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Emerging Artist Grant – SC Arts Commission

It’s time for qualifying artists to apply for this year’s Emerging Artist Grant. This grant is designed to assist emerging artists in South Carolina.

– “Emerging artists” are defined as those who are at an early stage in their career development (specifically, artists who are starting their careers and have been active for one to five years).
– Age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist.
– An “active” or “practicing” artist is one who is creating work regularly (i.e., more than a few times a year).
– The term “emerging” refers to professional accomplishments and recognition, not to stylistic evolution.
– An emerging artist is expected to have a limited performing, publishing, or exhibition record. Emerging artists may demonstrate potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways.

The applicant must meet all of the following eligibility requirements.

1. Be a practicing artist in:
– dance;
– music;
– opera/musical theatre;
– theatre (acting and/or playwriting);
– visual arts;
– design arts (architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial, and/ or interior);
– crafts (clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, plastic, wood, and/ or mixed media);
– media arts (production, including animation; and/ or screenwriting);
– photography; and/or
– literature (poetry and/ or prose).

2. Be an artist starting their career, who has been active for one to five years.
3. Be a legal resident of the US and SC, with a permanent residence in the state for at least one year prior to the application and throughout the grant period.
4. Be 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
5. Not be a degree-seeking, full-time student during the grant period.

The applicant must be an individual, not an ensemble or group.

Emerging Artist Grant funds must not be used for ordinary living expenses incurred during the project.

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