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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City restores funding program for arts jobs

4/23/2014  9:00:00 AM

City restores funding program for arts jobs
Program funds pivotal arts jobs for arts, cultural and heritage organizations that serve historically under-represented communities

SEATTLE (April 22, 2014) — The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is bringing back a funding program supporting arts jobs for Seattle arts, cultural and heritage organizations. Arts Mean Business will provide one-time funds for pivotal jobs that will make a difference in an organization's ability to sustainably carry out its mission. Priority will be given to arts, cultural and heritage organizations that reflect, represent and serve historically underserved populations – communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, and those who are differently-abled who use the arts as a way to serve these communities. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, June 11.

"Investing in historically under-represented communities aligns the Arts Mean Business funding program with my goals around social justice in the city," said Mayor Ed Murray. "Investing in the arts is an investment in the cultural, social and economic good of the city, and targeting funding in this way prioritizes our equity work."

Eligibility requirements: Seattle-based organizations with at least a three-year operating history as a legally established not-for-profit organization; a primary purpose of arts, culture or heritage; and a demonstrated record of ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments serving Seattle residents. Funds may be applied to salaries or contract fees, full or partial, for one position that is crucial to the implementation of sustainable revenue strategies that serve the organization's mission.

"'Arts Mean Business' is not just a name, but a reality: the nonprofit arts and culture industry in Seattle supports nearly 11,000 full-time equivalent jobs. The purpose of the Arts Mean Business 2.0 funding opportunity is to create greater equity and inclusiveness in Seattle." says Office of Arts & Culture director Randy Engstrom. "Focusing on underserved populations is the answer to historic imbalances in funding."

A link to the online application is available at For information, contact Kathy Hsieh at (206) 733-9926 or

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 Elisheba Johnson at or (206) 684-7171.

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