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NYSCA Electronic Media and Film Presentations Funds Grants

Grants to New York Nonprofit Organizations for
Live Presentations by Independent Media Artists

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

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Grants of up to $1,000 for New York nonprofit organizations to support live presentations by a professional artist of their own work in electronic media or film. Priority is given to returning applicants with new artists or new presentations and to first-time applicants.

Funding may be used for the following:
- Presentation of an artist’s moving image media and sound art including video, digital and computer-based works, time-based and interactive work, Internet and sound-based work, and transmission art; electronic
music performances are not supported.
- Presentations must involve the artist’s interactive engagement with the audience that is separate from the presentation of work. Lecture-style or panel-only presentation will not suffice without a clearly laid-out audience participation component.
- Presentations may involve one or more artists.
- Funding will only support artists presenting work they have created.
- Presentation may be individual events or part of a series or festival.
- Retrospectives or body of work presentations may be funded, however, the application must list individual works to be presented and the artist must present those works.
- Entrance fees are allowed, however, presentations must be open to the public and advertised as such.
- Classes, workshops, or other events that are open to a limited enrollment are not eligible.

Grants are awarded via a merit-based review process based upon the following criteria:
- Involvement of Qualified & Professional Artists
- Artistic Merit of Presented Work
- Clear Plan for Artist Engagement with Audience Members
- Publicity and Outreach
- Feasibility of Program

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178058

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may receive a maximum of $1,000 during the 2017 grant cycle. A single artist may receive a maximum of $600 during the 2017 grant cycle.

Term of Contract:

Programs must occur between September 1 and December 31, 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit arts, cultural, and educational organizations incorporated and located in New York State are eligible for funding. Organizations without non-profit status can apply under fiscal sponsorship with a New York State non-profit. Publicly supported educational institutions, local government units, and NYS agencies are not eligible.

Organizations receiving support from NYSCA must demonstrate that the grant funds will be used to support projects that are unrelated to their NYSCA funded programming. Any project that already receives funding from NYSCA is not eligible to receive these grant funds.

Funding will only support artist fees. No other expenses will be funded.

Artist fees are defined as payment for professional services delivered by the artist. These fees do not support transportation, meals, rights, or other expenses related to an artist’s presentation of their work. Nor are artist fees considered stipends or honorariums as these terms imply receiving money for services that do not usually receive payment. Artist fees are determined and coordinated by the artist and the applying organization.

Pre-Application Information:

Matching funds are not required, but applicants are expected to provide additional support.

There are three rounds of applications with the following deadlines:

December 5, 2016 for programs occurring between January 1 and April 30, 2017.
April 3, 2017 for programs occurring between May 1 and August 31, 2017.
August 7, 2017 for programs occurring between September 1 and December 31, 2017.

Applicants will receive award notification via email within three (3) weeks of the application deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Chris Walters, Grants Manager & Gallery Curator
607-962-1332 x205

The Hawkes Building
79 West Market Street
Corning, NY 14830

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York