Creative Capital Awards

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Creative Capital is an impact-driven arts organization that supports adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services. 

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Our pioneering venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $45,000, for a total commitment of up to $95,000 per project.
$40,000,000 in Financial and Advisory support awarded since 1999.
 
511 PROJECTS
have received awards, representing 642 artists.
 
15,000 ARTISTS
in 800 communities have benefitted from our Professional Development Program.
 
Disciplines We Support
In February 2018 we will accept submissions in 34 disciplines. These include works in film, literature, performing arts, visual arts, and a number of other media. Take a look below to see what type of work we will consider funding. 

 

Our Approach
Creative Capital takes chances on artists by supporting your bold, challenging, and genre-stretching ideas. Over the past 20 years, we have developed a four-part approach that includes support for you, your project, your community, and your audience. Through funding, professional development, individual meetings with close colleagues, and consistent engagement with our staff, we provide you with the resources you will need at strategic moments in your 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. 

We make a commitment to work with you for the time you need to get your project done. Most of the projects we fund have a three-to-five-year timeline; even if yours is longer, we will stick with you every step of the way.
Why Apply?
First, our application questions are designed to help you better articulate your project, your goals, and how you would like to position yourself in the field. Many people have told us that the application itself taught them a lot about their project and their life goals. 
Additionally, our application evaluation process ensures that your work will receive additional exposure. In the first round, two colleagues from your field will read about your project. If you make it to the second round, two more people will read about it and you can elect to post on On Our Radar, a searchable online database featuring more than 300 projects per award cycle that advanced to the second or third round.  If you make it to the panel review stage, five to seven more people will know about your work. That means that, just by applying, up to ten professional curators, programmers or editors in your field will have been informed about your project, not to mention our mailing list of 50,000+ contacts when we launch On Our Radar.

 

THE PROCESS

 

February 2018
Letter of Inquiry
Along with your project title, descriptions, and selection of up to two disciplines, you will be asked to respond to six questions (.PDF) and provide a total budget number for your project. Letters of Inquiry will be accepted Feb 1 through Feb 28 (Midnight GMT.)

 

 

July–September 2018
Application
If your project is selected to move to the second round, you will be asked for work samples, a project update, confirmation of your residency status and a full line-item budget. No edits can be made to your letter of inquiry. 

 

October–December 2018
Panel Review
Projects chosen for panel review will be asked for another project update. No additional material will need to be submitted. 

 

December 2018–January 2019
Decision
Panel meetings will be held in New York City in the fall. 46 projects will be chosen for support and submitted to our board of directors for final approval. 

 

January 2019
Next Steps

We will notify artists whose projects have been approved for funding before the end of the calendar year. A public announcement of the 46 Creative Capital Awards will be made in January 2019.

 

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