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Artist Opportunity Grant (AOG)

Grants to Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Individual
Artists for Career-Advancing Opportunities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC)

Deadline Date:

10/16/17 Midnight


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Grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania individual artists to take advantage of career-advancing opportunities. Applications are invited from artists residing in Armstrong, Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Greene, Fayette, Mercer, Indiana, Somerset, Lawrence, Washington, Venango, and Westmorland Counties.

The purpose of these grants is to remove financial barriers between artists and game-changing experiences to advance your artistic career. These grants will not help you make your art. AOGs will help you acquire skills to improve your work, pay for childcare while you acquire those skills, document your work, ship your work, buy a plane ticket, pay for a residency and lesson fees and other expenses that other grant programs do not cover.

Each AOG application details an opportunity that could be very important to that one artist. Successful applications do have some things in common:

-The experience is something that 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. Many factors impact the goals artists set for themselves including the type of work you create and whether you are emerging, established or in the sunset of your career. 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.

Fundable opportunities do not have to be selective, just closely connected to your career goal. However, applicants are encouraged to describe in the application if the experience is very selective or prestigious.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159322

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards range between $250 and $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Opportunities may take place between 12/1/17 - 5/31/18.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artist Opportunity Grants are awarded to people, not bands, organizations or groups of artists.

If you are an artist who is 18 years old or older, live in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Mercer, Lawrence, Somerset, Venango, Washington, or Westmoreland county and are not a enrolled in an art degree program you can receive an AOG.

All are welcome and encouraged to apply: self-taught or classically trained, makers, musicians, actors, writers, poets, performers, dancers, digital or analog, multi-platform, emerging to established.

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

AOGs can fund residencies even if you are going to create work while there, but AOGs cannot pay for the materials you will use to create during the residencies.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications and supplemental materials must be submitted by email no later than 11:59 PM on the day of the deadline.

Applications are considered three times each year:

-Deadline: 5/8/2017
-Opportunity Occurs: 7/1/2017 and 12/31/2017
-Panel Meets Around: 6/15/2017
-Applicants Notified Around: 7/1/2017

-Deadline: 10/16/17
-Opportunity Occurs: 12/1/17 - 5/31/18
-Panel Meets Around: 11/17/17
-Applicants Notified Around: 12/1/17

-Deadline: March 2018
-Opportunity Occurs: TBD
-Panel Meets Around: TBD
-Applicants Notified Around: TBD

Contact Information:

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

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

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Submit applications to:

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
810 Penn Avenue, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3401

P: 412.391.2060
F: 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

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