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Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF)

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

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Tennessee Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

01/29/18 11:59 PM CST


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Fellowships of $5,000 to Tennessee professional artists to recognize and support outstanding work in the following disciplines: visual art, craft, media, dance, music, theater, and literary arts. Applicants are strongly encouraged to register in the online grants system well in advance of the deadline.

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. 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.

Accepted categories for FY 2019:
-Visual Art: Three-Dimensional Work
-Media: Film or Photography
-Dance: Solo Dance Performance or Choreography
-Music: Solo Instrumental Performance
-Theatre: Playwriting
-Literary Arts: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction or Poetry

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178236

Number of Grants:

In a year, the Tennessee Arts Commission may award up to two (2) fellowships each in Craft, Media, Visual Art, Dance, Music, and Theater, as well as three (3) in the Literary category.

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.

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

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 deadline to apply is Monday, January 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM (CST).

You are strongly advised to register online well in advance to the application deadline. Anyone registering close to the deadline date can expect delays in the processing of their grant application.


Contact Information:

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

Register online to apply:

Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants

Krishna Adams, Director of Visual Arts/Craft/Media/Design

Jared Morrison, Director of Performing Arts

Lee Baird. Director of Literary Arts

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee