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Grants, Fellowships Open for Presenters, Artists from South Arts

Traditional Arts Touring Grants

Funds up to $5,000 to support organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern traditional artists.

Deadline: December 5, 2018

The Traditional Arts Touring grant program works to increase the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South, through funding projects which bring a traditional artist/ensemble and a scholar/folklorist for multi-day residencies in Southern communities. The maximum request is $5,000. For projects taking place before June 30, 2019.


Momentum – Dance Touring Initiative for Southern Companies

Funding and professional development over three years for modern dance/contemporary ballet companies to increase touring capacity.

Deadline: January 18, 2019

Momentum is an intensive professional development program over a three-year period for a group of five Southern dance companies, which will include mentorship, networking, conference showcasing and exhibiting, on-site planning meetings with presenters, tour-prep residencies, and touring. If you are a modern dance or contemporary ballet company based in the South with touring aspirations but limited success, this new program is an opportunity to build both your artistic and technical capacity.


Performing Arts Touring Grants

Funds up to $7,500 to support organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern performers.

Deadline: March 4, 2019

The Performing Arts Touring grant program is an opportunity for presenting arts organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region to receive fee support to present Southern performing artists from outside of the presenter’s state. Touring support is awarded to theatre, music, opera, musical theatre, and dance projects that contain both a public performance and an educational component. These grants are limited and very competitive. The maximum request is 50% of the artist fee, up to $7,500 for dance projects or $5,000 for all other projects. Projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.


Literary Arts Touring Grants

Funds up to $2,500 to support organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern writers.

Deadline: May 1, 2019

The Literary Arts Touring grant program offers presenting organizations the opportunity to receive financial support to engage Southern writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry) who reside outside of the presenter’s state. Support is awarded to literary projects that contain both a public reading and an educational component such as a writing workshop. The project can include a single engagement by a writer or multiple writers involved in an event (for example, writers series or festivals). The maximum request is 50% of the writers’ fees, up to a total grant of $2,500. Each writer is required to fully-participate in the reading and educational/outreach component. Projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.


Express Grants

Funds up to $2,000 to support rural organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern performers or writers.

Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities

This new, quick turnaround grant program is an opportunity for presenting organizations in rural Southern communities (with populations of 50,000 or below) to engage Southern guest performing or literary artists from outside of the presenter’s state. Support is awarded to theatre, music, opera, musical theatre, dance, fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry projects that contain both a public performance or reading and an educational component. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. The maximum request is $2,000. For projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.


Professional Development and Artistic Planning Grants

Funds up to $1,000 to support organizations either attending professional development opportunities new to the presenter, traveling to see new work, or hosting an artist planning visit.

Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities

Funding is available for the professional development needs of Southern presenters/programmers/curators to strengthen program design and increase organizational capacity. Applications are only accepted for professional development opportunities new to the organization. Artistic planning activities can include travel to see/explore work for future public presentations or planning meetings with artists for future public presentations. Proposed projects must support or relate to the applicant’s work as a presenter. For the purposes of these guidelines, presenters are defined as organizations that present or host artists for engagements in their communities. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. The maximum request is $1,000. For projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.


ABOUT SOUTH ARTS

South Arts was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. We offer a portfolio of activities designed to address the issues important to our region and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

We work in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. South Arts is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, member states, foundations, businesses, and individuals.

Mission

Advancing Southern vitality through the arts.

Strategic Goals

  • Support the artistic and professional growth and success of artists in the South.
  • Connect artists and arts professionals in the South to resources that will increase opportunities for success within and outside the region.
  • Advance impactful arts-based programs that recognize and address trends and evolving needs of a wide range of communities in the South.
  • Communicate and celebrate the excellence, innovation, value and power of the arts of the South.
  • Secure and deploy/manage sufficient resources to advance Southern vitality and achieve the strategic goals.

 

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