Massachusetts has been awarding Artist Fellowships since 1975. Hear the stories of some of the incredible artists who have received support in the last 40+ years.
Mass Cultural Council believes in the power of culture. We believe that the work of individual artists is at the core of a thriving and vital society.
As such, we are excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Artist Fellowships, our program supporting excellence in individual artists. The Artist Fellowships are anonymously-judged, unrestricted awards given in recognition of artistic excellence of original, creative work.
The Fellowship awards will increase this year, from $12,000 to $15,000. Finalist awards will remain $1,000.
There are two deadlines per grant cycle. The discipline categories are divided between the two deadlines. Applications are now being accepted in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2018.
Mass Cultural Council will accept applications in Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography beginning December 15, 2018. Deadline: Monday, January 28, 2019.
The Artist Fellowships categories recur every other year. Next year (2020), we will accept applications in:
Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts (Fall deadline)
Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting (Winter deadline)
Who should apply for an Artist Fellowship? We welcome applications from Massachusetts artists creating original work who meet eligibility requirements (see guidelines). Read our tips on applying for an Artist Fellowship.
NEW THIS CYCLE:
We are delighted to announce that, due to an increase in Mass Cultural Council’s budget from the state legislature, we have increased the Fellowship grant amount, from $12,000 to $15,000.
In Dramatic Writing, along with manuscripts, we will also accept audio and video files as work samples. The purpose is to welcome more writing for performance, including storytelling, musical theater, or other performative works where writing is emphasized.
Images and media: Mass Cultural Council video highlighting the stories of five artists who received Artist Fellowships since 1975; Jack Mauch (Crafts Fellow ’17), DISRUPTED TESSELLATION (2016), sand shaded butternut veneer, 36×36 in; Marilyn Arsem (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’17), performing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, photo by Mark Solinsky.