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Creative Capital Award

Grants and In-Kind Services to USA Art Collaboratives
and Artists for Arts Projects and Professional Development

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02/29/20 4:00 PM EST


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Grants and in-kind services to USA art collaboratives and artists for projects and professional development activities. The purpose of this grant program is to support original arts projects as well as the training and support of artists. Eligible artists may be in a wide variety of art disciplines.

Creative Capital takes chances on artists by supporting  bold, challenging, and genre-stretching ideas. Creative Capital has developed a four-part approach that includes support for artists, their project, their community, and their audience. Through funding, professional development, individual meetings with close colleagues, and consistent engagement with staff, Creative Capital provides artists with the resources they will need at strategic moments in their process. These include: consultations with legal, financial, marketing, public relations, and web consultants; an orientation meeting, Artist Retreats and Regional Gatherings; ten meetings with a strategic planning coach; and much more.

Creative Capital funds artist projects in all disciplines. No matter what genre or discipline, the most competitive projects take risks and articulate an original vision. Art disciplines supported include: animation, architecture & design, artistic activism, augmented reality, bio art, comedy, craft, cultural organizing, dance, dance film, data visualization, digital media, documentary film, drawing and illustration, ecological art, experimental film, games, graphic novel, hardware, installation, internet art, literary fiction, literary nonfiction, multimedia, multimedia performance, music composition, music performance, musical theater, narrative film, opera, painting, performance art, photography, poetry, public art, puppetry, sculpture, social practice, software, sound art, theater, video art, and virtual reality. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152012

Number of Grants:

Creative Capital will support approximately 46 projects each funding year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

In each funding year, Creative Capital will support projects at initial levels of $10,000 each. Including follow-up monetary support, a project may receive as much as $50,000 in direct financial support during the life cycle of the award, with the average amount closer to $35,000. This is in addition to advisory and professional services with an average value of $50,000, bringing the potential support per project up to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Most of the projects Creative Capital supports have a timeline of at least a few years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An artist must be:
- At least 25 years old
- A working artist with at least five years of professional experience
- A U.S. Citizen, permanent legal resident, or an O-1 Visa holder

Creative Capital accepts proposals for collaborative projects and work by collectives. Please choose one collaborator or collective member to serve as the main contact for the project. Each collaborative team may have up to five members in total and each of their names, roles, and bios should be included in the project proposal. Each and all collaborators must meet the above eligibility requirements. Creative Capital defines “collaborator” or “collective member” as someone who is considered to be a co-owner of the project and generative part of the team, not someone who provides services on a “work for hire” basis. Please note that each artist/collaborator can apply with only one project in any single award year. For more information on collaborative projects, see FAQ section of the URL for Full Text below.

An artist cannot be:
- An institution (If you are an artist who is a principal in a 501(c)3 organization, you should apply as an individual artist. If you are selected for funding, the award may be made payable to you through your organization.)
- A full-time student in a degree-granting program or its equivalent
- A current employee, consultant, board member or major funder of Creative Capital, or an immediate family member of such a person
- An active or alumni artist of Creative Capital
- An applicant or collaborator on more than one proposed project

This is not an ideal award for artists just beginning their creative practice, thus Creative Capital requires five years experience in your field. In addition, they do not fund documentation or cataloguing of past work, nor projects whose main purpose is promotional or educational.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Before each application round, Creative Capital staff members lead online and in-person information sessions to answer questions about applying for the Creative Capital Award.

In-Person Info Sessions:
September 7, 2019: Portland, OR
September 26, 2019: Atlanta, GA
September 27, 2019: Philadelphia, PA
October 13, 2019: Denver, CO
October 30, 2019: St Paul, MN
November 3, 2019: Louisville, KY
November 7, 2019: Honolulu, HI
November 18, 2019: Miami, FL
November 21, 2019: San Francisco, CA
December 9, 2019: Pittsburgh, PA
December 9, 2019: New Orleans, LA
December 14, 2019: Houston, TX
December 16, 2019: Durham, NC
January 22, 2020: Oakland, CA
January 23, 2020: Los Angeles, CA
January 29, 2020: New York, NY
January 30, 2020: Chicago, IL
February 12, 2020: Online

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Pre-Application Information:

The next application for the Creative Capital Awards opens to artists in all disciplines February 1-29, 2020.

The Creative Capital Award application is a ten-month process that happens on an annual basis, and occurs on the following timeline.
- February: Open Application
- October–December: Panel Review
- December: Decision
- December-January: Announcement

About the application:

Video - Livestream: Conversation about the Creative Capital Award Open Application:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Creative Capital
15 Maiden Lane, 18th Fl.
New York, NY 10038

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