Organization Grants: Early Career/Emerging Artist Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

 The Foundation supports organizations with ongoing programs, services or activities for artists, collectives or ensembles who meet all the following descriptors:

  • Artists, collectives or ensembles who have an ongoing commitment to working in the arts, rather than engaging in art as a hobby, pastime or occasional pursuit; and who have already completed their training, if they have decided to pursue formal training at all;
  • Artists, collectives or ensembles who at the time of application have generated, completed and publicly presented/exhibited/published work in the discipline in which support is requested;
  • Artists (e.g. writers, choreographers, visual artists, film/video/digital production directors, new media artists, theater directors who generate new works, performance artists, playwrights, spoken-word artists, composers and sound artists), collectives or ensembles whose primary goal is to generate new works, as opposed to remounting or re-interpreting existing works;
  • Artists, collectives or ensembles who expand the genre, form or social boundaries/audience for the discipline in which they work;
  • Artists who are in the early stages of their creative development;
  • Artists, collectives or ensembles who have a focused direction and goals, even while still developing their artistic “voice”;
  • Artists, collectives or ensembles who have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large;
  • Artists, collective or ensembles who are legal residents of the state of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City and have been residents for a least a year prior to the submission of an application.

The Jerome Foundation does not support “one-off” projects, (e.g. support to produce one play or film; present one composer, choreographer or spoken-word artist; publish one artist’s book or exhibit one artist’s work at a museum or in a public setting, etc.). 

 It also does not support programs, projects or services that serve entirely or primarily:

  • Students who are or will be at the time of application and during the grant period enrolled in degree-granting programs (including K-12, college, graduate or post graduate studies);
  • Artists who are engaged in the arts as a hobby or avocational pastime;
  • Artists who interpret, perform, edit or design the work of others (e.g. singers, dancers, actors, musicians, editors, journalists, designers in sets/lights/costumes/sound, editors, arrangers) but who do not also have a significant history of generating new work in accordance with guidelines;
  • Managers, administrators, builders or technicians who do not also have a significant history of generating new work in accordance with guidelines;
  • Artists, collectives or ensembles who do not seek to expand the aesthetic or social boundaries/audience of the form or genre in which they work;
  • Artists, collectives or ensembles who have yet to clearly define their artistic ambitions and are still in an exploratory period still searching for a focus.
  • Artists who do not currently live in either the state of Minnesota or New York City, and who did not consider one or both their legal residence for the year leading up to the application.

Given the emphasis on funding artists at a relatively early and still formative stage in hopes of providing them “footing” within their respective fields, the Jerome Foundation additionally does not support: artists, collectives or ensembles who already have a fully developed/mature artistic “voice” in any discipline versus achievement within a single discipline or those who have already been substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large in any discipline, including but not limited to the discipline for which support is requested.

The focus is on career achievement and recognition. This program determines emerging status based on the totality of an artistic career, not on the achievement within a single discipline.  A well-established composer, for example, who decides to begin creating sculpture, is not considered an early career/emerging artist and therefore is ineligible to apply to Jerome for support in any program; such an artist would not considered an emerging visual artist for the purposes of Jerome Foundation eligibility.  Age is not a factor in determining eligibility.

Apply

Step 1/preliminary application for Organization Grants is now open. The deadline is September 14, 2017.

The application for the New York City and Minnesota Film,Video, and Digital Production Grant Program is now open. The deadline is August 24, 2017.

The Travel and Study Grant Program application will open September 1, 2017. The deadline is December 7, 2017.

Learn more about the programs via the links above or go to the login page to start your application.

 

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