No matter what kind of artist you are, whether a musician, poet, dancer, videographer, or painter, there are hundreds of overlooked grants. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 2.6 million artists in the U.S. workforce. And in 2020, the unemployment rate for artists increased by 6.6% from what it was in 2019.
However, support is stronger than ever for the arts! On GrantWatch.com, there are new grants being listed every day that provide funding for artists. Keep reading below to discover just some of the many grants currently available!
- Award to a U.S., Canada, or International classical music composer for exceptional achievement in overall work, distinctive creativity, and career attainment.
- Grants to Canada music artists, independent record labels, and artist managers for marketing and promotional activities.
- There are also grants of up to $3,000 to U.S. professional musicians requiring emergency financial assistance.
Find more music grants here.
- Grants of $50,000 and in-kind support to U.S. filmmakers to create plans for limited series and documentary films.
- In-kind support to U.S. independent filmmakers to shoot and finalize films. Specifically, the program provides loans of professional-grade camera equipment and assistance with post-production.
- Grants of up to $500 to U.S. documentary film directors and producers for urgent financial needs. Grant funds may be requested for groceries, car payments, utilities, and components of documentary projects.
Find more film grants here.
- Awards of $3,000 to a U.S. or Canada author and an illustrator to encourage and recognize emerging talent in children’s literature.
- There are also awards of $5,000 to a U.S. individual to honor an exceptional book of original poetry. The poetry may be in any style or subject and must be in English.
- Additionally, awards of $2,000 are available to U.S., Canada, and international writers to recognize an outstanding debut literary work.
Find more literature grants here.
- There are grants to U.S. orchestras, ensembles, performing organizations, presenters, and individuals to perform classical American music.
- Grants are also open to nonprofits, theater companies, educational organizations, and individuals for musical performances and projects.
- In addition, there are grants of up to $15,000 to Ontario nonprofits and artists in eligible locations to create, produce, and present dance performances.
Find more performance grants here.
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Artists
- Fellowships of $2,000 to a Native American visual artist to produce and present new work. The successful applicant will participate in a four-week residency in Wyoming and will present their work in a featured gallery exhibition
- Grants of $7,500 are also open to U.S., Canada, and International artists from underrepresented communities for the creation and presentation of artwork.
- Additionally, there are grants and in-kind support to Black, Asian, Latinx, and Indigenous individuals to create projects and promote them on the funding source’s platform. Eligible areas of interest include publishing, music, games, food and craft, film, design and tech, comics and illustration, and art.
Find more BIPOC grants here.
Fine Arts & Crafts
- Grants are open to U.S. individual artists for creative art projects.
- In addition, there are grants and in-kind support to U.S. early-stage jewelry designers for career-building activities.
- Grants of up to $30,000 are also available to U.S., Canada, and International artists to support creative work.
Find more grants for artists here.
Find all grants available for artists at GrantWatch.com. Knowing there are opportunities available to support the arts, gives some much-needed hope to artists during these difficult times.
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