New RFP: Media Arts Field-Building Initiative

From National Endowment for the Arts –

Info Session: Thursday, June 30, 2022 – 3:00pm ET
Deadline for Proposals: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

neaThe National Endowment for the Arts is seeking proposals for an organization to implement the Independent Film & Media Arts Field-Building Initiative, which will provide a continuation of the Independent Media Arts Group (IMAG) through knowledge exchange and peer learning activities, with a focus on equity, career sustainability, and strengthening connectivity across regional and national film and media arts communities.

The purpose of this solicitation is to select a Cooperator to administer the new Initiative, as it hones in on these areas of special interest:

  • Providing a forum for ideas exchange and peer learning
  • Strengthening connectivity between existing networks and media arts communities across the United States
  • Elevating strategies, best practices, and exemplary models for building accessible and equitable career pathways into the film and media arts industry
  • Promoting the contributions of the independent film and media arts field to the wider arts sector and beyond

The NEA expects to award one Cooperative Agreement of up to $100,000, contingent upon the availability of funds. This Cooperative Agreement will begin on or after March 1, 2023, and may extend for up to 12 months.

Prospective applicants (and any potential applicant partners) are strongly encouraged to attend the informational session on Thursday, June 30, 2022 (3:00pm-4:00pm ET), which will cover the eligibility requirements and scope of work outlined in the Cooperative Agreement, as well as the review process and tips for submitting a competitive proposal. Registration details are provided with the program solicitation materials located on our website.

What is IMAG?

Currently convened by the National Endowment for the Arts with the Sundance Institute, the Independent Media Arts Group (IMAG) hosts field-building activities and shares resources focused on building collective power and collaborative relationships to promote equity and career sustainability for individuals working in the film and media arts industry. The network is free to join from the IMAG page. All organization types, networks, artists, and collectives from across the United States are welcome to join!