is seeking additional support to aid students. In addition to the Elizabeth George Foundation full scholarship of $12,000 for an incoming student that is renewable for a second year, the WWW is also building funding for half-tuition and quarter-tuition scholarships and for financial aid assistance. For more information, go to: http://www.writeonwhidbey.org/mfa/scholarship.htm.

(MUSICIANS/COMPOSERS) LaRue Travel Fund
The LaRue Travel Fund for Research Travel to Europe: The American Musicological Society (AMS) Jan LaRue Travel Fund is intended to encourage and assist Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral scholars, independent scholars, and junior faculty to travel to Europe to carry out research. The fund honors the memory of Jan LaRue (1918–2004), a distinguished scholar and AMS member admired for his pioneering work on style analysis, the eighteenth-century symphony, and early computer applications in musicology. The current maximum award is $1,000. Eligible applicants must currently attend or have graduated from a doctoral program in a North American university. If they seek to conduct research for their dissertation, they must have completed all other requirements for the Ph.D. (or the equivalent doctoral degree in any field of music scholarship). If they seek to conduct post-doctoral research or are independent scholars, they should have completed the Ph. D. within the past five years. All materials music be submitted by 5 p.m. EST, 25 July 2009 to the office of the AMS. For more information and application guidelines, please visit the website: http://www.ams-net.org/awards/.

(ALL DISCIPLINES) Soros Fellowships for New Americans
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans: The Soros Fellowships provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished new Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Fellowship provides half tuition and $20,000 maintenance for two years. Candidates must be either holders of green cards, naturalized citizens, or children of naturalized citizen parents. For more information, go to: http://www.pdsoros.org/overview/application.shtml. The deadline is Nov. 1, 2009.

***By the way, I believe that most people applying will be seeking funding in fields such as engineering, medicine, etc. I have heard that you actually have a better chance if you are NOT in those fields. This could be one of those rare grants/fellowships that being an artist is an advantage! Go for it!

(MEDIA ARTS) Residencies and Scholarships
Residencies: 911 Media Arts Center is considered Washington State’s premiere media arts center, dedicated to supporting the expressive use of innovative new media by providing the access, training, and environment needed to create and exhibit works of artistic excellence. The Artist in Residence Program supports innovative new media artists of all disciplines, including digital filmmakers (narrative, documentary, experimental), animators, media installation and internet art. Program is flexible depending on the artist’s needs, but typically consists of project budget, equipment and facilities access, technical assistance, exhibition or screening support, and artist honorarium. Residencies range from three to six months in duration. No travel or housing support is offered.

Scholarships: Each year 911 Seattle Media Arts Center recognizes promising new voices in the media arts with one of our coveted scholarships, offering the opportunity for an artist to learn from our instructors and further their studies in the media arts field. 911 Media Arts Center hopes to increase these scholarship funds with the help of our generous donors.

1. The Artist Media Scholarship provides financial support to seed interest and exploration in the digital media arts. Open to artists of all disciplines, the $1,000 award is to be used for classes in digital media, including video and video editing offered by 911 Media Arts Center. The funds may also apply to additional resources offered at 911 Media Arts Center such as rental of video and editing equipment, and for artist projects needing technical assistance. All levels of experience (including no experience at all) in digital media are eligible.
2. The Youth Tech Scholarship
was created to introduce and motivate young people to experiment, explore and succeed in media arts and technology. This $1,000 award is solely for classes at 911 Media Arts Center as well as special programs specifically geared for young students at 911 Media Arts Center. Currently we are accepting applications from individuals, ages 16 to 19 years old. All levels of experience in digital media are eligible for this scholarship as well. Applications due September 15th, 2009 for both scholarships. Check website for details and application guidelines: http://www.911media.org/education/scholarships.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

ENVIRONMENTAL ARTISTS GRANTS, BERLIN FELLOWSHIPS AND MORE

(ARTISTS) Bernheim Outdoor Art Fellowship
This fellowship is only offered every other year. Bernheim is a beautiful 14,000-acre property located 25 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky. It encompasses a nationally recognized arboretum and 14,000 acres of natural area protecting diverse plant and animal species. Over fifty miles of hiking trails, outdoor exhibits and other facilities offer abundant recreational and inspirational opportunities, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

The goal in all of Bernheim’s activities is to help realize its mission of strengthening the bond between people and nature by finding new ways to connect nature with people’s everyday lives. The Bernheim Indoor Art Fellowship is given semi-annually to a talented artist who will work within the Forest and/or Arboretum to create works that are inspired by and installed in the natural world. The Fellowship provides the artist an opportunity to advance his or her own skills and career while enhancing awareness of Bernheim’s goals regionally, nationally and internationally. The Fellow recipient is required to live at Bernheim for up to three months while working on his/her project. Bernheim will provide comfortable housing in a beautiful wooded setting, plus a financial grant of up to $2,500.00 to cover travel, and other expenses. Materials may be provided or funded depending on the proposed projects. Applications will be accepted from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28. Visit the website for more info: http://www.bernheim.org/art_fellows.htm.
***This grant is offered every other year and I THINK this is the right year to apply, but please double check on the website.

(ALL DISCIPLINES) American Academy in Berlin
Berlin Prize Fellowship: Residential fellowships offer round-trip airfare, housing at the Academy, partial board, and a stipend ranging from $3,500 to $5,000 per month to emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin for an academic semester or in rare cases for an entire academic year. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Academy during the entire term of the award. Application forms may be downloaded from the American Academy's web site: www.americanacademy.de/home/fellows/applications. You can also write to: Berlin Prize Fellowship, Am Sandwerder 17-19, 14109 Berlin, Germany. You email for more information at: [email protected] Deadline for applications is October 1, 2009.

(POETS) Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship
The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship awards approximately $32,000 annually to an American-born poet to spend one year outside North America, in whatever place the recipient feels will most advance his or her work. Recipients in recent years have included published poets with professional standing. Write for application form and guidelines. F. Davis Dassori, Esq. Choate, Hall & Stewart, Exchange Place, 53 State Street, Boston, MA 02109-2891. E-Mail Address: [email protected], Website: www.amylowell.org. Application Deadline: October 15, 2009.

(WRITERS & TRANSLATORS) Omi International Arts Center Residency
The Ledig House International Writers Residency is located approximately two and a half hours north of New York City in the town of Omi, in the scenic Hudson River Valley. Writers and translators from all fields are encouraged to apply for a residence lasting anywhere from one week to two months. Up to twenty writers per session—ten at a given time—live and write on the stunning 300-acre grounds and sculpture park that overlook the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a cook prepares dinner. For more information, write to: Ledig House Applications, Omi, Inc., 55 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10003 or E-Mail: [email protected] OR visit the website: www.artomi.org. Application Deadline: November 20, 2009.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

SWEET DREAMS

Well...for your information, the interview I did on the radio today with wonderful Mo Ringey at Valley Free Radio went really well and was a blast but...due to the spontaneous and meandering nature of the show, we ended up talking nearly the entire time about my forthcoming book, The Memory Palace, which left only about five minutes of air time to chat about Mira's List and how to find residencies, fellowships and grants. Sorry everyone! But I had to follow the flow of conversation and my radio host's interest ao it just turned out that way. Anyway, I promise I will do another sometime in the not so distant future. I might post the recording anyway, once I edit it a bit, just so you can hear about my book (and a little about this blog).

I have one more day of final edits and then my book is going out. I'll get back to hunting things down for you over the weekend, if not before. In the meantime, TAKE MY NEW TWO SECOND POLL on the right side bar...keep making art, apply for everything and be fearless! Sweet dreams....Mirabee

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

RADIO INTERVIEW TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17th!

Well, believe it or not, it's really true. The radio interview is going to happen tomorrow morning (Wednesday, June 17th) from 8 to 9 a.m. EST, so if you are in the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts, tune in to 103.3 FM or go to http://www.valleyfreeradio.org and stream it live. I will be on Mo Ringey's Valley Free Radio (Mo Radio) talking about Mira's List and how all you people can get money, time and a place to create. If you aren't in the area, you'll be able to listen to the interview sometime soon after at http://www.benigngirl.wordpress.com or www.valleyfreeradio.org. OR check back here at Mira's List because I'll post an MP3 of the interview on my blog.

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES IN BALI, GREECE AND MORE!

(ALL DISCIPLINES) Residency in Bali
The Bali Purnati Center for the Arts in Indonesia offers up to twelve artist residencies twice a year (three months each spring and fall) to artists in a variety of disciplines. Eligible fields include performing, visual arts, written word, music and film. The foundation seeks to support early stage development of ground-breaking works fusing original stories and traditions in Asia with contemporary artistic vision. For more info, write: [email protected] or visit the website at: http://www.balipurnati.com. The cost is approximately $35 a day, which includes food, lodging and studio space. The next deadline is in July but please check website for details.

(ALL DISCIPLINES) Residency in Australia
Art in Motion Residency: Calling Artists interested in time and space for two weeks to a month in Australia. Deadline is August 1, 2009, for 2009-2010 residencies. This will be a time of creative space on farm land on the mid-north coast of Australia which is one of the holiday destinations for Sydneysiders in the summer months. Facing the spectacular views of the lake this is a space to feel free enough to focus on whatever project you aspire to as an artist. The retreat exists to allow artists time to work without distractions. Located in a rural area, and there is no public interaction (rules prohibiting anyone from interrupting artists in their studios between 9:00 and 5:00). Payment (payment of actual expenses), one artist per residency can simply come for free. Scholarship funded by the local community. Open to artists from all nations, artists are requested to send in documentation, a curriculum vitae, a motivation and a necessary a project proposal. Please contact the website for more information on scholarships and application guidelines: http://www.artinmotion.com.au/residency.htm or contact: Karen (0408) 118-648, email: [email protected] or write: PO Box 155, Berowra 2081 NSW, AUSTRALIA

(ALL DISCIPLINES) Yaddo Residency
Yaddo Residency in Saratoga Springs, New York: Residencies for creative artists working at a professional level in their field and repeat residencies permitted. Five week residencies take place year-round. Yaddo provides housing, meals, studios, travel assistance and materials stipend. $20 application fee. All facilities are accessible. Accommodations can be made for artists with hearing or vision impairments. For more information, write: Yaddo, PO Box 395, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or call: 518/584-0746, email: [email protected] or visit the website: http://www.yaddo.org. The next deadline is August 1, 2009, but please double check with the website to make sure. ***A word to the wise: like MacDowell, this residency is more appropriate for mid-career to established artists and less for emerging ones.

(DANCE/PERFORMING ARTS) Residency in Greece
KINITIRAS DANCE SPECTACLE was founded in 1996. Since then, Kinitiras has a continuous presence in the field of dance-theatre focusing on the theatrical character of dance. The company is working based on the theories of Rudolf Laban, Augusto Boal and Devised Theatre Co. KINITIRAS has recently started a residency program for dancers, so please check their website for more details: www.kinitiras.com.

Monday, June 15, 2009

MICRO GRANTS FOR ARTISTS

Good morning all...I just came across this interesting item about micro-grants for artists a couple days ago on the blog, Another Limited Rebellion (http://www.alrdesign.com/blog/2009/05/micro-grants-for-artists.html) They mentioned another site called Society6 that has started this system of micro-grants and opportunities for emerging artists. If you don't know about the micro grant system, it's a grassroots system of helping fund individuals who want to jump start their careers. Up until now, as far as I know, projects like this have mostly been set up for individuals in developing countries, the most well known of these organizations is kiva.org. These, however are loans, not grants, although perhaps that has changed. The way kiva.org operates is like this: say a woman in Afganistan needs a couple sewing machines to start a textile business out of her home, she can contact kiva. org and they will publicize how much she needs, etc. and people from all over the world can give her a small loan, usually around $100 to $300. Anyway, it looks like Society6 is doing that for artists now but in the form of grants and opportunities, not loans. Read what ALR has to say about it:

“Society6 makes the grant-making process easy and accessible to all individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations who want to support the future of the arts. “When we started to look at the existing support infrastructure for artists and other creative people, we realized that it was particularly bureaucratic, exclusive and wasn’t designed for scale. We’ve re-imagined the entire process in the form of a meritocracy, where a greater number of artists can receive unrestricted grant assistance based solely on the merit of their work as determined by their peers”, said co-founder, Lucas Tirigall-Caste.

Another Limited Rebellion also explains: "Society6 micro-grants are currently available in two forms, money or opportunities. Opportunity grants provide a nice recession-friendly alternative for cash-constrained supporters to offer assistance through free products (e.g. supplies), free services (e.g. studio time) and other distinctive opportunities that money just can’t buy (e.g. feature in a magazine).”

To learn more about Society6 and what they offer to artists, go to: http://www.society6.com/grants/open. Also check out the ALR site while you're at it!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

COMIC BOOK ARTIST GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS FOR COMPOSERS, AND SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ELSE!

(ARTISTS, WRITERS, COMPOSERS) Alonzo Davis Fellowship: Initiated by Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) Fellow and former board member Alonzo Davis, this fellowship has been established as an endowment to support writers, visual artists and composers who are American citizens of African or Latino descent. VCCA is located on 450 acres of rolling Blue Ridge farmland. Each residency includes a comfortable, private bedroom, three meals a day, and a private studio where artists may concentrate on their work. The fund will provide residencies at the VCCA for artists annually. Please indicate on your application that you are applying for the Alonzo Davis Fellowship. For application guidelines and information, please go to: http://www.vcca.com/otherprg.html.

COMIC BOOK ARTIST GRANTS

The Xeric Foundation offers $5,000 grants for comic book artists who wish to publish their own comics. Proposals are reviewed on a semiannual basis by a distribution committee. Requests must be postmarked (not delivered) by the review deadline date to be considered at that review. Early application is encouraged. Reply cards will be sent as notification that applications have been received. Response letters will be mailed to all applicants six weeks after the review date. The next review deadline is September 30, 2009. Please check the website for details and application guidelines: http://www.xericfoundation.org. Please submit all proposals and queries to: Xeric Foundation , 351 Pleasant Street #214, Northampton, MA 01060. For more info, check the website or email: [email protected] or call: 413/ 585-0671.

(BOOK ARTISTS) MCBA Residency
Minnesota Center for Book Arts' Artists-in-Residence Program: The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program is designed to support selected artists by providing resources, space and equipment to assist in the creation and promotion of their work. In turn, artists provide technical and educational assistance to Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Residencies may be from two weeks to four months in duration. Studios and equipment are available to facilitate work in papermaking, printing and bookbinding. Participation in the program is based on the artistic merit of proposed projects as well as the degree to which artists further MCBA's artistic vision: to preserve the traditional crafts of fine printing, bookbinding and papermaking; champion book art as a vital contemporary art form; and demonstrate the critical role artists' books play in the advancement of cultural and visual literacy. For more information, please go to the website: http://www.mnbookarts.org/artistsprograms/air.html.

(BOOK ARTISTS, WRITERS) Artist-in-Residence
The STAR program (Students-Teachers-Artists in Residence) is an artists' residency program at Eagle Hill School in rural Hardwick, Massachusetts (www.ehs1.org) They are currently seeking artists for a three-month residency titled “Pre-write to Publish: The Whole Book.” The residency will begin September, 2009. The program is housed at Eagle Hill’s state-of-the-art Cultural Center (www.centerateaglehill.org), a new regional venue for the visual and performing arts. STAR brings to their campus distinguished artists of all disciplines to work on their own creative projects while collaborating with students and teachers on cross-disciplinary learning adventures. “Pre-write to Publish: The Whole Book,” is a residency for two artists who are interested in sharing their experiences concerning the process of producing books. For this residency, STAR seeks artists who are skilled writers, illustrators, book binders, publishers or specialists in handmade artists’ books, one-of-a-kind editions, and experimental book forms who are seeking the kind of time, space and support that will enable them to move forward with their writing and book making ambitions.

The selected writer/publisher will have 24/7 access to a quiet and comfortably furnished living room style work space, and the selected Book Artist will have 24/7 access to 1000’ of studio space and the use of an 1887 Platen Letterpress with assorted type as well as computers with Adobe Design Premium and a state-of-the-art networked color copier. Also, STAR provides three excellent meals a day, a monthly stipend of $500, supplies, and ample time to work on independent projects. For more info, please contact: Pat Bock, STAR Coordinator, The Cultural Center at Eagle Hill, PO Box 116, 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick, MA 01037. Phone: (413) 477-6000, x1856, website: www.thecenterateaglehill.org.

(MUSICIANS) The Noah Greenberg Award
The Noah Greenberg Award was established by the Trustees of the New York Pro Musica Antiqua in memory of their founder and first director. The award is intended as a grant-in-aid to stimulate active cooperation between scholars and performers by recognizing and fostering outstanding contributions to historical performing practices. Both scholars and performers may apply, since the Award may subsidize the publication costs of articles, monographs, or editions, as well as public performance, recordings, or other projects. The award is given annually. The winner receives a monetary prize ($2,000) and a certificate, conferred at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation of the Society by the chair of the committee. The Award Committee invites applications for the award, to be received by August 15, 2009. Applicants need not be members of the Society. For more information on this grant and others, go to: http://www.ams-net.org/grants.php.

Friday, June 12, 2009

NEW FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

(FILMMAKERS) Reach Film Fellowship
Cinereach Seeking Young Filmmakers for $5,000 Fellowship - Deadline July 15. Cinereach, a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting and producing artful films that depict underrepresented perspectives, cross cultural boundaries, and promote dialogue, is currently seeking applicants for its annual Reach Film Fellowship.The prestigious six-month program supports young filmmakers with grants, resources, and industry mentors who help guide their short films through all stages of production.The application deadline is July 15, 2009. Applications and guidelines can be found at http://www.reachfilmfellowship.com/. Four winning applicants will be awarded $5,000 and be mentored by an established filmmaker. Fellows also receive production support from sponsors, workshops, career coaching, and industry exposure. Industry judges will award an additional $5,000 to the most outstanding film of the four, which will also screen at Cinereach’s annual Reach Out event in the spring. The fellowship is open to filmmakers who completed film studies programs in 2008 or 2009. This year, self-taught filmmakers may also apply, but are advised to discuss their eligibility with Cinereach staff before submitting an application. Applicants must also be able to reside in the New York Tri-State area from August through April of 2009/2010 to meet the Fellowship requirements. Cinereach also has a large granting program for emerging and established filmmakers. There are two letter of inquiry deadlines annually for this program, June 1 and December 1. Grants range from $5,000 - $50,000 for features and documentary films in all stages of production (www.cinereach.org/grants/).

(COMPOSERS) Art Song Competition
Program Administered by ASCAP's (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Concert Music Department and the Lotte Lehmann Foundation announce the second ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Competition. The competition, named for the legendary soprano Lotte Lehmann, was established in 2005 to recognize talented young composers who write for the voice. First Prize will be a $3,500 commission to compose a Song Cycle for voice and piano, to be published by E.C. Schirmer, and performed in three major American cities. Second Prize ($1,000) and Third Prize ($500) will be awarded a commission to compose an art song for voice and piano. Fourth Prize, The Damien Top Prize will be a $500 commission to set a poem by Andrée Brunin to be premiered at the 2010 Albert Roussel International Festival in France. Applicants must be citizens, permanent residents of the United States, or enrolled students with student visas, who will not reach their 30th birthday by January 1, 2010. One original art song with English text, per composer may be submitted. For more information, go to: http://www.ascap.com/about/support.html#seamus. Deadline: September 15, 2009.

(ACTORS) Resident Actor Fellowship
The Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship is sponserd by The Theatre Communications Group. To apply, you must be early- to mid-career actors and have completed training within the last fifteen years. Fellowship recipients in the "Extraordinary Potential" catagory will receive $15,000 and up to $10,000 in student loan repayment. Recipients in the Distinguished Achievement category have demonstrated considerable experience in professional theatre with a substantial body of work, and will receive $25,000. The TCG member host theatre receives $7,500. This Fellowship is a wonderful opportunity for exceptionally talented actors. By supporting actors of both Extraordinary Potential and Distinguished Achievement, the Fox Fellowship seeks to transform and deepen the relationship between an actor and a not-for-profit theatre. The Fellowship is driven by the actor’s artistic and professional goals, and asks the theatre to collaborate with the actor in pursuing their goals and working outside of their comfort zone. For more information Please visit the TCG website: http://www.tcg.org/grants/fox/fox_guidelines.cfm. Deadline: 6/30/09.

(ALL DISCIPLINES) Milepost 5 Artists Residency
The Milepost 5 Artists Residency Program Program is currently accepting applications. Five residency slots are available between Sept. 2009 and Dec. 2010. Residency length is two to three months. Open to artists of all disciplines. Furnished live/work space at Milepost 5 in NE Portland, OR is provided. For details and application visit http://www.milepostfive.com/residency. Deadline 6/30/09.

(ARTISTS) Chenven Foundation Awards
The Ruth & Harold Chenven Foundation (RHCF) gives annual awards to individual artists living and working in the United States who are engaged in or planning a craft or visual art project. The RHCF does not accept film, video, performance art, or music submissions. It is expected that applicants will be working artists who have a developed body of work. The maximum award is $1,500. Visit: www.chenvenfoundation.org. Deadline: 7/31/09.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A PERSONAL NOTE

Greetings...just a quick note to say that I have temporarily removed my book recommendations from the sidebar because it seems, for some reason, that Amazon aliens have taken over my list and replaced the book covers with flashing generic ads without telling me! Anyway, I'll figure out what happened and get them back up there sooner or later. Sorry to have inadvertently subjected you to flashiness. I cannot abide by flashiness. Also, one more thing---don't forget to check my sidebar on the right for new residencies that I don't list in postings. You can click on the photos and be taken directly to the website. As usual, I try to only list places that are FREE and, when possible, open to international artists. Oh...I am also currently looking for the following grants/opportunities, so if you have found something that is quite wonderful and wish to share the opportunity with me and others, please place a comment below with the information. Here's my list:
1. grants/fellowships for travel funding to international residencies.
2. grants for graphic novel/memoirists.
3. substantial grants/fellowships for musicians/composers/sound artists.
4. scholarships for artists, writers, etc. to attend MFA programs, especially low-residency ones.

I do have info on the above, however, I cannot possibly know about everything so if you have come across something great, pass it on. Thanks! Mira

UPCOMING DEADLINES FOR ARTISTS AND WRITERS

(POETS) Frost Place Resident Poet Award
A prize of $2,000 and a two-month residency at Robert Frost’s former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published at least one poetry collection. Submit four copies of five poems, a resumé, and contact information for two references with a $20 entry fee by July 3. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.Frost Place, Resident Poet Award, P.O. Box 74, 158 Ridge Road, Franconia, NH 03580. (603) 823-5510. Therese Reger, Administrator: [email protected] or visit: www.frostplace.org.

(WRITERS) Richard J. Margolis Award
A stipend of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to a writer of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction with the exception of memoir) whose work recalls that of Richard J. Margolis, a journalist, essayist, and poet who wrote about those whose voices are seldom heard. Submit three copies of two writing samples totaling no more than 30 pages and a project description by July 1, 2009. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. Blue Mountain Center, Richard J. Margolis Award, c/o Margolis & Bloom, 535 Boylston Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02116. www.margolis.com/award.

(MEDIA ARTISTS) ETC Media Arts Residencies
Experimental Television Center in Oswego, New York. Deadline: 07/15/09
The Experimental Television Center next deadline for the Residency Program is July 15, 2009, for residencies between September 2009 and January 2010. The Residency supports contemporary electronic media art projects. The studio workshop environment offers access to an image processing system, intensive individualized instruction and time for exploration and personal creative growth. Artists have complete aesthetic and technical control over all aspects of the creation process. Please visit: http://www.experimentaltvcenter.org for more information.

(ARTISTS) Community Based Artist Residency

Cleveland State Community College, Deadline: 07/01/09.
Artists are invited to submit proposals based on the idea of sustainability, both in material and in community. Artists are encouraged to explore materials that are readily and freely available yet do not lend themselves to typical art making practices. Local recycling centers, environmental groups, school groups and more will be available to aid in securing materials and assist with production depending on the artist’s needs. eight accepted artists will be invited to spend two weeks (October 18-31) creating artworks that are easily accessible to the community, both while in production and in their finished state. Lodging, meals, and a modest stipend are provided. Artists are invited to submit: Letter of Intent, 10 jpg images on CD, 240 ppi, 8” by 10” (slides not accepted), Current Resume, Artist Statement, SASE for return of materials, Please submit materials to: Mark Mcleod, Art Instructor, CSCC, 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, TN 37312 For more info, go to: www.accessibilitycleveland.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

TWO JUNE DEADLINES FOR ARTISTS

(ALL DISCIPLINES) ArtCorps in Central America
Join ArtCorps and volunteer your creative talents to strengthen sustainable development in Central America in 2010. Through community arts projects, artists educate and inspire people to participate actively in improving the environmental, health, and social conditions in their communities. Every ArtCorps artist works directly with a local non-governmental organization that is an expert in its field. Artists strengthen dialogue between community members and the organization, improve community education and empower local leadership.

Artists will:
* Work as a volunteer and live in his or her host community from January 2010 through December 2010. Artists have the option to extend their stay for a second year if agreed upon by the host organization.
* Receive airfare, room and board, medical insurance and a small personal stipend.
* Receive training and technical assistance from ArtCorps staff in the region in order to integrate ArtCorps methodology into the host organization.
* Uphold the mission and values of ArtCorps as the sole ArtCorps artist in the host community.
* Communicate fluently in Spanish.
Apply now for opportunities in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras! For info and initial application, visit: http://www.artcorp.org/artist_placements.html. Full applications must be received by June 26, 2009. Contact Marta at [email protected] or +1 978-927-2404 x4 for more information.

(BOSTON VISUAL ARTISTS) Artadia Awards Deadline!
Hurry up, the applications close Monday, June 15, 2009 for the Artadia Awards for Boston area artists! Artists must be living and working in metro Boston. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all media and at any point in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Awardees will be selected in the summer of 2009 through Artadia’s two-tiered jury process. For eligibility requirements, and to access the web-based application, please visit Artadia's website: www.artadia.org. All applications must be submitted online by Monday, June 15, 2009 at 11:59pm (EST). Artadia’s mission is to encourage innovative practice and meaningful dialogue across the United States by providing visual artists in specific communities with unrestricted awards and a national network of support. Since its founding, Artadia has awarded over $2.0 million to more than 200 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Most recently Artadia launched an artist residency
program, which brings Artadia Awardees from each of its program cities to New York for a three-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

FELLOWSHIPS AND MORE!

Well, two more weeks until my book, The Memory Palace, goes out to publishers. I've been pretty busy doing last minute edits and drawings, but soon I'll be able to devote more time to YOU, dear reader, and help you find funding, a place to work and the time to create. Until then, here is yet another smattering of opportunities to consider....

(ALL DISCPLINES) The Japan Foundation Fellowships
Fellowships are offered to scholars, researchers, and professionals who wish to conduct research in Japan for periods ranging from three weeks to twelve months. Write or see web site for specific details of each fellowship. The Japan Foundation, 152 West 57th Street, 39th floor, New York, NY 10019. E-Mail Address:[email protected] Website: www.jfny.org/hqactivities.html#fellow
Application Deadline: September 2, 2009.

(ALL DISCIPLINES) Radcliffe Fellowship
The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. Stipends are funded up to $65,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. If so directed, Radcliffe will pay the stipend to the fellow's home institution. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2010 through June 30, 2011. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, we expect fellows to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute so that they can participate fully in the life of the community. For additional information, please contact: 617-496-1324 or email: [email protected] or visit the website: http://www.radcliffe.edu/fellowships/apply.aspx. The deadline for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences is October 1, 2009. ***(as an aside, this is not a fellowship for emerging artists, writers, etc. Only apply if you are mid-career or have had a couple big successful projects that you have completed, such as one or two published books. I don't mean to be a nay-sayer, I'm just being practical here. Don't want to waste anyone's time.)

(FILMMAKERS) Production Assistance
The Center for Independent Documentaries (CID) is seeking proposals on an ongoing basis from independent producers for the production of documentaries on contemporary issues. Projects with which CID collaborates are eligible to receive a variety of services and resources. The fee charged to each projects varies. CID works with each producer to provide services on a sliding scale and may select one or two projects a year to receive services for free. Contact: Center for Independent Documentary, 1608 Beacon St., Waban, MA 01268. For more information, call tel: 508.528.7279, e-mail:[email protected] or visit the website: www.documentaries.org.

Monday, June 8, 2009

RESIDENCIES FOR ARTISTS, WRITERS AND MUSICIANS

(WRITERS & TRANSLATORS) Baltic Centre Residency
This international residential center for writers and literary translators is located in the town of Visby on Gotland, Sweden. The Centre has eleven studios/rooms and is open all year round. BCWT comprises two buildings, with a magnificent view of the medieval town, the cathedral and the sea. The Centre welcomes applicants from all countries but priority of residence is given to literary professionals from the countries of the Baltic Sea region and Scandinavia, i.e. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia,Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden. Fore more information, go to: www.bcwt.org.

(ARTISTS & WRITERS) Lanesboro Residency Program

The Lanesboro Residency Program offers one-month residencies for sculptors, artists, poets, and writers in a picturesque hamlet (population 858) with historic main street and nearby 200-foot bluffs, trout river, and bike trail. Stipends are $2,000 for the month. For more information and application, send SASE to above address or see website. Cornucopia Art Center, 103 Parkway Avenue N - PO Box 152, Lanesboro, MN 55949 E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: www.lanesboroarts.org/cac-artist-in-residence.php Deadline: June 30, 2009.

(ARTISTS & MUSICIANS) Artists Residencies Program in Paris
Artists Residencies at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris: This extended residency program is designed principally for non-French artists. Candidates must have completed their initial training and have started a professional activity and have proof of previous work. They have to be under 35 years old. They benefit from personalized support throughout their stay. Logistic and administrative help and information are also available. The program is dedicated to architects, visual artists and musicians. For more information, go to the website: http://www.ciup.fr/residences_artistes.htm. Application deadline: June 15, 2009.

Friday, June 5, 2009

DEADLINES FOR EMERGING AND MID-CAREER WRITERS!

Here are some upcoming opportunities for both emerging and mid-career writers...and by the way, if you live in the U.S. you should check your home state arts council to see if there are any deadlines coming up for fellowships and grants. Lots of them have deadlines in July and early September so check my sidebar on the right for the correct link.

The Alice Hayes Fellowship for Social Justice
Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois. This Fellowship is awarded to a woman fiction or nonfiction writer who is working to bring awareness to social justice, environmental justice, or peace. The Alice Hayes Fellow will receive a four week residency at Ragdale and a $500 stipend. Deadline: September 15, 2009. Visit: www.ragdale.org/hayesfellowship for application details or call Regin Igloria, Director of Artists-in-Residence at 847.234.1063 x. 206. ***(BTW--I have stayed at this art colony, which is about an hour outside of Chicago, many times and love it! It is my home away from home.)

Lesbian Writers Fund
The application deadline for this grant was June 30th but was just EXTENDED to July 15th, 2009! The Lesbian Writers' Fund offers grants of $10,000 to U.S. emerging lesbian writers in fiction and poetry who have published at least once in a magazine, literary journal, or anthology. Write to Lesbian Writers' Fund Awards at above address or see the web site for guidelines and application. Applicants may submit in only one category each year. This fund does not include nonfiction, screenplays, or plays. For more information, email [email protected] or go to: www.astraeafoundation.org.

Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellowships
PEN Center USA West, Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellowships, Antioch University, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230. Several Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellowships, with cash prize of $1,000 each, are available to emerging writers from minority, immigrant, and underserved communities. The program includes a one-on-one mentoring relationship with an established writer, master classes with established novelists, classes in the Writers' Program at UCLA Extension, informal visits with writers, and literary readings. Write to Emerging Voices at above address or see website (www.penusa.org/go/voices/) for details. E-Mail: [email protected] Deadline: September 5, 2009.

Writers' Center Fellowship and Residency
Bronx Council on the Arts, 1738 Hone Avenue, Bronx, New York 10461
The Bronx Writers' Center Fellowship annually awards two nine-month literary fellowships to writers who reside in the Bronx, regardless of age but who are not enrolled as full-time students. An award of $5,000 is given to each winner and a community service project at the Bronx Writers' Center is required. All eligible applicants must submit four copies of a representative body of work of no more than ten pages of poetry or twenty pages of fiction. The work should display professional accomplishment and their commitment to a literary career. Apply to Bronx Writers' Center Fellowship at above address or see web site for more details: www.bronxarts.org/bwc_fellowships_guidelines.asp. E-Mail Address: [email protected] Application deadline: September 4, 2009.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

MORE TRAVEL & RESEARCH GRANTS

Greetings all...The theme this week is obviously travel grants. So many people have written me over the last couple months, saying that that is the main thing they are looking for, I just had to throw out a few things. More residency announcements to come, a new poll, and more of everything....just have patience my friends. Cheers, Mira

(MUSICIANS/COMPOSERS) Travel Research Grant
Columbia College Chicago, Center for Black Music Research: CBMR Travel Grants. The CBMR will award travel grants up to $1,000 to assist with transportation costs and daily subsistence expenses for a five-day research residency at the CBMR Library and Archives. The travel grants support research in the study and performance of black music repertoire and help scholars and musicians visit the CBMR Library and Archives to examine and use its archival collection of scores and sound recordings. Scholars, musicians, composers and conductors, educators, graduate students, and independent researchers are eligible to apply. Deadline: 9/1/2009. For more information, go to: http://www.colum.edu/CBMR/Library_and_Archives/CBMR_Travel_Grants.php

(SCHOLARS/HUMANITIES) Hayek Fund for Scholars
George Mason University, Institute for Humane Studies (IHS):
The Hayek Fund for Scholars makes strategic awards for career-enhancing activities such as presentations at academic or professional conferences, travel to academic job interviews (on campus or at professional or academic conferences), travel to and research at archives or libraries, participation in career development or enhancing seminars, distribution of a published article to colleagues in his or her field, and submission of unpublished manuscripts to journals or book publishers. For more information, go to: http://www.theihs.org/grants_and_contest/id.712/default.asp Awards are given up to $1,000. Applications accepted all year-round. Graduate students and un-tenured faculty members are eligible to apply.

(PERF. ARTS) Performing Arts Fund, French Embassy
The Visual and Performing Arts Department offers a variety of project, research travel, residency, and academic cooperation grants to American non-profit institutions and presenters for significant bilateral collaborations and for projects involving living French artists. Awards focus on contemporary work, but may also support the presentation of older works that play an important contextual role. Applications may be made through any of the regional Cultural Services’ offices. Deadline: September 15, 2009. For more information, go to: http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article428&tout=ok.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL GRANTS AND MORE!

***Insider's Tip: for this first grant, the LIAP grant for international travel: It will help your application immensely if you propose to collaborate somehow with local artists OR somehow involve a community in the country you want to travel to. Collaborative involvement can mean many things, from offering some workshops or professional presentations to local residents, to collaborating on an installation with other artists in the area, etc. Another little tidbit: although preference is given to people who haven't traveled that much as well as artists from Kansas City and the midwest, if your project is innovative, somehow involves the local community, and isn't in a developed country, you have a much better chance to get a grant (but they have to like your work too!).

(VISUAL ARTISTS) Lighton International Artists Exchange Grant

This grant, which offers up to $5,000 for international travel, is sponsered by the Kansas City Artists Coalition. The Lighton International Artists Exchange Program works to make the world a smaller place by giving artists of different cultures the opportunity to work together in the hope that lasting friendship and understanding will develop. The program provides support for visual artists and arts professionals to travel to international residencies and artist communities and for foreign visual artists to travel to and work in the United States. The program seeks applications from dedicated American artists who create work of exceptional quality and whose work and career is at a level to benefit from international exchange with peers. The program is especially interested in funding artists who have not yet worked in a foreign country and in funding travel and residencies to countries that are less westernized. International artists who want to apply for funding for a Kansas City residency may submit inquiries to [email protected] KansasCityArtistsCoalition.org. The next deadline for travel grants is August 15, (not a postmark deadline). Artists should apply 6-12 months prior to intended travel dates. Notification will be mailed two months after deadlines. For more information and to download application, go to: http://www.kansascityartistscoalition.org/grants/liaep/liaep.html

The L.I.A.P also offers Money for Artists Promotion grants to assist artists in promoting and marketing their artwork. The program is especially interested in funding artists whose application displays innovative and creative approaches to artist promotion. Artists must be members of the Kansas City Artists Coalition. The maximum m.a.p. grant is $1,000. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Artists should apply 2-6 months prior to intended project dates (if applicable).

(ALL DISCIPLINES) European Cultural Foundation Grant
This grant supports outstanding artistic projects which show vision in illuminating the issues of diversity in Europe. Average grant: Euro 30 000 - Euro 60 000. Artists and organizations working in any artistic discipline, and residing/based in Europe are eligible (i.e. European Union and the neighboring regions) as well as individual artists who have a demonstrable track record in their chosen discipline (at least 5 years experience). ECF is looking for: • Projects that reflect on European developments in an innovative way. We need artists to comment on, research, question, imagine and fantasize about what is happening in European societies: in the cities, among and within communities, across borders. • Projects that reveal an innovative creation process and a visible end product. We are looking for artistic visions, ideas, answers, works on how Europe should/could relate to its diversities. • Projects that have a legacy for the future. This means that one-off events are unlikely to be supported unless they have clear impact and are sustainable within the context. Note: You are more likely to be considered if you are collaborating with a venue/producer/partner. For more information, go to: http://www.eurocult.org/we-support-cultural-cooperation/grants/. Deadline : 31 July, 2009

(MUSICIANS) New Technology Grant
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/New Technology Funding Program: Grants of up to $75,000 each will be awarded to jazz musicians and nonprofits using technology to develop audience, communications, marketing, distribution channels, and networking for jazz performance. Planning and implementation grants available. Applicants must be jazz artists who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., or be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (or an organizations with eligible fiscal sponsor) with a history of programming jazz or providing services to jazz artists or jazz organizations. Deadline for Round One of grant process: July 6, 2009. For more info, go to: http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/knowledge_building/JazzNext/guidelines.html.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

INTERNATIONAL GRANTS FOR ARTISTS

For more grants and opportunities like the ones below, visit: www.artisttrust.org (where these listings came from) and my other links on my sidebar. And if you haven't read my article, "Finding Money for Your Dreams," about the nuts and bolts of grantwriting, you might want to (it's a little long but people seem to find it helpful).

(COMM.-BASED ARTISTS) Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant Program
NALAC'S Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant Program funds project and planning grants to strengthen the exchange of art and culture between communities linked by people's migration from one country to another. This program is available to individuals, collectives, and community-based organizations that are engaged in the practical of exchange of culture through transnational community connections developed and maintained by culturally and economically-linked communities. Projects demonstrating an ongoing connection between two or more of the following countries will be considered: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and the United States. Grants range anywhere from $2,000 up to $20,000. Artists and non-governmental agencies (NGOs) in any of the countries listed may apply. Applicants do not have to include the United States to be considered. Projects are open to numerous possibilities. For more info and TCR program guidelines visit: http://www.nalac.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=186&Itemid=232 Deadline: July 24, 2009.

The NALAC also offers grants that provide financial support to Latino working artists and Latino arts organizations through direct training and technical assistance. Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000. A Master Arts Grant is also offered to recognize an established Latino artist for his/her work in their community, and to provide support that enables the Master Artist to serve as a mentor to another artist in the community. Grant: $20,000. For more information on these opportunities, visit: http://www.nalac.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=206&Itemid=255. Deadline: July 13, 2009.

(AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS) William H. Johnson Prize
The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers through its annual award, The William H. Johnson Prize. Early career African American artists who work in painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre are eligible to apply. "Early career" is interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work and who have produced mature work for less than ten years. Age is not determinative, and artists may already have been included in gallery or museum exhibitions. http://www.whjohnsongrant.org. Deadline: July 31, 2009.

(FILMMAKERS) Feature-Film Production Grants
The Global Film Initiative announces the Summer 2009 cycle feature-film Production Grants Program in its continuing effort to promote original filmmaking from individuals around the world. Grants are awarded twice a year to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation, and accomplished story-telling. The Grants Program furthers the development of local film industries while offering audiences a variety of cultural perspectives on daily life from around the world. Grants received are used to support the completion of film production, and to subsidize post-production costs. Grants up to $10,000. Grants are not available for documentary or short films, and are only available to the following regions: Latin American, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East (excluding Iran), Asia (excluding Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan), and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand. For more information visit: http://globalfilm.org/granting.htm Deadline: July 15, 2009.

(UK ARTISTS) Innovative Arts Project Grants
The Elephant Trust was set up to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and institutions that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities. Given the Trust’s modest resources, grants have usually been limited to £2,000 but larger grants may be considered. Funding priority is given to artists and to small organisations and galleries. No grants are available for educational or other study purposes. / No grants are available for residencies or research. / No grants are available for projects taking place outside the UK. Application is by post only. Deadline: June 19, 2009. Application is by post only For more info, go to: http://www.elephanttrust.org.uk/

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This blog provides information on upcoming grants, fellowships and residencies for artists, writers, composers, and media artists. It is for serious professionals only, from emerging to mid-career to established. I also publish information for graduate students from time to time. However, I do not publish information on exhibition or publishing opportunities, nor do I advertise artist retreats and workshops that charge money. At least that is my current policy. For more info on where to exhibit or publish, please see my links section which I try to periodically update. I sift through hundreds of search engines and websites to find opportunities for YOU dear artist. In return, I ask you to pass the information along to those who need it. Also, since this is a free blog, I don't always have the time to weed carefully through everything. If you find a grant or website or residency that is not up-to-date, is dodgy in some way, or is no longer in existence, please let me know! Also, if you stay somewhere at one of the residencies I suggest and have a good experience, I want that feedback too. Please check my FAQs at the top right side bar if you have questions before starting your search. Best wishes and happy hunting!