Fellowships provide monetary awards to outstanding professional artists, i.e. those individuals who by education, experience, or natural talent engage in a particular art form or discipline, and live and work in Tennessee. To qualify, an artist must be financially compensated for his or her work, and this compensation must be a significant source of support for their livelihood.
No matching funds are required and no specific project has to be carried out with the funds. The Commission anticipates that each fellowship will be awarded $5,000. In a year, the Tennessee Arts Commission may award up to two (2) fellowships each in Craft, Media, Visual Art, Dance, Music, and Theater, as well as three (3) in the Literary category.