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Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF)

Fellowships to Tennessee Professional Artists for
Outstanding Work in a Range of Art Disciplines

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Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC)

Deadline Date:

01/28/19 11:59 PM CST


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Fellowships of $5,000 to Tennessee individual artists who have demonstrated outstanding work in an arts discipline. Monetary awards are proffered to professionals of exceptional talent engaging in photography, two-dimensional visual art, crafts, acting, music, dance, or the literary arts. Fellowships provide monetary awards to outstanding professional artists, i.e. those individuals who by education, experience, or natural talent engage in a particular art form or discipline, and live and work in Tennessee.

Accepted categories for FY 2020:

- Visual Art: Two-Dimensional Work
- Craft
- Media: Film or Photography
- Dance: Solo Dance Performance or Choreography
- Music: Composition
- Theater: Acting
- Literary Arts: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction or Poetry

The primary evaluation criterion is artistic excellence based on work samples submitted with the application. In making final recommendations, adjudicators may also take into consideration the artistic statement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178236

Number of Grants:

In the coming year, the Commission may award up to two fellowships each in Craft, Media, Two-Dimensional Visual Art, Dance, Music, and Theater, as well as three in Literary Arts.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Commission anticipates that each fellowship will be awarded $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- Fellowship applicants must be professional practicing artists of exceptional talent working in their chosen discipline.
- Fellowship applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be legal residents of Tennessee with a Tennessee mailing address.
- Applicants must have resided in Tennessee for the past three consecutive years.
- Proof of residency will require a valid Tennessee voter registration card or a legal Tennessee driver’s license.
- Applicants may be requested to submit a copy of their most recently filed Federal Income Tax Form 1040 if there is a question concerning legal residency.

To qualify, an artist must be financially compensated for his or her work, and this compensation must be a significant source of support for their livelihood.

All Commission sponsored programs, services, and facilities are fully accessible to all Tennessee artists and citizens. Organizations are urged to consider contracting with diverse artists, artists living with disabilities, and/or artists representing Tennessee’s diverse artistic and cultural heritage. No person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion or sex shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination

Those not eligible to apply include: Past fellowship and partial fellowship recipients, minors (individuals under 18 years of age), full-time students (elementary, secondary, college, or university), full-time State of Tennessee employees (other than instructors on the faculties of state-supported educational institutions), Commission or staff members or members of their families.

Pre-Application Information:

The Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) Fiscal Year 2020 Deadline is Monday, January 28, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (CST).

Prior to submitting your application, you must first register to use the online grants system. A registration may take between 1-7 days to be approved. You are therefore strongly advised to register well in advance of the application deadline. Anyone registering close to the deadline date can expect delays in the processing of their grant application.

No matching funds are required and no specific project has to be carried out with the funds.

Individuals may apply in only one fellowship category each fiscal year.

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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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Commission staff contacts:

- Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants

- For Literary Arts:
Lee Baird, Director of Literary Arts

- For Performing Arts - Music, Theater and Dance:
Jared Morrison, Director of Performing Arts

- For Visual Arts, Craft and Media:
Krishna Adams, Director of Visual Arts/Craft/Media/Design

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee