Performing Artist Grants through the CICF Artist Ambassadors 

Grants are designed to support the work of performing artists living and working in Central Indiana who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and/or a person with disabilities and to support the advancement of their artistic practices and careers. They were created by the CICF artist ambassadors in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on under-appreciated artists, and are intended as a bridge for those seeking small grants to simply keep creating. Grant amounts will range from $500 to $2,000 for individuals, and $2,000 to $5,000 for artist collectives.

The purpose of the grant program is to support, enhance or advance an artists practice, productivity, skill, knowledge, creative acumen, cultural awareness, approach, project(s), connections, network, materials/supplies, marketing-promotion, artistic project-related travel, facilitation of an event, exhibit(s), participation in an event, etc. 

Self-taught or informally trained artists are encouraged to apply. 

ELIGIBILITY: 
  • BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and/or performing artists with disabilities
  • residents of Central Indiana (defined as the 9-county metro area)
  • artists working alone or in a collaborative group in all performing arts that consider themselves to be professionals in their field
  • 21 years of age or older
timeline
  • Applications open: Sept. 28, 2020
  • Application deadline: Nov. 6, 2020
  • Grant announcements: mid-Jan. 2021
  • Grant implementation deadline: April 30, 2021
SELECTION CRITERIA: 
  • artistic quality and artistic merit of the work 
  • commitment to pursuing a professional career 
  • feasibility of the proposed project

Apply for support

Applications cannot be saved as drafts. It is recommended to prepare any written responses outside of this online form and gather all required information and documents beforehand.

About you

Mailing Address *
Mailing Address
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal
Age *
Gender *
Do you identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community? *
Race/Ethnicity - select all that apply *
Do you identify as having any of the following: *
Please provide a brief introduction of you as an artist. (3-4 sentences)
Artist Biography - share a brief video (optional)
Maximum upload size: 33.55MB

Proposal Narrative

In this part of the application, you will answer multiple narrative questions about you as an artist and about the artwork you create. Please assume that the reader knows nothing about you or your work. Limit your response to 250 words or less per question.

Project Budget

To the best of your ability, please describe your proposed project expenses and the estimated cost for each item.

Work Samples

Provide your resumé, two pieces of professional documentation, and up to five different work samples. Work samples should represent work created within the last year.
Resume/CV
Maximum upload size: 33.55MB
No longer than three pages detailing your professional experience THIS IS OPTIONAL.
Professional Documentation (two pieces)
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Two pieces that may include articles, letters of support, programs, reviews, or anything concerning your professional experience. Scanned documents are acceptable.
Work Sample #1
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Please provide the title of the work and give a brief description including size and medium. 
Work Sample #2
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Work Sample #3
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Please provide the title of the work and give a brief description including size and medium. 
Work Sample #4
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Work Sample #5
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Please provide the title of the work and give a brief description including size and medium.