MCC Support for Artists

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) believes that individual artists are the foundation for our vibrant cultural community. MCC supports artists across a range of disciplines and cultural traditions, through a variety of grants and services.

We encourage artists to investigate all of MCC’s programs. The following represent the grants that we believe most directly benefit individual artists.

Artist Fellowships: direct, anonymously-judged grants to individual artists in Choreography, Crafts, Dramatic Writing, Drawing & Printmaking, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, Film & Video, Music Composition, Painting, Photography, Poetry, Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, and Traditional Arts

Traditional Arts Apprenticeships: grants for one-on-one apprenticeships in the traditional arts

Local Cultural Council Program: project grants to artists and groups for the benefit of local communities

STARS Residencies: grants to schools to fund residencies by artists, scientists, and scholars

MCC Partner Organizations:
New England Foundation for the Arts: supporting artists with initiatives including New England States Touring (NEST), grants to organizations to hire artists from other New England states
Mass Humanities: funding for public projects in the humanities


Need a job in the arts? Go to
Need gigs in the arts? Create a profile on New England Foundation for the Arts’

SpaceFinder Mass: find venues with ongoing, available, and affordable rental opportunities for performance, rehearsal, presenting, and other spaces in all artistic disciplines
ArtSake’s Creative Space Classifieds: find or list work-only or live/work creative space for rental or sale

Working Artists’ Toolkit: a detailed list of resources for Massachusetts artists, on the ArtSake blog

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