Arts Mean Business grant

The purpose of Arts Mean Business 2.0 grants is to create greater equity and inclusiveness in Seattle by funding pivotal arts jobs for arts, cultural and heritage organizations that serve under-represented communities. The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture provides one-time funding to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts-service organizations for pivotal arts jobs that will make a difference in each organization's ability to sustainably carry out its mission in serving under-represented communities—communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, or those who are differently-abled. Investing in the arts is an investment in the cultural, social and economic good of the city.

Our Office has long strived to serve all residents and communities in Seattle by partnering with artists, community groups and arts and cultural and heritage organizations of all sizes and demographics. Inclusive practices and working through an equity lens is a value we strive to uphold. And while our Office is often held up as a model for race and social justice and implementing programs and policies to achieve more equity in all that we do, disparities still exist.

Communities of color represent 30% of the population in Seattle, but the majority of local arts funding does not yet reflect that diversity. In order to truly create a more inclusive and dynamic cultural sector and stay relevant to all the people who live in, work and visit Seattle, we need to evolve our investments in a meaningful way. Arts Mean Business 2.0 aims to address these current inequities.

Information
Kathy Hsieh
Cultural Partnerships and Grants Manager

Application

This program will not have an open application cycle in 2016.

Materials

Eligibility

Eligible organizations must be Seattle-based with at least a three-year operating history as a legally established, not-for-profit organization; have as a primary purpose an arts, culture or heritage focus; and demonstrate a record of ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments serving Seattle residents. Priority will be given to organizations that represent, reflect and serve under-represented populations—communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, or those who are differently-abled—and who use the arts as a way to serve these communities in the City of Seattle.

Organizations receiving funding through any of our programs are eligible to apply as long as the position covered does not overlap with positions already being funded through the Office. Previous recipients to this program may apply again.

Funding Levels

Up to $25,000.

Funds may be used for

Salary support or contract fees, full or partial, for one position (employee or contract) that is pivotal to the sustainability of the organization in serving an under-represented community.

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Calls for Artists

Lighting artist residency
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks a lighting artist or lighting artist team for a unique project-based artist residency in the southwest tower on the University Bridge. The selected lighting artist(s) will undertake an in-depth exploration of Seattle’s three historic bascule bridges: the University, Fremont, and Ballard bridges, and create a conceptual plan for lighting each bridge. 2/16/2016
SPU portable works call
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) invites artists to submit images of available two-dimensional artwork that is a visual exploration of the meaning of water and its relationship to our lives for a competitive direct purchase for SPU’s Portable Works Collection. Artworks may be included in the 2016-2017 Poetry on Buses program.6/7/2016
Writer/poet residency
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks a practicing, published poet, fiction, or creative non-fiction writer for a unique project-based artist residency in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge. The selected writer will undertake an in-depth exploration of the bridge and write a piece in response to the experience. 2/16/2016

Grants/Funding

CityArtist Projects grant
Providing grants for Seattle-based individual artists to develop and present their work. The program focuses on different disciplines in alternating years. 07/20/2016
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city. 2/10/2016

Artist Rosters

Ethnic Artist Roster
The Ethnic Artist Roster is a diverse list of artists of color who were selected through a panel process for exhibition opportunities in city owned or affiliated galleries.

Professional Development

ARTISTS UP <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Supporting artists of color, including those from other countries or new to our region, with resources, services and programs.
Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)
The Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) is a flexible and creative professional development program for artists and arts administrators. SALT combines the need for on-going professional development with the creativity of the sector by bringing interesting, challenging and thought provoking workshops, networking and training to the Seattle’s arts ecology.

Looking for Space?

Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.

Grants

Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city. 2/10/2016

Artist Rosters

Community Arts Partner Roster <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
The roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations that have been approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage. The roster is a community resource, available to schools, and community agencies who seek partners to lead creative learning experiences within their programs.

Professional Development

ARTISTS UP <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Supporting artists of color, including those from other countries or new to our region, with resources, services and programs.
Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)
The Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) is a flexible and creative professional development program for artists and arts administrators. SALT combines the need for on-going professional development with the creativity of the sector by bringing interesting, challenging and thought provoking workshops, networking and training to the Seattle’s arts ecology.
Trainings available for teaching artists <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Join us to kick-off a new series of free Creative Advantage Arts Partner trainings.

Grants

Civic Partners grant
Awarding two-year grants to Seattle arts and cultural organizations and investing in the broad cultural community, helping organizations make a rich variety of arts, heritage and culture opportunities accessible to Seattle residents and visitors.
Cultural Facilities Fund
Awarding grants to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations with facility renovation like ADA access or new facility projects.
Neighborhood & Community Arts grant
Supporting Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.10/30/2015
Put the Arts in Parks grant
Increasing arts and community events in parks throughout the city by investing in the vibrant cultural work being done in and by diverse communities throughout Seattle.10/30/2015
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Work Readiness Arts Program grant
In collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funds arts, cultural and community organizations in providing programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old. 05/05/2016
Youth Arts grant
Making a difference in the lives of Seattle middle and high school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day in neighborhoods throughout the city. 2/10/2016

Professional Development

Turning Commitment into Action
In conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights we are offering arts and cultural organizations the tools they need to turn their commitments to building racial equity – both within their organizations and through their work in and with community – into actions for tangible change.

Have rental space?

Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.

Grants

Neighborhood & Community Arts grant
Supporting Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community.10/30/2015
Put the Arts in Parks grant
Increasing arts and community events in parks throughout the city by investing in the vibrant cultural work being done in and by diverse communities throughout Seattle.10/30/2015
Work Readiness Arts Program grant
In collaboration with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), funds arts, cultural and community organizations in providing programming that links arts learning and work experiences for Seattle youth ages 12 to 18 years old. 05/05/2016

Cultural Space

Arts & Cultural Districts
A program dedicated to nurturing and protecting the presence of arts and culture in our neighborhoods.
Cultural Space Inventory
From the largest to the smallest, we are counting every theater, gallery, arts office, rehearsal room, library, music club, museum, and cinema in town.

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Manage your award

Want to get the word out about your arts or cultural event or exhibit? Here are some tips on sending out information to the public and local media.

Step 1. Gather all the details: who, what, where, when and why.

Step 2. Gather graphics for publicity. Gather photos, create a logo if necessary, work with a designer on the look and any printed materials.

Step 3. Write a press release and/or prepare a press kit and send to the media.


The Press Release

Press releases inform the media about your event and can inspire the media to publish a calendar listing or even cover the event. Click here for a description and example of the anatomy of a press release.

  • Try to let the media know what makes your event unique or relevant.
  • Be genuine. Exaggeration or inaccuracy will only hurt your chances of being a reliable media source. The more a press release reads like an actual news article, the better. Many smaller publications love releases they can print verbatim.
  • Press releases should look professional and be easy to read. Type double-spaced.
  • Make sure the organization's name, address, website and contact information is visible.
  • Include the media contact's name, direct phone line and e-mail address near the top of the first page.
  • Include a "pull date" (the last date of the event) near the top of the first page.
  • Include a headline that summarizes the event and invites people to read the details.
  • All the most pertinent information should be included in the first paragraph - the five W's. Who is presenting what, where and when? Why should people attend? Include information on how people can attend or buy tickets, locations of ticket venues or website, e-mail and/or box office phone-line information.
  • Additional paragraphs can provide more descriptive information about the event, artists involved and quotes.
  • Use your mission statement or general description of the organization at the end of the press release.
  • If the press release is longer than one page, write "-More-" at the bottom of each page. At the end of the last page, include "# # #" to indicate the end of the release.

The Press Kit

Press kits provide useful background information for members of the press writing previews or reviews of your arts or cultural event. A press kit should be organized in a folder and generally includes:

1) Organization Information (front to back on the left side of the folder)

  • Mission statement
  • Brief organizational history
  • Organizational brochure
  • Feature articles on the organization or lead staff
  • Board list
  • Business card for media contact

2) Specific Event Information (front to back on the right side of the folder)

  • Press release for the event
  • Photos or artwork related to the event
  • Event postcard or flyer
  • Event program
  • Artists' bios, if not in the program
  • Preview articles about the event

Note: Do not include reviews of the event or previous events in the press packet. Most reviewers do not want to be influenced by the opinions of others.


Online calendars

There are numerous websites with online events calendars to use to publicize your event. Here are few:


Daily and weekly papers

Send your press releases to local newspapers. Here are some of the dailies and weekly papers to begin with.


Neighborhood newspapers


Radio

Most radio stations accept a written public service announcement (PSA). Some will take a pre-recorded PSA. Check the website of the radio station you think best matches your audience. Many stations belong to the Puget Sound Broadcasters Association or Washington State Association of Broadcasters . Both organizations list links to their members.


Television

Seattle Channel , the city's municipal television channel, is committed to covering local arts and culture. Art Zone with Nancy Guppy on Seattle channel specifically covers the local art scene.

Local television stations are:


Funded Partners

2014

2014 Arts Mean Business Partners

Deaf Spotlight

Executive Director
First paid staff position to provide direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization's mission and program strategies to inspire, encourage, and showcase creative works of, by, and for Deaf people in the Pacific Northwest through events that celebrate Deaf culture and American Sign Language.
$25,000
Densho

Marketing Manager
New position to develop and implement marketing outreach programs that will engage the general public with personal video testimonies, historic photographs and documents, online history courses and an online encyclopedia about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans.
$25,000
Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle

Facilities Manager
Expansion of existing position from 16 hours/week to 40 hours/week to supervise and coordinate the use of the Eritrean Association Community Center facilities including booking events, handling logistics, doing maintenance work, and being on site during events in order to increase the capacity of the Association to better address the needs of both Eritrean families and the broader immigrant/refugee community.
$23,220
Northwest African American Museum

Visitor Services and Volunteer Manager
New position responsible for serving as an advocate for the visitor while simultaneously promoting the welfare of the Museum and resolving visitor concerns and complaints to their satisfaction and the Museum's. They are also responsible for managing guest service operations, volunteer management, and serving as the lead staff person for the Museum gift shop.
$25,000
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation

Gallery Manager and Visual Arts Curator
New position to provide overall direction and management, as well as artistic vision for curating Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center's Sacred Circle Gallery and Gift Shop, providing a showcase for local Native American art and culture, consignment sales of Native American art to support the artists, as well as providing business skills to local Native American Artists.
$25,000
Wing Luke Asian Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Education and Tours Director
Expansion of previously vacated Education Manager position to provide leadership and oversight of The Wing's expanding education and tours programs, including a redesign of a new business model for tours to better serve the International District and connect everyone with the communities' stories.
$25,000

2012

2012 Arts Mean Business Partners

Arts Corps — Program and Social Justice Training Coordinator
Create an arts-based social justice professional development earned revenue program.
$11,894
ArtsEd Washington — Deputy Director
Refine fiscal planning, put in place strong operational systems, and develop new earned revenue streams to sustain core programs and finance development of emerging program ideas.
$10,000
Center on Contemporary Art — Outreach Director
Expand membership by creating new benefits and opportunities for artists and patrons; develop existing partnerships with Seattle Parks, Carkeek Park Advisory Council; and develop new partnerships with public schools.
$8,550
Duwamish Tribal Services — Rental Marketer
Duwamish Longhouse Actively market availability and coordinate rentals of the longhouse as a cultural and event space.
$9,200
Gage Academy of Art — Education Specialist
Support the development of a sequential pre-school to teen art curriculum; develop a GAP year Foundation Art curriculum for high school graduates; and develop summer educator workshops for high school art teachers.
$24,960
On the Boards — OntheBoards.tv & Media Manager
Oversee the day-to-day management of the OntheBoards.tv program initiative as well as OtB's website and media content.
$25,000
Pottery Northwest — Development Liaison
Convene and lead a task force group dedicated to audience development.
$10,000
Pratt Fine Arts Center — Marketing Director
Develop and oversee all marketing, public relations, social networking & advertising related to Pratt's programs: courses, studio rentals, exhibitions, and events.
$25,000
Ripple Productions — Marketing Associate and Graphic Designer
Manage and facilitate all marketing endeavours including merchandise creation and advertisements as well as design all graphic materials for ads and merchandise.
$4,000
ROCKiT Community Arts — Director
Act as business & community liaison to build on existing partnerships and sponsorships and direct all ROCKiT programs.
$10,000
Sanctuary Art Center — Print Manager
Supervise interns as a youth Employment Internship program alumnus and manage aspects of the print shop and retail space.
$10,000
Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus — Marketing and Outreach Associate
Assist in all aspects of marketing, primarily implementing social media strategies, developing outreach projects, and providing back-up support to the box office manager.
$25,000
Seattle Shakespeare Company — Education Associate/Tour Coordinator
Help facilitate the education and touring programs.
$13,390
Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra — Director of Composition Contest
Develop and implement an annual Women's Jazz Composition Contest.
$4,600
SEEDArts — SEEDArts Program Developer
Design and implement new film programs and services that will advance SEEDArts' audience development goals.
$9,257
Shunpike — Arts Business Clinic Manager
Expand the capacity, reach and scope of current program by scaling up successful pilot activities, increasing outreach, and broadening the network of experts providing the services.
$25,000
Simple Measures — Artistic Director
Conceive and create core programming, cultivate major donors and Board, steer organization's direction and vision.
$5,000
Theatre Off Jackson — Marketing & Branding Coordinator
Build public profile and increase ticket sales for productions and events at TOJ.
$10,000
Unified Outreach — Computer Lab Attendant
Manage drop-in hours for clients interested in Arts & Tech job training, music & video production and cartoon animation.
$9,360
Washington State Jewish Historical Society — Social Media Coordinator
Establish, curate and maintain an interactive treasury of audio, video, text- and image-based content, in the form of a blog, to promote engagement with Washington's Jewish history and culture.
$10,000

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Grants

For Organizations

Current Grants for Organizations
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Professional Development
Turning Commitment into Action
In conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights we are offering arts and cultural organizations the tools they need to turn their commitments to building racial equity – both within their organizations and through their work in and with community – into actions for tangible change.
Have/Need Rental Space
Spacefinder Seattle <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
Looking for rehearsal space by the hour, or an old warehouse for your new theater? Looking for studio space by the month, or an empty retail space for a gallery? Check out Spacefinder Seattle.
More Grant/Funding Opportunities
Mayor’s Arts Awards
Nominations open for 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards! Deadline: 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 315/31/2016
CityArtist Projects grant
Providing grants for Seattle-based individual artists to develop and present their work. The program focuses on different disciplines in alternating years. 07/20/2016
Public Art Project Manager <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
The Arts Program Specialist, Senior position in the Public Art Program of the Office of Arts & Culture will manage major permanently-sited, temporary and community engagement artwork projects. 5/31/2016
SPU portable works call
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) invites artists to submit images of available two-dimensional artwork that is a visual exploration of the meaning of water and its relationship to our lives for a competitive direct purchase for SPU’s Portable Works Collection. Artworks may be included in the 2016-2017 Poetry on Buses program.6/7/2016
Pratt Fine Arts Center
Now accepting applications.6/6/2016
Feast Arts Center
If you have been looking for a space to work on your creative endeavors look no further! Starting this May, Feast will be making studio space available for rent to independent artists!5/27/2016
Ceramistas
Ceramistas Seattle invites several emerging artists to join their studio in a work trade agreement. They exchange studio space for 20 hours a week assistance in and around the studio.5/1/2016
The Vera Project
Partner with Vera to bring our audio education program into more communities4/26/2016
4Culture
Grants that ensure organizations are equipped with the tools they need.5/18/2016
Jack Straw Cultural Center
Hands-on instruction in the industry's most popular digital audio production system. 6/2/2016
Jack Straw Cultural Center
Learn techniques for high quality field recording of music, ambience, sound effects, and voice with portable equipment. 6/4/2016
Jack Straw Cultural Center
Learn the basic skills of recording and editing sound with audio editing software. 6/9/2016
Jack Straw Cultural Center
A detailed look at microphone types, pickup patterns, placement and use, both for live and studio applications. 5/27/2016
ArtsWA
Project Support grants provide funding for arts organizations, community service groups, and local or tribal governments that provide arts events targeted to public audiences in Washington State. This funding supports a diverse array of performances, exhibitions, workshops, and services to expand arts engagement and arts participation.5/19/2016

Initial Application for Theatre Enrichment Grants3/11/2016
Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington
Art & Culture Festival3/31/2016
ArtsWA
Provides funding to arts organizations, schools, nonprofits, and government agencies committed to building community partnerships that improve the quality and quantity of arts education for K-12 students in public schools in Washington State. 3/22/2016
smART ventures grant
Encouraging innovation and widening cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other grant programs. Accepting applications year-round, smART ventures is flexible, inclusive and simple.
Lighting artist residency
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks a lighting artist or lighting artist team for a unique project-based artist residency in the southwest tower on the University Bridge. The selected lighting artist(s) will undertake an in-depth exploration of Seattle’s three historic bascule bridges: the University, Fremont, and Ballard bridges, and create a conceptual plan for lighting each bridge. 2/16/2016
Writer/poet residency
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks a practicing, published poet, fiction, or creative non-fiction writer for a unique project-based artist residency in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge. The selected writer will undertake an in-depth exploration of the bridge and write a piece in response to the experience. 2/16/2016
4Culture
Grants for Artists and Arts Groups in King County3/9/2016
Washington Lawyers for the Arts
Our workshop will give all artists a better understanding of how to protect creative work.12/15/2015

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