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Artist Opportunity Grants (AOG)

Grants to Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Individual
Artists for Career Advancement Opportunities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC)

Deadline Date:

10/21/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania individual artists to take advantage of career advancement opportunities. Funding is intended to eliminate financial obstacles between artists and significant experiences that can strengthen their careers. Grants will help artists acquire skills to improve their work, pay for childcare while they acquire those skills, document and ship their work, buy a plane ticket, pay for a residency and lesson fees, and cover other expenses.

Applications are accepted from artists residing in the following Counties: Armstrong, Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Greene, Fayette, Mercer, Indiana, Somerset, Lawrence, Washington, Venango, and Westmorland.

AOGS welcomes applications from artists of all backgrounds, including: self-taught or classically trained artists, makers, musicians, actors, writers, poets, performers, dancers, digital or analog, multi-platform, emerging to established.

Game-changing experiences have these things in common:
-The experience is something that the artist has not done before;
-There is a direct connection between the experience and reaching a career goal; and
-It is the right time in the artist’s career for this experience.

Career goals are as individual as the artists who achieve them. But common factors are that reaching the goal will build career momentum or build your resume. Examples include:
-Opportunities to expose your work to key audiences/collectors/editors;
-Learning skills that will help evolve your work;
-Exploring a new discipline;
-Studying with a new instructor/teacher/mentor.

For a list of eligible expenses see page 4 of Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159322

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards range between $250 and $2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artist Opportunity Grants are awarded to people, not bands, organizations or groups of artists. Artists who are 18 years old or older; live in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Mercer, Lawrence, Somerset, Venango, Washington, or Westmoreland counties; and are not enrolled in an undergraduate art degree program can receive an AOG.

Not Funded:
-Creating new work
-Performances or projects by artist collectives, ensembles, bands, or collaborations
-Primarily commercial endeavors
-Travel costs for anyone other than the artist applying
-Marketing or PR

For a complete list of ineligible expenses see page 4 of Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are considered three times each year. The next deadline to submit an application is Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Email your completed application and supporting materials before midnight on the day of the deadline.

Thinking of applying for an AOG and have a question or a bunch of questions? Book a phone appointment with Anne Mulgrave's here: Once you reserve a time, all you have to do is call Anne's office number and she will be happy to answer your questions.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to:

Anne Mulgrave, Manager of Grants and Accessibility
412-391-2060 ext. 238

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
810 Penn Avenue, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3401
Phone: 412-391-2060
Fax: 412-394-4280

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Mercer, Lawrence, Somerset, Venango, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties