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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bangor Savings Foundation

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation grant for improving community life in Maine.
Next deadline is July 1

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation was created in 1997 to help fulfill their commitment to improving community life in Maine. The Foundation focuses on initiatives that will make communities more prosperous, more livable, and more vibrant. This includes supporting the economic development, workforce development, and demographic and entrepreneurial health of the regions they serve.

For more information regarding eligibility, funding objectives and submission guidelines, please review their full grant application details.


Monday, May 30, 2016

NEA Art Works Grant

NEA Art Works grant for organization arts projects 
Deadline 07-14-2016

To make "art work," the NEA has included the advancement of innovation as a core component of its mission as a way to ensure the vitality of the arts. We recognize that arts and design organizations are often in the forefront of innovation in their work and strongly encourage innovative projects which are characterized as those 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.
Through the projects that we support in the Art Works category, we want to achieve the following four outcomes:
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.

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.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Wassaic Writing Residency, NY

Call for Applications for the Wassaic Winter Art and Writing Residency, NY
Deadline 06-20-2016

The Wassaic Project e is now accepting 1-6 month proposals for the Winter Residency Season which runs from November to April.

Artists receive an adaptable raw studio space in the Old Hotel in the Maxon Mills, as well as living accommodations. Artists have access to workshop facilities and have the option of one-on-one studio visits with professional artists and curators. Jurors will include affiliates of Mass MoCA, The Whitney Museum, Chelsea galleries and more. Application fee of $15.

More details and our application portal can be found at:

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Maine Startup and Create Week

Maine Startup and Create Week:conference celebrating entrepreneurs and start-ups. ME
Event Dates June 20 - 25, 2016

Maine Startup & Create Week (MSCW) is an eight-day celebration of startups, innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives in Portland and across the state.  MSCW is designed to showcase Maine's vibrant and growing startup ecosystem, both to our state's wider community and visiting guests from around the country.

MSCW is structured to provide both “anchor events” which our steering committee will oversee and “non-anchor events” which will be overseen by organizations that can do their own thing.  Think of it as a mixture of a structured conference and a festival of affiliated events.

The week kicks off with the "Think Big Bash" on Sunday night, followed by lively week of talks, workshops,

Lots more info at:

Friday, May 27, 2016

Caldera Artist Residence, OR

Caldera Artist Residence, Sisters Oregon
Deadline- 06-17-2016

Caldera is a catalyst for the transformation of under served youth through innovative year-round art and environmental programs. Caldera is pleased to announce a call for applications for its Artist in Residence program.

Every winter from January through March, creative individuals and collaborative groups from all over the world are welcomed to Caldera Arts Center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Sisters, Oregon for one-month long residencies. Residencies are open to national and international artists of any discipline, as well as creative thinkers in engineering, design and the sciences who have emerged and established themselves beyond university training.There is a $35 fee.

To apply go to:


Thursday, May 26, 2016

National Gallery A.I.R. Call

Call For Applications - A.I.R. (Artist in Residency)  Gallery National Artist Program
Deadline 06-26-2016

A.I.R. Gallery invites self-identified women artists residing outside the New York City area to apply for our National Artists Program. In 1972 a group of women artists founded A.I.R. (Artists in Residence) Gallery - the first artist-run gallery for women in the United States. National Artist Members benefit from a supportive arts organization that encourages experimentation, provides resources and exhibition space.

Link to A.I.R. Gallery:

Link to National Artist Member Application Page:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Toyota Learning Grant

Toyota Learning Grant for organizations/ educational institutions for literacy development projects
Deadline 06-11-2016

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) announces Toyota Family Learning, an initiative that will impact families everywhere.

NCFL understands families today can learn anytime, anywhere. Learning is no longer confined to the textbook. And learning is no longer confined inside school walls. We also know that children need to learn in ways that are engaging and relevant to real life situations. However, educators voice the need for support to make this happen—and the majority confirm that engaging parents and families in education is a challenge.

See the Toyota Family Learning website for eligibility and application guidelines.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ogunquit Playhouse Job

Ogunquit Playhouse seeks Box Office Assistant (Seasonal, May through October)
Deadline  06-30-2016

Multiple evening and weekend shifts available now for the 84th  season of the Ogunquit Playhouse. Duties include processing ticket reservations and assisting customers in a friendly professional manner. Computer proficiency necessary.  Previous customer service and cash handling experience required.

No phone calls please. Stop by 102 Main St. Ogunquit for an application or apply online

Waterville Community Arts Meeting

Waterville Community Arts Meeting, community planning 
Event date 05-26-2016

Waterville Creates!, based at The Center downtown, held a public meeting Thursday in the council chambers at The Center to issue survey  findings and initial recommendations relating to an arts and culture strategy for the area.

The next meetings will be held on Thursday the May 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Center council chambers.

A third meeting relating to strategy recommendations will be held June 2, from noon to 2 p.m. in the council chambers.

A finalization session on Thursday, June 16, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. will also be held in the council chambers.

The community is encouraged to attend


From The Heart Film Grant

From The Heart The Roy W. Dean Grant funds short films, documentaries, and independent features
Deadline 04-30-2016, 06-30-16, 09-30-16

Submission films must be films that are unique and make a contribution to society.

We fund compelling stories about little known subjects, historical films, and films that touch hearts. We like films that expose, and bring, important information to light; as well as films about little known people when there is a good story. We are story-tellers, and that is the main criteria for entering and winning our grants; stories that can change, heal, and enrich, our lives.

We are looking for:

Film and Video projects that are unique and benefit society.
New projects.
Length is not a consideration.

This grant is now available for shorts and low budget independents as well as documentary filmmakers. We have expanded to further our goals of creating films that are “unique and make a contribution to society “Student filmmakers, independent producers, or independent production companies are all welcome.”

Who is not eligible to apply
You cannot apply if you are an employee of From the Heart Productions, an employee of any of the sponsors, or a family member of any employee of From the Heart Productions or any of the sponsors.

Where you live is not important
You may enter the New York City or Los Angeles grants no matter where you live in the world. You are welcome to enter both grants; in fact, we encourage it. It shows us that your are tenacious and are eager to find funding.

In your application we would like to know the following:
What audiences will be interested in your film? Please describe the target audience(s) for your project, including any underserved audiences.
How do you plan to reach these audience(s)? Describe your plans for broadcast, theatrical screenings, educational and/or community group.
If you have a trailer for the film you are making, send it with your application and if you have completed any prior films we would like to see them too.



Monday, May 23, 2016

Arts Emergency Grants

Foundation for Contemporary Art Accepting Applications for Emergency Grants
Deadline Open

Since its inception in 1963, the mission of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has been to encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations.

Created in 1993, the foundation's Emergency Grants program provides grants of up to $2,000 to innovative visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding; or who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.

To be eligible, applicants must be living, working, and paying taxes in the United States; have committed to a performance or exhibition opportunity and be able to provide specific dates at the time of application; and be an individual artist or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply.

Applications are reviewed monthly by a volunteer committee of established artists. FCA recommends applying within six to eight weeks of the performance or exhibition date.


Belfast Creative Coalition Job

Belfast Creative Coalition seeks an Executive Director (PT)
Deadline 06-06-2016

Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) seeks an Executive Director (ED) to work part-time, 25 hours a week, to lead the organization to promote the arts and culture of Waldo County. The E.D. should be familiar with the local art and culture scene, have minimum of five years of experience in an administrative role, preferably with a non-profit organization or municipality, with at least one year experience working in an arts and cultural program.

BCC is looking for someone with excellent oral and written communication skills along with a strong background in public relations and marketing. In addition, the ability to work with and reach many different constituencies; have knowledge and affinity for public and contemporary art and culture; strong organizational skills and fundraising experience; lead a small staff and work well with the BCC board; strong Mac and PC computer skills, Google Drive and online and social marketing tools. An undergraduate degree in the arts, public administration, community development or related field is desirable. Quickbooks experience a plus.

The E.D. will be expected to participate in and coordinate fundraising efforts for the Belfast Creative Coalition, including fundraising events and growing membership and sponsorships.

The salary range is dependent on experience level.

Please submit electronically by June 6th, 2016 a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: info@belfastcreativecoalition.org


Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise

The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise
Deadline 06-10-2016

The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise were established in 2009 as a complement to the Vilcek Prizes, to encourage and support young immigrants who have already demonstrated exceptional achievements, and who often face significant challenges early in their careers. As with the Vilcek Prizes, the Creative Promise Prizes are awarded annually in biomedical science and in a changing category of the arts, next year recognizing accomplishments in the field of fine arts.

To be eligible for the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Fine Arts, applicants must meet all of the criteria listed below:

1. Applicant must have been born outside the United States.
2. Applicant must not be more than 38 years old
3. Applicant must:
• be a naturalized citizen of the United States;
• or be a 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 5 years;
• or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

4. Applicant must intend to pursue a professional career in the United States.

5. Applicant must not be enrolled in a school.

6. Applicant must not be a past winner or finalist of the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise.


Midcoast Actors' Reading/Auditions

Midcoast Actors' Studio will hold a public reading of the play Arms and the Man
ReadingWednesday, May 25th at 6:30 p.m. at Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave. Belfast. 
Auditions June 23rd & 24th at THMS starting at 6:00 p.m.

Arms and the Man is a delightful, satirical comedy about romantic love, war, gender roles, social structure and chocolate. George Bernard Shaw billed his most-popular play “an anti-romantic comedy in 3 acts.”  It was his first commercial success in 1894.

Now considered a classic of the Victorian era, Arms and the Man was the basis for the very popular operetta “The Chocolate Soldier” created by Oscar Straus.  The play continues to be performed regularly as Shaw’s witty dialogue and keen social observation reveal the futility of war and the hypocrisies of human nature that appeal to modern audiences.

Seven boldly drawn characters parade through this exuberant romp, 4 men (ages 25-60), 3 women (ages 23-60.) Also, one male extra is needed.

The public reading on May 25 will give local actors a chance to hear and read the show, and decide if they would like to audition. Auditions will be held June 23rd & 24th at THMS starting at 6:00 p.m. All roles are available.

Midcoast Actors' Studio will perform Arms and the Man September 9-18 at the Troy Howard Stage in Belfast. It will be directed by Wendy Schweikert.

For more information please email midcoastactors@gmail.com or call 370-7592.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Studio Art Class in Acadia Park

AP Summer Institute - Acadia National Park, Maine
08- 1 to 5- 2016

Schoodic Institute offers Advanced Placement Summer Institutes on the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus in Acadia National Park. The park provides a unique setting for intense work with other teachers and institute instructors. There are accommodations for participating teachers on the Schoodic Institute campus at Schoodic Point, surrounded by spruce and fir forests and the Atlantic Ocean. College credits provided by Endicott College through the Maine Educators’ Consortium.

AP STUDIO ART: The AP Studio Art Summer Institute for new and experienced teachers will explore all three portfolios: 2D, 3D and Drawing.  The three sections: Quality, Breadth and Concentration will be examined in depth through digital presentations and discussions geared to generate curriculum development through studio practice. Emphasis will be placed on ideation and assisting AP students in the selection of a topic for the concentration section. Participants will have the opportunity in studio sessions to develop a mini concentration, using action research engaged in throughout the workshop.

The format of the Institute will include informal lectures, digital presentations and studio activities. All participants will be encouraged to share best practices and some exercises will be completed in small groups. Group critiques and activities will be conducted with an emphasis on process and the development of a theme or idea that can generate continued investigation. Participants will be asked to bring some studio supplies for their own art making. Please bring a Laptop or tablet and flash drive for sharing of teaching materials.  Some materials will be provided and announced at a later date.

Mazda Foundation Grants

Mazda Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Mazda North America, literacy program.
Deadline 07-01-2016

The Mazda Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Mazda North America, is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, literacy, social welfare, scientific research, cross-cultural understanding, and environmental conservation.

Grants amounts are determined according to the nature and need of the program.

To be eligible, organizations must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grants to individuals will not be considered.


Friday, May 20, 2016

One Longfellow Square Job

One Longfellow Square in Portland seeks Talent Buyer & House Manager (FT)
Deadline 06-17-2016

The Talent Buyer/House Manager at One Longfellow Square (OLS) is a key managerial position at a small non-profit 180-seat music venue, arts center and community events space. This person is responsible for booking a wide variety of talent, negotiating contracts in the best interest of the artists and venue and working with a small team to ensure success of shows from contract singing through day of event. This includes assisting with marketing and managing the organization and execution of artist hospitality to ensure all needs are met. This role is also responsible for oversight and management of venue space, bar area and bar staff.

This is a full time (40 hr per week) position to be performed in venue on a set schedule with some flexibility to allow for presence at start of shows and events for managing house staff and welcoming artists. Pay to commensurate with experience.

The ideal candidate is an organized, highly self-motivated and confident team player with strong communication skills and a passion for non-profits, music and performing arts and who enjoys a fast-paced and creative work environment. This individual will be committed to maximizing the core audience at One Longfellow Square while attracting new audiences to the venue with innovative programming. The ability to work well under pressure and thrive in the sometimes-unpredictable live performance environment is a must.


  • Research, and book a robust calendar of music and other events with a blend of proven national artists, up-and coming talent, and local musicians.
  • Negotiate and complete contracts that are mutually beneficial to the venue and the artist.
  • Act as a positive figurehead/spokesperson for the venue at all times.
  • Develop relationships with musicians and agencies.
  • Coordinate with staff on show promotion and execution.
  • Manage artist hospitality to ensure contracts are fulfilled to artist and venue satisfaction.
  • Maintain internal calendar of all events, placing holds and confirming dates in a timely fashion.
  • Properly advance shows with venue staff and artist/artist’s teams.
  • Consult with Rental Coordinator on available dates for booked shows and rental events.
  • Evaluate ticket sales regularly, identifying issues and collaborating with staff to improve sales and show income as needed.
  • Work with Board and staff to achieve the financial goals of the organization.
  • Report to and work with Board of Directors and Program Committee.
  • Produce variety of events designed to broaden and strengthen OLS community.
  • Work closely with office staff, event staff, and volunteers to ensure successful production and execution of events.
  • Maintain inventory of bar and venue supplies, restocking as needed.
  • Schedule and manage bar staff.
  • Set up systems for easy maintenance of the bar, restrooms and venue space.


  • In depth knowledge of and appreciation for acoustic, folk, blues, jazz and Celtic genres.
  • Thorough understanding of contracting processes and procedures.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven organizational skills.
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment.
  • Experience working in a non-profit organization.
  • Proven successful negotiation skills.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Knowledge of Word Press and digital marketing.
  • Bartending experience.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to

All Roads Music Workshops

All Roads Music Festival in Belfast - artist development 
Event 05-21-2016

All Roads is a one-day festival and celebration of indie music, featuring some of the most talented local music artists from across the state and region. The festival features performances in a variety of genres including indie rock, folk, pop, bluegrass and indie folk musicians, as well as performers from related contemporary genres, such as alternative country, punk and hip-hop.

The festival includes a Songwriter Circle moderated by Aimsel Ponti, 'The life of a Deal' a panel discussing practices in the music business, and a retrospective conversation with Rustic Overtones about their experience in the industry. And, of course, over 20 bands performing at five venues  from noon to midnight.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

L/A Arts Executive Director Job

L/A Arts seeks an Executive Director (Lewiston/Auburn, ME)
Deadline 6-15-2016

LA Arts seeks a full-time Executive Director for the 43 year-old local arts agency in Lewiston Auburn, Maine.
Position will begin mid-end of July, 2016

The vision of LA Arts is to enrich the lives of people in our community by sponsoring partnerships, programming, and experiences of the arts in all forms.

Working with government arts agencies, city governments, businesses, and local arts and cultural organizations, LA Arts creates opportunities for community members across the generations to experience, learn, and participate in the arts; organizes arts programs and initiatives; supports the work of local artists and arts organizations; and highlights the essential role the arts play in shaping an economically vital, socially integrated, and forward-looking future for our community.

The Executive Director of LA Arts will be responsible for the overall management of the organization and implementation of its programs. Duties and Responsibilities include;

  • Work with Board of Directors to evaluate and build support for existing programs and initiatives. Interpret LA Arts' goals and services to various public entities.
  • Work with Board of Directors in ongoing strategic planning process in order to evaluate and assess existing programs and initiatives. Devise and implement new programs as necessary that realize unaddressed parts of our Vision and the Cultural Plan.
  • Responsible for researching and writing grant applications in order to maintain and increase existing grant revenues in support of initiatives.
  • Enlist the support of the two city councils, businesses, schools, non-profits, individuals, volunteers, and granting agencies in our work.
  • Recruit, develop and secure major donors and maintain and increase existing business and individual membership base.
  • Develop an ongoing fundraising program to expand income. Participate in all fundraising activities including speaking engagements, membership activities, etc.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the arts, art management or related field, Master’s degree preferred. Minimum three years administrative experience in the non-profit or general arts sector. A background in financial management and fiscal responsibility including: budgets, and basic accounting, in the context of strategic development and growth of programs;
  • Experience and ability to work closely with a Board of Directors to develop governance, policies, strategic planning, fundraising goals, and committee work for the organization.
  • Experience with grant writing and proven track record with successful grant implementation and evaluation.
  • Experience with arts marketing and promotion including: direct and general advertisement, social media & websites, and print/ad/press releases.
  • Ability to build and facilitate a base of volunteers from the community who support the organization.
  • Ability to work with organizations and individuals across Lewiston and Auburn to complete and implement the Cultural Plan.
  • Knowledge of the evolving cultural milieu of the Lewiston/Auburn area and a passion to lead and contribute to the thriving arts and culture of these communities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, maintain professional standards, and a willingness to work in a creative, dynamic environment.

Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: Executive Search Committee LA Arts 221 Lisbon Street Lewiston, ME 04240 Or email materials to: searchlaarts@gmail.com

No phone calls.


48HFP Seeking Filmmakers

2016 48HFP Registration Is Open
Deadline 06-27-2016

48HFP will bring a wild weekend of filmmaking fun to Portland, Maine starting Friday, July 22. You'll see filmmakers throughout the city rushing to create a 4-7 min film in only 48 hours.  Armed with a genre, character, prop and line of dialogue our fearless filmmakers will make their way through the cinematic jungle and emerge with a creative masterpiece.

Screenings will be 7/28 at Nickelodeon Cinemas.  The winner of Best Film will go on to represent Portland, Maine as it vies for Best Film of the World against 153 other city winners.

The early bird rate of $140 per team is in effect through Monday, June 27 - after that it jumps up to $160.

Looking For A Team?
Not ready to put a team together yet, but know you don't want to miss out on the excitement that is the 48HFP?  Put yourself out there via our join-a-team database which is made available to registered teams.  If someone is looking for help, they just may call YOU!

Sign up today and save:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Working Artist Org. Grant

Working Artist Org. / $1000 Working Art Grant / Art Purchase Award / Call for Submissions
Deadline 05-30-2016

We offer a small monthly art purchase award to help serious artists keep working. Open to all visual artists including sculptors, installation, digital, design, mixed, new media, film/video from all countries.

For application guidelines please see:


Tuesday, May 17, 2016


New England Foundation for the Arts, New England State Touring grant for performing arts 
Deadline, 06-01-2016

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has a mission to cultivate and promote the arts in New England and beyond. Their programs support artists across many forms of expression and many geographies, connecting them with collaborators and communities, fueling creative exchange and public discourse, and strengthening the creative economy.

The New England State Touring (NEST) grant funds presentations of New England-based artists from outside of a presenter’s state (eg. A Maine venue can bring in a Vermont artist). Nonprofit organizations, schools, or government entities based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) are eligible to apply.



Monday, May 16, 2016

Bucksport Arts Festival Call

Bucksport Arts Festival: Call for Artists
Deadline 06-01-2016

The 2nd Annual Bucksport Arts Festival will be held Saturday, August 13th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on the waterfront walkway. Registration is now open, and fine artists and craftspeople are encouraged to apply. The registration fee is $75 for a 10'x10' booth space. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the event is full. Applications for food vendors are also being accepted with preference given to local, artisinal products.

The event is being organized in partnership with the Bucksport Area Cultural Arts Society (BACAS), an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the cultural and performing arts for Bucksport and surrounding communities.

For more information contact Lyndsey Marston at 3leggeddogink@gmail.com or 207/852-9570.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Communities Connecting Heritage Program

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Communities Connecting Heritage Program
Deadline 05-27-2016

The FY 2016 Communities Connecting Heritage program is an international people-to-people exchange program that engages communities and empowers people through the exploration of cultural heritage issues. The program brings together U.S. and international communities, especially youth, women, ethnic minorities and other underserved groups, through collaborative exchange projects that focus on cultural heritage and may also include social issues, such as social inclusion, interfaith tolerance, women's empowerment, and/or youth development. The program will include six to eight international exchange projects that develop and showcase new partnerships between U.S. and foreign cultural organizations and the communities they serve, while advancing cultural heritage through community outreach and public education. Communities Connecting Heritage is a new initiative.

Search for: ECA-ECAPEC-16-047

Saturday, May 14, 2016

International Documentary Association Grant

International Documentary Association (IDA) Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund to Support Independent Documentary Films
Deadline: 07-31-2017  (Rolling basis until July 31, 2017)

The International Documentary Association is accepting applications for the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States.

Through the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund, IDA will award production grants of up to $25,000 to up to a dozen projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz's central concerns -- the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all, and/or the illumination of pressing social problems. The fund supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz's work and exhibit objective research, artful storytelling, a strong visual style, high production values, excellent writing, and outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork, and editing. A program of the International Documentary Association, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is made possible by the New York Community Trust.

Projects must be in production at the time of application, with the bulk of research and development completed but still having substantial production or post-production related work and expenses remaining. Grant funds may be used for production and post-production related expenses incurred during the period of support.

To be eligible, the applicant must be 18 years of age or older and be a producer and/or director of the submitted work. In addition, the applicant must be an independent filmmaker working on an original project. The applicant also should be an experienced filmmaker with at least one key above-the-line (producer, director, co-director, co-producer) or other principal creative (director of photography, editor) credit on a previously completed documentary.

IDA will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until July 31, 2017. Applications will be reviewed throughout the period, with grants being awarded quarterly.

See the IDA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Points North Fellowship

Camden International Film Festival offers Points North Fellowship
Deadline 05-27-2016

The Points North Fellowship is a unique opportunity for six filmmakers (or filmmaking teams) to accelerate the development of their feature-length documentary projects through a combination of funding, focused mentorship, workshops, industry meetings and a public pitch session at the Camden International Film Festival.

Early Deadline May 27, 2016

Regular Deadline July 14, 2016

The Points North Fellowship includes:
•a $2,000 grant (sponsored by Chicago Media Project and an individual donor)
•(2) All Access passes to the Camden International Film Festival
•(5) nights of accommodations for two during the festival
•(1) round trip flight to Maine, plus local transportation
•(2) tickets to the Cinema Eye Honors award ceremony and invitations to the CIFF-sponsored Nominees Party (January 2016)
•(2) nights of accommodations in NYC

The fellowship begins with two full days of intensive pitch training and focused mentorship with industry veterans prior to the start of the festival on September 14-15. These sessions will prepare filmmakers to pitch their projects to an international panel of funders, broadcasters, distributors and producers before a live audience at the Points North Pitch on September 17. Each pitch lasts exactly 7 minutes, followed by 12 minutes of feedback from the panel.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Williams Prize in Drawing

Williams Prize in Drawing, CT
Deadline 05-15-2016

The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists is a celebration of drawing as a critical element in contemporary art making and as an art form with powerful expressive possibilities. The prize was designed to provide a venue through which emerging artists can share, on a national stage, both their unique visions and their drawing skills.

For the 2016 Williams Prize in Drawing, artists will have the opportunity to compete for one of the eleven monetary awards and selection by the juror for a spot in the Williams Prize in Drawing Exhibition, to be held June 28-July 24, 2016 at the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School in West Hartford, CT.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Aaron Siskind Photographer's Fellowship

Aaron Siskind Photographer's Fellowship award
Deadline 05-30-2016

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is accepting applications for its Individual Photographer's Fellowship program.

The annual program encourages and celebrates artistic achievement in contemporary photography by supporting the creative endeavors of artists working in photography and photo-based art media. A limited number of fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to artists working in photography and photo-based art.

Qualified applicants must provide a portfolio of still photography in or created by any subject matter, genre, or process. Works submitted may be traditional photography projects or experimental works, but photographic techniques must be pivotal to the work submitted. Examples of ineligible work include film, video, and interactive multimedia.

Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium. Fellowship funds must be used to further the artist's creative endeavors. Students enrolled in a college degree program are not eligible to apply. Previous fellowship recipients are not currently eligible for a new award, and artists in the United States on a temporary visa are ineligible as well.

There is a $15 entry fee.



Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Peaks Island Fund

Peaks Island Fund call for grant applicants 
Deadline 06-01-2016

The Peaks Island Fund benefits the community of Peaks Island and its residents by supporting the work of local nonprofits and responding to the emerging needs of the island and its residents. Local residents evaluate grant requests to determine how the funds will be distributed. They also monitor the pulse of the island to determine other needs that should be addressed to better the future lives of island residents. Learn More.

The fund advisors are especially interested in funding projects that focus on efforts to bring Peaks Island residents together. The intent is that the relationships formed will provide the context for long-term conversations to enhance life on Peaks.

All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements. In addition, please note that grants cannot pay for program expenses that have already been incurred.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Awesome Foundation Grant

Awesome Foundation, Grant, $1,000 grant award every month for awesome projects
Deadline - Open

 Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? We award $1,000 grants every month. It couldn't be simpler! Your idea is yours alone. We don't want a stake in it. We just want to help you make it happen!

he Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons. The chapters are autonomous and organized by the trustees around geographic areas or topics of interest.

 More information at: http://www.awesomefoundation.org/

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Libra Foundation Grant

Libra Foundation grants for arts, education, health, community
Deadline 05-15-2016

Applicants are asked to complete a two-paged application in accordance with the Foundation's guidelines, both of which also may be obtained from the Foundation by contacting the Foundation. Materials should be sufficiently complete to enable the Foundation to weigh the merits of the request in comparison to others the Foundation receives. Generally the Trustees do not meet with applicants; however, if questions arise, the Trustees may wish to arrange a meeting.

An organization which receives a grant from the Foundation is expected to submit a report on completion of the program, and, in some cases, a progress report. If an organization's grant proposal is denied, it should wait one year from the date of notification before reapplying. Similarly, an organization which has received a grant should expect to wait at least one year after receiving a grant before submitting another application.

Please direct inquiries, letters and grant requests to:

Libra Foundation
Three Canal Plaza, Suite 500
P.O. Box 17516
Portland, ME 04112-8516
(207) 879-6280


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Songwriting Competition

Annual USA Songwriting Competition seeking submissions 
Deadline 05-27-2016

Since 1995, the USA Songwriting Competition®, the world's leading international songwriting event, has been honoring songwriters, composers, bands, and recording artists everywhere. This is open to all, regardless of nationality or country origin.

*Winners are selected by a Blue Ribbon committee of music industry judges including record label publishers, producers, A&R from Universal Music, Warner, EMI, Sony Music, and other distinguished professionals. This is your chance to be discovered by the biggest names in the music business!

Our competition offers a shot at the big time for songwriters, original solo artists, and bands everywhere around the world. For you it is the contest that might just open the right doors, make the right connections and get your songs heard. Winning songs receive radio airplay! (the first for any songwriting competition!).

This is not American Idol - this is the professional songwriting competition that offers winners the clout that it it takes to really make it!

Radio Airplay!
Grand Prize of US$50,000 in Cash & Merchandise!
15 different categories
Winners Will Be determined by Top Music Industry Pros*



Friday, May 6, 2016

Craft's Rising Stars Nominations

American Craft Week Search for Craft's Rising Stars
Deadline 05-15-2016

American Craft Week is searching for thirty exceptional craftspeople under the age of thirty. We are looking for young artists who are making excellent craft, and exhibiting, selling, and developing a noteworthy body of work. While our winners may be students or have diverse occupations, we expect their craft to be a major focus in their lives.

American Craft Week will honor the winners on a special Rising Star website which will be online from mid-August 2016 until January 2017 when it will be archived. A photograph of each winner will be accompanied by his/her artist statement, several examples of their work, and contact information so interested media and buyers can reach them. Additionally, the exhibit will be featured in the October 2016 issue of Handmade Business, which will debut in mid-August, and in the online ezine, American Roads & Global Highways, will cover the story in the October-December quarterly issue.

American Craft Week will publicize the winners with professional media releases to their hometown newspapers and through social media. Each winner will be presented a handsome certificate suitable for framing. We encourage them to use the winning designation, a 2016 Rising Star, as a great resume addition!

There is no application fee, but applications must be accompanied by three, high quality, electronic images of the nominee's craft. Winners will be selected by the National American Craft Week Committee and announced in mid-August. Self-nominations are allowed. Nominations must be made on the official Rising Star Nomination Form.


Warhol Writers Grant

The Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program call for entries
Deadline: Open

The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants in the following categories: Article, Blog, Book, New and Alternative Media, and Short-Form Writing. Grants range from $15,000 to $50,000.

Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent, and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the Arts Writers Grant Program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. For additional eligibility requirements see our guidelines. http://artswriters.org/guidelines/

Art Writing Workshop
In partnership with the International Association of Art Critics/USA Section, the Arts Writers Grant Program offers ten select applicants consultations with leading art critics. For more information click here.

Click here to apply.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day 2016
Event Day, The first Saturday of May (05-07-2016)

Celebrate and discover the amazing world of comic books on Free Comic Book Day! Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops.

Find a shop near you.

Call For Teaching Artists at Summer Institute

The New England Arts for Literacy program call for teaching artists 
Deadline 05-15-2016

The New England Arts for Literacy program is holding its annual summer institute at the Peabody Essex Museum and is seeking visiting artists to attend the institute and then to continue to work with participating project classrooms during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Project description: New England Arts for Literacy (NEAL) is an Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) project, funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education.  NEAL partners include the Andover and Salem Public Schools, the Quaboag Regional Innovation District, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), the Springfield Museums and others.

Position description:

We are looking for innovative, literacy-enthusiastic collaborators eager to:
•Co-teach a series of dynamic, project-based arts integration lessons with a classroom teacher as an entry point to improving literacy
•Demonstrate expertise in teaching and creating art in one or more visual or performing art mediums
•Engage diverse learners, including students with disabilities, English Language Learners and other high needs subgroups
•In designing and implementing arts integrated lessons in the classroom, treat one or more text(s) as a genuine and equal partner to art making
•Collaboratively plan lessons with an individual or team of teachers that meet both academic and artistic goals
•Attend the NEAL Summer Institute from 9AM to 4PM July 11th to July 15th 2016 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts (lodging provided if needed). The project will pay you $1,050 ($30/h stipend) for your participation during the Summer Institute.
•Travel to at least one of the following communities for arts integration residency (to be paid at your normal rate): Andover, Salem or Warren MA (Quaboag Regional School District).

To apply please send the following  to Ruth Tarbox, Project Director (rtarbox@aps1.net):

•Resume highlighting artist in residence work
•Cover letter describing one or two examples of arts & literacy connections
•Fees & availability (including communities above to which you can travel)
•2 letters of recommendation/references
•A few samples of student work or a link to your website


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Winthrop Lakes Festival Call

Winthrop Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce call to artists 
Deadline 08-01-2016

The Winthrop Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from artists and crafters who would like to take part in Winthrop’s 29th Sidewalk Art Festival. The festival is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in downtown Winthrop.

The show is juried and artists’ work will be reviewed before acceptance. The early registration discount for applications received before June 15 is $50; or $60 after June 15. The final deadline for registration is Aug. 1.

Last year the festival included live music and food from local restaurants and drew hundreds of people. This year, the chamber hopes to add several new artists, increase community involvement and offer a variety of entertainment and refreshments.

FMI call 377-8020 or email info@winthropchamber.org 

For an application, visit http://www.winthropchamber.org,

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

PIP Music Grant

Partners in Performance support for rural chamber music projects
Deadline- 06-01-2016

Founded by violinist Midori in 2003, Partners in Performance is a nonprofit organization which co-presents chamber music concerts with the goal of stimulating interest in classical music, specifically in smaller communities outside the radius and without the financial resources of major urban centers. Since its incorporation, Partners in Performance has sponsored 20+ concerts in states from Maine to Washington, with marked impact in the communities.

Please visit the Application Info page to access the forms and guidelines at: http://www.pipmusic.org/app/

Applications will be submitted by email to nathan.j.reiff@gmail.com
Questions may be addressed to nathan.j.reiff@gmail.com


Monday, May 2, 2016

Vilcek Prize For Foreign-Born Artists

Vilcek Foundation Invites Applications for Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fine Arts
Deadline 06-10-2016

The mission of the Vilcek Foundation is to raise public awareness of the outstanding contributions of foreign-born scientists and artists living and working in the United States. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications from young artists for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fine Arts.

The foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young foreign-born artists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Artists practicing in a variety of media — including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and other visual arts processes — are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, applicants must have been born outside the United States; be no more than 38 years old as of December 31, 2016; be a naturalized citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States; intend to pursue a professional career in the United States; and not be a past winner of or finalist for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise.


Rebel Blend Fund, ME

Coffee By Design Community Grant, Rebel Blend Fund
Deadline 08-31-2016

Coffee By Design continues its long-standing commitment to the arts in Maine. We are pleased to announce our call for proposals for the Rebel Blend Fund. The award which is funded by sales of Coffee By Design’s best-selling Rebel Blend coffee is given each year to a Maine artist and/or small arts organization whose proposal is selected by a committee of Coffee By Design staff members. The Rebel Blend Fund is a vital way for our Company to show its support for the arts community by providing seed money for art projects in Maine. What the Rebel Blend committee looks for are projects which somehow fall below the funding radar screen; projects that we believe to be thought provoking and engage people in the State of Maine in conversation.

For every pound of Rebel Blend coffee sold or brewed at Coffee By Design coffeehouses during the year, $1 is donated to the Fund. Grants are awarded on an annual basis to Maine artists whose proposals are selected.

Awards will be announced in October.

Please complete the Rebel Blend Fund Application which gives us the information we need in order to accept proposals for review.
Applications should be sent to:
Coffee By Design
ATTN: Mary Allen/Rebel Blend Fund
1 Diamond Street
Portland, Maine 04101


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Boston Beautification Call

George B. Henderson Foundation Invites Applications for Boston Beautification Projects
Deadline 05-16-2016

The George B. Henderson Foundation is dedicated solely to the enhancement of the physical appearance of the City of Boston.

To that end, the foundation awards grants in support of  projects that improve the visual environment of city parks, streets, buildings, monuments, and architectural and sculptural works. Each project must be visible by the public, preferably from a public way. If funds are expended for work on building interiors, the building must be open to the public a reasonable number of days annually. Priority will be given to projects with the potential for the most significant and lasting enhancement of the physical appearance of the City of Boston.

Applicants, unless a municipal agency, must be an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must submit a copy of a determination letter from the IRS. Projects must be implemented within the City of Boston.

Visit the Henderson Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application tips and instructions.

Maritime Film Festival Call

International Maritime Film Festival is accepting submissions
Deadline July 1, 2016
Event September 30-October 2, 2016

The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) is now accepting submissions for a juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. It is the premier event for maritime-themed filmmaking.The entry fee is $45.

The IMFF is a joint venture between Northeast Historic Film (NHF) in Bucksport, Maine, and WoodenBoatPublications, Inc. (WBPI), in Brooklin, Maine. NHF is the technical partner, and brings a constellation of film experts to the organization, while WBPI, with its rich understanding of the topic, serves as the media and content partner. NHF’s state-of-the art theatre in Bucksport, the Alamo, will host a gala awards event on the weekend of September 30-October 2, 2016. In the months after the awards event, a compilation of winners will be offered to venues worldwide.
The awards ceremony will take place in Bucksport, Maine, and Brooklin, Maine. It will be a small, exclusive event centered at the Alamo and will include two days of screenings, short presentations, and parties—one of which will take place on the seaside campus of WoodenBoatPublications in Brooklin.

IMFF accepts documentary films on a broad range of maritime subjects. These include, but are not limited to, voyaging, racing, working, leisure, boatbuilding and restoration, historical documentary, and environment and science. Judging is not category-specific; rather, all films will be evaluated in relation to each other, in one of two tracks: Feature Length (40 minutes or more), or Shorts (under 40 minutes). All films are to be in English, or to carry English subtitles.

Submissions may be made online at www.maritimefilmfestival.com