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Artist Fellowship Grant

Fellowships to Nevada Individual Artists to Support Their
Professional Careers in Visual, Literary, or Performing Arts

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Nevada Arts Council (NAC)

Deadline Date:

04/12/18 5:00 PM PST


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Fellowships of up to $5,000 to Nevada individual professional artists to help them continue their careers. This year, applications are accepted from literary and performing artists only. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding work within various forms of art. The goal of the program is to foster a greater appreciation and awareness for local artists.

Twelve-month Fellowships can provide time, supplies and materials, and living expenses for artists working in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

In calendar year 2018 and/or in FY19, applications for the Artist Fellowships Grant are accepted in the following categories:
- Literary Arts – includes creative non-fiction, prose, fiction, playwriting, poetry, screenplays, web serials and writing for young adults.
- Performing Arts – includes dance choreography or performance, music composition or performance, theater direction or performance, set designer, storytelling, and spoken word.

The primary criterion used in evaluating and awarding Fellowships is artistic excellence of the work samples submitted. During the review process, panelists score applications based on the following:
- Creative and inventive use of the medium.
- Consistency in quality and in the development of the work samples submitted.
- Evidence that artwork reflects on-going, serious and exceptional aesthetic investigation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178277

Number of Grants:

There are three grants available in each of the Literary Arts or Performing Arts Fellowships categories. There are up to three grants available in the Literary Arts or Performing Arts Honorable Mention.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Literary Arts or Performing Arts Fellowships are $5,000 each.
Literary Arts or Performing Arts Honorable Mention are $500 each.

Term of Contract:

Fellowships are for 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants are required to be:
- Practicing professional artists,
- Nevada residents for 12 months prior to application date,
- Have U.S. citizenship or legal resident status, and
- At least 21 years old and not enrolled as degree-seeking students.

Individual artists applying for an Artist Fellowship must be actively practicing in the discipline reflected in their résumé. NAC defines the term “professional artist” as one who has a commitment to his or her art form and who maintains an ongoing level of productivity. Artists working in collaborations or in groups must apply as individuals.

Students enrolled in a degree program or whose degrees are pending at the time of application or an artist who has already received two or more NAC Artist Fellowships are ineligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline: April 12, 2018, 5 p.m. PST.

The Fellowship panel review will be held in June 2018. Awards will be announced by July 2018.

Performing Arts applicants may apply in only one category – either as a Choreography, Dance: Performer, Music: Performer/Composer, Theatre: Director/Performer, Set Design, Storytelling and Spoken Word. Select one category and submit work samples for that category.

Contact the NAC Grants Management Team if you:
- Cannot remember your user name and/or password.
- If GO Smart website cannot be accessed or there is an authentication error.
- Work samples are not uploading or there is an error during the uploading.
- Are unable to navigate the Go Smart website:

Contact Fran Morrow, Artist Services Coordinator if you:
- Have questions about application requirements and general submission policies.
- Have questions about the work samples or how to label work samples.
- Need to edit a submitted application prior to deadline

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

Online application:

NAC Grants Management Team
Phone: 775-687-7102

Fran Morrow, Artist Services Coordinator
Phone: 775-687-7106

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nevada