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Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF)

Grants to Delaware Individual Artists for
Music, Dance and Visual, Folk and Literary Art

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Delaware Division of the Arts and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)

Deadline Date:

08/01/17 4:30 PM


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Fellowships of $3,000, $6,000, and $10,000 to Delaware individual artists to support high-quality work in the media, performing, folk, visual, and literary arts. This program is intended to enable artists to allocate working time, purchase materials and equipment, or address other needs that will allow for career advancement. Fellowship recipients are required to present examples of their work to the public during their Fellowship year.

The Fellowship program provides competitive grants in three categories to Delaware artists. Fellowships are awarded for demonstrated creativity and skill in an art form with artistic quality as the primary determinant.

-Emerging Professional Fellowships in the amount of $3,000 are available to
artists who have not yet established reputations in their fields.

-Established Professional Fellowships in the amount of $6,000 are available to
artists who have significant achievements in their fields.

-A Masters Fellowship in the amount of $10,000 is available to Delaware’s most
accomplished artists that meet specific guidelines.

Eighteen disciplines are offered in Fiscal Year 2018:
-Dance: Choreography
-Folk Art: Music*
-Folk Art: Oral Literature*
-Folk Art: Visual Arts*
-Jazz: Composition
-Jazz: Performance
-Literature: Creative Nonfiction
-Literature: Fiction
-Literature: Playwriting
-Literature: Poetry
-Media Arts: Video/Film
-Music: Composition
-Music: Solo Recital**
-Visual Arts: Crafts
-Visual Arts: Painting
-Visual Arts: Photography
-Visual Arts: Sculpture
-Visual Arts: Works on Paper

*Folk Arts: Artists whose work expresses the traditions of their ethnic, occupational, religious, family, or geographic group and whose skills have generally developed without formal instruction or institutional direction are eligible to apply. Being self-taught does not automatically qualify one as a folk artist. If you are unsure whether you qualify as a folk artist, contact Roxanne Stanulis.

**The Music: Solo Recital category is open to artists in both classical and non-classical styles of music. If the applicant appears with another performer(s) on the submitted samples, the applicant must be easily identifiable as the main performer in both performances. Solo recitalists must submit proof of having performed at least three different public performances during the three years prior to their application.

Fellowship Categories:

Applicants may select between the Emerging and Established Professional categories. An Emerging Professional is in the early stages of his/her career while the Established Professional is more experienced and has achieved some recognition for his/her artwork (example: prizes, awards, publication).

The Masters Fellowship is available to artists who meet specific criteria in different disciplines on a rotating basis every three years.

-Fiscal Year 2018: Dance, Jazz, and Music
-Fiscal Year 2019: Literary and Media Arts
-Fiscal Year 2020: Visual Arts and Folk Arts

In Fiscal Year 2018, Masters Fellowship applications will be accepted in the disciplines of Dance, Jazz, and Music from artists who received an Established Professional Fellowship in the same artistic discipline more than seven years ago (prior to January 2011). Masters Fellowships will be evaluated on the following criteria:

-Excellence of work
-Significant accomplishments in his/her field
-Sustained history of artistic activity within Delaware

In addition to the general Fellowship application materials, Masters applicants must submit a full CV or resume and a one-page narrative describing the breadth of their work to include the impact it has had in Delaware and beyond.

Fellowship funds may be used for studio rental, supplies and materials, equipment, technical production, score reproduction, or any other expenses that the recipient might incur in pursuing his or her individual creative work, excluding foreign travel and lobbying.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172448

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are $3,000 for Emerging; $6,000 for Established; and $10,000 for Masters.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is January 1 - December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
-Must be a resident of Delaware for at least one year at the time of application. A legal resident possesses a valid Delaware driver’s license or DMV issued identification card and files state income taxes in Delaware as a full-year resident. All awards are subject to verification of Delaware residency.
-Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
-Must remain a Delaware resident during the grant period (January 1 - December 31, 2018).

Ineligible applicants:
-Students currently enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting educational program at the time of application.
-Any recipient of a Masters Fellowship.
-Fellowship recipients who have received an award within the past three years (2015, 2016 and 2017) are ineligible to apply in the Emerging or Established Professional categories.
-Applicants who submit incomplete applications or applications that do not follow the required format.
-Applicants with outstanding final reports from any past Division of the Arts grants.

Waiting Periods and Restrictions:
-Only one Fellowship application may be submitted per year.
-Previous Individual Artist Fellowship recipients are not eligible to apply for a second Fellowship in the same artistic discipline and category.
-Emerging Artist Fellowship recipients may apply in the Established Professional category in the same discipline after a three-year hiatus that begins after the Fellowship year. A 2014 Emerging Artist (awarded January, 2014) would be eligible to apply this year for a 2018 Established Professional Fellowship in the same discipline.
-Artists may apply in the Masters category if they received an Established Professional Fellowship in that discipline more than seven years ago (prior to 2011) regardless of subsequent awards in different disciplines.

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline for the Individual Artist Fellowship is 4:30 PM on August 1, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be submitted electronically through Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGrant system.

Roxanne Stanulis, Program Officer, Artist Programs and Services
302- 577-8283

Delaware Division of the Arts
820 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

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USA: Delaware