Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Greetings everyone...Lately I've been getting quite a lot of requests from individuals from places as far away as India and Iran, asking if I know of any scholarship money for art and writing students to attend graduate school in the U.S. Unfortunately, this is an area I know little about but if I find something, I will certainly post it. In the meantime, thanks to a lovely and helpful Mira's List fan from Iran, here is a site she stumbled on for those of you looking for funding to attend overseas universities for both undergrad and grad school: http://scholarship-positions.com/ (Thanks Saeide!). Below are some up-coming deadlines. And just so you know, mid to late April is a big deadline for many artist residencies, so if you are thinking of applying for one for this summer or fall, check out my sidebar for links to residency databases. Also, if you have had any success funding a past residency, please visit this post and share your ideas. Thanks!

(ALL) Residencies for Scholars and Creative ArtistsThe Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center: Residencies allow for disciplined work uninterrupted by the usual professional and personal demands. Residency participants include scholars, scientists, artists, journalists, writers, non-governmental organization practitioners and policymakers from around the world. Collegial interaction with the 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. During special dinners, residents may be able to interact with participants in international conferences hosted in various buildings on the Center’s property. The Center also offers collaborative residencies for two to four persons working on the same project. Creative artists in all fields and scholars in all disciplines from any country are welcome to apply. A residency is typically four weeks in length. The deadline for the current competition is May 7, 2010 for residencies between March 1, 2011 to July 31, 2011. For more information visit http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/bellagio-center.

***Insider trading secret from Mirabee: Bellagio is actively trying to get more applications from writers!

(MEDIA ARTISTS) ArtVideoFest, Budapest, Hungary: The Hungarian Multicultural
Center, Inc. (HMC) is soliciting entries for a ArtVideoFest to be held in Budapest, Hungary from August 24-25. Media and video artists all around the world are invited to send video art. Deadline for entries is APRIL 6th! There is also an artists' residency program in the city. For more information about the Hungarian Multicultural Center Residency and the ArtVideoFest, go to: http://www.hungarian-multicultural-center.com/id70.html

(WRITERS) Pen Parentis Fellowship for New Parents: One author will win $1000 and the opportunity to present his or her work to a Manhattan audience paired with an established author at the Pen Parentis Literary Salon. Pen Parentis will invite agents and editors on behalf of the winning author, and will promote them for one year on the Pen Parentis website. A primary goal of Pen Parentis is to keep authors on their artistic paths after having children. Entrants must be parents of at least one child under ten years old. All genres and styles welcome. For more information, please visit the website: www.penparentis.org. Deadline is April 17th, 2010!

(WRITERS) Martha's Vinyard Writers Residency: The Martha's Vinyard Writers Residency provides established and emerging writers with a space to create on the beautiful island of Martha's Vinyard. See website for application details: http://www.writersresidency.com. The next deadline is May 15th, 2010.

(WRITERS) Writer's Digest Competition:
For 79 years, the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition has rewarded writers just like you for their finest work.
Grand Prize is $3,000 cash and a trip to New York City to meet with editors or agents. Writer's Digest will fly you and a guest to The Big Apple, where you'll spend three days and two nights in the publishing capital of the world. While you're there, a Writer's Digest editor will escort you to meet and share your work with four editors or agents! http://www.writersdigest.com/annual?utm_source=33010p%26wnltr&utm_medium=imagecopyann&utm_campaign=33010wdannonp%26wnltr Deadline is May 14th, 2010.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Hi Everyone,

Sorry I haven't posted since last week. I lost over a week of work due to the flu so I'm a bit behind with a deadline for my book. But I'll post something really soon...so keep your eyes peeled. And if you have a second, please leave a comment in the last post I did about creative ways to fund a residency. I'd love to get some feedback from all of you!


Monday, March 22, 2010


Greetings all. Today I thought it would be a good thing to see if any of you had come up with some creative ideas about funding residencies, both in your own country and abroad. My most frequently asked question is: Are there any grants out there to help pay for travel and expenses, etc. once I get accepted to an artist residency? I've addressed this a little in these two posts: http://miraslist.blogspot.com/search/label/FAQs%3A%20RESIDENCIES but I am always looking for new ideas. I'd like to open this up for discussion to all of you. If any of you have come up with great solutions to help fund your residency (money for travel, expenses, and keeping up with household bills while you are gone), please write in the comment section below so others can benefit from your past experience. Thanks!


Saturday, March 20, 2010


For your weekend reading pleasure....(thanks to Artist Trust for a couple of these)

(ARTISTS) Franklin Furnace Grants: Each year Franklin Furnace awards grants to emerging artists, allowing them to produce major works in New York. Grants may range between $2,000 and $10,000 depending upon funding received by Franklin Furnace. Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply; however, funded projects must be presented in New York. Full-time students are ineligible. Complete application information is available at http://www.franklinfurnace.org/ Deadline: April, 4, 2010.

(COMPOSERS/PERFORMERS/SOUND ARTISTS) Common Ground Grants: The Common Ground program is inclusive, and therefore encourages Indigenous composers, performers, and sound artists working in diverse genres/mediums to apply. Artists are encouraged to take risks in their creative endeavors. Common Ground is designed to fill the gap in funding for artists who are particularly interested in creating work without the burden of artistic compromise. Common Ground aims to give timely aid to those indigenous musicians who are strongly dedicated to their art, who show artistic merit, and who propose an excellent project.

Common Ground is open to Indigenous makers of new music; composers, performers, sound artists, and songwriters. Complete grant guidelines and application information is available at http://www.fnci.org/. Deadline: April, 1, 2010.

(COMPOSERS/MUSICIANS/ENSEMBLES) CMA Classical Commission Program: Chamber Music America, the national service organization for the chamber music profession, is accepting applications for its Classical Commissioning Program from CMA member ensembles and presenters for commissions of new chamber works. The program provides support to U.S.-based classical/contemporary ensembles, presenters, and festivals that commission American composers to create new chamber works. Applicants must be organization-level members of CMA.

CMA defines chamber music as music for small ensembles (two to ten musicians) whose members perform one to a part, generally without a conductor. Compositions may represent a diverse musical spectrum including contemporary art music, world music, and works that include electronics. New works created through this program must be performed a minimum of three times in the United States. The program provides funding for the composer's fee (awards of $5,000 to $20,000 each), the ensemble's rehearsal honorarium ($1,000 per ensemble musician), and copying costs (awards of up to $1,000 each). For more information and guidelines, please go to: http://www.chamber-music.org/. Deadline: April, 9, 2010.

(WOMEN BOOK ARTISTS) The National Museum of Women in the Arts Library Fellows Program: The objective of the Library Fellows program is to encourage and promote the creation of artists’s books and to support NMWA’s Library and Research Center and book art programs. The Library Fellows program provides up to $12,000 annually for the production of an artist book in an edition of 125. An additional $1,000 is provided for the artist to create 500 copies of a promotional brochure for the book, as well as $1,000 for the artist to travel to the Library Fellows’ annual meeting to present her book upon completion.

The artist who is responsible for the overall creation, design and realization of the book must be a woman. Technical assistance in developing the book edition by both women and men is acceptable. Collaborative projects between two or more artists are allowed. Only new books will be considered. Previously published books or books that are versions of books previously published or planned for publication will not be considered. Complete proposal guidelines are available at http://www.nmwa.org/library/program.asp Deadline: June, 30, 2010.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Hey everyone...just wanted to post a couple urgent deadlines and to say THANKS (!) for all your sweet get well wishes! Those really made my day. I'm still sick but am on the mend....I just had to get these out to you because the deadlines are rapidly approaching. Back to bed! Cheers,

(PLAYWRIGHTS) The Princess Grace Awards Playwright Fellowship: given annually to a young American playwright, consists of a $7,500 grant and a ten-week residence, including paid travel, at New Dramatists, a playwright service organization, in New York City. The award is based primarily on the artistic quality of a submitted play and the potential of the fellowship to assist in the writer's growth. Write or see web site for guidelines: http://www.pgfusa.org. Deadline is March 31st, 2010!

(WRITERS) The Kerouac Writer-in-Residence Project: The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $800 are included. All you are required to do is work on your writing project and give a reading in the house at the end of your residency. The Project also offers opportunities to you for readings, leading workshops and interacting with the Central Florida Community in various ways. From time to time during your stay you will be asked to participate when the house is used for events such as readings and workshops for local students or book groups. For more information, go to: http://kerouacproject.org/application-page/ Applications for the 2010-2011 residencies are due by Friday, April 16, 2010 and results will be announced in May.

(PHOTOGRAPHERS) Emerging Photographers Grant: A grant of $15,000 to emerging photographers. Funding is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. This body of work may be of either journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperatives. The deadline is April 15th, 2010. For the EPF Grant 2010 submission link, go to: http://www.burn.slideroom.com

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that I have had the flu and am still sick but hopefully will get back in the saddle soon. I think I'm on the mend a little so you should hear from me soon. In the meantime, back to bed.....

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


(FILM/MEDIA ARTISTS) Experimental Television Center Finishing Funds: Provides film and new media artists who are residents of New York State with grants up to $2,500 to help with the completion of diverse and innovative moving-image and sonic art projects, and works for the web and new technologies, ranging from film and video to interactive media performance. Works must be surprising and creative, and must approach the various media as art forms. All genres are eligible. Individuals may apply directly and do not need a sponsoring organization. Undergraduate students ineligible. Application requires a project description, resume, and support materials. See website for complete guidelines and application. Sherry Miller Hocking, Program Director, Experimental Television Center Ltd., 109 Lower Fairfield Rd., Newark Valley, NY 13811, T: (607) 687-4341, [email protected], www.experimentaltvcenter.org. Deadline: March 15, 2010!

(INDIGENOUS ARTISTS) National Museum of the American Indian Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program / Artist Leadership: Supporting wide range of arts activities with goal of increasing knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary Native American arts. Awards of $6,000-$7,000 enable indigenous artists to research, document, network, and develop life skills to enhance artistic growth and strengthen career development. Two-part program includes visit to Washington, D.C., to conduct research and to receive professional training services, as well as an artist-facilitated community project to share knowledge learned from visit. Eligibility: Must be an indigenous artist of the Western Hemisphere who is recognized by the their community and can demonstrate significant artistic accomplishments; may work in any media (visual, media, performance arts, literature, etc.) Artist Leadership Program, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian, Cultural Resources Center, Community and Constituent Services Department, 4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746-2863, T: (301) 238-1557, FAX: (301) 238-3200, [email protected], http://www.nmai.si.edu/icap/leadership.html. Deadline: April 5, 2010,

(ALL) Art Farm Residencies: Art Farm (June 1-November 1, 2010, Marquette, NE) – Residencies of an average of 2-3 months for artists working in visual arts, electronic arts, film and video, multi-media, and performance art, as well as writers. Residency provides housing and some materials. Artist responsible for food, travel, and other materials. (402) 854-3120, [email protected], www.artfarmnebraska.org. Deadline: March 15, 2010!

(ALL) NYFA Affordable Workspace Program: New York Foundation for the Arts Affordable Workspace Program (New York, NY) – Open to artists and arts organizations who have been directly affected by the recession – through loss of office space, employment, etc. Activity must be arts, literary, or culture-related; artists and organizations working in all genres are welcome to apply. Workspaces at NYFA are private and equipped with high-speed wireless internet access. Meeting space is available by appointment. Workspace also includes a free printing quota of 200 pages per month (discounted printing fee for larger printing projects), discounted rate for copying, fully equipped kitchen (including coffee and tea!), and individual phone service with additional fee. Applicants must complete an application form (available on website) and include a CV and 2 professional references. Contact: Maria Villafranca, Program Officer, New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay St., Ste. 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201, T: (212) 366-6900 x251, [email protected], http://www.nyfa.org/level2.asp?id=158&fid=1.

***Thanks to WomenArts for the above notices! http://www.womenarts.org/news_funding/filmenews60.htm#Funding WomenArts (formerly known as The Fund for Women Artists) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women artists get the resources they need to do their creative work. Created in 1994 by Martha Richards, the organization has raised over $4 million and created a website that provides free networking, fund-raising and advocacy services to over 500,000 visitors a year. For more information about their programs, please see the About Us section of their website at www.WomenArts.org/share.


(ARTISTS) SOHO2O Gallery Chelsea Artist Residency Program: SOHO2O Gallery Chelsea is a non-profit artist run gallery that has been promoting the work of women artists since 1973 through gallery exhibitions and public programming. As part of their continued commitment to the arts they are introducing a five month studio residency program for visual artists.

The studio space is located at 547 West 27th Street, in the heart of the Chelsea art community of New York City. The setting offers a community of art professionals and commercial as well as non-profit galleries and art spaces. The studio's proximity to the contemporary art center makes it a convenient place to see renowned exhibitions in the neighborhood, as well as arranging studio visits with gallerists, critics and curators. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have valid visa for staying in the country. For more information, go to: http://www.soho20gallery.com/New/residency.html Deadline: April 30th, 2010.

Thanks fundsforwriters for the following two notices:

(WRITERS) Hosking Houses Trust Residency: HHTR is seeking to appoint one or more writers for the year. Deadline April 19, 2010. They offer between two months and one
year's residence in Church Cottage, Clifford Chambers with all the bills paid and a bursary of £750pcm, or £9,000 per annum. Applications are open to any woman over the age of forty, who writes in English, has the legal right to be in the UK and who has a contract for publication or performance of original work on any subject whatsoever. For more information, please go to: http://www.hoskinghouses.co.uk/

(WRITERS) The Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer's Residency Prize: Each spring, Lake Forest College, in conjunction with the &NOW Festival, sponsors emerging writers under forty years old--with no major book publication--to spend two months in residence at their campus in Chicago's northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan. There are no formal teaching duties attached to the residency. Time is to be spent completing a manuscript, participating in the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, and offering a series of public presentations. The completed manuscript will be published (upon approval) by &NOW Books imprint, with distribution by Northwestern University Press. The stipend is $10,000, with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the college. Deadline April 1, 2010.
***By the way, I know this area (Lake Forest) —rather posh but very beautiful. The lake is very close as is Ragdale Foundation, a great artist colony. And the place is not that far from Chicago.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that in the middle of the night, my private email address (not my Mira's List email address) was hijacked by some hacker and over a thousand people got sent some stupid email about me trying to sell them electronic products. Please do not open the link if you are in touch with me via my private address. My yahoo email address ([email protected]) wasn't hacked and is fine. My private address should be fine now too as I changed my password. Sorry about the inconvenience. I don't know why people do that. It's so mean!



Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Good morning. I just found this on the Transartist site and thought it might be useful for those of you applying to residencies overseas and far from home. Please check out their site sometime to learn about residencies and other opportunities around the world. Also, they have a message board for people looking for studio space or studio exhanges, etc.

From Transartists.org:

Of course a residency costs money. Some residency programs cover all costs, some residency programs don't cover any costs at all. In general, residential art centers will partly cover the costs, which always makes it necessary to find additional funding. Be sure about the budget before you go!

You got a grant of the residential art center?

Congratulations! But you have to check the following:

  • Do you get to keep the grant yourself or does the residency itself use it to pay for rent and facilities?
  • If you get the money yourself, are you free to use it for your own purposes or do you have to pay with it for the rent or for use of facilities?
  • How much is it? Can you pay the whole residency with the money?
  • Get a written agreement, stating how much you receive, when and how.
  • How much money do you still have to pay yourself?

You need additional funding?

You're selected, but the money offered or the facilities offered for free are not enough to cover the whole budget. Check out the following:

  • Don't agree to come over without being sure you can cover the whole budget.
  • Ask the residential art center for invitation letters or letters of support for applying for additional funding.
  • Ask the residential art center for information about their local funding possibilities.
  • Applying for additional funding takes time, always ask the residential art center if you can come over later when you need more time to arrange the budget.

You need to cover all costs yourself, even accommodation costs and costs of living?

Be sure about the motivation of the residential art center. Is it really a guest center 'for art's sake'?

  • Many guest studios just don't have the money to pay for your residency. But they do have a lot to offer 'in natura'. Just check out if the relation between what they offer and what you have to pay, is fair.
  • If a residential art center is operating on a purely commercial basis, it doesn't have to be a 'bad' center. It can be a quality center for art's sake. Just be sure about it!
  • Do you need to pay in advance, during or after your residency?
To read more about this subject and find a residency that might be good for you, go to:
Have a great day! Cheers, Mirabee

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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!