Ed Murray, Mayor
8/7/2012 12:00:00 PM
Calandra Childers (206) 684-7306
City of Seattle launches new funding program for arts jobs
Arts Mean Business program will allow arts organizations to fund arts jobs crucial to the implementation of sustainable revenue strategies
SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has just announced that it has created a new funding program aimed at arts jobs. Arts Mean Business will fund jobs crucial to the implementation of sustainable revenue strategies for Seattle arts, cultural and heritage organizations. The program will provide one-time funds for positions that will make a difference in organizations' ability to generate extra revenue to carry out their mission. Funding levels vary based on annual budget; organizations with budgets of less than $400,000 are eligible for grants of $2,000 to 10,000, and organizations with budgets greater than $400,000 are eligible for up to $25,000.
"The idea is that by funding new and innovative ideas in the short term, organizations will come up with long-term revenue generation solutions. It's good stuff," said Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Director Vincent Kitch.
Seattle-based organizations 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 may apply.
Funds may be used to support salaries or contract fees, either fully or in part, that are crucial to the implementation of sustainable revenue strategies for the organization.
A link to the online application is available at www.seattle.gov/arts. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, September 10, 2012. For information, contact Kathy Hsieh at (206) 733-9926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As this is a new program, applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn what makes a strong application. These interactive question-and-answer sessions will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply. Space is limited; to register, contact Kathy Hsieh at email@example.com or (206) 733-9926.
Information Session 1
Monday, August 13, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Seattle Public Library, Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way
Information Session 2
Tuesday, August 21, 1-2:30 p.m.
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Boards and Commissions Room, L280
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.
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