Program Description

South Arts recognizes that an invitation to participate in a major milestone opportunity is not always enough. Even with stipends or payments, overall expenses can make such an opportunity inaccessible. To ensure that artists from our region can take full advantage of major opportunities, South Arts offers Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants.

The Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant supports a milestone opportunity in an individual artist’s career that is likely to lead to substantial and significant career advancement. Grants of up to $2,000 are available to support eligible proposed and completed (retroactive) opportunities taking place between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024.

Individuals receiving this award ARE eligible to apply for other South Arts funding (including the Southern Prize and State Fellowships, Jazz Road, and others) unrelated to this project. South Arts funds cannot be used as a match for this program.

South Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA). Artists with disabilities, artists who are Black, Indigenous or Other People of Color (BIPOC) and those who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+), are particularly encouraged to apply.

Prior to applying, artists are strongly encouraged to discuss their application with Program Director Emmitt Stevenson at [email protected].

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Applications Open: December 4, 2023
  • Applications Due: January 8, 2024
    Please note that staff will not be available for assistance after regular business hours, so we encourage questions and submissions as early as possible.
  • Activities Start Date: On or After July 1, 2023
  • Activities End Date: On or before June 30, 2024
  • Award Notification: April 2024
  • Grant period: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024 

Additional Details

South Arts reserves the right not to:

  • Consider incomplete or improperly submitted applications.
  • Inform applicants of incomplete or improperly submitted applications.
  • Panelists will not provide comment on any applications.

Given the volume of applications received, staff will not be able to provide feedback on applications.

Applicants who move from the South Arts region after they submit their application are encouraged to notify South Arts and will not be eligible to receive an award.

Eligible Opportunities

Examples of opportunities that match the intent of this program include, but are not limited to curated invitations to participate in:

  • SOLO or GROUP EXHIBITIONS at recognized national or international galleries or museums.
  • SELL, PRESENT, PERFORM original work at a significant in-person forum such as a major festival of renown, a juried showcase or similar.
  • SCREENINGS, panels, associated with Media Arts projects.
  • ARTIST RESIDENCIES for research or to create a body of work and build national or international networks across all artistic disciplines.
  • TRAVEL associated with a significant career-building activity.

Examples of opportunities that do NOT match the intent of this program:

  • Opportunities that support and advance the career of groups of artists such as musical bands, dance groups or theatre companies. This program is limited to individual artists only.
  • Cataloging, publication, documentation, promotion or archiving of a body of work.
  • Undertaking advanced study or an apprenticeship with an influential artist.
  • Activities that support participation in a college or university degree program.
  • General showcasing at booking conferences.
  • General professional development activities.

Other types of eligible opportunities not listed here exist. It is incumbent upon the applicant to make a strong and compelling case for the importance of the opportunity and the likely impact it will have on their career.