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Artist Fellowships

Fellowships to Mississippi Professional Artists
to Support and Honor Outstanding Work

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Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC)

Deadline Date:

03/01/19 Postmarked for mailed applications


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Fellowships of up to $5,000 to Mississippi professional artists to support and honor artists who display the ability to create outstanding work in their field. Funding is intended to support artists in select fields in the areas of folk, literary, medial, performing, and visual and design arts.

The fellowships are awards based on merit. While applicants are not required to submit information on how they might use the funds, MAC expects the recipients to dedicate the funds towards expanding their ability to create new work.

Under MAC's current plan, certain artistic disciplines alternate every other year.

Fellowship Categories for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020):
- Folk Arts: Performing arts traditions such as blues guitar, old-time fiddling and traditional dance.
- Literary Arts: Screenwriting, playwriting, creative non-fiction.
- Performing Arts: Music, theater, storytelling and dance performance.
- Visual Arts: Painting, sculpture (fine art woodcarving, stonecarving, or ceramics), works on paper, and photography.

Fellowship Categories for FY2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021)
- Folk Arts: Traditional, community-based visual art forms such as basketmaking, woodcarving and quilting.
- Literary Arts: Fiction and poetry.
- Media Arts: Film and video.
- Performing Arts: Music composition, choreography or interdisciplinary arts.
- Visual and Design Arts: Includes visual arts (painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography) and design (architectural design, fashion design, graphic design, and landscape architecture).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179374

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Funding is for the period of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You may apply for an Artist Fellowship if you are a professional artist producing work of high artistic quality. Individuals are considered to be at the professional level if they:

- Earn at least part of their annual income in their artistic disciplines,
- Consider their artistic endeavors as a career,
- Maintain a high level of artistic quality, and
- Make a significant time investment in their artistic disciplines through practice, performance, and production.

In addition, the applicant must be:

- More than 18 years of age;
- Not a full-time student; and
- A permanent, legal resident of Mississippi at the time of application and throughout the grant period. Applicants may be required to show proof of residence (such as driver's license, proof of domicile, homestead, utility bills).

Fellowship funds may not be used to support academic research or study toward an academic or professional degree.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: March 1

Apply online using MAC’s eGRANT system. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications are not accepted.

March 1 – Artist Fellowship application deadline
April – Review of applications by the grant panel (the specific panel date will be available by late March. Applicants are allowed to attend panels.)
June – MAC Board meets and makes final funding decisions on all applications
July 2 – Applicants are notified whether their application was funded or not. No information on the grants (including whether or not an applicant will be receiving an award or the amount of the award) will be available from MAC prior to this date.

Instructions on how to register and utilize the eGRANT system are available here:


Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

Mississippi Arts Commission
501 North West Street
Suite 1101A, Woolfolk Building
Jackson, MS 39201

Maria Zeringue - Folk Arts, Media Arts
(601) 359-6034

Kristen Brandt - Literary Arts

Sondra Lee-Bell - Performing Arts

Melody Moody Thortis - Visual and Design Arts

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi