Jennifer Rivera, mezzo soprano and blogger, writes for HuffPost:
Support for Individual Artists
Grantmakers in the Arts believes that artists are the keystone to a thriving creative community. Since GIA’s incorporation, members of Grantmakers in the Arts have been working together to promote and improve funding for individual artists, producing preconferences, conference sessions, articles, and toolkits for colleagues in the field. Noting a lack of sector-wide data on artist support, GIA began development on a taxonomy that could serve as a national standard for collecting, comparing, and analyzing data on support programs for individual artists. GIA released A Proposed National Standard Taxonomy for Reporting Data on Support for Individual Artists in 2014.
Artists frequently tell us the thing they need most is access to decision-makers, to connect to opportunities outside their usual networks and get past some of the myths and mysteries of how artists receive support.
3Arts recently announced the ten recipients of its 8th annual 3Arts Awards. The awardees were women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts and selected by national jury panels of their peers. For more information about the artists and the awards, find the full press release here. Video highlights of the Awards ceremony, including performances from by past awardees, can be found here.