Fall Artist Opportunities

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Fall is almost here and our calendars are chock full of upcoming application deadlines (including our own!). This list of artist opportunities ranges from fellowships to grant programs to touring subsidies, with support for work from the San Francisco Bay Area to the island of Manhattan. 

AUGUST 10 YBCA Fellows Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
This Bay Area program gathers creative citizens, artists, changemakers, and everyday people together for a yearlong process of inquiry, dialogue, and project generation. This cohort of YBCA Fellows will spend a year exploring and responding to the question “Why CITIZENSHIP?”

AUGUST 15 Jerome Fund for New Music American Composers Forum
This grant supports the creation, presentation, and life of a new musical work by an emerging artist. Not sure what’s meant by “emerging? You’re not alone — see the Jerome Foundation’s definition here.

SEPTEMBER 1 NEST (New England States Touring) New England Foundation for the Arts
Based in the New England area and looking to tour your work? NEST supports the touring and presentation of New England-based performing artists in other states.

SEPTEMBER 7 McKnight Fellowships for Dancers McKnight Foundation
These fellowships are awarded to Minnesota dancers and can help artists set aside time to study, conduct research, work on new projects, and/or explore other opportunities. Fellows will also receive career development support, attend a four-day retreat in rural Minnesota, and take part in the SOLO Commissioning Program.

SEPTEMBER 7 McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers McKnight Foundation
See above, but for choreographers! In addition to career development support and a four-day retreat in rural Minnesota retreat, Fellows can apply for a National Residency with one of the McKnight Foundation’s program partners.

SEPTEMBER 7 USArtists International Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
USAI supports dance, music, and theatre ensembles and artists invited to perform at significant international festivals. These grants cover the nuts and bolts of international touring: artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation.

SEPTEMBER 12 Creative City Grant New England Foundation for the Arts
Calling all Bostonites! These grants support artists creating projects in Boston’s public realm that use public participation in the work’s process and/or presentation.

SEPTEMBER 13 Creative Engagement Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
This program provides seed grants to artists and nonprofit organizations creating projects that offer Manhattan communities diverse artistic experiences. Projects range from concerts to public art exhibitions, taking place in neighborhoods from Inwood to the Battery.

SEPTEMBER 13 Creative Learning Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
This program offers funding and support to community based arts education projects designed for participants of all ages. Emphasis is placed on the quality and depth of the creative process through which participants are learning.

SEPTEMBER 15 MacDowell Fellowship The MacDowell Colony 
MacDowell residencies provides exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. Artists working in architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts are eligible for this no-fee residency.

SEPTEMBER 19 ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art A Blade of Grass
These fellowships support socially engaged artists and projects in which art is a catalyst for social change. Process over product is emphasized, with relationship building and problem solving as key goals.

SEPTEMBER 19 Hodder Fellowship Princeton University
Looking for time and space to pursue an independent project? Hodder Fellowships are awarded to artists selected more “for promise than for performance” and entail an $80,000 stipend and an academic year (September 1-July 1) spent at Princeton with no formal teaching involved.

SEPTEMBER 19 Princeton Arts Fellowship Princeton University 
If you’re an artist and an educator, consider applying for this two-year fellowship. Fellows spend two consecutive academic years (September 1-July 1) at Princeton University, with formal teaching expected, and are provided with an $80,000 a year stipend.

SEPTEMBER 19 Guggenheim Fellowship John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 
Characterized as a “midcareer” award, this fellowship is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

OCTOBER 11 NDP Touring Award New England Foundation for the Arts 
These awards from the National Dance Project support U.S. tours of dance works created by national and international artists.

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