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Announcing 32 Awards in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Mara Superior, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (2014), porcelain, wood, gold leaf, 24x20x15 in

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2017 Artist Fellowship awards in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Sixteen artists will receive fellowships of $12,000, and 16 artists will receive $1,000 finalist awards. See a list of this year’s fellows and finalists, to date.

The awards are anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total number of 561 applications were received; 141 in Crafts, 135 in Dramatic Writing, and 285 in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres.

Evan Morse, SEB AND CLAIRE ILLEGALLY STREAM A MOVIE (2016), Hydrocal, pigment, 9x18x15 in

The Crafts panelists were Honee A. Hess, Ji-Eun Kim, Daniel Kornrumpf, and Beth McLaughlin. The Dramatic Writing panelists were Maria Agui Carter, Anne G. Morgan, and Rebecca Noon; the Readers were Steven Bogart and Talaya Delaney. The Sculpture/Installation/New Genres panelists were Nicholas Capasso, Dana Filibert, Jen Mergel, and Allison Maria Rodriguez.

This is the first series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by the Mass Cultural Council in 2017. In late May 2017, MCC will announce awards in Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography.

Find a full list of 2017 Artist Fellowships awardees, to date.

Nora Valdez, LONG PATH (2013), Limestone and marble, 12x52x7 in

From the Off-Broadway production of EXPATRIATE by Lenelle Moise, photos by Vanessa Vargas

Images: Mara Superior (Crafts Fellow ’17), THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (2014), porcelain, wood, gold leaf, 24x20x15 in; Evan Morse (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’17), SEB AND CLAIRE ILLEGALLY STREAM A MOVIE (2016), hydrocal, pigment, 9x18x15 in; Nora Valdez (Crafts Fellow ’17), LONG PATH (2013), limestone and marble, 12x52x7 in; from the Off-Broadway production of EXPATRIATE by Lenelle Moise (Dramatic Writing Fellow ’17), photos by Vanessa Vargas.

Artist Opportunities Close Shave

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

What’s a few nicks and bumps. Get up and go get ’em!

MCC Artist Fellowships: Music Composition, Film & Video, Photography  The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Artist Fellowships are competitive, anonymously judged grants of $12,000 and finalist awards of $1,000 for Massachusetts artists only, based on the artistic quality and creative ability of the original art work submitted. Learn more.
Deadline: January 23, 2017

Film & Video The LEF Moving Image Fund is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for Production and Post-Production Grants! Learn more.
Deadline: January 27, 2017

Photographers The Vermont Center for Photography is seeking submissions for its Open Juried Exhibition with juror Karen Hass who will be selecting 40 photographs to be displayed in VCP’s gallery March 3 – April 2, 2017 and in a limited edition exhibition catalog. All photographers are welcome to submit up to 5 images each with any theme or subject matter. Entry fee is $30 ($20 for members) for each submitting artist. Learn more.
Deadline: January 28, 2017  (5pm)

Choreographers The NEFA’s New England Dance Fund awards catalytic grants from $500-$1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. The fund aims to strengthen the dance sector in the New England region. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Emerging Curators Initiative The Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, GA, announces its annual call for exhibition proposals from emerging curators in the field of contemporary art.The Emerging Curator(s) will receive a $1,500 fee and an exhibition budget of $7,500 for the 2016-2018 cycle. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency The Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service are providing an opportunity for established visual artists to pursue their work amidst history and nature on the Chilkoot Trail in Skagway, AK. Artists will hike the entire trail during a two week backpacking trip, spending one to three days at each campsite. Artists will also receive up to $100 USD support for purchasing necessary art supplies and a $1,000 CAD honorarium. Learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Call for Art Art Studio 99 is curating bi-monthly exhibits at the BNN Neighborhood Art Gallery. This is an exciting space as the art is in exhibit on the walls between Studio A and Studio B where hundreds of people pass by to produce or be guests on multiple television shows. The exhibit is also promoted as a digital gallery on both BNN Community TV and News and Info channels in between programming 24/7. Promotion involves a flyer, web site and heavy social media. The artists are welcome to attend an opening reception that is coordinated with a live TV program called It’s All About Arts. The next show’s theme is For the Beauty of Flowers. Paintings, prints, photographs, and mixed media are accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: February 4, 2017

Call for Art The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, is currently accepting entries for the show, Freedom of Expression: A National Juried Exhibition (March 10 – May 14, 2017). 2D and 3D work in all media, and videos. All work must be original and created in the last 3 years. Reprints or work found to be copied from copyrighted work will not be accepted. All work must be exhibition ready to install with the appropriate hardware and any technical equipment needed for presentation. This exhibition will be held at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, in conjunction with ArtsWeek Boston, and ArtSpring Cape Cod,* April 27 – May 7, 2017. Its theme is drawn from the inspiration of Tom Stoppard’s play, “Every Good Boy Deserves Favor,’ that critiques the Soviet Union’s policy of declaring political dissent as a form of mental illness that is cause for loss of freedom and commitment to an institution. This broad theme assumes that free expression can be a doorway to creativity, and that it can take many forms, literally and figuratively. Great art can move us by communicating through explicit messages, beautiful forms, textures, and colors, through abstract concepts, or through any combination of these attributes. But the greatest challenge with any response to a theme is that the individual piece must exist as a work of art beyond any message or agenda. Learn more.
Deadline: February 5, 2017

Call for Artists The Biennial Project is overjoyed to make known an open call to artists worldwide for ArtVenice Biennale 4- an online-juried competition and large screen digital presentation being held at Venice, Italy during the Opening/Press Week of The Venice Biennale 57! The Biennial Project is an artists’ collaborative whose goal is to explore the nature and understand the perception of biennials within the art world and, in so doing, to develop a collective body of work that will be exhibited in as many biennials as possible – especially the really cool ones. Learn more.
Deadline: February 15, 2017

Creative Writing Fellowships The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. This year, the program accepts prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) applications. Even years, the program accepts poetry. Learn more.
Deadline: March 8, 2017

Call for Proposals Cambridge Arts has announced a call for proposals for “FLOW: A Grant Program for the Port”. They calling all individuals, collaborative groups, organizations, artists, businesses, youth, or schools who have an idea for a community-building public project for The Port neighborhood that places the arts in a central role. The City of Cambridge will grant a total of $300,000 which will be distributed over multiple projects. Proposals will be accepted in the following funding categories: $1–20,000, $20,000–50,000, and $50,000–150,000. For questions, contact Lillian Hsu, Director of Public Art and Exhibitions, lhsu@cambridgema.gov; 617-349-4389. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2017

Film, Video The Arlington Film Festival is currently accepting entries. AIFF screens both national and international features and shorts with a focus on fostering appreciation for different cultures through independent film. Feature films: narrative and documentary (46 min or longer). Short films: narrative, documentary, animation and experimental (45 min or less)Film must not be available for video or internet distribution prior to October 27, 2016. Film must be in original language with English subtitles. Film production must have been completed within the last two years. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2017

 

Apply Now for an Artist Fellowship in Film & Video, Music Composition, & Photography

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Image: THE LIGHT UNDER THE DOOR by TSAR FEDORSKY

We’re excited to announce that the Massachusetts Cultural Council is now accepting 2017 Artist Fellowship applications in the categories of Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography. Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017.

The Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously judged, competitive grants of $12,000 and finalist awards of $1,000, in recognition of artistic excellence.

Who should apply for an Artist Fellowship? Massachusetts artists creating original work who meet eligibility requirements (see guidelines) are encouraged to apply. Read our tips on applying for an MCC Artist Fellowship.

We know artists work in ways that are not always easily categorized. If you have any questions where your work might best fit in the program, don’t hesitate to ask us.

 


Play an excerpt from VESSEL by Kati Agócs (Music Composition Fellow ’15)

 

There are two deadlines per fiscal year, divided by discipline, and this is the second deadline. Applications in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres were accepted earlier in 2016, with a October 3, 2016 deadline. Grant results in those categories will be announced by February 2017.

Read full program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.

Allison Cekala, still image from FUNDIR (2014)

Still image from MY HEART SWIMS IN BLOOD by John Gianvito (Film & Video Fellow '15)

 

Images and media: Tsar Fedorsky (Photography Fellow ’15), from the series THE LIGHT UNDER THE DOOR (2013), silver gelatin 15×15 in; excerpt from THE VESSEL by Kati Agócs (Music Composition Fellow ’15); still image from FUNDIR (2014) by Allison Cekala (Film & Video Fellow ’15); still image from MY HEART SWIMS IN BLOOD by John Gianvito (Film & Video Fellow ’15).

Apply for a Prestigious Grant for American Painters

Friday, November 4th, 2016

In 2010, through the estate of artists Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum established an annual grant for American painters aged 45 years or older. Since that time, The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant has awarded $30,000-$35,000 each year to mature American artists.

Grants, typically ranging $5,000 to $30,000, are offered to American painters aged 45 or older who demonstrate financial need. The fund honors its namesakes, in particular Lillian Orlowsky, who sought to provide financial support to mature artists due to her passionate commitment to art. The goal of the grant is to promote public awareness and a commitment to American art, as well as encouraging interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.

We highly encourage Massachusetts artists who fit the eligibility requirements to apply. See a gallery of work by past Massachusetts recipients, above.

The postmark deadline for the grant is April 3, 2017. Find guidelines, application instructions, and more information.

Historic Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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Of Note: The National Museum of African American History & Culture has opened in Washington DC.

Poets Entries are now being accepted for the New Criterion’s Poetry Prize of $3,000 and publication by St. Augustine’s Press. The prize is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Erica Dawson, Roger Kimball, and David Yezzi will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 60 pages with a $25 entry fee byVisit the website for complete guidelines. Learn more.
Deadline:  September 30, 2016

Artist Business Grants MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is seeking Boston-based applicants for its Matched Savings Program, which supports creative entrepreneurs with a matching grant and artist-focused business and financial training. Eligible applicants must have a home or studio address in the City of Boston. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Poets, Fiction Writers Entries are currently being accepted for the University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prizes. Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Short Fiction Entries are now being accepted for the University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Awards. Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

MCC Artist Fellowships The Massachusetts Cultural Council is currently accepting Artist Fellowship applications for Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously judged grants for Massachusetts artists in recognition of artistic excellence. Fellowship awards are currently $12,000. Finalist awards are $1,000. Learn more.
Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016

STARS Residencies The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s STARS Residencies Program (Students and Teachers Working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars) provides grants of $500-$5,000 to schools to support creative learning residencies of three days or more in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Learn more.
Application opens October 6, 2016 at 4pm

Videos, Animations, Computer Generated Work Proposals for the next round of Art on the Marquee are currently being accepted. Looking for work 30 second videos, animations or computer generated work, that use the entire Marquee in creative ways. Please submit a storyboard, statement, work samples, and CV to info@bostoncyberarts.org The call is limited to artists who live anywhere in the state of Massachusetts. Learn more.
Deadline: October 16th, 2016 (midnight)

Boston Choreographers The Boston Foundation and The Aliad Fund have announced Next Steps for Boston Dance, a new grant program that provides multi-layered support for Boston-area choreographers creating original work in any genre. Offers 250 hours of rehearsal space; 6-10 consultations with experts in chosen areas of need/interest; $5,000 in implementation funds for the artist to take a “next step” in his/her work or career; a series of cohort meetings to connect choreographers, build relationships, and allow for co-learning. A minimum of three grants will be awarded in this pilot round/first year of Next Steps. Learn more.
Deadline: Oct 24, 2016 at 5pm

Ten-minute Plays Submissions of ten-minute plays by New England playwrights are now being accepted for the Boston Theater Marathon XIX to be held May 14, 2017, at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2016

Writing Conference Scholarships If you’re interested in attending Muse and the Marketplace, GrubStreet’s national conference for writers, in Boston Spring 2017 but could use financial support, GrubStreet is offering numerous $250 scholarships for attendees. Learn more.
Deadline: November 21, 2016

Image credit: Circa 1940s: “Miss America.” (Joe Schwartz). From the photography collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

New Artist Opportunities in Boston and Beyond

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

 

We’ve been excited to see a number of new funding and support opportunities for Boston/New England artists announced recently. Here’s a brief rundown.

New England Dance Fund
The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) announced its New England Dance Fund, which awards “small, catalytic grants directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance.” The program, which aims to strengthen the dance sector in the region, is in addition to NEFA’s existent portfolio of support for dance artists. The next deadline to apply is September 26, 2016.

Assets for Artists in Boston
Assets for Artists is a unique program that offers financial and entrepreneurial training to artists as well as an innovative matched savings grant program. It’s administered by MASS MoCA with a host of partnering and sponsoring orgs (including us). This year, the City of Boston joins as a partner, providing dedicated funding for 10 matched savings grants (from $1,000 – $2,000 each) for Boston-based artists, and financial and business workshops to strengthen the professional skills of those 10 artists and others. Deadline to apply is September 30, 2016.

The Boston Foundation’s Next Steps for Boston Dance
The Next Steps for Boston Dance program aims to support Greater Boston choreographers with access to rehearsal space, consulting meetings with expert advisors, cohort/collaborator meetings, and $5,000 in funding. The deadline to apply is October 24, 2016, 5 PM EST.

The Boston Foundation’s Live Arts Boston (LAB)
The Live Arts Boston (LAB) program will provide up to $15,000 in flexible, project-specific support to artists in dance, theater, spoken word, performance art, circus arts, some music genres, and inter- or multi-disciplinary combinations. Priority will be given to projects that emphasize new work, culturally-specific work, unique and interdisciplinary partnerships/collaborations, or risk-taking and innovative programming. The launch date is September 30, 2016, and the deadline will be November 15, 2016, 5 PM EST.

The Boston Cultural Council’s Opportunity Fund
The Opportunity Fund is designed to support individual artists living or working in Boston to “share their work with the public or teach others, continue professional development, and hone their skills.” Applications for grants up to $1,000 will be accepted on a monthly basis. Artists can apply here, and grants will be distributed every month except October and April, when other Boston Cultural Council grants applications are due.

 

If you have a program to benefit Massachusetts artists that you’d like us to share, we’re all ears.

Media: excerpt from CLOTHESLINE AS LIVE INSTRUMENT by Dahlia Nayar (Choreography Fellow ’16), a past recipient of support from NEFA’s dance initiatives.

Apply Now for an Artist Fellowship in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Beth Galston, LUMINOUS GARDEN (AERIAL) detail, detail (2009) Urethane resin, LEDs, wire, electronics 912x12 ft

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Program. The Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously judged, competitive grants for individual artists in recognition of artistic excellence.

Fellowship awards are currently $12,000. Finalist awards are $1,000.

There are two deadlines per fiscal year, divided by discipline. Applications are now being accepted in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016.

MCC will accept applications in Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography beginning December 15, 2016. Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017.

Who should apply for an Artist Fellowship? Massachusetts artists creating original work who meet eligibility requirements (see guidelines) are encouraged to apply. Read our tips on applying for an MCC Artist Fellowship.

Read full program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.

 

Image and media: Beth Galston (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’13), LUMINOUS GARDEN (AERIAL) detail, detail (2009) Urethane resin, LEDs, wire, electronics 912×12 ft; video celebrating 40 years of the Massachusetts Artist Fellowships.

For the Win

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

In mid-August, we plan to publish our guidelines for the 2017 Artist Fellowships cycle.

In preparation, we’ve updated our Tips on Applying for an MCC Artist Fellowships article on ArtSake. We’ve also recently updated our compendium of opportunities to find funding as a Massachusetts artist.

If you’re a Massachusetts artist hoping for funding to make your work, both articles are worth your time.

And while we’re on the topic of awards and grants, congratulations are in order for a number of local artists who’ve recently won honors in the arts.

 

Production still from Y2Y, a film-in-progress by Laurie Kahn

LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund Awards Local Filmmakers
LEF Foundation, a crucial supporter of nonfiction film in New England, recently announced $30,000 in pre-production grants to early-stage film projects. Some of the funded projects include Laurie Kahn’s Y2Y, about a visionary homeless shelter for young adults in Harvard Square, Alex Morelli’s The White Pine Project, about a former mining town that becomes a travel stop for families of maximum security prisoners, and Soon-Mi Yoo and Haden Guest’s Traveling Gods, about the divergent paths Christianity has taken in Korea and Japan. The $5,000 awards go to films that “demonstrate excellence in technique, strong storytelling ability, and originality of artistic vision and voice.”

The next grant deadline for the LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund is January 27, 2017 for projects seeking production or post-production support.

 

Detail of painting by Masako Kamiya, photo by Clements/Howcroft Photography

Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grants Awarded to Three Massachusetts Painters
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s Lilian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant (for American painters aged 45 or older) awards monetary prizes from $5,000 to $30,000. Congratulations to the recently announced 2016 grantees, including Massachusetts-based artists Masako Kamiya (Painting Fellow ’10, ’06), Frank Gregory, and Marjorie Kaye.

The 2017 application for this grant will be available after September 1, 2016.

 

Find more grant and other opportunities in ArtSake’s Artist Opportunities round-ups.

Images: Production still from Y2Y, a film-in-progress by Laurie Kahn; detail of painting by Masako Kamiya, photo by Clements/Howcroft Photography.

Artist Opportunties for All

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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Call for Art Seeking submissions from New England area contemporary artists and artist groups/organizations of all mediums to exhibit in The Enso Art Gallery, located in downtown Brockton MA. Email the following to cierra@ensoartgallery.com: a link to a portfolio of work; resume, or a brief description of your art related experiences; a paragraph summary of the work you wish to present.
Deadline: Ongoing

Documentary Filmmakers Fledgling has an open rolling application process for grants to support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable. Grants typically range from $10K?—?$25K, and the awards support audience engagement planning and implementation. Support for planning is for building the strategy for outreach and engagement and can be used before a project is complete to prepare for its launch. Grants are not available to support production or post-production. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling

Playwrights Residency The Ingram New Works Lab is an artistic home for playwrights and a fertile environment for the creation of new plays. During monthly Lab meetings in Nashville, playwrights share and develop a new work and receive  support and project guidance. During their residency, each playwright will be expected to work toward the creation of a brand new play that will be presented in a staged reading featured at the Ingram New Works Festival in May 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: June 13, 2016

Call to Artists The Rocky Neck Art Colony is currently accepting entries for their upcoming exhibition, A Visual Feast. This exhibition will be on view at the very peak of summer activity on Rocky Neck which sees hundred of visitors every day. Learn more.
Deadline: June 22, 2016

Call for Art Galatea Fine Art announces a call for artists for its upcoming juried exhibition, New England Collective VII. Open to artists from New England working in all media. Learn more.
Deadline: July 10, 2016

Choreographers The New England Dance Fund will award small, catalytic grants directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. The fund aims to strengthen the dance sector in the New England region. Learn more.
Deadline: July 15, 2016

Call for Artists Roxbury Open Studios is a once-a-year opportunity to welcome the public to view and purchase paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, jewelry, other fine arts, and studio crafts. The event provides a means for individual creativity to play its part in the cultural and economic development of Roxbury. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2016

GROUNDBREAKING GRANT OPPORTUNITY**New MacArthur Competition for 100 Million $ Grant **The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced a competition through which a single $100 million grant will be awarded to a project designed to solve a critical problem affecting people, a place, or the entire world. Learn more.
Deadline: September 2, 2016 (11:00 a.m. Central)

Image: the White House lit up with rainbow colors, done in commemoration of the Supreme Court’s ruling to recognize same-sex marriage nationwide, in June 2015.

Crowdfunding: A Primer

Friday, May 20th, 2016

From THE CIRCLE by Julie Mallozzi, crowdfunding on IndieGoGo

This is an updated version of a previously published article.

So, you have a creative project (an unfinished film, music album, graphic novel, etc.) and you want funding so you can adequately – make that epically – realize your vision.

Instead of relying solely on traditional grant programs (such as our Artist Fellowships or Local Cultural Council grants), which may or may not match up with your project’s timeline, you might consider using a crowdfunding site as part of your fundraising strategy.

Artists crowdfund by soliciting donations from many individual supporters, directing donations to one central online presence. There are a number of crowdfunding sites for artists to choose from, which generally have these things in common:

  • They make it easy for individuals to make tax-deductible donations.
  • They ask artists to set a fundraising goal.
  • They provide helpful and novel ways to interact with donors, including the ability to offer rewards.
  • And a certain percentage of the donations go to the crowdfunding site to pay for the service.

What sites are out there, and what differentiates them?

 

From the Kickstarter video for THE CHEMICAL WEDDING BY CHRISTIAN ROSENCREUTZ by John Crowley, illustrated by Theo Fadel, to be published by Small Beer Press

Kickstarter
The most prominent crowdfunding site is Kickstarter. Anyone from tech entrepreneurs to working artists can use the site to create campaigns for their project, with a funding goal. Kickstarter campaigners then offer creative rewards (say, an embroidered t-shirt or a DVD of the project or a personalized portrait) to donors, increasing the appeal of the reward based on the donation amount.

Things to keep in mind about Kickstarter: if campaigns do not meet their fundraising goal, the artist gets nothing, so the incentive is high to drum up support. Also, project campaigns need to be approved by Kickstarter to launch.

For an example, check out this campaign by Small Beer Press (out of Easthampton, MA) to publish a new version of what just might be the history’s first science fiction book. The background story is unique and appealing, and the project’s video is especially strong.

 

THE CLEMENTE PROJECT by James Rutenbeck, crowdfunding on HatchFund

Hatchfund
Another major crowdfunding site is Hatchfund (formerly called United States Artists Projects). Hatchfund is similar to Kickstarter in many ways, with tax-deductible donations, creative rewards, and an all-or-nothing fundraising goal. (Additionally, there’s a “stretch goal” if the original is exceeded.)

Unlike Kickstarter, Hatchfund is specifically focused on artists. Some projects may receive matching funds from Hatchfund for a portion of their campaign. And perhaps most significantly, Hatchfund offers one-on-one coaching and support for artists by Hatchfund staff.

Check out The Clemente Project by James Rutenbeck (Film & Video Finalist ’11), which you can also read about here. The campaign does a great job conveying how a story about unheralded voices in one struggling community can have universal significance.

 


THE CIRCLE Crowdfunding video from Julie Mallozzi

IndieGoGo
Another crowdfunding site is IndieGoGo. The big difference is that, unlike the all-or-nothing approach of Kickstarter and Hatchfund, you can elect to keep all of the money you raise (minus site fees), even if you don’t meet your goal.

Check out The Circle by Julie Mallozzi (Film & Video Finalist ’15, ’07), which very successfully conveys the potential impact of the project and its appeal to both targeted communities (like anti-violence activists) and a wider audience.

Go Totally DIY
Not a joiner? You could also take the principles of crowdfunding and set up your own campaign. You’ll need a PayPal or similar online payment account, a home base (like a web site homepage or a blog), and a group that will act as an organizational fiscal sponsor so that donations will be tax deductible. In film, the Center for Independent Documentary and Filmmakers Collaborative both serve as fiscal sponsors for film projects, and the New York organization Fractured Atlas serves as fiscal sponsor for artist projects in all disciplines, and throughout the country. You can even include creative rewards and frequent updates to your donors – you’ll just have to handle the infrastructure of these actions on your own.

Best Practices
What are best practices in crowdfunding? Successful campaigns tend to…

  • Tell a compelling story. The campaign, whether through its video, description, updates, or all of the above, successfully conveys why this project is essential and why its supporters’ contributions are meaningful.
  • Tap into and cultivate an interested community.
  • Incentivize support. Rewards are part of that incentive, but even better is when the story is the incentive: the project’s storytelling convinces an interested community that this is a can’t-miss opportunity to be part of something important.

Further research:
Read How do you use online platforms as an artist? on ArtSake
Beth Kanter’s blog shares five basic crowdfunding tips
Find tips on best practices when crowdfunding an artist project on The Abundant Artist

Image: still image from THE CIRCLE by Julie Mallozzi (Film & Video Finalist ’15, ’07) crowdfunding through IndieGoGo; still image from the Kickstarter video for THE CHEMICAL WEDDING BY CHRISTIAN ROSENCREUTZ by John Crowley, illustrated by Theo Fadel, to be published by Small Beer Press; screenshot of the crowdfunding campaign for THE CLEMENTE PROJECT by James Rutenbeck (Film & Video Finalist ’11); IndieGoGo video for THE CIRCLE.


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