Art Basel & the grants that can get you there

Art Basel?

Art Basel is an annual international art fair that takes place in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach, Florida; and Hong Kong. The event connects collectors, galleries, and artists. Art Basel’s fairs are the impetus in supporting galleries as they nurture the careers of artists. While Art Basel provides a platform for galleries to show and sell their work to buyers, it also attracts a large international audience of art spectators and students.

© Courtesy of Tau Lewis and COOPER COLE, Toronto

Galleries that participate in Art Basel can spend between $50,000 for a small gallery to as high as $400,000 for a large gallery located on the bottom floor of the event space. These costs include booth fees, travel, lodging in town, shipping costs for the works, gallery dinners during the fair, and other expenses accrued during the week. This is a considerable investment for a 6-day event.

We’ve Got a Grant for that!

To defray expenses, artists and galleries alike seek out sponsors and benefactors. But, too few people seek out grants. has over 500 grants listed for people in the arts. Just in the state of Florida alone, we have 197 grants listed (at the time of this article). Grant amounts are as little as $250 to as high as $50,000 or more.

Take a look at these Florida grants for arts and culture:

  • Grants to USA Nonprofits and Artists to Support Live Public Performances
  • Grants of up to $50,000 to USA and Territories independent producers and production companies to fund the production and post-production of non-fiction programs about indigenous Pacific Islanders.
  • Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, and Businesses to Promote Tourism in Miami-Dade County
  • Grants to USA and Territories individual artists and artist collaborators for creative artistic endeavors across the arts disciplines.
  • Grants to USA, Canada, or International Artists to Support Professional Development in Visual Arts

Start researching grant opportunities now! It may be too late to secure a grant funding for 2019 Art Basel, but before you know it, 2020′ Art Basel is here and every artist should have an opportunity to experience the exposure that this art event affords them.