The long awaited moment has now arrived: the application for a Creative Capital Award is now open through February 28. Differently from previous cycles, artists in all disciplines are welcome to apply in this round.
Artists who receive the Creative Capital Award will have access to up to $50,000 in funding to develop their project, plus advisory services valued at $45,000. We are interested in projects that push the boundaries, as well as artists who are ready to take full advantage of our non-monetary services.
We encourage you to apply, share the application with artists in your circle, and let us know if you have any questions!
Here are five key items to know about the application and the Creative Capital Award.
1. Artists can select one to two disciplines for their projects.
We know that artists rarely work within the confines of a single discipline. Many of the projects Creative Capital has funded in the past have blended genres and formats with incredible results. This year, our application makes that interdisciplinary approach explicit: we’ve opened up the application to accept all disciplines (here’s a list of all 34 categories). Artists can apply under one discipline, and choose up to two. While this makes it possible for artists to better illuminate the complexity of their proposed projects, it also helps us make sure that your application is seen by evaluators working in your field.
2. Collaborations may apply.
Creative Capital funds individual artists, and we love collaborations! You may choose up to five collaborators — but they must be full-time collaborators and they must be aware that you are applying on behalf of them. We appreciate both established and first-time collaborations, but please be committed to working together over a long term. Each collaborator must meet the eligibility requirements.
3. The first part of the application is the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) stage of the application
For the LOI stage, we want to examine the ideas related to your project. With the six questions of the LOI, we ask that you situate the project in the context of your career and in relation to art movements, how it’s original, which audiences it will engage, the impact you hope to make, and how you will use Creative Capital’s non-monetary services.
In the second round of the application, select artists will be invited to submit more information including work samples and line-item budgets. You will hear back from us in June about this round.
4. We encourage U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents from all over the country (and the world) to apply.
Creative Capital is committed to supporting a diverse body of work—that includes discipline, race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, background AND geographic location. Artists have received Creative Capital Awards from all over the U.S. and some artists even live outside the country.
5. The LOI is due February 28.
No exceptions! But we’ve made ourselves available to help everyone with questions and difficulties throughout the process. We have a robust messaging system on the application site, and two info sessions in February where you can ask our staff questions about the application directly.
You can also view this info session with Creative Capital staff and Awardee Barbara Hammer: