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South Arts Grants Opportunities

From Ivan Shustak, Communications Director, South Arts –

Become a Southern Circuit Screening Partner

Applications open through March 15, 2019

South Arts’ Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers enables communities and audiences to connect through the transformative power of film. By screening films and hosting filmmakers to discuss their work, our network of Screening Partners are challenging the stream-it-from-your-couch notion of consuming film and encouraging a communal, engaging approach.

Performing Arts Touring Grants

Deadline: March 4, 2019

The Performing Arts Touring grant program is an opportunity for presenting arts organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region to receive fee support to present Southern performing artists from outside of the presenter’s state. Touring support is awarded to theatre, music, opera, musical theatre, and dance projects that contain both a public performance and an educational component. These grants are limited and very competitive. The maximum request is 50% of the artist fee, up to $7,500 for dance projects or $5,000 for all other projects. Projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Literary Arts Touring Grants

Deadline: May 1, 2019

The Literary Arts Touring grant program offers presenting organizations the opportunity to receive financial support to engage Southern writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry) who reside outside of the presenter’s state. Support is awarded to literary projects that contain both a public reading and an educational component such as a writing workshop. The project can include a single engagement by a writer or multiple writers involved in an event (for example, writers series or festivals). The maximum request is 50% of the writers’ fees, up to a total grant of $2,500. Each writer is required to fully-participate in the reading and educational/outreach component. Projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Express Grants

Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities

The new, quick turnaround Express grant program is an opportunity for presenting organizations in rural Southern communities (with populations of 50,000 or below) to engage Southern guest performing or literary artists from outside of the presenter’s state. Support is awarded to theatre, music, opera, musical theatre, dance, fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry projects that contain both a public performance or reading and an educational component. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. The maximum request is $2,000. For projects taking place prior to June 30, 2019.

Professional Development and Artistic Planning Grants

Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities

Funding is available for the professional development needs of Southern presenters/programmers/curators to strengthen program design and increase organizational capacity. Applications are only accepted for professional development opportunities new to the organization. Artistic planning activities can include travel to see/explore work for future public presentations, or hold onsite planning meetings with artists for future engagements/residencies. Proposed projects must support or relate to the applicant’s work as a presenter. For the purposes of these guidelines, presenters are defined as organizations that present or host guest artists for engagements in their communities. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. The maximum request is $1,000. For projects taking place between prior to June 30, 2019.

Launchpad

Deadline: June 3, 2019

Are you new to the presenting profession? Launchpad provides a year-long support system to professionals who are new to the performing arts presenting field in our nine-state region. This program offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2019 Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando, FL. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join your statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of our 2019 juried showcase artists.

Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

Hosted by the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking in conjunction with South Arts and ArtPlace America

April 16-18, 2019. Columbia, SC.

As our communities become more diverse, they may also become more divided. Creative placemaking provides ways to build bridges across these differences in hopes of more inclusive, connected, and resilient places. Join us as we explore how arts and cultural programming can bring people closer together. Early bird registration rates are available through January 31.

Performing Arts Exchange 2019

September 23-26, 2019. Orlando, FL.

The Performing Arts Exchange is the conference where business gets done. Join hundreds of your fellow performing arts presenters, performers, agents, managers, and presenting/touring industry professionals for four days of networking, artist showcases, professional development, and time in our Marketplace. PAE sets the stage for performing arts seasons across the Eastern United States. Registration opens May 15.

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