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Santa Monica Artist Fellowships

Fellowships to Santa Monica, California Professional
Artists to Recognize and Support Work in the Visual Arts

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City of Santa Monica - Cultural Affairs Division

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02/11/19 12:00 PM


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Fellowships of $4,200 and fellowships of $20,000 to Santa Monica, California professional artists to recognize and support outstanding artistic works. The current funding cycle welcomes submissions in the visual arts, including the performance arts and new media. The purpose of the program is to nourish and stimulate the creation of new work by Santa Monica artists, recognize excellence, and reinforce the community’s high regard for creativity and innovation.

The Fellowships are expected to:
-Promote high-quality artistic and creative activity in Santa Monica
-Have an impact on world-class art production
-Highlight the City as an international creative center
-Underscore the significant contribution artists of excellence make to the community
-Invest grant support in diverse components of the community
-Provide opportunities to Santa Monica artists
-Open avenues of discourse to broad topics of human creativity and learning among artists and the general public

Project Fellowships (By Application):

Santa Monica Project Fellowships of $4,200 each are awarded to three Santa Monica-based artists annually by means of an open application process. Artists may apply for a project fellowship to pursue study, individual exploration, in-depth exchange, or creative opportunities related to the development, completion, exhibition or performance of new work. Applications are reviewed by a panel that makes recommendations to the Santa Monica Arts Commission, who then gives final approval of the awards.

Artist Fellowships (By Nomination):

Artist fellowships of $20,000 each are awarded to two artists annually following a nomination and review process. Nominators are arts professionals from inside and outside the city who are invited to provide names of qualified artists – the nominees. Nominees’ artwork is then reviewed by a panel made up of distinguished artists and arts professionals from outside Santa Monica chosen for their expertise and aesthetic breadth. The panel submits recommendations to the Santa Monica Arts Commission on the basis of artistic excellence, productivity, body of work, and the community impact of both the artists’ work and the award.

Use of Funds:

Artist fellows may use their award stipend at their discretion, limited to the purpose of the grant, which is the creation of new work. Project fellows must spend grant funds according to their project plan, as approved by the panel in the application process.

Rotating Disciplines:

Discipline categories for the nominated artist fellowships rotate annually. The 2019-20 disciplines are the literary and performing arts, including creative writing (novelists, playwrights, poets, creative nonfiction writers, etc.), choreography, musical or sound composition, and writing/performance.

Project fellowships are open to all eligible disciplines every year, including visual arts, creative literature, writing/performance, choreography, musical composition and sound composition.

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GrantWatch ID#: 155218

Number of Grants:

Five fellowships are awarded annually: three project fellowships of $4,200 each and two artist fellowships of $20,000 each.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project fellowships are $4,200 each.

Artist fellowships are $20,000 each. Artists selected to advance to the finals for artist fellowships will be offered an honorarium of $250 to submit supplementary materials.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Professional artists who create (rather than interpret) original work, and who either reside in the City of Santa Monica, or who maintain professional studios in the City and retain a City business license, are eligible to apply for, or be nominated for, a fellowship. Nominated artist fellows must have met this residency requirement for five years (cumulatively, over the course of their careers). Project applicants must have met this residency requirement for a minimum of one year.

An eligible professional artist is defined in this case as one who is recognized by critics and peers, has verifiable training and/or a reputation and credentials, makes all or a portion of their living in the arts field, and creates new work in one or more of the following areas: visual arts, including new media and performance art, creative literature, writing/performance, choreography, musical composition and/or sound composition.

Project fellows must wait two years after the end of their grant period before being eligible to apply again for a project fellowship. Recipients of the $20,000 fellowships are not eligible to be nominated for that award again. However, those recipients are eligible to apply for project fellowships after a two-year waiting period from the end of their previous award.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm Monday, February 11th, 2019.

Project fellowships ($4,200 each) are awarded through an application and review process. Artist fellowships ($20,000 each) are awarded through a nomination and review process.

For the artist fellowships, the panel reviews artistic samples online from the pool of nominees. The panel then selects a group of finalists to advance to the final round. Artistic excellence is the only criteria for advancement to the final round of the nominations process. Artists selected to advance to the finals will be offered an honorarium of $250 to submit supplementary materials to the panel. Two artists among the finalists will ultimately be selected by the panel to receive fellowships.

Notifications will be sent by email to all nominees, applicants and awardees no later than June 2018.

Nominees who are not awarded a fellowship the year they are nominated are automatically rolled over into the next round of fellowship grants for that discipline. All nominees thus have two consecutive opportunities within their discipline to be reviewed for the $20,000 award.

Contact Information:

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

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Applications are available online at:

Nathan Birnbaum

City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division
P.O. Box 2200
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2200

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: City of Santa Monica