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CityArtist Projects Grant

Grants to Seattle, Washington Individual
Artists for Dance, Music and Theater Projects

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City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

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07/11/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of $2,000, $5,000, and $8,000 to Seattle, Washington individual artists and curators to support arts and cultural projects that will be presented to public audiences. Applications are currently being accepted in the areas of dance and choreography, music and composition, and theater scriptwriting and performance.

CityArtist Projects program supports the development and presentation of work created by generative Seattle-based individual artists/curators. Awarded artists will need to offer a public presentation in city limits of Seattle. This program supports a broad range of artistic and cultural expression reflecting Seattle's diversity.

This funding program focuses on different disciplines in alternating years. Priority is given to projects with clear public access as community impact and benefit. This program encourages a broad range of artistic and cultural expression that reflects Seattle's diversity.

THIS Year (2018):

NEXT Year (2019):
-Literary (except Playwriting)
-Visual Arts

Traditional or multi-disciplinary projects are welcome, but must include one of the primary disciplines for the application year.

If awarded, the artist will need to offer a public presentation in Seattle city limits. The project will need to:
-Be created/developed or curated by the applicant artist/curator;
-If remounting an existing work, must undergo major changes or be taken to a significant next stage;
-Address and specify at least one public access element defined as community impact and benefit.

Work in ALL art forms must include a presentation open to the general public. Examples of presentations:

Review Criteria:

Applicants should respond as thoroughly as possible to evaluation criteria:
-Show artistic/cultural experience and/or potential
-Indicate ability to see complete project and event

Funding may be used for
-Direct project expenses
-Salaries and fees
-Supplies and materials
-Equipment or space rentals
-Insurance, licenses, permits

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172662

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request the following set amounts: $2,000, $5,000, or $8,000.

An award of $8,000 requires an overall well-planned project.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be presented in the City of Seattle between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications from artists creating or curating work in dance, music and theater will be accepted. Traditional/ethnic and multi-disciplinary projects are always welcome, as long as a primary art form is one of the eligible disciplines listed.

The applicant must:
-Be a generative artist/curator who produces/presents art on a regular basis;
-Be a Seattle resident or have a permanent studio/work space within Seattle city limits where you receive mail (NOT a P.O. Box);
-Be at least 18 years of age by the application deadline, and NOT be a high school, undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student enrolled in any degree program related to your artistic work or career;
-Be an individual artist/curator who is the originator of the proposed project;
-Be the lead artist/curator of a team of artists/curators working together on a single project or with a
limited collaborative history; or
-Be the lead artist/curator of an arts-cultural organization who can distinguish work for this award clearly from the ongoing/seasonal work of the organization.

This grant will not fund:
-Organizations (Lead artist of an organization must distinguish proposed project from organization work.);
-Purchase of equipment, software or food;
-Recipients of the 2018 CityArtist Projects who have not completed any previously-funded CityArtist Projects or other program contracts at the time of application;
-Government-run programs and degree-granting institutions, or religious services, fundraising efforts, benefits, gifts, or organizational administrative costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attending a workshop is strongly encouraged, especially if you’re a first-time applicant.

The Program Overview Workshop is scheduled for Monday, June 20, 5 - 7 p.m. at Seattle Public Library - Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave S, 98144. Past awardees will share tips at 6 p.m.

RSVP to attend the Overview Workshop:

Draft Reviews:

Draft reviews are available on Monday, July 9, 5 - 7p.m. at Seattle Public Library - Columbia City Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave S, 98118.

Please RSVP for a draft review appointment:

Pre-Application Information:

The application opens May 2, 2018.

The deadline to apply is July 11, 2018, 5:00 PM.

Notifications will be sent in October/November 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For questions aout the application or eligibility, contact:

Irene Gómez, Project Manager
(206) 684-7310

For online system technical support, contact:

Heather Dwyer
(206) 263-1597

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: City of Seattle