Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Grants for Artists



Innovation, creative expression and the energetic exchange of ideas are essential to a healthy community. The Durfee Foundation recognizes these qualities in the work of Los Angeles artists, whose endeavors are central to a vibrant civic life. The Foundation aims to support artists at pivotal moments during the course of their life's work.

The Foundation provides direct support to individual artists through two programs - the ARC Program (Artists' Resource for Completion) and the Master Musician Fellowships. The ARC and Music programs are open to application. The Foundation generally does not make grants to arts organizations, though leaders of nonprofit arts organizations may be eligible to apply to the Durfee Sabbatical program.

ARC (Artists' Resource for Completion)
ARC grants provide short-term assistance to individuals artists who reside in Los Angeles County and who wish to enhance work for a specific, imminent opportunity that may significantly benefit their careers. Artists in any discipline are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2,500 each. The applicant must already have secured a commitment from a recognized arts institution to present the work.
ARC grants may be used for such expenses as the purchase or rental of materials or space, travel, shipping, or stipends for collaborating artists. Approximately ten grants are made each quarter.

Master Musician Fellowships
The Durfee Master Musician Fellowship program supports master musicians in Los Angeles County to teach their craft to advanced students. The purpose of the program is to support the passing of musical skills to a next generation of artists through intensive apprenticeships. Musicians in any genre may apply; priority will be given to artists whose musical traditions are not widely taught at established institutions.

The Fellowship provides up to $15,000 to each master musician, for a total of $30,000 over two years. Funds may be used in any manner that will assist the Fellow's teaching efforts. Ten fellowships are awarded in each biennial cycle. Since its inception in 1997, the program has supported musicians in diverse traditions ranging from Indian bamboo flute to Persian santour to jazz saxophone. The program is currently accepting applications; the deadline is February 1, 2006.

Artist Awards
The Durfee Artist Awards program, which operated from 1999-2003, provided grants of $25,000 each to three Los Angeles based-artists annually. The purpose of the award was to nurture creativity and support the generation of new artwork. Over the course of its four-year tenure, the program provided critical support to twelve extraordinary Los Angeles artists. The program was retired in 2003 in favor of allocating additional dollars to the Durfee ARC and Master Musician Fellowship programs, thus allowing for a larger number of grants in each of those programs.


ARC (Artists' Resource for Completion)


The ARC (Artists' Resource for Completion) grants provide rapid, short-term assistance to individual artists in Los Angeles County who wish to enhance work for a specific, imminent opportunity that may significantly benefit their careers. Artists in any discipline are eligible to apply. The applicant must already have secured an invitation from an established arts organization to present the proposed work. The work must be scheduled for presentation within six months of the application deadline.

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