Arts Missoula Grant Application

Arts Missoula is the Official Arts Agency of Missoula serving as a resource for the coordination, development, and support of art and culture for the benefit of the Missoula community with goals of advocating for public and private support of the arts, encouraging collaborative efforts among local arts organizations, educating community leaders and policymakers about the economic benefits of the arts, and celebrating the value of diverse cultures.

Arts Missoula is excited to further our mission by establishing a new fund to support local artists. The Patron Fund will provide Individual Artist Grants up to $2,500, in unrestricted grant funds to help establish and grow a Missoula-based livelihood in the arts. Applications will open on Sept 13, 2021, and will close on November 14, 2021. Grant awards will be announced on December 15, 2021, with grant funds distributed on January 15, 2022. Individual artists must be 18 years and older and must currently be residing in Missoula County for a minimum of 1 year. Applicants must maintain Missoula County residency for the life of the grant and must be currently working in the field of visual or performing arts, at any career stage.

Application Guidelines

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 11:59 PM

Artist Eligibility:

  • – Individual artists must be 18 years and older.
  • – Must currently be residing in Missoula County for a minimum of 1 year.
  • – Must maintain Missoula County residency for the life of the grant.
  • – Currently working in the field of visual or performing arts, at any career stage.
  • – Must complete the entire online application, submit all work samples, and meet all requested requirements.
  • – Must exhibit high artistic quality, innovation, and creativity.
  • – Must have the ability to demonstrate interaction with Missoula community members through exhibitions, installations, performances, or any other events or activities that are accessible to the general public.

Artists are not eligible if they:

  • – Request funds for educational or curriculum development plans and materials.
  • – Request funds for tuition or fees associated with completing a degree program.
  • – Submit an application that is incomplete.
  • – Are applying for, or as part of a group.
  • – Are an Arts Missoula Board or Committee member.
  • – Request funds for expenses incurred before grant approval.

Eligible Grant Requests may include:

  • – Supplies – for the creation or production of new work.
  • – Equipment – cost to cover specific equipment to further the artist’s career development.
  • – Services – rental of facilities for the creation of or presentation of new work, including studio or rehearsal space.
  • – Training – costs to attend workshops to further develop artistic, or business, or marketing skills.
  • – Creative Process, Presentation, or Production – the cost associated with the production, preparation, and/or creation of an exhibit, performance, or physical work.

Resume:

  • – Include education and artistic training
  • – Career and artistic achievements

Artistic Statement:

  • – What is your story?
  • – Who are you?
  • – What is your medium?
  • – What are your artistic dreams?
  • – Express your goals for this grant. Why is this important?
  • – How will this grant help you reach those goals?

Outcomes:

  • – What are your projected outcomes from this grant?

Budget Narrative:

  • – What is the amount of your grant request?
  • – Are your expenses well thought out and researched?
  • – Briefly outline how you would intend to use these funds to budget your expenses to help you reach your goal.
  • – Discuss other sources of funding.

Budget Spreadsheet Example:

Impact Statement:

  • – How will your work impact Missoula?
  • – Where and how will the community be able to experience your work?
  • – How will this grant help you grow as an artist?

Work Sample Requirements Visual Artists:

  • – All work samples must be recent (within the last 3 years).
  • – Samples should best reflect your work as an artist, and show how your work can connect with the community.
  • – Provide detailed explanations for all work samples.
  • – 5 to 10 image file submissions of recent works.

Work Sample Requirements Musicians and Performing Artists:

  • – All work samples must be recent (within the last 3 years).
  • – Samples should best reflect your work as an artist, and show how your work can connect with the community.
  • – Provide detailed explanations for all work samples.
  • – 3 to 5 Audio or Video files of recent works.

Submission details:

  • – Upload documents as PDFs and images as jpegs.
  • – Name each document using your name or collective name for easy
  • – Identification, using this format:
    • lastname_firstname_document (ex: Johnson_Elizabeth_resume.pdf)
    • lastname_firstname_artwork (ex: Johnson_Elizabeth_artwork.jpeg)

Judging Rubric:

The Grant Review Panel is made up of members of the Arts Missoula Advocacy and Education Committee, along with selected community members. Procedures are in place to avoid conflicts of interest. Each panelist reviews every application using the following criteria:

  • – Quality of Work Samples
  • – Artistic Narrative Statement
  • – Budget Narrative
  • – Community Impact Statement
  • – Overall Success of Application

Click the button above to apply today.

The application process will be managed by Call for Entry (CaFÉ) which is a searchable online guide to help artists find art calls and art opportunities. CaFÉ is a program of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) a regional nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to strengthening the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts in the West. WESTAF assists state arts agencies, arts organizations, and artists in their quest to serve diverse audiences, enrich the lives of local communities, and provide access to the arts and arts education for all.

Please thoroughly read all of the guidelines and instructions before completing the online application. Every question or prompt must be answered. Each question or prompt may have a character limit or an attachment requirement listed.

“Arts Missoula is thrilled to be able to provide these funds for our local artists. The establishment of the Patron Fund and the annual grants distributed through it will help to ensure that artistic creativity and expression remain strong throughout Missoula.” 

Tom Bensen, Executive Director Arts Missoula

“We recognize the challenges artists face in sustaining a career in the arts. We also recognize the value that these artists bring to our community and culture. Arts Missoula Grants are focused on community-building through the arts, providing financial assistance for individual artists living in Missoula County, whose creative work connects with and enriches our community.”

Monte Grisé, D.M.A. – Arts Education Director, MCPS | Arts Missoula Board Member

For further questions contact Arts Missoula at info@artsmissoula.org.

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