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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Horizon Foundation Grants

Horizon Foundation Grants
Deadline 03-15-2018 and 09-15-2018

Horizon Foundation supports non-profit organizations that aspire to create and maintain sustainable, vibrant, and resilient communities by:

•Enabling children and adults to lead their communities in creative, healthy, and thoughtful ways;
•Educating citizens to be good stewards of the environment;
•Conserving land and water resources;
•Encouraging service to others;
•Promoting visual arts and music, and
•Teaching appreciation of and preserving historic assets.

Maine counties of Cumberland, Lincoln, Franklin, or York are eligible to apply.


Maine Arts Internship Program

Maine Arts Commission Internship program seeks interns and mentoring organizations
Deadline Open 

The Maine Arts Commission Maine Arts Internships program provides valuable career experiences for Maine’s art students and support for Maine’s arts organizations and businesses. The goal of the program is to help people looking for work experience  to connect with arts organizations that provide mentoring opportunities.

The Maine Arts Commission acts as an information coordinator and has a listing of ongoing internship opportunities around the state. Arts organizations looking for young creatives, professional artists looking for studio assistance, and businesses that value artist-training should join the free listing.

Please visit the link if you are interested in posting an opportunity or finding an internship.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Mayors - CommunityWINS Grant

U.S. Conference of Mayors Announces the CommunityWINS Grant Program
Deadline 03-16-2018

The United States Conference of Mayors, in partnership with the Wells Fargo Foundation, has announced a Call for Nominations for the CommunityWINS grant program.

Launched in 2015 with a $3 million investment from Wells Fargo, the three-year program is focused on accelerating neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and job creation in municipalities across the country. USCM member cities can nominate up to three eligible nonprofit initiatives that address one or more of the following issues:

1) Neighborhood stabilization: Projects designed to stimulate growth and stability while assisting in the removal of blight and the rebuilding of neighborhoods.

2) Economic development: Projects designed to promote business development.

3) Job creation: Projects designed to aid in local job creation and/or assist in job training.


Ucross Residencies, Wy

Ucross Foundation Accepting Applications for Spring Artist Residencies, Wyoming
Deadline 03-01-2018 (for fall) and 10-01-2018 (for spring) 

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. as well as from 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 Spring Residency program, which runs from late-February to mid-June.

Residencies vary from two  to six weeks. At any one time, there are up to nine individuals in residence, representing a mix of visual artists, writers, and composers.  In most cases, studios are separate from living quarters. 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 the use of residents. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Wyoming.  There is no charge for a residency.

Artists, writers, and composers from around the United States and the world, in any stage of their professional career, are invited to apply to work on an individual or collaborative project.



Sunday, February 25, 2018

Houston Center Craft Residency

The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is accepting applications for the Residency Program.
Deadline 03-01-2018

Five to ten residencies of three to twelve months each will be awarded to craft artists working in wood, glass, metal, fiber, clay, and mixed media. Each artist will receive a $500 monthly stipend and a $300 quarterly housing/materials allowance. The residency also provides twenty-four-hour access to two-hundred-square-foot artist studios equipped with sinks, telephones, and wireless Internet access. In addition, fellows are provided with a wide variety of resources and opportunities, including teaching assignments through HCCC and opportunities for collaboration with other residents.

During the residency, artists’ creative work is represented by HCCC and is considered for display in the center’s Asher Sales Gallery. Additional opportunities include discussions with curators and gallery owners, exposure at HCCC events, and interactions with visiting art professionals; ongoing professional development; and a group exhibition at the end of the residency cycle.

A $30 application fee is required. Applicants also must be able to fulfill a program requirement of working in their studios twenty-four hours per week and at least two weekends per month during HCCC public hours. Residencies are available in lengths ranging from three to twelve months. International applicants must provide proof of ability to work in the United States.

For complete program guidelines, information about current and past residents, and application instructions, see the HCCC website.


Ellis-Beauregard Residency

Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Residency
Deadline 03-09-2018

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation residency program was initiated to bring selected regional artists into dialogue with each other and the larger midcoast Maine Community.

The studios at Lincoln Street are large, light filled classroom/incubator spaces that offer an opportunity to open vision, experiment with new mediums, cross fertilize with other residents and respond to place. The $1000.00 monthly stipend enables residents to purchase materials and ease additional financial burdens. Periodic Studio critiques by curators, artists or museum professionals are also included in the residency.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Criterion Theatre Job

Criterion Theatre seeks a Development Director (Bar Harbor Maine)
Deadline 03-18-2018

The Development Director must be competent as both a strategic and tactical leader with an ability to think creatively and can raise the bar in fundraising and building public support for the 1932 Criterion Theatre.

Full Time, Experienced Required Degree: MA/MS/MFA desired, commensurate work experience accepted Salary: Competitive / range based on relevant experience Appointed by and reporting to the Criterion Board of Directors, the Development Director serves at the pleasure of the Board and must possess the following characteristics and be held accountable for these responsibilities:

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is a nonprofit cinema, theatre, multimedia art producer and venue committed to safeguarding this historic space for stories, storytellers, and audiences, located in downtown Bar Harbor. Originally built with 1,000 seats, the theatre now has 744 seats, with 82 in the architecturally significant “floating” balcony. The Criterion has been a staple of the Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island arts community since its construction. Each season we offer a variety of programming including first run Hollywood films, independent films, live theatrical productions, opera, dance, ballet, live music, mid-day children's programming, historical tours, and much more.

The Development Director (DD) of the Criterion Theatre is responsible for designing, implementing and managing all fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment and capital campaigns, special projects, and other related solicitations. The broad responsibilities and duties of the DD include:

Managing all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations;
Maintaining contact with and writes grant proposals for foundations, corporations, and government grants;
Researching and contacting new or potential corporate, foundation, government and individual donors;
Supervising development staff and independent contractors;
Being primary staff liaison for the Development Committee and ad hoc fundraising committees;
Assuming responsibility for all development reports to the Board and other agencies;
Working with the Development Committee, the Executive Committee and Board to identify new board prospects; • Creating office systems to support all Development projects and operations;
Managing donor, gift record-keeping and grant reporting;
Managing the pledge reminder and acknowledgement programs;
Attending community events related to donor cultivation;
Participating in outreach activities and performances outside regular business hours; and,
Being available to assist in any other capacity as assigned. Preferred Qualifications:
Experience developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members, donors, and community members;
Knowledge of ticketing/registration/donor/event software;
Experience in a customer service/hospitality;
An understanding of budgeting principles;
A background in arts administration or administration;
Excellent verbal, written, organizational and interpersonal skills & ability to work in a team environment;
Ability to work on a variety of projects simultaneously is essential; and,
Demonstrated attention to detail required.

Please send resume with cover letter including references and salary requirements to Search Committee at hire@criteriontheatre.org

MAMM SLAM - Teen Band Call

Maine Academy of Modern Music MAMM SLAM: Maine's High School Rock Off!
Deadline 03-09-2018

The MAMM SLAM is a statewide competition designed to provide young, career-minded musicians with an educational platform through which to gain performance and business experience, professional acumen, industry exposure, and promotional and career networking opportunities.

During the Preliminary Round, professionals in the local club, radio, print media and recording studio industries will serve as judges for the competition. The panel of judges will select five bands to participate in the Finals. In addition to the five bands selected by the panel of judges, the general public will be invited to participate in the event by voting for their favorite band in an online poll on the MAMM web site.  One “wild card” band, chosen through this poll, will proceed to the Finals along with the five selected by the judges.

Winners have a crack at a pretty extensive prize package that includes:
$1000 cash
College scholarships to the Maine College of Art (MECA) of up to $16,000 per year to each member of the winning band
A tour of Gateway Mastering in Portland
Free recording studio time
Plum gigs, including appearances on the MAMM Stage at the 2018 Old Port Festival and the All Roads Music Festival.
Radio appearances and more!


Friday, February 23, 2018

Endangered Language Fund

Endangered Language Fund Invites Applications
Deadline 03-15-2018 

Founded in 1996, the Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language documentation, revitalization, and fieldwork.

Priority is given to projects that serve both the native community and the field of linguistics. Work that has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to the other also will be considered. Publishing subventions are a low priority, although they will be considered.

ELF expects grants in this round to be less than $4,000 in size and to average about $2,000. Funds can be applied to consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc. (but not overhead).

Researchers and language activists from any country are encouraged to apply.



Maritime Film Festival Call

The International Maritime Film Festival is seeking submissions for its upcoming cinema event
Deadline 06-01-2018

The International Maritime Film Festival is a juried contest for films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. The entry fee is $50.

Now in its third year, the festival is a joint venture between Main Street Bucksport and WoodenBoat Publications in Brooklin. Screenings will take place in the historic Alamo Theatre in downtown Bucksport.

The International Maritime Film Festival accepts 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 groups: feature length (40 minutes or more); or shorts (under 40 minutes). All films must be in English or have English subtitles. A grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded in each category. The runner-up in each group will receive $500. The Audience Favorite will be determined on festival weekend and will receive $500.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ticket to Ride For K-12

Ticket to Ride Funding to to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit Maine 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. The goals of the trip should support student learning and be aligned with Maine’s Visual and/or Performing Arts Standards.

Any PK-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year and any PK-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.

  • Completed applications will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and will be approved by the Maine Arts Commission’s Director of Arts in Education upon receipt.
  • Applications are accepted throughout the year and funding will be made available approximately one month after they are submitted.
  • Within three weeks following your trip, the Maine Arts Commission requires the submission of follow-up documentation that includes teacher feedback and student work samples of the experience. A link to the Follow-up Form is provided in the Ticket to Ride funding approval email.
  • Schools may apply more than once a year as long as they are applying to attend a different event or bringing a different student population. And, provided there is funding still available for your school.



Norton Island Residency

Norton Island Residency Program for artists, composers, and writers, ME
Deadline 03-01-2018

Located in Maine’s northerly “Downeast,” halfway between Mount Desert National Park and Campobello Island, one mile into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find a 150-acre island hosting a one-of-a-kind artist residency program.

In 2000, the Norton Island Residency Program, under the leadership of the Eastern Frontier Education Foundation, was founded as a nonprofit and developed to create an ideal place for artists to paint, write, sculpt and compose.

The nature of this program is straightforward, even rudimentary: this is a remote, rustic wilderness with facilities to accommodate a select group of artists who sometimes share their work after dinner but are otherwise there to work uninterrupted. The environment is beautiful, extreme, and unadorned. Each resident is required to work with their fellow residents to conserve water and electricity, to help clean up after dinner, and to tote their own share of firewood. Norton Island is an outdoorsy experience that may come as a shock at first to residents who have spent time at other artist residencies.

Please note the following before applying:

 - Cabins have no running water or facilities. Bathrooms and showers are located at the main lodge. Each cabin is charming and set far from other cabins for maximum privacy and work conditions.

 - It gets cold at night. Sometimes it is cold during the day. While the rest of the world swelters in the heat, the Maine summers are mild.

 - Expect rain. Expect glorious days of sun, but expect rain, too.

 - It is very dark at night. There are constellations in the heavens that you didn’t believe existed.

 - It is an island about one mile from the mainland, and the closest mainland town is the fishing village of Jonesport. Travel to and from the island is done by boats, used for emergencies, supplies, and planned trips to the mainland only.

 - Watch out for wildlife—most of it amazing, some of it icky, all of it harmless.

There is a $25 tax-deductible application fee that should be paid upon application to the residency or workshop.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hewnoaks Artist Residency

Hewnoaks Artist Colony call for residency applicants (ME)
Deadline 03-03-2018

Magnificently situated on the eastern shore of Kezar Lake, Maine, Hewnoaks offers an extraordinary setting of inspiration and beauty. By resurrecting its art-making traditions we aim to honor its creative history and preserve its environmental integrity. Adventurous artists and thinkers are invited to live and work at Hewnoaks from late June until mid-September each year. Residencies run from one to three weeks, depending on availability. Participants are accommodated in rustic cabins complete with basic kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

Hewnoaks does not provide designated studio spaces. Residents must bring their own supplies and set up their studios within their cabins. Previous residents have been resourceful in working out the details of living and working in the same space. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Food and other basic necessities are available at nearby stores. The property is about 90 minutes northwest of Portland.

Hewnoaks Artist Colony welcomes applications from all kinds of artists. Residents have included a variety of visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, performers, musicians, and writers. Curators may also apply. We encourage collaborative applications as well, from artists wanting to work together on particular projects or from groups or collectives that have specific goals for their collaboration. Preference is given to Maine applicants, but we also encourage applications from artists outside of Maine.


Grant Writing Workshop

Demystifying Grants for Artists and Arts Administrators with Sara Juli
Event Date 02-28-2018
Location: Creative Portland

This workshop will act as an introduction to grant writing for working artists of all kinds. Topics include researching grants, writing a narrative, grant materials, connecting with program officers, and budgets for grants. Come prepared to listen, take notes, and ask lots of questions.

Sara Juli is the Founder/Director of Surala Consulting, a fundraising consultancy specializing in strategic fundraising solutions. She is fortunate to work with artists and small to mid-sized non-profits nationally. In addition, Sara is a Performance Artist who makes dance-theater comedic works that she tours throughout the year. She is the Co-Chair of Bates Dance Festival’s Advisory Council and is working hard to help grow the contemporary dance scene in Southern Maine.



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Terra Foundation Grant

Terra Foundation Offers Funding for American Art Exhibitions
Deadline 03-01-2018  (Letters of Inquiry) 

In recognition of the importance of experiencing original works of art, the Terra Foundation for American Art supports exhibitions that enlarge the understanding and appreciation of historical American art made between 1500 and 1980.

The foundation has a particular interest in exhibitions that add an international dimension to the study or presentation of historical American art or that take place in Chicago, where the foundation is headquartered. "International dimensions" vary by project, but must include a venue outside the U.S.; a focused thesis that makes a significant contribution to scholarship on historical American art in an international context; and an international curatorial team. Grant funding also is available for exhibitions that include objects from the Terra Foundation's collection of American art.

To be eligible, institutions must have 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent. Grants will not be made to individuals.



Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) SLAM: Call to student musicians
Deadline 03-09-2018

The MAMM SLAM is a statewide competition designed to provide young, career-minded musicians with an educational platform through which to gain performance and business experience, professional acumen, industry exposure, and promotional and career networking opportunities. The competition is open to bands AND solo artists.



Monday, February 19, 2018

Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund

Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers
Deadline 03-08-2018

The Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers. Funds from this program are designed to help filmmakers take advantage of opportunities to develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards. Maximum award: $2,000

Funds can be applied towards enrichment opportunities at educational institutions, film workshops, seminars and festivals. In the past, funds have been used for classes at the Maine Media Workshops, attendance at the Summer Film Institute in New York and the Sundance Institute in Utah.

You are eligible to apply only if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the project period. 
  • Are at least 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
  • Are not a student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
  • Are in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission awards received.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

National Book Foundation Innovation Prize

National Book Foundation Invites Nominations for Innovations in Reading Prize
Deadline 02-28-2018 

Each year, the National Book Foundation recognizes individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. In addition to promoting the best of American literature through the National Book Awards, the foundation seeks to expand the audience for literature in America.

Through the Innovations in Reading Prizes, those individuals and institutions that use particularly innovative methods to generate excitement and a passionate engagement with books and literature will be rewarded for their creativity and leadership.

The foundation is seeking applications from individuals and institutions that demonstrate a commitment to literature and the promotion of reading for its own sake. Key criteria include creativity, risk-taking, and a visionary quality, as well as a novel way of presenting books and literature. Priority will be given to applications from individuals and institutions that have developed interdisciplinary approaches and incorporate innovative thinking in design, technology, social change, social entrepreneurship, and/or other fields. Potential candidates can enter themselves for consideration or be nominated by others.

The winner will receive $10,000 and be featured prominently on the foundation's website and in other digital publicity.


NEA Creative Writing Fellowship

National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Individuals
Deadline 03-07-2018

Grants for Individuals in Creative Writing Fellowships  in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

Non-matching grants are for $25,000.

See more at: https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-individuals#sthash.sq3Ec5Vm.dpuf


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Boston Beautification Public Art Call

George B. Henderson Foundation Invites Organizations to Apply for Boston Beautification Projects
Deadline 05-11-2018 

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

To that end, grants of up to $40,000 are awarded to projects that improve the appearance of city parks, streets, buildings, monuments, and architectural and sculptural works. Funded projects must be visible to the public, preferably from a public way.

Preference will be given to permanent public art projects, projects focused on outdoor spaces, and historic preservation projects. Projects in neighborhoods that have not been well represented in previous grants, including but not limited to East Boston, South Boston, Mission Hill, Allston/Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Mattapan, and Roslindale are encouraged.

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


Haystack Craft Scholarships

Haystack scholarships for summer workshops and studio residency 
Deadline 03-01-2018

Haystack offers full Technical Assistant and Work Study Scholarships for our summer workshops. There are three scholarship categories; technical assistant, work study, and minority. We award nearly 125 scholarships annually, which are available through competitive application to those who are 18 years of age or older. Applicants may seek scholarship support in more than one category.

Haystack's Open Studio Residency  is designed to foster artistic exploration at the highest level, and those selected will attend for free.

Residents include established and emerging artists working in a range of visual art and craft media. Competitive application process, open to those who are 18 years of age or older. Criteria include quality of work, the appropriateness of planned projects for Haystack's studios, and ability to work in an intensive community.





Friday, February 16, 2018

Association of Writers Award Series

Association of Writers and Writing Programs Contests
Deadline 02-28-2018

Association of Writers and Writing Programs sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.

AWP sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.


Princess Grace Awards Programs

Princess Grace Foundation- Grants: Playwriting, Theater, Dance/Choreography, Film
Deadline: Multiple 

One fellowship is offered annually to an individual playwright, including residency at New Dramatists and opportunity for winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.

Scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships are available through a nomination process for individuals affiliated with non-profit schools and theater companies. Nominations for theater grants are invited from the artistic directors of theater companies and deans or department chairs of professional schools in theater. Grants are awarded to actors, directors, and costume, set, sound, projection, and lighting designers.

Please note, grants are not currently available for composers, lyricists, dramaturgs, managers, music directors, or producers/producing directors; self-nominations by an artist are not accepted; and an organization or school may submit only one nominee per category (scholarship, apprenticeship or fellowship outlined in the guidelines).

Scholarships and fellowships are available through a nomination process for individuals affiliated with non-profit schools and dance companies. Nominations for dance performance grants are invited from the artistic directors of dance companies and deans or department chairs of professional schools in dance.

Please note, self-nominations by an artist are not accepted; an organization or school may submit only one nominee per category (scholarship or fellowship outlined in the guidelines).

Fellowships are available through a nomination process for individuals affiliated with non-profit dance companies or organizations. Nominations for choreography fellowships are invited from the artistic directors of professional dance companies and directors of organizations/festivals hosting residencies for emerging choreographers that culminate in a public performance. University residencies are not eligible.

Please note, a company/festival may submit only one nominee; self-nominations by an artist are not accepted; and an organization may submit only one nominee as outlined in the guidelines.

Scholarships are available through a nomination process for students enrolled in university undergraduate or graduate film programs. Nominations for film scholarships are invited from deans or department chairs of approved film programs. (open to select film schools by invitation only)

Please note, a school may only submit one nominee per category (undergraduate or graduate scholarship).


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Canada Showcase Support

Maine Arts Commission  Support to Showcase at Contact East (Canada)
Deadline 04-09-2018

The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to be working with the Atlantic Presenters Association to support Maine performing artists wishing to showcase at the 2018 Contact East Conference.

The 2018 Contact East Conference will be held in St. John's Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Maine Arts Commission will cover the application fee of the first ten (10) Maine artists/groups interested in showcasing.

Contact East is Atlantic Canada's premiere performing arts booking conference. The event is made up of high-quality showcases, provocative speakers, professional development sessions, and informal meetings and networking. Each year the conference brings together performing arts presenters and in-demand, tour-ready performing artists to showcase contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, and youth-oriented programming.



National Book Foundation Reading Prize

National Book Foundation Seeks Nominations for Innovations in Reading Prize
Deadline 02-28-2018

Each year, the National Book Foundation recognizes individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of sparking and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. In addition to promoting the best of American literature through the National Book Awards, the foundation seeks to expand the audience for literature in America.

Through the Innovations in Reading Prize, individuals and institutions that use particularly innovative methods to generate excitement and a passionate engagement with books and literature will be rewarded for their creativity and leadership.

The foundation is seeking applications from individuals and institutions that demonstrate a commitment to literature and the promotion of reading for its own sake. Key criteria include creativity, risk-taking, and a visionary quality, as well as a novel way of presenting books and literature. Priority will be given to applications from individuals and institutions that have developed an interdisciplinary approach and/or incorporate innovative thinking in design, technology, social change, social entrepreneurship, or other fields. Candidates may enter themselves for consideration or be nominated by others.

The winner will receive $10,000 and be featured prominently on the foundation's website and in other digital publicity.

Any citizen of the U.S. and American institution is eligible for the prize.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Good360 Donations

Good360 product donation to community charities
Deadline Open

Good360 is the largest charity in the world that focuses on new product donations from corporations. We, in turn, provide these new products to 150,000 community charities in America and throughout the world.    Good360 partners with thousands of companies, including nearly half of the Fortune 100 consumer and retail product corporations. IBM, Mattel, Gap, Avon, Office Depot, HP, Adobe, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dell, Nike, RadioShack, Hanesbrands, and Talbots.


Creative Capital Award

Artists of all disciplines can now apply for the Creative Capital Award 
Deadline 02-28-2018

Creative Capital is an impact-driven arts organization that supports adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services.

Our pioneering venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $45,000, for a total commitment of up to $95,000 per project.

Supported Disciplines 
Documentary Film
Experimental Film
Experimental Music Performance
Multimedia Performance
Performance Art
Public Art
Social Practice
Sound Art
Video Art
Works on Paper

Questions are designed to help you better articulate your project, your goals, and how you would like to position yourself in the field. Many people have told us that the application itself taught them a lot about their project and their life goals.

Additionally, our application evaluation process ensures that your work will receive additional exposure. In the first round, two colleagues from your field will read about your project. If you make it to the second round, two more people will read about it and you can elect to post on On Our Radar, a searchable online database featuring more than 300 projects per award cycle that advanced to the second or third round.  If you make it to the panel review stage, five to seven more people will know about your work. That means that, just by applying, up to ten professional curators, programmers or editors in your field will have been informed about your project, not to mention our mailing list of 50,000+ contacts when we launch On Our Radar.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bank of America Grants

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Grants
Deadline 02-23-2018

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation works to advance pathways to economic mobility in order to build thriving communities. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that serve specific states and regions, including New Hampshire. 


Ogunquit Playhouse Job

Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation seeks Seasonal Box Office Customer Service Associates
Deadline 02-28-2018

The Ogunquit Playhouse is a legendary theatre in beautiful Ogunquit, Maine.  We are seeking Seasonal Box Office Customer Service Associates.   The season would begin immediately and runs through October 28, with a schedule of 37.5 hours per week.  This is a non-exempt hourly paid position and not eligible for benefits.

Daily responsibilities include phone sales, walk-up sales, customer service, and database management. Hours are primarily 9-5 Monday through Friday, with occasional nights and weekends. This role requires the ability to handle stressful situations; exceptional interpersonal and phone skills; a comfort level in working with multi-functional computer systems; and someone who is a team player. Previous theatrical box office and customer service experience is a plus.

Please send cover letter and resume to Leslie Randazzo, Director of Finance and Human Resources leslierandazzo@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Monday, February 12, 2018

Bangor Savings Community Grant

Community Matters More Grant for Maine non-profit organizations
Deadline 02-28-2018

Vote for your favorite non-profit organizations. Grants will be awarded to the top picks for  the organizations listed on the ballot and write-in vote recipients (at least two write-ins per region). The top vote-getting organizations in each region, including write-ins, will each receive $5,000. The remaining organizations will each receive $1,000 until funds run out.

You may submit one (1) ballot - paper or online - with up to three (3) votes. Votes may be for organizations on the ballot, write-ins, or a combination of both, but cannot total more than three. Duplicate ballots will be removed.

Voters must be Maine residents.

To be eligible, write-in nominations must be for registered 501(c)(3) organizations and be open to all (nonsectarian).  Please see our write-in guidelines.

You can also write in arts organizations from your community  you would like to recommend.

Vote at

Portland Chamber Music Festival Job

Portland Chamber Music Festival seeks Operations Manager (PT)
Deadline 03-01-2018

The Portland Chamber Music Festival enhances the cultural life of Southern Maine by bringing nationally recognized artists of the highest caliber to Portland to present a wide range of classical and contemporary chamber music, including education and engagement programs for community members of all ages. Known primarily for its five-concert summer season in August, PCMF’s events also include a Salon Series of house concerts, a contemporary chamber music series in collaboration with SPACE Gallery, and periodic programs throughout the year.

Position Summary: The Operations Manager is responsible for the daily administrative and concert operations of the Portland Chamber Music Festival. The successful candidate will be highly organized and enjoy tackling a wide range of responsibilities as part of a small but supportive and enthusiastic team.  Familiarity with and/or passion for the performing arts, especially music, is a big plus.

Primary responsibilities:

Administrative Support

●      Building and maintaining effective working relationships with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, Board of Directors, volunteers, patrons, artists, and members of the community

●      Attending all committee and board meetings and drafting meeting minutes

●      Monitoring PCMF phone and mail, recording and reporting on financial transactions and coordinating customer service

●      Hiring and supervising Festival intern

Concert/Event Management

●      Planning and coordinating special events including annual benefit dinner/concert

●      Coordinating artist transportation, housing and meals

●      Coordinating volunteers (ushers, reception hosts, drivers)

●      Serving as House Manager for concerts (including box office management, coordinating with intern, interfacing with volunteers and venue staff)

●      Managing the delivery of equipment and supporting materials (signs, programs, coolers, lamps, cash box, etc.)

Marketing and Fundraising

●      Assisting with production of marketing and fundraising materials and with the execution of all publicity plans, in print and online, including social media

●      Maintaining web site

●      Maintaining donor database including processing ticket and subscription orders

●      Running weekly reports and acknowledgement letters

●      Serving as liaison to corporate sponsors

Other requirements:

College degree and/or prior experience in operations management, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and facility with computers are essential. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in classical music, graphic design, volunteer and/or nonprofit organization management.

Valid driver's license and a personal vehicle available for work use
Ability to work remotely, with a personal computer and (ideally) printer available for work use
Moderate lifting
This is a remote (work from home) position based in Portland, ME and requires occasional regional travel.

To Apply: Email Alice Kornhauser, Executive Director (alice at pcmf.org) with the subject line “YOUR NAME Operations Manager search.” Please include a cover note and three references in the body of the email, and attach a resume in PDF format.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Union Fair Poster Call

The Union Fair – Maine Wild Blueberry Festival Call for Posters
Deadline 03-31-2018

The Union Fair – Maine Wild Blueberry Festival have launched their annual contest to choose a design suitable for use in publicizing the summer fair.

Entries should reflect the themes of this traditional agricultural fair that include, but may not be limited to, blueberries, agriculture, fairs/carnivals, farm animals, 4-H, crafts, harness racing, etc. Posters should reflect both the aspects of a traditional agricultural fair and the Wild Blueberry Festival.

Artwork should be poster size, approximately 14-by-20 inches, and need not include lettering, dates, etc. The selected artist will be awarded a prize of $500. All rights to the selected design will become the property of the Union Fair. It is hoped that the artist will be available, but not required, to attend one or more days during fair week to be recognized and to sign posters, etc.

Medium is artist’s choice but must be in color. The selected design will be utilized in the production of posters and other media, so colors should be strong, design bold and graphic; artists should avoid elements that do not reproduce clearly such as shading.

Entries should be mailed to Union Fair - Matthews Museum, C/O George R. Gross, P.O. Box 582, Union, ME  04862; or dropped off at the Union Town Office on Common Road, Attn: Jay Feyler.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Arthur Flagler Fultz Music Therapy Award

American Music Therapy Association Issues Call for Applications for Arthur Flagler Fultz Award
Deadline 05-04-2018 

The American Music Therapy Association, a professional association dedicated to the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education and community settings, is accepting applications for the annual Arthur Flagler Fultz Award.

The award program is designed to encourage, promote, and fund music therapy research and explore new and innovative music therapy treatments. The fund supports research in the areas of clinical research and health services research.

1) Clinical research: Grants in this category support projects that are designed to assess the efficacy of music therapy interventions and help define best practice.

2) Health services research: Grants in this category support projects that are designed to assess the role of music therapy practice in the context of emerging healthcare delivery models.

A single grant of $15,000 will be awarded for a project in either of the above categories.

To be eligible, the project’s primary investigator must be an AMTA member in good standing.


Graham Foundation Studies in Fine Arts

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Invites Applications
Deadline 02-25-2018

Founded in 1956, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provides project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs designed to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

With the goal of promoting dialogue, raising awareness, and developing new and broader audiences, the foundation is inviting applications from nonprofit organizations working to provide programs about architecture and the designed environment. Grants are intended to support nonprofits willing to take risks in programming and create opportunities for experimentation, as well as to help them recognize the role they play in providing individuals with a public forum in which to present their work. Projects will be judged on their originality, potential for impact, and feasibility. The foundation is most interested in opportunities that enable it to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project.

To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Under some circumstances, the foundation will make grants to other entities where there is clear evidence that the public interest will be served — for example in the case of a publisher or an emerging organization that does not yet have tax-exempt status.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Maine Maritime Museum Job

Maine Maritime Museum seeks Assistant Manager, Guest Services (FT)
Deadline open until filled

Maine Maritime Museum, an internationally-recognized cultural institution located on the Kennebec River in Bath, is looking for an Assistant Manager in Guest Services.

This is a full-time, year-round supervisory position which will provide an exceptional visitor experience for all museum guests.  Responsibilities will include all functions of Guest Services Associates with an emphasis on retail operations.

Specific duties include:

Sell and promote admission, seasonal tours and cruises, memberships, programs and store products to meet earned revenue goals.

Provide support for retail operations and inventory management.  Assist with group tour, facility rental and boat charter programs.

This position requires excellent communication and customer service skills, enthusiastic multi-tasking and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.  Retail experience is a plus.

This position includes weekend and occasional evening hours, and requires the ability to stand for extended periods of time, walk over irregular terrain and lift 35 lbs.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to John Settelen at settelen@maritimeme.org

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Craft Master Nomination - Maine

Maine Crafts Association seeks nominations for Master Crafts Artist recognition
Deadline 02-28-2018

In 2009, the Maine Crafts Association began to honor individual Maine craft artists each year by awarding Master Crafts Artist recognition for a body of work that is exceptional. This award will confer the prestige and acknowledgement that comes with having the artist’s work achieve a distinguishing mark of excellence.

Emergency Preparedness Forum (NH)

Northeast Event Northeast Event Emergency Response & Preparedness (NEERP) Event 
Event Date 02-12-2018

Northeast Event Northeast Event Emergency Response & Preparedness (NEERP) is offering a forum on safety for event and venue staff on February 12th in Concord, NH at the Capitol Center for the Arts. This event is open to anyone who works on events in New England. It’s a scary, but unfortunately necessary, topic for anyone that produces public events.

Please feel free to share the info with those in your state that might be appropriate. The registration is only $20/person.

Arts Presenters of Northern New England (APNNE) is incorporating a NEERP presentation and discussion into their meeting the following day on Tuesday, Feb 13 (also in Concord, NH). 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Maine Film Festival Call

Film submissions for the Maine International Film Festival are open
Deadline 02-28 to 05-15, 2018

Submit your short or feature film via FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.



Dates and Deadlines:
February 28, 2018: Earlybird Deadline
March 31, 2018: Regular Deadline
April 30, 2018: Late Deadline
May 15, 2018: Extended Deadline
June 15, 2018: Approximate Notification Date
July 13 – 22, 2018: Event Date

Founded in 1998, the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) is a project of the Maine Film Center. During the 10 days of the festival we screen 100 films representing the best of American independent and international cinema.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tribeca Documentary Fund

The Tribeca Documentary Fund is accepting  applications
Deadline 04-16-2018

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.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Filmmaker Meetings

Maine Film Association Meeting and Portland Filmmakers Meetup
Event Date 02-10-2018 and 02-12-2018

Gather for a casual discussion with like-minded industry friends to discuss what's happening in the filmmaking scene, hear about opportunities, and share what you're working on at the moment.

Maine Film Association ($5 students; $10 MFA Members; $15 non-members)
'Making it in Maine' workshop  
February 10th (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.)
Community Network Television
516 Congress St, Portland

Filmmakers Meetup (Free) 
Filmmaker meet up 
February 12th
Creative Portland
84 Free Street, Portland
Please RSVP to programassistant@creativeportland.com

Fiore/ Farmland Trust Residency

Joseph A. Fiore Art Center of the Maine Farmland Trust Residency Call 

Historically, artists have celebrated the beauty and richness of the American landscape. Our purpose is to continue and evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of our current culture and time. We do this through exhibitions and public educational events, through research and development of new farming practices and by hosting residencies for artists on a working farm on Damariscotta Lake in the town of Jefferson.

Over the course of the summer the center will host six visual art residencies (five for Maine artists, one of which is reserved for an indigenous Maine artist; and one for an out-of-state or international artist), one performing arts residency, and one writing residency. There also will be a seasonal position for a resident gardener with an affinity for the arts,

Artist Residency for Visual Artists:
Six, month-long residencies: two in July, two in August and two in September, for visual artists. One of our six residency placements is for an out-of-state or international artist, and one for an indigenous Maine artist.

Writing Residency: 
One writing residency a minimum of four and maximum of six weeks long, during July through mid-August. Applicants in the following categories can apply -Poetry, Prose, Fiction/Non-fiction

Performing Arts Residency: 
One performing arts residency a minimum of four and maximum of six weeks long, during mid-August through end of September. Applicants in the following categories can apply -Performance/Dance, Storytelling, Songwriting.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Children's Theatre Foundation Grants

Children's Theatre Foundation of America: Aurand Harris Grants and Fellowship Fund
Deadline 03-05-2018

The Children's Theatre Foundation of America’s grantmaking focus is on theatre for children and youth, the utilization of drama or theatre in education for children grades K-12, and development opportunities for theatre artists working in the area of children’s theatre in the United States.


  • Not-for-profit theatres in the USA, established for at least 3 consecutive years, possessing a public record of artistic quality and with an annual operating budget of under a million dollars (Large theatres should consult CTFA’s Founders Grant Guidelines.); or
  • An individual professional theatre artist in the USA, working in theatre for young audiences, in the development of his/her artistic excellence. An artist does not have to be connected to a theatre to apply. This can include playwrights, scenic designers, costume designers, lighting designers, directors and/or teachers; or
  • A collaboration of a theatre artist and a small or mid-sized not-for-profit theatre in the USA.


  • PEOPLE: playwrights, directors, designers, education directors, etc. engaged in a NEW initiative for a particular company or a new original play for children & youth
  • EQUIPMENT: light boards, curtains, lights, vehicles, whatever will bring your company to a new level of quality
  • TRAVEL: bringing collaborative teams together, participating in a conference or workshop, taking interesting people to interesting places for interesting purposes


Saturday, February 3, 2018

NEA Literature Fellowships

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for Creative Writing
Deadline 03-07-2018

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Betterment Fund Grants

The Betterment Fund Maine Community Grant
Deadline 03-15-2018, and 06-15-2018, and, 11-15-2018

The Betterment Fund was created for charitable purposes by the will of the late William Bingham, 2nd, a resident of Bethel, Maine, who died in 1955. Mr. Bingham was a self-effacing philanthropist with an abiding interest in education and the improvement of health services in the State of Maine.

Traditional recipients of Mr. Bingham’s benefactions continue to be education and health projects, but the Fund has come to view the areas of education and health more broadly, and will consider requests from qualified institutions and organizations whose activities promote education or health improvement and which have the potential to have a significant positive impact on the lives of Maine residents in these areas. The Betterment Fund has expanded its areas of grantmaking to include programs which support local communities in their own efforts to increase their capacity to improve and sustain the quality of life for residents and programs for the preservation and responsible use of Maine’s natural resources.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Touring Artists Development

NEFA - Professional development opportunity for New England touring artists
Deadline 02-12-2018
Event Date April 04 and 05, 2018

The Nuts and Bolts of Being a Performing Artist with Seth Lepore & Amy Smith
Presented by Assets for Artists, co-sponsored by NEFA and The Boston Foundation

NEFA invites New England touring artists to apply to participate in a free two-day crash course for performing artists  in Boston at The Boston Foundation. This crash course goes over the building blocks of running a successful and sustainable business as a performing artist. Topics include marketing, PR, fundraising, fiscal sponsorship, self-producing your work, grants and touring.

You must plan to attend both days at The Boston Foundation's office and cover any costs associated with travel or accommodations. Space is extremely limited. Artists with updated CreativeGround profiles will be given priority.

Maine Academy of Modern Music Job

Maine Academy of Modern Music seeks Registrar (PT)
Deadline Open until filled

The applicant should be energetic and customer-service oriented, and will be able to manage and implement all aspects and details associated with our student registration and enrollment process.

Activities include:

  • Compiling online registrations and related communications with parents/students
  • Following up with parents by phone or email to collect missing and/or additional information as needed
  • Responding to parent or student questions about registration process, fees, etc.
  • Coordinating with MAMM staff and instructors to set up student schedule, and to gather needed information to answer parent and student questions.
  • Assisting customers to make and complete payments as needed; follow up on payment issues and questions.
  • Responding to general questions that come in whether in person, by phone or email to the organization, or through the website.  This does not mean the person should know the answers, but should at minimum seek the needed information from other MAMM staff/instructors and follow up with the parent/student.
  • Applicant should have strong communication skills, knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) and Google Sheets and Docs, confident and comfortable speaking on the phone and in person with parents and families.
This is a part-time position with compensation based upon experience ($15-20/hr range). The hours will likely vary between 10 and 20 hours per week.  Working hours will be between 3pm and 8pm, Monday through Thursday, and at times possibly Friday. We aim to have our Registrar start as soon as possible.

Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to MAMM Executive Director Jeff Shaw at office@maineacademyofmodernmusic.org