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2017 Emerging Artists Applications are now closed. Applications for 2018 will open in mid-July of 2017, and will be accessible via links in the categories listed below. Applications are due September 22, 2017.
Grant recipients for the current and previous year:
We are pleased to announce the recipients of 2016-2017 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist awards! Read more.
FAQs: Emerging Artists Grant Program
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications must be submitted by 9 pm on Friday, September 22, 2017.
Applications are only accepted online.
Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer information sessions to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, although we would appreciate an RSVP to the appropriate contact number so we know how many people to expect. You need not attend the session in your own county. Attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each to last 60–90 minutes.
Information sessions will be scheduled in the Summer of 2017. See below for 2016 dates and locations.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 6 pm
Monday, August 15, 2016 at 6 pm
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6 pm
Monday, July 18, 2016 at 6 pm
Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form. Their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award.
The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career as is appropriate to the particular artist's needs, so be sure to define clearly the relationship of your project to your career development. In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
You can access the form and guidelines at the top of this page under “EAP Applications” Please note that there is a different application for each art form. Select the application which is appropriate for your work.
An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts or an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction. An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist. Return to top.
The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career, therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to unestablished artists. 2017–2018 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will conclude by December 31, 2018. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 34th year in 2017–2018.
Applicants must be individuals, not ensembles or groups. Artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicants must have resided in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, or Person Counties for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 22, 2017). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in their art form at the time of the application deadline. Applications for grants are available at the DAC Website, www.durhamarts.org. Recipients of 2016–2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2017–2018 grant.
The criteria are:
The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, the Chatham County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, the Wainwright Fund for New Works and by private & corporate donations.
While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to support full funding of the requested amount.
Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A report form will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.
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