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Individual Artist Award (IAA)

Awards to Maryland Individual Artists to
Recognize Contributions to the Creative Sector

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Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) - Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)

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07/25/18 4:30 PM EST


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Awards of $1,000, $3,000, and $6,000 to Maryland individual artists to recognize outstanding achievements in a range of artistic disciplines. The purpose of this award is to showcase the contributions artists make to the state’s cultural fabric, support their creative potential, and strengthen their impact on the local level.

The IAA program accepts applications in 18 categories representing a broad range of visual, literary, and performing arts disciplines. Categories rotate on a three-year schedule. Over the next three years, MSAC will accept applications in the following categories:

FY 2019 Artistic Categories: These are the only categories offered for the July 25, 2018 deadline. See below for the other categories that will be offered in coming years.
- Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction
- Media
- Digital/Electronic Arts
- Theater Solo Performance
- Painting
- Works on Paper

FY 2020 Artistic Categories: Do not apply in these categories this year. Applications will be denied.
- Dance Choreography
- Dance Solo Performance
- Classical Music Composition
- Classical Music Solo Performance
- Poetry
- Sculpture
- World Music Composition
- World Music Solo Performance

FY 2021 Artistic Categories: Do not apply in these categories this year. Applications will be denied.
- Non-Classical Music Composition
- Non-Classical Music Solo Performance
- Playwriting
- Crafts
- Photography

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GrantWatch ID#: 172649

Estimated Size of Grant:

MSAC grants awards of $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000.

- A $6,000 reflects the panel’s evaluation that the applicant’s work has achieved an exceptionally high level of artistic excellence.
- A $3,000 reflects the panel’s evaluation that applicant’s work is approaching the highest level but it has not yet been achieved.
- A $1,000 reflects the panel’s evaluation that applicant’s work shows potential to achieve the highest level and should be encouraged through this award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply:
- Individuals who are Maryland residents, 18 years of age or older
- Applicants must have established residence and be living in Maryland at least six months prior to the application deadline and must be residents living in Maryland at the time the award is granted by MSAC. Proof of residency may be required
- The applicant must be the artist whose original work is represented in the work samples

Who May Not Apply:
- Individuals enrolled in high school or any undergraduate classes or programs during FY 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)
- Individuals pursuing graduate instruction in any MSAC IAA artistic category during FY 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)
- Collaborating artists may not apply for their collaborative work
- Artists who received a $6,000 MSAC IAA for FY 2017 or FY 2018

Additional Restrictions:
- Applicants may only submit one application in a single category per year
- All work samples must have been produced within the eligible timeframe outlined by discipline in the proceeding “Application Requirements by Category” section of these guidelines.
- Previous MSAC IAA recipients may not resubmit winning work, including any portion or variation of winning work. If an IAA recipient resubmits winning work or any portion or variation of winning work, the application will be considered ineligible.
- Work completed while pursuing a high school diploma or an undergraduate or graduate degree in any MSAC IAA artistic category may not be submitted
- Only completed work may be submitted. Works in progress and project proposals are not considered eligible. For the purposes of this program, “complete” is considered to be the point at which the work is ready for public presentation.
- Applicants may not identify themselves or provide crediting information in their work samples, in the work sample file names, or in the information provided about the work samples in the online application. Including information such as, but not limited to, the artist’s name or signature, identifying initials or symbols, professional affiliations, and biographical information, may render the application ineligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

MSAC and MAAF will offer two webinars to guide IAA applicants through the application process and answer questions about the program and application. Both webinars cover the same information. Advance registration is required.

Webinar #1
May 31, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Webinar #2
July 7, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
To register:

For additional questions, contact Kimberly Steinle-Super.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: July 25, 2018, 4:30 PM EST

Applicants will be notified of award decisions in writing no later than April 2019. MSAC notifies all applicants, whether they receive an award or not.

Competition categories are rotated on a triennial basis. Applicants are asked to self-select the category which they feel best represents their work as long as it generally appropriate for submission in any given discipline. The applicant's work should be primarily based in the medium of the category in which it is submitted, even if components of the work are interdisciplinary. If, upon review, the panelists feel the applicant's work would be better represented by a category different than the one in which it was submitted, they may choose to lower the overall score of the application. Administrative staff reserve the final right to determine whether or not the work submitted is eligible in any given category.

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

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Steven Skerritt-Davis, Program Director

Kimberly Steinle-Super, Program Officer, Fellowships & Visual Arts Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
410-539-6656 x101

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