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Emerging Artist Award

Grants to Kentucky Individuals for
Career Development Opportunities

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Kentucky Arts Council (KAC)

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Deadline Date:

03/20/20 4:30 PM ET


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Grants of $1,000 to Kentucky individual early-career, professional artists for career development opportunities in a variety of disciplines. Funding is intended to assist professional choreographers and musical composers who are responsible for creating their own work, not interpreting the work of others, or creating work under the supervision of an instructor or mentor.

The purpose of the program is to support Kentucky emerging artists engaged in creating artwork of high quality and to recognize creative excellence in early-career, professional Kentucky artists. The Emerging Artist Award program seeks to provide public recognition and acknowledgement of early-career Kentucky artists creating work of artistic merit.

For the purposes of this program, the term “emerging artist” is defined as a professional artist who is in the early stages, up to 10 years, of his/her career. An emerging artist possesses some professional experience (i.e. exhibitions, sales, contracted/paid performances, publications/readings, etc.), but may not yet have established reputations as an artist. Emerging artist applicants may be graduating seniors in bachelor’s programs, graduate students or non-matriculating, early-stage, professional artists. The Emerging Artist Award is unrestricted and may be used in any way to enhance the artist's career.

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GrantWatch ID#: 153557

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 unrestricted cash award

Term of Contract:

Grant agreements must be signed and returned within 30 days to initiate payment and all funds must be disbursed by the arts council by June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Early career, professional Kentucky choreographers and musical composers who are responsible for creating their own work are eligible to apply.

The choreography fellowship is open to individual choreographers of ballet, ethnic/jazz and modern dance. The musical composition category is open to individual composers of chamber, electronic, jazz and symphonic music.

Applicants must be United States citizens, lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence or have permission from the Department of Homeland Security to work permanently in the U.S.

Applicants must have been legal Kentucky residents for a period of at least one year immediately before the application deadline (e.g., legal residency must have begun no later than March 20, 2019, for applications due March 20, 2020).

- No individual may receive more than two Emerging Artist Awards in their lifetime.
- Emerging Artist Award recipients must wait at least four years before applying for another Emerging Artist Award or a Fellowship.
- Artists who have received an Al Smith Fellowship may not apply for an Emerging Artist Award.
- Artists may apply only with work samples over which they had complete creative control.
- Work created solely for commercial or instructional purposes is ineligible.
- Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or multi-category applications are not eligible.
- Translations are not eligible.
- Collaborations and teams are not eligible.
- Artists may apply in one discipline only per application year. All work samples submitted must be representative of the selected discipline and subdiscipline.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for a free webinar on how to apply for the Emerging Artist Award.

Webinar Date: February 4, 2020, 3:00 or 5:30 p.m. Eastern

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Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications and all required materials must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. Eastern, March 20, 2020.

All applicants must have a valid DUNS number.

All work samples must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2017, and March 20, 2020.

- Application deadline: March 20, 2020
- Review of applications by panel: May 2020
- Arts council board reviews panel recommendations: June 2020
- Applicant notification: After July 1, 2020
- Grant agreement form due in arts council office: Within 30 days of awardees receipt of grant agreement form


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Tamara Coffey, Organization Support and Individual Artist Director
888-833-2787 (toll free)

Kentucky Arts Council
21st Floor, Capital Plaza Tower
500 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40601-1987

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