Thursday, 7 June 2012

How to Apply for Art and Artist Grants, Residencies, Funding, Aid and Other Opportunities for Assistance

(Full Article by Alan Bamberger,

Generating income from art in the form of either cash or cash equivalents is always challenging, especially for artists with unconventional ideas or for those who create art that may not be commercially viable. The good news is that the art world is one place where anyone who shows talent and promise, marketable or otherwise, can get help in a variety of ways including cash grants, residencies, employment or internships, allowances, free or low-cost studio space, art supplies, exhibition space, and so on. Receiving these types of assistance is not easy; application processes can be rigorous and competition is often intense. So in the interest of giving you a bit of an edge in situations where you're contending for a bequest, here's a brief tutorial on procedural matters.

To begin with, be clear and directed about your intentions and goals, not only in terms of where you want to go with your art, but how you propose to get there, and know what you're trying to accomplish. Having a plan as to how you want your artistic life, career, and objectives to play out enables you to clarify exactly what's required to materialize that vision. If you need time to work, you might apply for a residency. If you need cash for living expenses while you're making art, an unrestricted grant may be the best way to go. Perhaps you require studio space, or maybe travel is involved. In other words, quantifying your needs enables you to focus more precisely on which opportunities to pursue, which to avoid (those that may sound good but don't really serve your purposes), and to target organizations, nonprofits, and foundations whose missions match with your art and intentions....

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