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5 Places All Artists Can Find Support for Their Work

So…you’re looking for some places to find money/jobs/grants/work? Where can you even go to research and get started?

It can be confusing to find calls, auditions and other spots for artists’ work. And like many young performers, in my early days of working I wrote off looking for grants and residencies because I didn’t think the accepted applications from artists like me. That simply isn’t true. There are opportunities to fund your work in every artistic discipline, if you know where to look.

Here’s some of our favorite places for artists to find more work (or ways to fund it!):

  1. Opportunity Arts: A local platform for artists in the Greater Atlanta area.

    Opportunity Arts – If you haven’t already checked out C4 Atlanta’s new opportunity board, you add it to your bookmarks immediately. Listings change daily, with upcoming jobs, contract work, RFPs, auditions, grants and more. Listings are also referenced by artistic discipline and opportunity type. Currently free to list and always free for artists to browse. Looking for a space for an upcoming show? Check out the “Spaces” button, which links to Spacefinder Georgia, where you can search for spaces by location, size, event type and budget.

  2.  Foundation Center AtlantaThe Foundation Center Directory Online is an incredible database of grant opportunities. If you search their database from your house, you have to pay a fee. However, Atlantans are incredibly fortunate to have a local chapter of the Foundation Center in Downtown. If you visit the Center, you can use the Directory for free from their office, as well as access other available online fundraising tools. Additionally, the Foundation Center offers classes and training about fundraising, so it’s worth checking out their training calendar of upcoming programs, too.
  3. CAFE (Call for Entries) – CAFE lists calls from all over the world. You can find lots of listings for awards, upcoming grants, and public art in particular. Though the platform is probably already familiar to those looking to find opportunities for public visual art, performing artists and artists of other disciplines can also find plenty of opportunities for grants, residencies and other opportunities to make or fund work. CAFE allows you to upload your own artist portfolio and submit to opportunities directly through the platform. This makes it easier to submit to more opportunities.
  4. Creative Capital – Creative Capital publishes a new list of artist opportunity deadlines every two months. Additionally, there are links to other directories of artist residencies and opportunity boards. There’s always a wide variety of listings among all artist genres, with hyper local opportunities to international calls.  Creative Capital also provides training for artists through in person and online opportunities. Creative Capital also awards their own grant every two years with awards up to $50,000 of support.
  5. Your Local Municipality’s Facebook (or other social media) Page – Ok, this is a little vague. But depending on where you live, your local arts council may be sharing lots of other calls online through Facebook. Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts and Culture, Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and many others all share calls for artists on their Facebook pages regularly. Often, calls are also shared through their monthly email newsletters, too. Like and Follow your town, county or other local arts council’s social media to get access to what their sharing.

There are other spots you can look to for finding funds. Feel free to share you favorites with us!

Lastly, if you’re looking for grant support for the first time, check out our upcoming program with Atlanta Contemporary on Saturday, January 26 from 10-12 AM called Grant Writing 101. During this workshop, we’ll cover the basics of getting started looking for grant support including gathering and preparing your grant materials, finding grantors, building a case for support and more. This is a great introduction to the grant writing process for folks who are working on their very first grant or with limited grant experience. Register Online Here.

Why We Support the Arts

The C4 Atlanta staff recently participated in Georgia Arts Day at the Capitol with Georgia Arts Network. As part of the day’s festivities, David DuBose, Director of Fine Arts for Gwinnett County Public Schools gave a stirring keynote speech in which he highlighted his personal connection with the arts.

Each of us in the Atlanta arts community has a unique and inspiring story about our relationship with arts and culture. We’d like to share our own personal accounts of what the arts means to us at C4 Atlanta:

Audrey’s Story

My best "friendly administrator" face for our website headshots.
My best “friendly administrator” face for our website headshots.

I cannot remember a time where I didn’t connect to music. It has always been inherently a part of my DNA – a subconscious, coded message leaving an indelible mark upon my persona, even as a young child.

My mother tells stories of me singing into the air-conditioning vents in her car, using them as my microphone to sing along with Madonna, Michael Jackson, George Strait and many of the other 80s music icons that I heard while riding around with her. In grade school, when my teacher would play classical music to “make us smarter”, it was not uncommon for me to pick up a ruler and pretend to “play violin” when she walked out of the room. It was never a parody, but always an act of deep appreciation and longing to learn how to be able to “do that”.

Speaking at the Fulton County Commissioner's meeting in support of arts funding, with notes by my friend Maggie Benoit based on my comments. Photo by Maggie Benoit.
Speaking at the Fulton County Commissioner’s meeting in support of arts funding, with notes by my friend Maggie Benoit based on my comments. Photo by Maggie Benoit.

I was fortunate that my elementary school also had an amazing children’s choir that had already been recognized at the state and national level. We also had a strings program, where I first learned to play viola. Since these programs where well known, they were also “cool” (very important to a precocious 9 year old), which spurred my initial inclination to join. Through these music programs, I found a place to connect with something bigger than myself and a talent which I could truly use to develop confidence within myself. As a shy, gangly kid with ADHD who was already taller than all of my teachers, I desperately needed not only to feel a sense of belonging but also to know that I was a part of something in which I could really excel. Through music, I was also able to access a part of myself previously unexplained with mere words alone and to translate that to other human beings in a way that was universally understandable.

As Fidalma (center) in Il Matrimonio Segreto in Italy. Pictured with Kimberly Ayers (left) and Brittany Bagby (right). Photo by Robert Breault.
As Fidalma (center) in Il Matrimonio Segreto in Italy. Pictured with Kimberly Ayers (left) and Brittany Bagby (right). Photo by Robert Breault.

I became enamored with classical music in particular, even shunning many other genres in order to concentrate myself on my music education. At fifteen, before I ever saw a production in person, I had already decided that I was ready to devote myself to pursuing a career in opera. When everyone else was listening to Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails, I was hunting down clips of Mozart opera arias on Amazon because my parents couldn’t afford to buy me every obscure opera recording that I coveted (YouTube didn’t exist yet). My Trent Reznor and Billy Corgan were Tatyana Troyanos, Anne Sophie von Otter and Jennifer Larmore, and I idolized these singers.

Simon Sinek would say that music speaks to my limbic brain, the part that controls emotion and reason and has no capacity for language. Music touched my soul  in a way that I couldn’t explain, and I felt as if I was somehow connected to those in my ensembles, sharing the stage or in the audience by this invisible sound-to-soul thread. It was as if we were literally touching each other’s spiritual presence. It’s not just an audible frequency that I found pleasing, but also the physical sensation associated with sound – vibration. As a singer, I could literally FEEL art happening in my body. And as my technique improved, I could feel more of it, and much more intensely.

Supporting the Arts during our recent Georgia Arts Advocacy Day at the Capitol.
Supporting the Arts during our recent Georgia Arts Advocacy Day at the Capitol.

Now having moved into the realm of administrator, I feel it is my duty to protect this spiritual experience for other artists and for communities. This power inherent in art to connect us to each other is an undeniable and often underrated force. Though our tastes in art may be different, we all respond to that creative spirit, whether we consider ourselves a part of the creative class or not. Every person deserves the same experiences and resources to connect to something bigger than themselves that I had. It is my privilege to make sure it is maintained for all of us.