Definition of Emerging Artist

Jerome Foundation supports emerging professional artists who are the principal creators of new work, and:

  • who take risks and embrace challenges;
  • whose developing voices reveal significant potential;
  • who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
  • who have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
  • who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.

Central to the Foundation’s review of each proposal is an assessment of the quality of the artistic work. The Foundation seeks to encourage the potential for excellence.

The Foundation welcomes the opportunity to support artistic works that embody diverse cultural perspectives.

There is no exact and singular definition of an emerging creative artist. The Foundation seeks to support those artists who show significant potential, yet are under-recognized. Examples of recognition include exhibitions, critical reviews, commissions, performances, grant awards, residencies, fellowships, publications, and productions. The Foundation considers not only the number of these acknowledgements but also timing, size, characteristics, geographic context, and significance. References, individuals familiar with an artist's work, are also an important component of the eligibility decision.

The Foundation engages each artist and arts organization in an individualized manner, addressing how emerging is defined in the context of the program and the organization. The Foundation requires full résumés of artists to assess the significance of their achievements and considers many factors in its determination of eligibility. The Foundation encourages artists and arts organizations to be specific in their applications about the factors they are using to determine eligibility as an emerging artist.

Career stage is a factor but not a limiting one. Many emerging artists fall in the early career category but not all do. Age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist.

The term emerging refers to artistic development, professional accomplishment, and recognition. The Foundation will assess each situation in reference to the artist’s intention and history of work.

Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are not eligible.

The Foundation currently is not accepting new applications for the General Program. Unless you are a current grantee requesting continued support for a program or project, please do not start an application. Contact The Foundation with questions.

The Foundation will open the application for the New York City and Minnesota Film,Video, and Digital Production Grant Program grant on June 2, 2016. 

The Travel and Study Grant Program application will open in October 2016. 

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