The life of an artist is one that can be filled with uncertainty. It isn’t always possible to know whether projects will be funded for the coming year, and unlike conventional jobs, a career in the arts means at times having to scale back initial ambitions. But this does not always have to be the case. There are organizations out there – and plenty of them – whose sole priority it is to fund artists so that they can continue to grow and develop their practice and careers. Read on for a few upcoming grant and fellowship opportunities and decide whether they might be right for you.
NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is accepting applications for a $7,000 unrestricted cash grant awarded to New York (state) based creators across various disciplines. This is a well known and competitive fellowship, but that should not deter artists from applying. For full details, visit the website. Deadline is January 22.
Ceramic sculpture or sculpture artists at any stage of their careers are invited to apply to the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant. This grant, awarded in amounts of up to $50k, $20k and $10k is designed to offer those artists with exceptional potential and skill the opportunity to spend a considerable amount of time devoted to the development of his or her practice. For complete details, visit the website. Deadline is February 21.
Creative Capital invites artists to submit their proposals beginning in February for consideration for a substantial granting program. Each funded project is eligible to receive up to $50,000 in the form of direct funding and career services. This is a free and open application process. For more information, visit the website. Deadline is February 29.
Praxis Center supports and nurtures artists who have decided to take the plunge and go all in on a career doing what it is that makes them light up. We know the road is not always smooth and so we pour our energy into making sure that our students have every tool they need to succeed. Whether that is opportunities, the skills to navigate the many nuances of a career in the arts or professional feedback on everything from bios and artist statements to which galleries artists might want to avoid, we are there every step of the way making sure you have the very best chance to soar.
Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.
Photo credit: Bandaloop source from Creative Capital