Definition of Emerging Artist

Overview

The 2018 Travel and Study Grant Program will support emerging artists who create new work in dance, film/video/digital production, and literature. The program is open to “generative" artists (choreographers; film, video, and digital production directors; and writers of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and spoken word artists) who have a record of creating original work.

Additionally, with thanks to the HRK Foundation for its generous support, the program is also open to arts administrators in Minnesota who work at organizations who support such artists. New York City-based executives and program administrators are not eligible to apply.

Awards

Applicants may apply for either:

  • $1,500 for short-term travel of 3-6 days.
  • Up to $5,000 for trips 7 days or longer.

Eligible applicants working collaboratively may submit one application and the total funds requested may not exceed $5,000. Applicants may use grants for extended travel and study if additional sources of income are available or committed. Please note all individuals listed as applicants must meet all eligibility requirements.

Purchase of equipment over $100 is not an eligible expense, unless the item is necessary for the trip. Salary replacement and honoraria for the applicant are not an eligible expense. Eligible expenses may include such items as language classes, and pro-rated housing costs and utilities.

Travel and Study grants support travel of significant distance, requiring housing and logistic support for the grantee. Local, in-state travel, “run-outs”, and extended commutes are not supported. Travel may be national or international. The program does not prioritize one over the other.

This grant may not be used to tour, perform, attend screenings or book launches, produce new work, or teach.

Before receiving payments, a recipient is required to submit an itinerary for the travel and study period, with confirmed schedules and proof of travel, at least one month preceding the desired payment/travel date(s).

Significant changes in budget must be approved in advance. Additional categories of expenses and/or additional destinations cannot be added after the application is reviewed. Reductions in the duration of the trip will result in decreases in the amount or cancellation of the grant award.

Eligibility

Individuals apply directly for support. Applications are not accepted from organizations or fiscal sponsors. Individuals may apply to only one discipline and may not submit more than one proposal.

Eligible applicants working collaboratively may apply on one application. Every co-applicant must meet all eligibility criteria.

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

The Foundation supports artists, collectives or ensembles who meet all the following descriptors:

  • Artists, collectives or ensembles who are committed 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—again, outside of a student context;
    • Dance: public presentations of choreographed work
    • Film/Video/Digital Production: works that have screened in festivals or been exhibited in other public presentations (not solely released on a platform like YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
    • Literature: publication—whether in literary journals, anthologies, periodicals, or in the form of a book (not solely self-published work or performed work)
  • Artists (e.g. writers, choreographers, film/video/digital production directors, ), 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 Foundation does not support the following artists, collectives or ensembles:

  • 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. dancers, editors, journalists, film editors or producers) and who do not also have a significant history of generating new work in accordance with guidelines;
  • Designers, 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;
    • Artists, collective or ensembles 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.

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