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 $50,000, for a total commitment of up to $100,000 per project.
Creative Capital takes chances on artists by supporting your bold, challenging, and genre-stretching ideas. Over the past 20 years, we have developed a four-part approach that includes support for you, your project, your community, and your audience. Through funding, professional development, individual meetings with close colleagues, and consistent engagement with our staff, we provide you with the resources you will need at strategic moments in your process. These include: consultations with legal, financial, marketing, public relations, and web consultants; an orientation meeting, Artist Retreats and Regional Gatherings; ten meetings with a strategic planning coach; and much more.
We make a commitment to work with you for the time you need to get your project done. Most of the projects we support have a timeline of at least a few years; even if yours is longer, we will stick with you every step of the way.
The Creative Capital Award application is a ten-month process that happens on an annual basis, and occurs on the following timeline.
February: Round One
Project proposals will be accepted in February in a free and open application. Along with project title, descriptions, and selection of up to two disciplines, applications include questions about the goals of the project, work samples, and provide a total budget number for the project.
July–September: Round Two
Projects that are selected to move to the second round will be notified at this time, and can provide project updates, as well as a confirmation of US residency status, and a full line-item budget.
October–December: Round Three
Projects chosen for round three panel review will be asked for another project update. No additional material will need to be submitted.
Panel meetings will be held in New York City in Fall. Projects will be chosen for support and submitted to the board of directors for final approval. Selected artists will be notified of the decision before the end of the year, and will be invited to attend an orientation in Spring, and the Creative Capital Artist Retreat in Summer.
A public announcement of the Creative Capital Awards will be made in Winter.