Artists’ Business Initiative Grants

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Next predicted deadline: Nov 15, 2024 8:59pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later predicted deadlines: Mar 19, 2025 8:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Fields of work: Artist Training & Development Art & Culture

Applicant type: Artist

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: South Carolina

Location of residency: South Carolina

Age restriction: At least 18 years of age

Overview:

Artists’ Business Initiative Grants

Purpose

Artists’ Business Initiative grants encourage and enable the creation, expansion, or modification of artist-driven, arts-based business initiatives that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability for South Carolina artists.

South Carolina artists (individuals and collaboratives) may use ABI funding to help launch a new arts-based business initiative (or significantly alter an existing initiative) that will operate in an ongoing manner, or to help execute a temporary business initiative (a one-time occurrence or single purchase) that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability.

What is the Artists’ Business Initiative?

Support for successful, sustainable arts-based business initiatives

Artists’ Business Initiative is a grant and a program dedicated to helping #SCartists develop the knowledge and skills to build satisfying, sustainable careers.

Funding

  • An ongoing business initiative may be awarded up to $5,000.
  • A one-time occurrence/single purchase may be awarded up to $3,500.
  • Matching Requirements:
    • Matching Requirement of 1:2 (grantee:SCAC)
    • 100% of the grantee’s match must be cash. No in-kind or creative time is allowed as part of the grantee’s match.

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Eligibility:

  • The applicant must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
    • Be a professional-caliber working artist or group of artists working in collaboration, in one or more of the following artistic disciplines:
      • Dance (choreography or performance)
      • Music (composition or performance)
      • Opera/musical theatre (production or performance)
      • Theatre (performance or playwriting)
      • Visual arts (painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, or printmaking)
      • Crafts (ceramics, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, plastic, or wood)
      • Photography
      • Design arts (architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial, or interior)
      • Media arts (film, animation, including production or screenwriting)
      • Literature (poetry or prose)
      • Spoken word/slam poetry
      • Time-based arts (installation, sound, video art, animation, film, computer generated art, or performance art)
      • Public art (ephemeral or permanent)
    • Be a legal resident of the U.S. and S.C., with a permanent residence in the state for at least one year prior to the application and throughout the grant period.
    • Be 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • ABI funding may be used:
    • to help launch a new arts-based business initiative (or significantly alter an existing business initiative) that will operate in an ongoing manner or
    • to help execute a temporary business initiative (a one-time business occurrence or single purchase), that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability
  • If the applicant is a group of artists working in collaboration, one individual artist must serve as the primary applicant and recipient of funds.
    • SCAC artist grant awards are considered taxable income.
  • Funding will be awarded to the individual artist identified as the primary applicant, not to a business entity.

Ineligibility:

  • Not be a degree-seeking student during the grant period.
  • Past recipients of the ABI or AVI (Artists’ Ventures Initiative) grant may not reapply. 

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This page was last reviewed March 06, 2024 and last updated March 05, 2024