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:

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

So, 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.

Libby Hikind

Libby Hikind, began her grant writing career while working as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She wrote many grants for her classroom before raising $11 million for a Brooklyn school district. Throughout her professional career, she established her own grant writing agency in Staten Island with a fax newsletter for her clients of available grants. After retiring from teaching, Libby embraced the new technology and started GrantWatch. She then moved GrantWatch and her grant writing agency to Florida to enjoy her parents later years, and the rest is history. Today more than 250,000 people visit online, monthly.

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