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Individual Artist Grants - Emerging Artists and Advancing Artists

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Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC)

LOI Date:

06/24/22

Deadline Date:

07/01/22

Description:

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Grants of $3,000 and grants of $5,000 to Minnesota artists in eligible counties for the creation of new works. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Eligible disciplines include theatre, music, dance, literary arts, and visual arts, as well as interdisciplinary work. Funding is intended to support both emerging and advancing artists. Both Individual Artist categories will include designations for Equity Artists, those individual artists who identify as members of a BIPOC, PWD, and/or LGBTQIA2+ community, and Culture Bearers. Eligible applicants are residents of the 11-county SEMAC Region of southeastern Minnesota: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona Counties.

Competitive Individual Artist Grants are awarded to encourage the development of entirely original work by artists who are full-time residents of the SEMAC Region. Original creations in each of the five artistic disciplines - Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts, as well as interdisciplinary work- will be considered. The original work must culminate in a public showcasing or Capstone Event, via publication, performance, or exhibition, at an accessible venue provided by a non-profit organization. If in-person capstone events are still not possible, virtual events will be acceptable.

Individual Artist Grants for Emerging Artists

The Emerging Artist category provides financial support to artists who are at a stage in their artistic development where they have some evidence of achievement but do not have a substantial record of accomplishment. The term “emerging” does not refer to an artist’s stylistic evolution but to the artist’s accomplishments and recognition. Artists at this stage are developing their talents and may have been noticed locally. Many artists remain in this category for their entire artistic lives. For more information, see http://semac.org/grants/emerging-artist-grants.php.
Individual Artist Grants for Advancing Artists
The Advancing Artist category provides financial support to enable artists to further their work. It is intended to recognize, reward, and encourage outstanding individual artists in the region. An artist at this stage has created an independent body of work over a number of years and has received regional or statewide recognition of their work. Artists at this stage are often, but not always, committed to making a living as an artist, whether or not they are doing so. They may struggle with the balance of producing art and marketing their art. They usually have a well-defined audience and show their art locally, regionally, and perhaps nationally. For more information, see http://semac.org/grants/advancing-artist-grants.php.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187326

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The Emerging Artist category provides $3,000 in financial support.
- The Advancing Artist category provides $5,000 in financial support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual Artist Grants for Emerging Artists:
Proposals must support specific project goals and are encouraged from artists in all disciplines with the following restrictions.
- You must be at least 18 years of age on the grant deadline. Current high school students are not eligible.
- You must be a full-time resident of the SEMAC Region and reside in Minnesota for the duration of the grant project.
- You may not apply for an Emerging Artist Grant if you have ever received an Established or Advancing Artist Grant from SEMAC.
- Your project cannot be related to class, course or degree requirements.
- You are not eligible if you have received recognition such as:
a) Solo exhibition in a major metropolitan area (i.e., Twin Cities, Chicago);
b) Book published by a traditional publishing house (not self-published or so-called vanity press);
c) Music composition funded by a foundation or commissioned by a group;
d) Work professionally produced by a recognized theatre or dance company.
- Grant funds may not be used to pay for supplies purchased or expenses incurred before the start date.
- Recipients of previous SEMAC grants are not eligible to apply for funds over the next two consecutive fiscal years (i.e., application may only be made as often as every three years).
- Further, recipients who have overdue final or interim reports from a previous SEMAC grant are not eligible.

Individual Artist Grants for Advancing Artists:
Artists from all disciplines are welcome to apply for a broad range of study or activities, including exploration of new directions or expansion of previous work.
- You must be at least 18 years of age on the grant deadline. Current high school students are not eligible.
- You must be a full-time resident of the SEMAC Region and reside in Minnesota for the duration of the grant project.
- You may not be enrolled full or part time in a degree granting program when you apply or for the duration of the project.
- You are not eligible if you received a grant directly from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, or a major Foundation (i.e., Bush, Jerome, McKnight, etc.) within the past two fiscal years.
- Grant funds may not be used to pay for supplies purchased or expenses incurred before the start date.
- Recipients of previous SEMAC grants are not eligible to apply for funds over the next two consecutive fiscal years (i.e., application may only be made as often as every three years).
- Further, recipients who have overdue final or interim reports from a previous SEMAC grant are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the July 1, 2022 Individual Artist deadline will be available by May 27, 2022. Note that the LOI portion (part 1) must be submitted on or before June 24, 2022 in order to access the complete application.

At least two weeks before each grant deadline, grant coaching is offered. First-time applicants and Equity Artists are encouraged to contact the office to inquire about grant coaching.

Recipients of Individual Artist grants are eligible to reapply annually as long as all previous grant activities have been completed.

Grant Categories: http://semac.org/grants/grant-categories.php

Grant Applications: http://semac.org/grants/grant-applications.php

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://www.grantinterface.com/semac/common/logon.aspx

The SEMAC office is located at 2778 D Commerce Drive NW Rochester, MN 55901. The office is closed to the public until further notice.

Staff may be reached by phone at (507) 281-4848, by fax at (507) 281-8373, or staff(at)semac.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: The eleven-county area of southeastern Minnesota in which all applicants must be located, which includes Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona Counties

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