February 06, 2009

grants, grants and more grants

Joyce Foundation Issues Call to Entry for 2010 Joyce Awards

Deadline: April 6, 2009 (Letter of Inquiry)

The Joyce Awards support commissions given by Midwest cultural institutions to artists of color. Four grants of $50,000 each will be awarded for commissions of works in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.

The annual awards target cultural organizations in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and St. Paul/Minneapolis. The dance award supports the commission and performance of a new choreographed work in any dance genre. The music award supports
the commission and performance of a new, fully developed composition in any musical genre. The theater award supports the commission and performance of a new play. The visual arts award supports the commission and exhibition of new works of painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, mixed or new media, or installation/conceptual art. Where appropriate, collaborations among organizations across the target cities and joint programming are encouraged. Projects should include significant efforts by the institution and the artist to engage its community and attract new audiences.

Eligible cultural organizations must have a primary mission to present art through public programs in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, or Saint Paul/Minneapolis. Groups must be well established, demonstrate strong organizational capacity, and have a track record of presenting programs of the highest artistic caliber. Additionally, organizations must demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse audiences in their current programming, community-based education, outreach, and other activities. The proposed work should not be developed beyond the conceptual stage at the time of application and not be completed before
January 2010.

For complete information on applying for the 2010 Joyce Awards, visit the Joyce Foundation Web site.

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Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Seeks Innovative Ideas for South Florida

Deadline: March 2, 2009

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (http://www.knightfoundation.org/ ) has launched the second round of the Knight Arts Challenge ( http://www.knightarts.org/) a community-wide contest to fund the best art ideas in South Florida.

The challenge, part of a five-year, $40 million initiative, is designed to help transform South Florida by bringing community together through the arts. In 2009, the challenge will award a
total of almost $4 million.

Last year, the program awarded $8 million in grants to thirty-one groups for a variety of projects, including the University of Miami's two-year residency for up-and-coming artists in the Design District, a Haitian jazz series, and a network of children's choirs serving disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Entrants must propose ideas that are about the arts and that take place in or benefit South Florida. Applicants must find funding to match the Knight Foundation grant. Individuals,
organizations, and businesses are eligible to apply. The contest is open to applicants of all nationalities. The program's simple, two-question application is designed to attract appli-
cants who are not traditional grantseekers. Winners will be notified in June and will have until November to raise matching funds for their projects.

For complete program information and application, visit the Knight Arts Challenge Web site.

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Nominations Invited for Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America

Deadline: March 9, 2009.

The Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. ( http://www.bcainc.org/), a national not-for-profit organization working to bring business and the arts together, is accepting nominations for the BCA Ten: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America. Announced annually, the BCA Ten is a national list created to recognize businesses of all sizes for their exceptional efforts to use the arts to enrich the workplace, education, and the community.

Any individual, arts organization, or company employee may nominate a company for the award. Companies, both large and small, that support the arts in the United States are eligible for nom-
ination. Tax-exempt not-for-profit organizations and companies in the BCA Hall of Fame are not eligible, nor are companies named to the BCA Ten in 2005, 2006, 2007, or 2008.

Nomination statements should address how the company supports the arts through leadership, long-term commitment, impact, addressing community needs, employee and customer involvement, and by encouraging other companies to support the arts.

Award information and nomination forms are available at the BCA Web site.

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San Francisco Film Society Announces New Filmmaking Grants Program

Deadline: February 23, 2009 (Letter of Intent)

As part of its new filmmaker services programs, the San Francisco Film Society ( http://www.sffs.org/), with support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation ( http://krfoundation.org/), has announced the new San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin
Foundation Filmmaking Grants. Over the next five years, the program will disburse a series of annual grants totaling $3 million for narrative feature films being made in the San Francisco Bay

The SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants will support films that use plot, character, theme, or setting to significantly explore human and civil rights, anti-discrimination efforts, gender and sexual identity, and other urgent social justice issues of our time.

The grants will be awarded in the spring and fall of each year. In 2009, the program will award two grants of $35,000 each. The 2009 grants support screenwriting and script development, pre-production, and post-production expenses. In addition to the grant, recipients will receive a range of benefits through the film society's filmmaker services programs.

Applicants must be in a key creative role for their film (screen-writer, producer, or director), must be an SFFS member at the Filmmaker Pro level or above, must be at least 18 years old, and must have a strong connection to the San Francisco Bay Area. Applicants may not be full-time students.

Visit the SFFS Web site for complete program guidelines and eligibility details.

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Children Invited to Submit Designs for U.S. Fund for UNICEF Greeting Card Contest

Deadline: March 6, 2009

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF ( http://www.unicefusa.org/) has announced a call for entries for its annual Pier 1 (http://www.pier1.com/ ) greeting card contest, in which a child's winning design is turned into an official UNICEF greeting card to be sold at Pier 1 Imports stores across the
United States during the 2009 holiday season. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the card, as well as all UNICEF cards sold at Pier 1, go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to
help in its mission to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths from 25,000 each day to zero.

The contest is open to children age 14 and under. All entries must be hand-drawn. The children's artwork will be judged on artistic quality and creative interpretation of this year's theme, "Joy to the World."

In addition to having their design turned into a greeting card, the winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship, along with $500 worth of art supplies for his or her school. Visitors to the Pier 1 Web site will also be invited to vote on their favorite design from April 1 to 15, 2009. The "People's Choice" winner will receive $500 worth of art supplies.

Further information is available at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Web site.

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