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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Southern Exposure Support Grant

Support to book artists from the curated Southern Exposure roster
Deadline 04-01-2016

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America brings exemplary contemporary and traditional performing artists from Latin America to audiences across the United States. Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenters based anywhere in the United States or its territories who book artists from the curated roster. The artists featured below tour with Southern Exposure support during 2016-2017.



Saturday, January 30, 2016

Surdna Foundation Grant

Surdna Foundation Grant to support thriving cultures
Deadline - Open

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States - communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. For over five generations, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity.

The Surdna Foundation  has programs for Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement, Community Engaged Design, Artists and Economic Development,  and Artist engaging in Social Change.
Overall, we seek organizations that have a proven and longstanding commitment to serving teens and that emphasize skill building. We seek funding opportunities that:

Provide high quality arts training that integrate life skills.  These skills include:

written and oral communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and leadership development;
Encourage teens to connect to their cultural identity through art-making;
Provide young people with a well-developed, sequential curriculum that meets the increasing skills of participants;
Foster strong mentoring opportunities for artists with teens;
Employ accomplished faculty and guest artists who engage teens in art forms that reflect their cultural interests and community;
Use research and evaluation tools to track the progress of teens’ success over time;
Share best practices in regards to training and evaluation in order to strengthen the field of youth arts training.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Open Meadows Foundation

Open Meadows Foundation Invites Applications for Women-Led Projects
Deadline 02-15-2016

The Open Meadows Foundation is a grantmaking organization seeking to fund projects that promote gender, racial, and/or economic justice.

Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded for projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Small and start-up organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, projects must be led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities.

The foundation funds projects that do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and expression, age, or ability. In addition, the annual organizational budget should not exceed $150,000.

See the Open Meadows Foundation site for past grantees, application instructions, the proposal cover sheet, and key dates.

Portland Symphony Orchestra Job

Portland Symphony Orchestra seeks a Orchestra Personnel Manager (PT)
Deadline 02-26-2016

Primary contractor for musicians and substitutes to fill openings in the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Supports the administration of the PSO’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Serves as a liaison between the Music Director and the Musicians and serves as a resource and counsel for the Musicians. The Orchestra Personnel Manager reports to the Director of Artistic Operations and is present at all orchestra services.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Follows all guidelines of the Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Ensures that each orchestra service has a full complement of Musicians (Contract Musicians, Substitute Musicians, Extra Musicians)
  • Maintains select list and order of musicians suitable for hire as extras or substitutes, in consultation with Music Director and section principals
  • Executes string rotation
  • Receives, organizes, and responds to requests for housing and service releases
  • Tracks attendance and prepares payroll information
  • Logs significant events associated with services such as complaints, tardiness, failure to wear appropriate dress
  • Coordinates changes in seating and engagement of last-minute substitutes due to unscheduled absence or tardiness
  • Provides stage calls for services and notifies Music Director of the start and close of rehearsals
  • Updates, maintains, and distributes documents such as call sheets and attendance rosters
  • Actively seeks to improve upon process and makes suggestions for policy changes to the Director of Artistic Operations
  • Auditions
  • Coordinates the audition process per the policies set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Secures candidate requirements, audition schedules, and music selections from Music Director and Audition Committee
  • Initiates appropriate recruiting strategy (such as placing ads, maintaining and updating candidate lists, and providing solicitation letters to orchestras and schools)
  • Forwards audition information to candidates and serves as candidate liaison
  • Schedules auditions based on venue availability and availability of Music Director and Audition Committee
  • Assists Director of Artistic Operations in conducting actual auditions


  • Bachelor’s degree or experience as a musician in a professional orchestra
  • Knowledge of/sensitivity to personnel policies and practices
  • Highly motivated individual with strong organizational and communication skills
  • Confidentiality and discretion in all matters
  • Ability to anticipate and resolve issues creatively
  • Ability to prioritize and complete work in a complex environment
  • Willingness to work as part of a team in an intimate office setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an ability to work positively with a variety of people under pressure
  • Strong computer skills required (experience with OPAS desired)
  • An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of the Portland Symphony Orchestra to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, handicap, age, or Veteran status.

To apply, please include “Orchestra Personnel Manager Position” in the subject line of your email. Please email resume and cover letter to: Leah Puleio Director of Artistic Operations lpuleio@portlandsymphony.org


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ucross Foundation Residencies

Ucross Foundation Accepting Applications for Fall Artist Residencies (WY)
Deadline 03-01-2016 

Founded in 1981, the Ucross Foundation provides uninterrupted time, work space, and living accommodations to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers. Nearly thirteen hundred individuals from every state in the U.S. and many countries, including Germany, France, Scotland, England, Poland, Egypt, the Netherlands, Canada, and Thailand, have spent time at Ucross since it first opened its doors in Sheridan, Wyoming. .

Currently, the foundation is accepting applications for its 2016 Fall Residency program, which runs from August to December.

Residencies vary in length from two weeks to six weeks, and at any one time up to nine individuals representing a mix of visual artists, writers and composers are in residence. In most cases, studios are separate from living quarters, and lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef, with ample provisions on hand for breakfasts and weekends. In addition, there is cell phone service on the property and several wireless Internet connection sites are available for resident use. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan, Wyoming.

While there is a $40 non-refundable application fee, there is no charge for a residency.

Artists, writers, and composers from the United States and AROUND the world in any stage of their professional careers are invited to apply to work on individual or collaborative projects.

For complete residency information, information about previous artist residents, and application guidelines, see the Ucross Foundation website.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

J.M. Kaplan Publisher Grants

J.M. Kaplan Fund Offers Grants to Nonprofit Publishers through Furthermore program
Deadline 03-01-2016

Through its Furthermore program, the J.M. Kaplan Fund supports nonfiction books about the urban experience; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues.

The program seeks work that appeals to an informed general audience; demonstrates evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; promises a reasonable shelf life; might not otherwise achieve top quality or even come into being; and "represents a contribution without which we would be the poorer."

Individual grants range from $500 to approximately $15,000 and may be used to support writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and/or printing and binding.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations. Trade publishers and public agencies may apply for grants in partnership with an eligible nonprofit sponsor.

See the Furthermore website for complete application guidelines and program information.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Maine Literary Awards

The 2015 Maine Literary Awards are now open for nominations. 
Deadline 02-10-2016

The Maine Literary Awards is an annual competition sponsored and coordinated by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Nominations are open to all Maine residents, including seasonal residents. The statewide competition is for published books, as well as drama, short works (either published or unpublished), and student writing. Maine writers may self-nominate, or be nominated by others.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Maine Theatre Collective

Maine Theatre Collective is accepting new members 
Deadline: Open

Maine Theatre Collective is a place for Theaters and Theater Artists to discuss and share their interests and materials. http://www.mainetheater.org/

HOME PAGE - If you would like an image to be added to this home page, please send an email to
MaineTheaterCollective@gmail.com with the jpeg image, a caption (optional, it will cover the image if you have one), and any related link that you wish to be connected to the image. Updates will be done based on urgency and date received.

CALENDAR - If you would like your theater's calendar added to this page, please create a Google
Calendar specific to your theater, make sure to create events with the specific show dates, times,
locations, and then share the calendar with MaineTheaterCollective@gmail.com. Events should be
performances only (not auditions, discussions, workshops, readings, etc), please email MaineTheaterCollective@gmail.com with any questions. Your calendar will be reviewed and we
may ask for changes to be made before we add it to this page. Please use the Portland Stage calendar as an example.

THEATER LIST - If you wish for your theater company to be added to this list, please email the name you wish displayed, the url for the website you would like it to link to as well as any facebook or twitter links, and a description of no more than 100 words to MaineTheaterCollective@gmail.com

CASTING – Send an email to MaineTheaterCollective@gmail.com with a jpeg of your headshot and a pdf of your resume. Please indicate where you are currently located in the state (i.e. Portland, Bangor, etc).


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Expeditions Touring Grant

Expeditions Touring grants provide funding for presenting in New England.
Deadline 02-12-2016

New England Foundation for the Arts touring grants provide funding for presenting high quality artists with innovative projects that exhibit strong collaboration between artists, presenters, and nonprofit organizations, and that creatively bring the arts to communities and under-served populations in New England.

To be eligible for Expeditions Touring Grant funding, applicants must:

  • Be a nonprofit organization, school, or government entity. (Nonprofit organizations do not have to be arts organizations. Organizations that do not have a federal tax identification number may apply if part of an official government agency.)
  • Be based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
  • The federal government now requires that all NEFA organizational grant recipients supported by federal funds register for DUNS numbers. More specifics on the requirement will be included in all NEFA grant applications.
  •  Applicants must be able to provide, if requested, documentation of their compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Please visit our Increasing Access to the Arts page for details.
  • Expeditions Touring applicants may act as a lead partner or presenting partner in a maximum of five (5) tours. Each tour partner submits an individual application. 

Expeditions will not fund:

  • Fundraising events or activities.
  • Organizations or activities occurring outside of the six-state New England region.
  • Events designed exclusively for students in school during class time.
  • Performances that are not open to the public and advertised accordingly.
  • If a project changes after funding has been awarded, the applicant must notify NEFA as soon as possible. NEFA does not guarantee funding if the project differs substantially from the original application. Requests for changes to a tour or tour planning grant will be considered on a case by case basis and may change the amount of the grant award.

More information at

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Tides Artist-in-Residence Program

Tides Institute & Museum of Art StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program call
Deadline 02-01-2016

The StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA) offers residency opportunities to visual artists to deepen and develop their practice within a community setting. Our studios, museum and housing are located within the historic downtown and working waterfront of Eastport, Maine and overlook the U.S./Canada boundary. The StudioWorks building contains private studios, common work areas, and a ground floor printmaking and letterpress studio. The residency provides a unique experience for an artist to play an active role in our creative community.

The StudioWorks program mission, supported by two national awards from ARTPLACE, is to place the arts in the center of the community, utilizing the arts and artists to foster, engage, and create a vital and vibrant downtown.

Housing for visiting artists is provided in two adjacent buildings (Veterans Memorial Hall and Four Green Street) located one block away from StudioWorks and the museum.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Ticket to Ride Travel Funds

Ticket to Ride funding for school travel to arts events
Deadline, Open

The Ticket to Ride program provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit Maine arts based venues and events as part of a well rounded curriculum.

Any K-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year and any K-12 school in Maine with a documented free and reduced lunch student population of 50 percent or greater is eligible to receive support of up to $500 each school year.

Ticket to Ride is designed for ease of administration; school personnel need only download and complete a two-page document to be eligible for funding. The only other requirement is the provision of a 250 word or less narrative, preferably with student input, of the experience within two weeks of the trip taking place. This final report helps the Maine Arts Commission secure funding to continue the Ticket to Ride program. The Maine Arts Commission respectfully requests that Ticket to Ride funds not be used to replace existing transportation funds in school budgets but rather to supplement them when necessary. Schools are welcome to use Ticket to Ride funds in combination with transportation funds that may be available from individual Maine arts based venues and events.

Schools contracting with Cyr Bus Lines are asked to contact General Manager Rick Soules and to mention the Ticket to Ride program.

 Click here for instructions on how to receive Ticket to Ride funding for your school: http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Ticket-To-Ride-Signup


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Doris Duke Fund

Doris Duke Fund for National Projects
Deadline 02-26-2016 (LOI)

The Fund for National Projects supports projects that:

  • Strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields; or
  • Improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz and theatre.

The Fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields. Grants range from $60,000 to $200,000 and cannot exceed 50 percent of a project's total cost. In general, grant periods will be limited to a maximum of two years, although applicants may request longer support in extraordinary circumstances. Additional funds will be given to previous Fund for National Projects grantees in the Fund for National Projects Phase II Program.

National projects engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field.

Organizations are encouraged to submit letters of inquiry for projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields, or that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in dance, jazz and theatre, such as:

  • Research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists;
  • Special national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences);
  • Special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field.
Highest priority will be given to projects that improve the health of the Arts Program's priority performing arts fields and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or existing services.

Areas Not Funded
In general, the Arts Program does not fund visual arts, museums or galleries; film or media projects; literary arts; symphonies, opera companies, classical chamber music or musical forms beyond jazz; classical ballet companies; avocational arts activities; arts programs for rehabilitative or therapeutic purposes; training and conservatory programs; capital projects; research or publications.

The Fund expressly does not support the following types of activities:

  • Projects by single performing arts entities (e.g., national tours of a particular dance or theatre work, even if they aspire to be a national model for others);
  • Ongoing annual conferences;
  • Individually produced conferences, performances or symposia (e.g., a festival produced by a single organization or by a consortia of local groups in a specific city or locale);
  • Re-granting programs;
  • Translations or commissions of new works (even if expected to have national impact);
  • Production start-up activities/production costs;
  • Arts education;
  • Avocational arts activities;
  • Capital projects;
  • Endowments.

Single nonprofit organizations and consortia are both eligible to apply. Interested organizations should submit a letter of inquiry to the Arts Program using the online submission form.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Maine Art Education Association Call

The Maine Art Education Association conference, call for proposals "Art and Community": 
Deadline 01-31-2016

"Art and Community - The Power of Us," is on April 9th, 2016. They are currently seeking workshop proposals.

Yo apply click here

Maine Farmland Trust Job

Maine Farmland Trust seeks Gallery Assistant (PT)
Deadline 01-22-2016

Gallery Assistant: Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) is seeking a part-time gallery assistant for its art gallery and the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center. Depending on the candidate’s availability and skills, this could be a 20-hour to 30-hour/week position. The MFT Gallery Assistant supports the Curator with a multitude of gallery-related tasks, many requiring strong computer, writing, social media, and web skills. This position will be based in the Belfast office and gallery, but also will work regularly in the MFT artist residency center in Jefferson. More info here

To apply, please submit a detailed cover letter, resume, and list of references with contact information to rachel@mainefarmlandtrust.org 

Or mail (three copies): Maine Farmland Trust ATTN: Rachel Taker 97 Main Street Belfast, ME 04915

If you have any questions, contact Rachel at 338-6575

Vans Custom Culture

Americans for the Arts and Vans seek applicants to the Custom Culture Contest 
Deadline 02-12-2016

Custom Culture is a national high school art competition during which students use four pairs of blank Vans shoes to be customized around four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor. The Top 5 Finalists will be flown to the Final Event in NYC, where a Grand Prize winner will be determined.

The winner of the Grand Prize will receive $50,000 for their high school art program and a chance for their designs to be sold in Vans’ retail stores. Runners up receive $4,000 towards their schools' art programs.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Atlanta Public Art Registry

Atlanta’s Public Art Program Artist Registry seeking artists
Deadline 01-31-2016

The City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program (OCA/PAP) invites national, regional, and local professional artists to submit applications to the Public Art Program Artist Registry. The City of Atlanta uses the Artist Registry as a vendor list for soliciting major and minor public art commissions and direct purchases. The OCA/PAP also presents the Artist Registry to project managers and communities for consideration in their upcoming public art projects. Artists accepted to the Registry will be considered for site-specific commissions, artist/architect collaborations, design services and artists/community collaborations. Placement in this Registry does not guarantee a commission. It also does not exclude artists from submitting for other public art projects offered by the City of Atlanta.

All professional artists residing in the United States, especially those with previous public art
experience, interest in site-specific commissions, or those who have involved community
members in their work, are invited to submit an application. Artists may submit alone or as a

Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of art professionals. The jury will review the application material and select appropriate artists for the Registry. Artists will be notified by email if they are accepted to the Public Art Registry. Accepted artists’ names will be posted on the OCA Website,
and become a part of the online Artist Registry Database, and will remain in the Registry for a minimum of two years.


NEA Artworks Grant

National Endowment: Artworks grant 
Deadline 02-18-2016

The guiding principle of "Art Works" is at the center of everything we do at the NEA. "Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field.

The NEA recognizes these catalytic effects of excellent art, and the key role that arts and design organizations play in revitalizing them. To deepen and extend the arts' value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, we welcome projects that:

Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

Beyond encouraging projects that demonstrate these characteristics, we want to achieve the following four objectives through the Art Works category:

Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

Items of interest:
Partnerships can be valuable to the success of projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project.
American arts and design organizations must be inclusive of the full range of demographics of their communities, as well as individuals of all physical and cognitive abilities. Toward that end, we encourage projects for which NEA support is sought to strive for the highest level of inclusiveness in their audiences, programming, artists, governance, and staffing. We also welcome projects that will explicitly address the issue of inclusion.

We are interested in projects that extend the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. This is achieved in part through the use of Challenge America funds.

We are interested in projects, regardless of the size or type of applicant organization, that are of national, regional, or field-wide significance; that tour in several states; or that provide an unusual or especially valuable contribution because of geographic location. This includes local projects that can have significant effects within communities or that are likely to serve as models for a field.

We urge organizations that apply under these guidelines to involve artists in their projects and to provide specific information on the participating artists in their applications.

We are committed to supporting equitable opportunities for all applicants and to investing in diversity in the arts including works of all cultures and periods.

We recognize that the significance of a project can be measured by excellence and invention, not solely by budget size, institutional stature, or the numbers of people or areas that are reached.

Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the Arts Endowment determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the agency's grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Spencer Foundation Education Projects Call

Spencer Foundation Invites Proposals for Education Research Projects
Deadline 02-01-2016

Established in 1962, the Spencer Foundation is dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement of education. To that end, the foundation supports high-quality investigations of education through its research programs and the strengthening and renewing of the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

Through its Small Research Grants Program, the foundation is accepting proposals for education research projects. In keeping with the foundation’s mission, the program aims to fund academic work that contributes to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Examples of previously funded projects include an experimental study of how college students use visual representations in solving math problems; a study exploring the process of racial and rural identity formation among African-American high-school students who attend de facto segregated schools in the rural South; and a mixed-methods study focused on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching for reading comprehension

Grant amounts will range up to $50,000.

To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. In addition, the PI must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded.

See the Spencer Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.


Maine Wood 2016 Awards

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, 'Maine Wood 2016'  Reception and Awards 
Event date 01-22-2016

The Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport invites the public to an opening reception for the show “Maine Wood 2016” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, January 22. “Maine Wood” is a juried, biennial exhibition designed to showcase the breadth, creativity and excellence of Maine’s woodworking community; the reception will include an awards ceremony.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is located at the corner of Route 90 and Mill Street in Rockport. For more information, call 594-5611 or visit


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Do Something Grant

Youth Community Grant, Do Something Seed Grant
Deadline- Open

Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Seed Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something every week to help young people! These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.

Steps to Apply:
Create a Project Posting for your existing project.
Check out our Judging Criteria for help with your application.
Fill out an Online Application.
Check out the FAQ if you have more questions


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Roy A. Hunt Foundation

Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Community Grants
Deadline 03-15-2016

The Foundation supports United States-based organizations with a current 501(c)(3) status. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, small businesses, or organizations that aren’t incorporated in the U.S.

Most grants are to organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania (primarily in Pittsburgh) and New England (mainly the Boston region, New Hampshire, and Southern Maine), although individual Trustees may show an interest in organizations across the country.

Most of the grants are for general operating support, direct service programs, or modest participation in capital campaigns. The majority of the grants the Foundation awards each year are General Grants in the range of $5,000-$10,000.

The Trustees work in committees to invite and review proposals for larger grants focused on specific results in Community Development, the Environment, and Youth Violence Prevention. Special Initiative grants are typically in the range of $25,000-$50,000. Please see the Initiatives’ individual pages for their guidelines.

Complete information at:

Friday, January 15, 2016

CreativeGround Directory

CreativeGround online directory for creative people and places in the six New England states
Deadline Open

CreativeGround spotlights the rich range of creative people and places at work in the six New England states. This online directory includes profiles for cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts, and crafts.

A project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), CreativeGround is brought to you through ongoing partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Vermont Arts Council.

But the best way to get to know CreativeGround is to use it! Get listed now!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Integrated Arts Education Conference

Integrated Arts Conference-” I’m A Believer” 
Event Date January 22, 2016

Plymouth State University and the New Hampshire Department of Education in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and VSA NH and with support from the NH State Council on the Arts and the New Hampshire Arts Learning Network are presenting an exciting day-long Conference exploring the power of the arts for all learners.

This one-day event offers professional development and continuing education workshops showcasing many different ways to bring the arts into your classroom in addition to keynote addresses and all-campus interactive experiences. All classroom teachers, arts educators, administrators and artists are invited!!! Learn how to integrate visual art, music, drama and writing into your curriculum, based on the theme of this year’s production  Shrek The Musical!.  The day concludes with optional social hour, dinner and admission to the evening performance of Shrek The Musical.


ArtPlace America Grants

ArtPlace America, National Creative Placemaking Fund is Accepting Project Proposals
Deadline 02-16-2016 (registration)

We are excited to announce that $10.5 million is available to fund projects that work with artists and arts organizations help build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States.

We expect many people to apply – last year, we received 1,300 applications – so the competition will be stiff.  Recognizing that, we created a simple and focused application that consists of 4 questions, a one-number budget, and some basic identifying information.

If you are thinking about a project that:
1.Focuses on a neighborhood or other geographic community
2.Is looking to work on a community challenge related to agriculture/food; economic development; education/youth; environment/energy; health; housing, immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development
3.Has a way that artists, arts organizations, and/or arts activities can help address that challenge
4.Will have a way of knowing whether the project has made progress on the challenge


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ransom Center Research Fellowships

Ransom Center Invites Applications for Research Fellowships (TX)
Deadline 01-15-2016

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin encourages discovery, inspires creativity, and advances understanding of the humanities for a broad and diverse audience through the preservation and sharing of its extraordinary collections, which provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.

The center currently is accepting applications for its Research Fellowship program. Approximately seventy fellowships will be awarded for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

One- to three-month fellowships are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require extensive work with the center's collections.

Travel stipends of up to $1,700 are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require less than one month's work with the center's collections. Travel stipends may not be combined with other Ransom Center fellowships.

In addition, dissertation fellowships of $1,500 are available for graduate students whose doctoral dissertations require use of the center's collections.

United States citizens and foreign nationals are eligible to apply. Previous recipients of Ransom Center fellowships are eligible to reapply after two full fellowship cycles have passed.

Applicants for the one- to three-month fellowships and travel stipends must have a Ph.D. or be an independent scholar with a substantial record of achievement.

Applicants for dissertation fellowships must be doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research by the time of application.

See the Ransom Center website for complete program guidelines and application instructions, as well as information about past and present fellows.

Congress Square Art

Congress Square Redesign (RFQ - Bid #3916)  Congress Square Public Art Commission (RFQ - Bid #4016)
Deadline 01-28-2016

Selected winner will work in collaboratively with each other on the Congress Square redesign project.

 Bids/RFPs cannot be downloaded directly from this site.  They may be obtained by requesting copies through the Purchasing Office:  (207) 874-8654 or e-mail:  JRL@portlandmaine.gov


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Aaron Copland Fund

Aaron Copland Fund for Music: Contemporary American Music Recording Projects
Deadline 01-15-2016

In keeping with his lifelong devotion to contemporary music, American composer Aaron Copland created the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and bequeathed to it a large part of his estate. Officially launched in 1992, the fund’s purpose is to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.

To advance this mission, the fund's Recording Program is designed to support projects that document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers and/or develop audiences for contemporary American music through the distribution of recorded performances in physical and online media, as well as the production of new recordings of contemporary American music and the reissuance of significant recordings that are no longer available. Preference will be given to first recordings, although reissues of significant recordings are eligible if the music is not available from other sources such as ArkivMusic, Amazon, or other Internet services at the time of application. The fund is interested primarily in supporting recordings of works by living American composers and those who are recently deceased and favors works that were composed more recently.

In general, grants will not exceed $20,000.

Proposals may be submitted by nonprofit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions, and nonprofit or commercial recording companies. Non-professionals and students are not eligible. Projects sponsored by universities and similar educational institutions are not eligible.

Visit the Aaron Copland Fund for Music for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.

Workshop on Self-Employment Tax Issues

City of Bangor offers a workshop about tax issues for creatives 
Event Date 01-13-2016

The City of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development invites you to attend a workshop on Self-Employment Taxes and Tax Issues. This free workshop will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Story Room of the Bangor Public Library. The Story Room is located on the third level level off the Children’s Room.

Tax accountants from Faust, & Smith Certified Public Accountants will facilitate this education workshop. Hilary and Lily have significant experience serving the greater Bangor region; three accountants will address tax guidelines and issues artists may face, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

The Commission on Cultural Development enriches and advances Bangor as a vibrant city of arts and culture. Its mission is to support art and culture through funding, marketing, advocacy, and education to benefit citizens, visitors, and the economic and cultural vitality of the city. You and your work are important parts of Bangor’s artistic and cultural community, so we hope you can attend and share your experiences.

This workshop is first in a series that will address the professional development needs of artists in our community. Other workshops will include:

•         Grant Writing and the Application Process
•         Publishing One's Work
•         Businesses Partnering with the Arts Community
•         Marketing, Representation, and Networking

In an effort to help us estimate the number of attendees, please RSVP through email at culturalcommission@bangormaine.gov

For more information, please visit the City of Bangor website section for the Commission on Cultural Development.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Humanities Youth Program Awards

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Call for Entries
Deadline 02-02-2016

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The twelve award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman at a ceremony at the White House.

After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply. Please click the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Tribeca Documentary Fund

The Tribeca Documentary Fund is accepting  applications
Deadline 02-05-2016

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. For films, based anywhere, that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000.

As mainstream media moves away from in-depth coverage of world affairs, domestic issues and social conflicts, the documentary has become an important and much needed tool to draw attention to the serious issues facing our world today. At the same time, the craft of the documentary is expanding in exciting directions, merging diverse points-of-view with new technologies and responding to the immediacy of the internet.

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund seeks feature-length documentaries that are in production or post-production. Eligible films highlight the most critical, important stories affecting the world we live in today told in a humanizing, illuminating way. We are looking for films which challenge the status quo not just as it pertains to subject matter but also in form. Films should be able to exist on multiple distribution platforms and should resonate with a wide audience.


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Maine Art of Giving

Down East Magazine is seeking four talented Maine artists for the Art of Giving gala
 Deadline 02-29-2016

The Art of Giving pairs an artist with a Maine charity (of the artist’s choice) to raise money through art for causes near and dear to us all. Four artists and their respective works of art will be selected and featured in the Art of Giving section of Down East magazine this summer, reaching hundreds of thousands of readers with a strong affinity for Maine art & culture. At the end of the summer, we will join together in celebration and raise money for the artist-selected charities by raffling off each work of art at an evening gala.

“Being selected as an artist for the 2015 Art of Giving helped bring more visibility to my small rural art studio. I received several inquiries from people who had seen my work featured in Down East and wanted to learn more about my paintings. But, the true highlight of the Art of Giving for me, was finally being able to really give back to BBCH and show my appreciation for all the good care my daughters and I received there. The money raised that night was more than I would have ever been able to donate or fundraise for on my own.
— Susan Bartlett Rice, 2015 Art of Giving Artist

The selected artists will be notified of their acceptance into the program no later than April 8, 2016. Please direct any questions to bgildred@downeast.com


Friday, January 8, 2016

Portland Fine Craft Show

Portland Fine Craft Show 2016- Application Call
Deadline 01-15-2016

The Maine Craft Association will will present the second annual Portland Fine Craft Show on August 27, 2016 on Congress Street in Portland, Maine. The show will feature 100 juried exhibitors from the greater New England area exhibiting fine craft in the following media categories: baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood.

Application Fee: $20 MCA Members, $25 Non Members
Booth Fee: $155 MCA Members, $185 Non Members

The Portland Fine Craft Show will take place on the same date as the ever-popular WSCH 6 Sidewalk Art Festival. The two shows are promoted and managed separately, but exist side-by-side, closing down much of Congress street to vehicles for an exceptional day dedicated to art and craft drawing 20,000 - 30,000 visitors.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

UMO Music Major Scholarship

University of Maine Music Major Scholarship
Deadline 02-01-2016

This scholarship opportunity is available to both current and incoming students majoring in music at the University of Maine.  In addition to the application form, students must also submit a recording of their playing and a letter of recommendation. If you wish to complete your admission as a music major (Music, Music Education or Music Performance), auditions are arranged through the Music Division. To schedule a music audition, please contact Kerry Davis or call 207.581.4703.

Application information:

Complete information at:

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Tides Institute Residence, Eastport

StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art: call to visual artists
Deadline 02-01-2016

The StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA) offers residency opportunities to visual artists to deepen and develop their practice within a community setting. Our studios, museum and housing are located within the historic downtown and working waterfront of Eastport, Maine and overlook the U.S./Canada boundary. The StudioWorks building contains private studios, common work areas, and a ground floor printmaking and letterpress studio. The residency provides a unique experience for an artist to play an active role in our creative community. $25 application fee.

The StudioWorks program mission, supported by two national awards from ARTPLACE, is to place the arts in the center of the community, utilizing the arts and artists to foster, engage, and create a vital and vibrant downtown. Housing for visiting artists is provided in two adjacent buildings (Veterans Memorial Hall and Four Green Street) located one block away from StudioWorks and the museum.

Please read teh program information before submitting an application.

Applications for the 2016 StudioWorks Artist in Residence Program may be submitted at

Complete information at:

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bates Dance Festival Internships

Bates Dance Festival call for interns
Deadline 02-03-2016

The Festival’s internship program offers qualified individuals an opportunity to work side-by-side with the Festival’s professional staff. Interns receive on-the-job training in technical production, video/media, arts administration or dance education, while gaining valuable contacts and in-depth knowledge of contemporary dance.

Housing, meals and complimentary tickets to performances are provided. Dance education, administration and video interns may register for up to two classes a day. Technical Production interns may register for one class a day and will receive a $200 stipend (upon submission of receipts) to assist with travel.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Chamber Music America's National Conference

Chamber Music America's National Conference
Event Date January 07-10, 2016

CMA’s 2015 National Conference will be held at the Westin New York at Times Square. Online registration has closed, but attendees may register in-person at the conference.

More information at:

Alexia Foundation Grant

Alexia Foundation Invites Applications for Professional Photography Projects
Deadline 01-29-2015

The Alexia Foundation is accepting applications from individual photographers to its Professional Alexia Grant Program.

Through the program, one professional photographer or visual journalist will receive a $20,000 grant to produce a substantial body of work that shares the foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. The foundation welcomes proposals for still photography and multimedia projects.

Photographers and visual journalists from any country may apply for this grant. Proposals for projects that have already received grants or awards of more than $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible.

The program requires a $50 application fee. For complete guidelines and application instructions, see the Alexia Foundation website.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Shakespeare in American Communities

Shakespeare in American Communities, 2015-2016 request for proposals
Deadline 02-25-2015

Grant Award: $25,000
Up to 40 theater companies will be selected

Shakespeare in American Communities is a national theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest bringing performances and educational activities to audiences across the country.

The program reaches middle- and high-school students in underserved schools throughout the United States with high-quality, professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

Arts Midwest invites proposals from nonprofit theater companies to perform works by Shakespeare for middle- and high-school students between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. Grants will be awarded to up to 40 theater companies to support performances and educational activities for students from a minimum of 10 schools. Applicant review will be based on artistic excellence and merit.



Saturday, January 2, 2016

Harpo Foundation Native Fellowships

Harpo Foundation is accepting applications for Native American Artists Fellowships
Deadline 02-15-2016

The Chicago-based Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are under-recognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry to encourage new modes of thinking about art.

The foundation is accepting applications for its Native American Fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center program, which supports the development of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian visual artists and the potential for intercultural dialogue. Each year, the program awards two residency fellowships to Native American artists at the Vermont Studio Center, an historic artist colony located along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, in the northern Green Mountains. Each fellow receives up to four weeks of residency, which includes room and board, a private studio, and a $500 travel stipend.

To be eligible, Native American artists must demonstrate strong artistic ability, an evolving practice that is at a pivotal moment in its development, and a practice that engages dialogue between the artist’s indigenous world and the surrounding culture.

For complete program guidelines, information about previous fellowship recipients, and application instructions, see the Harpo Foundation website.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Kurt Weill Foundation for Music

Kurt Weill Foundation Invites Applications From Vocalists for Lotte Lenya Competition
Deadline 01-25-2016

In 1998, to honor the centenary of the birth of Lenya, the foundation established the annual Lotte Lenya Competition, a unique international contest that bridges the worlds of opera/operetta and Broadway musical theater. More than a vocal competition, the contest emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context. The 2015 competition seeks exceptionally talented young singer/actors who excel in a wide range of musical theater styles to compete for top prizes of $15,000, $10,000, and $7,500.

Previous Lenya Competition winners are making careers playing leading and featured roles in major theaters and opera houses around the globe.

The competition is open to singer/actors of all nationalities between the ages of 19 and 32 (born after December 31, 1983 and before January 1, 1997).

Visit the Weill Foundation website for complete program guidelines, instructions for submitting a video audition, and other application procedures.