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2020 Kresge Artist Fellowships

Fellowships and Awards to Michigan Artists in
Eligible Areas for Career-Advancing Activities

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Kresge Arts in Detroit

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01/16/20 11:59 PM EST


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Fellowships of $25,000 and awards of $5,000 to Michigan emerging and established individual artists to support professional development activities. Funding is intended for activities related to the fields of film, music, and live arts. Applications are accepted from artists residing in the Detroit area counties of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne. Funds may be spent on any aspect of an artist's creative practice or life (i.e. making new work, renting or purchasing studio space, travel, general living expenses, paying off debt, etc.).


  • Live Arts: This category focuses on live performing arts including Dance, Choreography, Theatre Directing, Playwriting, Performance Art, and Interdisciplinary Work.
  • Film and Music: This category focuses on Film Directing, Screenwriting, Animation, Music Composition, Music Performance, Sound Art, and Interdisciplinary Work.

Kresge Artist Fellowships include financial awards, professional development support, and the creation of a short, documentary-style film highlighting the artist’s work. Artists of all career stages are invited to apply. Fellowships recognize creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines, including artists who have been academically trained, self-taught artists, and artists whose art forms have been passed down through cultural heritage.

Gilda Awards are prizes for emerging artists, named in honor of artist, CCS professor, and 2009 Kresge Artist Fellow Gilda Snowden (1954–2014). Gilda Awards recognize artists who are early in their careers, are gaining momentum, and who demonstrate exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form.

Kresge Artist Fellowship recognize artists who have:

  • A demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high-quality work. (This is the main determinant in the selection of a fellow.);
  • The potential to grow and advance in their artistic career;
  • The potential to reflect, enhance or impact communities within metropolitan Detroit.

Gilda Awards recognize artist who are:

  • Early in their careers, and
  • Are gaining momentum, and
  • Who demonstrate exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form.

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GrantWatch ID#: 166667

Number of Grants:

Live Arts: 9 Kresge Artist Fellowships and 1 Gilda Award; Film & Music: 9 Kresge Artist Fellowships and 1 Gilda Award

Estimated Size of Grant:

Kresge Artist Fellowships are $25,000 each. Gilda Awards are $5,000 each.

Term of Contract:

The Fellowship period is July 2020 – July 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply you must:
-Be 18 years or older; and
-Be a current legal resident of Macomb, Oakland or Wayne Counties, and have resided in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne Counties for at least the two years prior to the application deadline (January 18, 2016 – January 18, 2020); and
-Intend to remain a resident of the tri-county area throughout the year-long fellowship period.

Artists who have an ongoing demonstrated history of collaborating together may apply together with one collaborative application. Each member of the collaborating group must meet all eligibility requirements above. In addition:
- Applications include 1 primary applicant and up to 4 additional collaborators, and
- Work samples must reflect work that the group of artists created together, and
- Statements and resumes must reflect the experience and perspectives of the collaborating group

Not Eligible:
-Students working toward any degree at the time of application, or individuals planning to begin a degree-granting program during the fellowship year (July 2020 – July 2021), with the exception of ABD (all but dissertation) status Ph.D. candidates;
-Individuals who received a Kresge Artist Fellowship within the last four years (2016-2019)
- Kresge Eminent Artist Award recipients;
-Current Kresge Artist Fellowship panelists, staff members of Kresge Arts in Detroit and the Kresge Foundation, or immediate family members of any of these individuals.

Pre-proposal Conference:

While not required, artists are strongly encouraged to attend an application info session. The info sessions support artists to create their most authentic and compelling application for Kresge Arts in Detroit, as well as other sources of support for their creative careers.

Work Samples, Resumes, and Application Strategies:
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 11:00AM-1:00PM
Downriver Council for the Arts
81 Chestnut St, Wyandotte, MI 48192

This info session focuses on tips and strategies for creating an application that highlights your strengths and most compelling work through effective documentation, careful work sample selection, and clear written statements.
Guest speakers: Toni Cunningham, 2018 Kresge Artist Fellow in Film & Music, and Frank Pahl, 2010 Kresge Artist Fellow in Performing Art

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Application Questions and Answers:
Thursday, January 9, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM
Ant Hall
2320 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Join Kresge Arts in Detroit for an opportunity to get answers to any remaining questions about the Kresge Artist Fellowship application process. During this unstructured info session, Kresge Arts in Detroit staff will meet with Kresge Artist Fellowship applicants in large and small groups. You are invited to ask questions, share resources, and connect with one another as you finalize your applications.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 EST, on January 16, 2020. Selected artists will be announced in June 2020. Applications are submitted online through Slideroom.

Applicants are strongly recommended to complete applications well in advance of the the deadline to avoid missing it due to unforeseen technical problems.

Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply.

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

Apply online (separate links for Film & Music, and for Live Arts):

Kresge Arts in Detroit
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
P: 313.664.11503
F: 313.664.1154

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