Working for a safe, affordable, vibrant, innovative, and interconnected city.
Learn More
Sunny day at Lincoln Park

Sunny day at Lincoln Park

Photo by CityWeb Team

  • photo #1
  • photo #2
  • photo #3
  • photo #4
Print this Page  
City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: City funding available for individual Seattle artists
5/23/2012  11:00:00 AM

City funding available for individual Seattle artists
Applications accepted for projects in the performing arts, deadline is July 19

SEATTLE — The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is accepting applications for the 2013 CityArtist Projects program that supports Seattle-based individual artists working in dance, music and theater (including playwriting). Artists working in traditional/ethnic and multidisciplinary projects that incorporate one of these primary performing arts disciplines may also apply. Funding awards are set at $4,000, $6,000 and $8,000 to support projects in 2013.

"Artists who live and work in our city are important to our cultural vibrancy and quality of life," said Vincent Kitch, director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. "By supporting local artists we invest in our economy and promote diversity and creativity in our community."

CityArtist Projects is an annual funding program that provides support to individual Seattle artists to conceive, develop and present new, in-progress or remounted works taken to the next level. Projects must include a public presentation in the city. The program encourages a broad range of artistic and cultural expression that reflects Seattle's diversity. Funding is offered to artists in clusters of disciplines in the visual, media and literary arts and performing arts in alternate years.

A link to the online application is available at The application deadline is 11 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012 (Pacific Daylight Time). For more information, contact Irene Gómez at or (206) 684-7310.

Attend an application overview workshop, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 11 at the Douglass-Truth Branch of The Seattle Public Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way. All applicants, particularly new ones, are encouraged to attend this free information session which includes an introduction to the CityArtist Projects funding program; a step-by-step review of the application process; and presentations by previous grant recipients, choreographer Catherine Cabeen and composer/musician Paul Kikuchi. Reservations are not required.

An application draft review session will be held 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 28, at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St. Draft review is strongly encouraged for first-time applicants. These are 15-minute appointments by reservation only. Contact Irene Gómez, (206) 684-7310.

In 2011, the last funding cycle for the performing arts, 44 artists working in dance, music and theater received $200,000 to support the development and presentation of original works. The awards spanned $1,500 to $6,660, with an average award of $4,545. The program received 125 applicants that year. Seventeen of the 44 funded artist projects were first-time recipients, representing 39 percent of the awards.

While CityArtist Projects gives priority to projects by independent artists, lead artists of nonprofit organizations may submit project proposals. However, artists affiliated with an organization must distinguish their proposals from the seasonal work of their organizations.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in communities throughout Seattle. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

# # #

Back to News Release Home Page and News Release Search