The Individual Artist Fellowships reward artistic excellence, advance the careers of Maine artists and promote public awareness of the creative sector in Maine.
Deadline: May 2, 2014 for all genres
- Contemporary Craft
- A second fellowship in functional craft will be awarded to an individual in either Hancock or Washington County. This is made possible by the generous support of the Belvedere Downeast Handcraft Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.
- Literary Arts
- Performing Arts
- Traditional Arts (Click here for specific Traditional Arts Fellowship Guidelines)
- Visual Arts
Grant amount: $5,000
Funding will be available: after July 1, 2014
Who is Eligible to Apply
A professional Maine artist is eligible to apply if s/he has a valid Maine address and has resided full-time in Maine for a minimum of two years at the date of application, is 18 years of age or older at the time of the application, and is not enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and the application is not a required part of their course of study.
All applicants must have completed and filed all final reports required for previous Maine Arts Commission grants.
Creators only are eligible to apply. A creator is an artist who consistently produces original work. For example, an artist may apply as a composer, but not as a singer; as a choreographer, but not as a dancer. Applicants must apply with their own original work.
Multi-artist applications must represent a team or group who consistently work together to produce a single body of work. Multi-artist applicants must also own the legal rights to the name being used.
Artists may submit only one application in any Individual Artist Fellowship category during a single grant period. An artist who has previously received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission may not apply for the next ten years. An artist may be awarded a maximum of three Individual Artist Fellowship awards in a lifetime.
Jurors are selected for expertise in a specific field, as well as for a broad-based familiarity with relevant fields within the genre they are jurying. Due to the competitiveness of the Individual Artist Fellowship program and to avoid conflict of interest, all jurors selected for this program reside out of state. Because the sole criterion for selection is artistic excellence, the jury may, at its discretion, decline to award a grant.
All applications are reviewed anonymously to ensure equity. Supporting materials, including resumes and work sample descriptions are only reviewed at the specific request of a juror. Separate juries are assembled to review craft, literary, visual, performing/media arts and traditional arts. Therefore, the bulk of the review is based on artistic materials alone.
Grant recommendations will be presented to the executive committee or the full Maine Arts Commission at its next regularly scheduled meeting. At this time the grant process is approved and the grant becomes official.
The review process and delivery of funds may take up to four months. This means that grant funds may be used to reimburse costs incurred for the project after the grant has been approved. Please plan accordingly.
Grant proposals are reviewed on a competitive basis using the single criterion of artistic excellence.
Your application will consist of two steps.
The first is the completion of the electronic application which will include contact information and the narrative portion of your application. The second part of your application will be the upload of your application attachments.
Please review the following required materials carefully in preparing your application. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in disqualification of your application. Only complete applications will be accepted. Make copies of all application materials for your records prior to submitting them.
- Work Samples. See guidelines below.
- Vendor Form. To be provided by a first time applicant, or those whose contact information has changed. This is information used by the Treasury to generate a check if the grant is awarded. Applicants should be sure to indicate the address the check should be sent to.
Mail or fax (207/287-2725) vendor form (if required) to the Maine Arts Commission, 193 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04333-0025.
Work Sample Submission Guidelines
Work samples are a crucial aspect of your application and it is essential that they are of professional quality and are appropriate representations of your current abilities. Samples are uploaded through the electronic submission system. Each upload will prompt the applicant to provide a description of the work sample. More instructions are provided within the electronic application system.
Your name must not show anywhere on your artistic submission(s) when applying for the Individual Artist Fellowship except in the case of the Traditional Arts Fellowship category.
Represented work must be current; preferably within the past three years. Failure to submit samples in the formats outlined below will disqualify the application.
FORMAT REQUIREMENTS FOR WORK SAMPLES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Preferred format PDF, but WORD documents will also be accepted. Manuscripts should include works of prose, not to exceed 20 pages, or up to five poems. Script and playwriting applicants should include one act or scene. Selections from a longer script or work of prose may be accompanied by a synopsis of the complete work. The synopsis is not part of the 20 page maximum. All materials must be legible in 12-point or larger type and double spaced.
Preferred format JPEG, but PDF images will also be accepted. Five samples total may be submitted. Optimal image size is 1920 pixels on the longest side (to accommodate HD viewing) at a resolution of 96 dpi and a file size under 5 mb. Images can be a digital photograph or a digital scan.
Audio and Video submissions will be accepted. Five samples total may be submitted. Optimal work samples will be under five minutes in length. If the file is longer than five minutes listening/viewing points should be indicated in the description of the piece. This must explain how to view or listen to the work sample(s). The reviewer will not be expected to listen/view a larger piece in its entirety.
We recommend that contributors consider licensing their media files under a Creative Commons Attribution/Non-Commercial/Share-Alike license.
The Maine Arts Commission reserves the right to use submitted materials in the promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission programs. The material will be used in a promotional manner only and will not be used for commercial purposes.
How to Apply
For questions before you begin the application process:
Literary Arts: Julie Richard, Executive Director, 207/287-2710, email@example.com
Craft or Visual: Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director, 207/287-2790, firstname.lastname@example.org
Performing, Media, Film and Multidisciplinary Arts: Kerstin Gilg, Performing and Media Arts Director, 207/287-6719, email@example.com
Traditional Arts: Kathleen Mundell, Creative Aging and Traditional Arts Director, 207/287-6746, firstname.lastname@example.org
For general questions about the application or review process please contact Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, at 207/287-2750, email@example.com.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm, on the date of the application deadline. The agency will not accept late or incomplete applications under any circumstance.
Grant information is available in large print format by request. All Maine Arts Commission programs are accessible to people with disabilities.
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