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Our commitment: dismantle barriers and provide meaningful resources and training for creative and cultural professionals.

Erie Arts & Culture believes that creative and cultural professionals can play a central role in developing vibrant and healthy communities and neighborhoods when they are provided with access to Professional development, Resources, and Opportunities (PRO). 

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Want to know more about budgeting and financial planning? Uncertain of what your intellectual property rights are as an artist? Trying to determine the best ways to market yourself? Exploring virtual performative and teaching opportunities? Interested in the methodology of creative placemaking and community engagement? We can help! 

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What are your needs?

Through the PRO Network Survey, Erie Arts & Culture is asking creative and cultural professionals in Northwestern Pennsylvania to identify the barriers that have the most immediate impact on their capacity or the scalability of their careers. If you are a cultural or creative professional in NW PA, please take a moment and complete our survey so we have a more in-depth understanding of your talents and needs. Using results from this survey, we will design programs and events specific to the needs of those living and working in our region.

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Erie Arts & Culture Opportunities

for Individual Artists

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Artist Fellowship Program

Deadline: 2021 Dates TBD

In 2016, Erie Arts & Culture committed to making a greater investment in the artists living and working in Erie County by establishing the annual Artist Fellowship program. The agency saw a need to provide artists with unrestricted funding that could be used to pursue artistic development and growth.   

Originally, Erie Arts & Culture awarded three fellowships annually – two to emerging artists and one to an established artist. In 2020, the agency’s Grantmaking Committee reviewed the program’s eligibility requirement through the lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Upon further reflection, the Erie Arts & Culture Board of Trustees and Grantmaking Committee decided that it was necessary to revise program criteria and guidelines. Starting in 2020, the fellowship program includes three artist categories: Emerging, Mid-Career, and Established.

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Pennsylvania Partners on the Arts (PPA) Project Stream Grants

Annual Deadline: October

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grants provide funding throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to support efforts to provide all Pennsylvanians with access to artistic programming and/or arts services. PPA Project Stream Grants provide up to $2,500 in funding to eligible projects. For a project to be eligible it must be an arts activity or event conducted for the benefit of the public. Individual artists can apply for PPA Project Stream Grants, but we do recommend working with a non-profit organization that is willing to serve as a fiscal sponsor. 

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Become a Rostered Teaching Artist

Annual Deadline: May 31

Rostered teaching artists are eligible to participate in Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) funded Arts in Education residencies. Teaching artists champion the arts as a tool for both personal and community development by leading quality arts-based programs in schools and community settings.

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 Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships

Annual Deadline: April

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) provides grants to support folk and traditional arts apprenticeships as a means of preserving and promoting the diverse cultures found throughout the Commonwealth. Each grant award provides funding to form a partnership between a master traditional artist and a qualified apprentice, enabling the two to work together to share and develop advanced techniques or repertoire.

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Emergency Financial Assistance Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

Creative and cultural professionals, which includes artists of all disciplines, who have experienced a disruption to their income stream can request up to $500 in assistance. Awarded funds can be used to assist with basic living expenses, such as housing, utilities, or groceries.

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 Current External Opportunities
updated weekly

Erie Arts & Culture is committed to promoting opportunities for artists, arts professionals, and cultural organizations.  Our guiding policy is to only post opportunities that pay. The opportunities below are updated on a weekly basis.  If you'd like your opportunity listed or have any questions, please contact info@erieartsandculture.org.

April Deadlines

The Harpo Foundation Grants

Deadline: April 2021

The Harpo Foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and to encourage new modes of thinking about art. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field.

The average grant is $6,000 and grant amounts do not exceed $10,000, with 7-10 grants awarded each year.

Review Opportunity

 

The Songwriter Fund

OPENS: April 28, 2021 (No Deadline)

Thanks to a generous donation of resources from Sony Music Publishing and SONA, and their expressed vision of helping songwriters and composers in need, we were able to create a fund that will distribute small emergency grants of $1000 to qualified songwriters who have suffered work cancellation and other financial losses as result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The application is only available online. Songwriter Fund grants are $1000 cash awards made to individual songwriters/composers living and working in North America. These grants are intended to fulfill a gap in a songwriter’s income that exists due to coronavirus preventative measures taken by the individual or their employer. One-time grants will be made available to professional songwriters and composers who meet the following requirements:

  • Be a professional songwriter or composer with two (2) years of experience writing or composing in the United States.

  • Must be registered with a PRO

  • Must be 18+

  • Must be an individual (Individual people may submit applications for a funding opportunity on their own behalf (i.e., not on behalf of a company, organization, institution, or government)

Review Opportunity

 

Emerging Young Artists competition and exhibition

Deadline: April 28, 2021

The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, amplifies the voices of emerging artists with career development and professional empowerment.

This national juried exhibition seeks artwork that demonstrates the excellence and important perspectives of artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, residing in the United States. Fifteen artists will share a total of $60,000 in awards, with a grand prize of $20,000. For winning artists, one of the submitted artworks will be selected for a national exhibition. Artists attend professional development activities provided by the Kennedy Center.

Review Opportunity

 

Request for Qualifications: Baggage Claim Number Sculptures - Pittsburgh, PA

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) is building a new terminal and multi-modal transportation complex at Pittsburgh International Airport. The result of the Terminal Modernization Program (TMP) will be an improved passenger experience and a better sense of the culture and amenities of the Pittsburgh region. The conceptual framework for the facilities’ design is Nature, Technology, and Community.

The Art in the Airport Program plans to expand with the TMP, including new permanent commissions and places for temporary art and performances. The ACAA is seeking to commission two artists or artist teams to create sculptural numbers for the baggage claim carousels (artwork). One artist or team will create numbers 1-4 in the North Baggage Claim area. A second artist or artist team will create numbers 5-8 in the South Baggage Claim area, ensuring that each set of numbers has a distinct and cohesive design. The artwork will be experienced daily by tens of thousands of visitors and employees.

Budget: Two commissions of $75,000 each.

Review Opportunity

May Deadlines

 The 2nd Annual Future Art Awards

Deadline: May 10, 2021

The Future Art Awards, hosted by MOZAIK Philanthropy, will welcome submissions from artists across the country, which represent the 2021 awards' theme: Re-Imagining Democracy. Inspired by recent social movements and the synergy of two Greek words: demos and kratos (people rule), the contest theme asks artists to expand the limits of democratic possibility through their own creative point of view and visioning.

The Future Art Awards are open to both professional and amateur U.S. artists. All artistic mediums are welcome, including visual/media arts, sound arts, performance, and social practice. BIPOC and all other historically marginalized or underrepresented people are encouraged to submit their art.

An independent jury of artists from across the nation will review the submissions through a blind review process, ultimately, awarding 10 winning artists with $2,000 award honorariums. An additional 40 artists will receive 'special mention' awards of $1,000 each. Collectively, all 50 winning artists will be invited to showcase their work in The Future Art Awards Virtual Exhibition, opening Summer 2021, with curation provided by Iranian American cultural historian, educator, and arts curator, Dr. Shiva Balaghi.

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Artwork Archive’s Art Business Accelerator Grant

Deadline: May 14, 2021

Artwork Archive’s Art Business Accelerator Grant provides visual artists with unrestricted funds, resources, and a curriculum to help establish, grow and manage their art careers. The program is designed to arm artists with the necessary business skills to succeed as artists and entrepreneurs—and to make a living through their artwork.  

Visual artists 21 and older from anywhere in the world with a track record of participation in the arts for at least 2 years.

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- 10 unrestricted cash grants of $2,500 each, a lifetime Master Account with Artwork Archive (valued at $1,000), and educational resources/expert guidance. 

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State Museum Invites Artists to Enter Art of the State Juried Exhibition

Deadline: Friday, May 28, 2021.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation invite artists and craftspeople to submit applications to exhibit their work in the annual Art of the State. Now in its 54th year, this acclaimed juried exhibition boasts a tradition of presenting highly creative art by Pennsylvanians, chosen by a distinguished panel of jurors.

Art of the State is scheduled to open to the public on-site at The State Museum on Sunday, September 26, 2021, and will close January 2, 2022.

Art of the State is a juried competition open to Pennsylvania residents who are at least 18 years of age. Artists will compete in five categories: painting, work on paper, sculpture, craft, and photography and digital media. Entries to the competition must be submitted online. 

More than $4,000 in cash awards will be presented. A first prize of $500 and second prize of $300 will be awarded in each of the five categories. The William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing in the amount of $250 and the Art Docents’ Choice Award of $300 will also be presented.

Review Opportunity

 

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Judy Chicago Art Education Award

Deadline: June 1, 2021

The Judy Chicago Art Education Award, funded by Mary Ross Taylor, honors Judy Chicago and her pioneering work as an art educator. The award is open to those creating projects based on primary research that incorporates any of the archives that are included in the Judy Chicago Research Portal, which was launched in October 2019.

In the spirit of Judy Chicago’s collaborative and participatory approach to making and teaching art, the institutions — which include a public university library, a private university library, and a national museum — have joined together in a rare collaboration to link their collections in efforts to provide scholars with a robust and accessible research experience. 

WHO: Scholars, artists, and educators

AMOUNT: $2,500

FINE PRINT: Winners are presented at an award ceremony to be held in July, 2021, at the Through the Flower Art Space in Belen, New Mexico. Proposed projects should be completed within 12 months of the award presentation. Award winners will be required to submit written quarterly updates on the progress of their project and a final report within 60 days of the completion of their project. Awardees will receive an initial payment of $1,500 at the time of the award ceremony with the remaining $1,000 paid at the project’s completion. 

Review Opportunity

 

The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise

Deadline: June 11, 2021

The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise honor foreign-born individuals living in the United States who have demonstrated outstanding early achievement in their careers. Three applicants in each category will be selected to receive a $50,000 cash prize.

The program was established to encourage and support young immigrants who have already demonstrated exceptional achievements and who often face significant challenges early in their careers.

For 2021, awards will be made in the following categories:

  • Biomedical Science
    The Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young foreign-born biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Eligible work may be in basic, applied, or translational biomedical science.
     
  • Dance
    The Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young immigrant dancers, choreographers, and artistic directors whose work demonstrates a significant contribution to dance and movement arts in the United States.

Eligibility criteria include the following:

  • Applicant must have been born outside the United States.
  • Applicant must not be more than 38 years old.
  • Applicant must be a naturalized citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States, or be a holder of an H1B or O-1 visa and have been living and working in the United States for at least four years, or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  • Applicant must intend to pursue a professional career in the United States.
  • Applicant must not be a past winner of the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise.

Review Opportunity

 

Rolling Deadlines

Public Art Archive

Deadline: Rolling

Description: Eligibility Public artworks and public art collections completed and installed within the last 100 years in the 50 United States and Canada may apply. These include: -- Works by artists who have completed and installed publicly funded civic and public art projects. 

Timeline:  This project has no deadline, and the PAA™ team will make ongoing determinations regarding when accepted submissions to this call will be imported into the Archive™ database.

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Annuity Freedom - Marketing Grant for Artists

Driving organic traffic from Google and Bing can be a meaningful way to grow sales for free. Given the economic pain being felt by so many artists due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we want to help you by providing a free SEO analysis and recommendations.

There is currently no cap on the number of possible marketing grant recipients per month.

Annuity Freedom - Micro-grant for Artists

(1) $100 monthly grant. Grant winner will be selected on the last date of each month, beginning February 28, 2021.

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Call for Work: Buffalo Arts Studio

Deadline: Rolling

Buffalo Arts Studio is looking for artist submissions for their 2021/2022 exhibition calendar. The series will reflect the belief that artists and curators can effect change through purposeful collaborations that balance community need with artistic insight. This series of exhibitions will be curated with the intent to not only display powerful visual statements, but to also spur dialogue between varied audiences and to open doors to social, economic, and environmental justice.

Buffalo Arts Studio is providing a $1000 honorarium to solo exhibiting artists for the 2021-2022 exhibition calendar to support their curatorial goal of economic and representational justice. Artists are encouraged to pursue ambitious, site specific installations that utilize the available assets of the space. 

Review Opportunity

Questions can be directed to: Shirley Verrico, Buffalo Arts Stufio Curator, at: shirley@buffaloartsstudio.org

 



Awesome Foundation Grants

Deadline: International Deadline: Recurring Monthly 

Description: Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

Review Opportunity: International Link: https://artdeadline.com/ops/awesome/

Local chapter: https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/erie 

 


Sony Alpha Female Grants

 Sony Alpha Female provides a platform for photographers and videographers to share their stories and inspire the world with their creativity, passion, and drive. We aim to make the world a more equal, more representative, and more open place. 

The ideal candidate meets the following foundational criteria:

  1. Passionate photographer or videographer, looking to amplify their creative voice.
  2. They have a specific project in mind that represents the perspective of women and/or minorities, and a plan for completing it within the grant parameters.
  3. They are willing and able to complete all the steps in the application process.
  4. They are excited to document their process and having their completed project featured on AlphaUniverse.com.

There will be twelve (12) Grant winners each of the twelve (12) Grant winners will receive:

  • Grant winner shall participate in the Sony Electronics’ Alpha Female Plus 2021 Grant Program for the Participation Period;
  • $5,000 to use for the Grant winner’s Project (payable in U.S. Dollars by check):
  • Sony Electronics Inc. digital imaging products valued at $3,000 (based on estimated retail value) (“Sony Products”);
  • One (1) year Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps subscription (ARV $636.00)
  • ARV of each Grant for each Monthly Period winner is: $8,636 USD. 

Review Opportunity

 


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Art Business Accelerator Grant

The application cycle opens on March 1, 2021.

Artwork Archive’s Art Business Accelerator Grant provides visual artists with unrestricted funds, resources, and a curriculum to help establish, grow and manage their art careers. The grant is designed to arm artists with the necessary business skills to succeed as artists and entrepreneurs—and to make a living through their artwork.

Open to both emerging and established artists, the Art Business Accelerator grants resources to invest in your art business as well as six weeks of career-building modules that increase business skills, economic proficiency, marketing knowledge and more.

Recipients receive funding and expert guidance in order to make the growth process easier, to gain confidence, and establish a solid business foundation for their art practice.

Grant recipients will receive grant funding, a lifetime account to Artwork Archive, and one-on-one access to expert career guidance.

Grant Amount: 20 unrestricted cash grants of $1,000 each, a lifetime Master Account with Artwork Archive (valued at $1,000), and educational resources/expert guidance.

All applicants will receive the career-building educational resources designed to drive career development.


Review Opportunity

The Magazine of Contemporary Art - Call to Artists 

The Magazine of Contemporary Art is an online publication that showcases visual arts internationally. They are currently accepting submissions of any medium to be displayed in their rotating exhibitions. The MoCA will not charge commissions on sales made during the exhibition. There are a variety of submission options available, but the Michelangelo package is a free application.

The Magazine of Contemporary Art hopes to provide artists with an opportunity to show their work safely despite the added strain that COVID-19 has generated on the art community.

Review Opportunity

Questions can be directed to: info@themagazineofcontemporaryart.com 

Dramatists Guild Foundation - Emergency Grants

Description: The Dramatists Guild Foundation provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.

Review Opportunity

Production Jobs in Film, TV, Digital, Media and Entertainment

Description: For those who work in filmmaking and television. Please filter by city to see opportunities near you.

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Social Networks

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Professional Development

Creative Capital - Review professional development workshops HERE

College Art Association - Review professional development for student and emerging artists and national professional development workshops HERE

Fractured Atlas - Review information on funding, healthcare, education, and more HERE

Calls to Artists

Americans for the Arts - Review national public art opportunities HERE

Alliance of Artists Communities - Review national and international artist residencies HERE

CaFÉ (Call for Entry) - Register, upload your portfolio, and review open calls HERE

Art Deadline - Review opportunities ranging from competitions, grants, public art, and exhibitions HERE

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) - Review national and international open calls HERE

ResArtis - Review national and international artist residencies  HERE

Burnaway - Review national and international opportunities HERE

Grant Funding 

Candid - Foundation Directory - Review online directory of funders and opportunities HERE

Planning

Business Plan Summary, by Creative Capital - This document was designed to provide you with an understanding of what information you should include when you're writing a basic business plan. 

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Grammarly - a free grammar checker that eliminates grammatical errors and enhances your writing. 

Trello - a free web interface used to manage time and tasks whether your work independently or collaborate as a group.

Evernote - a free app used to collect, develop, and share notes, images, and audio across desktop and mobile platforms.

Mint - a free personal financial management tool.