Artists participating in Jerome-funded programs through the Arts Organization Grant Program must meet the below eligibility requirements.

Rebekah Magdalena, Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop.


Eligible artists, collectives or ensembles in supported programs must meet all of the descriptors listed. Jerome-eligible artists are early career generative non-student artists with residency in the state of Minnesota or the five boroughs of NYC who actively generate new original work and exercise creative control over that work.

Eligible Artists
  • are in the early stages of their creative development
    • have a focused direction and are actively creating new work in their chosen artistic   discipline(s)
    • have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large
    • are vocational (as opposed to avocational, academic, amateur or educational) artists
  • are not participating in any degree-granting programs (K-12, undergraduate, graduate) in any field
Ineligible Artists
  • would be identified as “mid-career” or established in any arts discipline
  • are engaged in the arts as a hobby or avocational pastime
  • applicants who are or will be students enrolled in degree-granting programs (organizations who are working with artists enrolled in PhD programs should discuss options with staff)
Eligible Artists
  • 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 one year prior to application or program participation
Ineligible Artists
  • currently live outside of either the state of Minnesota or New York City
  • did not consider Minnesota or New York City their primary legal residence for a least one year prior to application or program participation
Eligible Artists
  • artists who generate new works and claim creative “authorship” and creative control in the creation of new work, and whose primary practice is centered in the creation of new work through their roles as:
    • choreographers in Dance
    • film and video directors of animation, experimental, narrative or documentary in Media
    • new media/digital artists (interactive technology, web or computer-based, virtual, etc.) in Media
    • writers of prose, poetry or creative nonfiction in Literature
    • composers in Music
    • playwrights, solo artists creating their own works, spoken word artists, performance artists and/or directors who lead or oversee the creation of devised work in Theater
    • painters, sculptors, social practice artists, installation artists, drawing, printmakers, muralists, graffiti artists, photographers, public work artists, fiber artists, clay artists and other disciplines within Visual Arts
  • expand the aesthetic or social experience in the discipline in which they work and/or reclaim and revive traditional forms in original ways
  • create works that are:
    • imaginative, rigorous, and well-executed
    • technically proficient and exhibit a high level of craft
    • compelling and has a distinctive vision and authentic voice
    • connecting with intended audiences/participants
    • engaging aesthetically and experientially
    • are bold and risk-taking
Ineligible Artists
  • artists who interpret, perform, critique, report on, edit, or design the work of others (e.g., singers, musicians, screenwriters, dancers, actors, instrumentalists, vocalists, arrangers, editors, journalists, designers in sets/lights/costumes/sound, or critics, among others) but who do not also generate new work
  • managers, administrators, builders or technicians who do not also have a significant history of generating new work

How does the Jerome Foundation define "early career"?

The Foundation’s goal is to serve a spectrum of artists typically in their 3rd to 12th post-student (if applicable) year of creative practice. This spectrum is framed by artists with some track record of creating and presenting full work (not beginning artists), and artists who are NOT at a point in their careers where they receive consistent development and production opportunities and significant recognition, awards, and acclaim (not mid-career or established artists).

The Foundation intentionally has not defined a more precise number of years in the field for eligibility, recognizing that some artists may experience enormous success and move past early career status well before their 5th year or 10th year or 12th year. We know that the numbers of opportunities afforded to artists may differ significantly based on discipline, race/ethnicity, class, gender, physical ability and geography among other factors. Consequently, some artists may be past their 12th year and still be on the spectrum of early career status. Our use of early career is an attempt to be clearer about the kinds of artists we are supporting. We realize the lack of a rigid definition leaves room for interpretation, but we have embraced this flexibility out of our value around diversity and in recognition of the many variables that impact artists’ careers.