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.

March 3, 2014 by admin
Center for the Study of Art & Community 2013, 51 pages, The McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN Download:    What Artists Say (1.3 Mb) Read More...
March 3, 2014 by admin
A national research study commissioned by CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources), and conducted by Dreezen and Associates with grant support from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, is now available. Sustaining Careers: A National Study of the Status of U.S. Read More...
March 3, 2014 by admin
This address was delivered by Ms. Lerner at the National Innovation Summit for Arts + Culture in Denver, October 2013. Read More...
March 3, 2014 by admin
Google artist statement, and you will find a good dozen instructional websites enjoining artists to “follow these easy steps” to produce this essential bit of art-career ephemera. Read More...
February 28, 2014 by admin
GIA is pleased to republish this State Arts Agency Fact Sheet: Support for Individual Artists, originally developed by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA.) We look forward to the day when we’ll have this kind of data on support for individual artists from private philanthropy as well. Read More...
February 28, 2014 by admin
One of the most interesting aspects of GIA’s Research Initiative on Support for Individual Artists has been the opportunity to delve deeply into funders’ programs and practices. By its very nature, data collection requires creating categories and standard definitions, and then using this vocabulary to quantify what funders are actually doing. Read More...
February 28, 2014 by admin
This article, examining the ecology of funders’ use of intermediaries and regranting organizations, came about as a direct offshoot of GIA’s Research Initiative on Support for Individual Artists, begun in 2011. As the research team worked to map the pathways that support followed from funder to artist, a complex map of options and routes began to emerge, and intermediaries and regranters were often part of that picture. It became increasingly clear that this was an essential and important part of the overall system. Read More...
October 6, 2011 by admin

A Case Statement from GIA’s Support for Individual

Artists Group Steering Committee, October 2011

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Our commitment to supporting individual artists is a testament to our understanding of the importance of artists in our world. We support artists to allow them time to reveal the truths of our existence. We support artists to promote diverse, creative communities engaged in civil dialogue and public service. We support artists to ensure the freedom of their expression and the preservation of our own.

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January 21, 2014 by Abigail

During our November call we recapped the 2013 GIA preconference, held on Sunday October 6 at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. Heartfelt congratulations and thanks went out to preconference co-chairs Melissa Franklin (Pew Center for Arts & Heritage) and Esther Grimm (3Arts) for their planning and logistical work. Also acknowledged were the committee members who participated in sessions or otherwise contributed to making the day a success.

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