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S.C. Arts Commission Grants
The South Carolina Arts Commission and CommunityWorks, a community development finance institution based in Greenville, are collaborating on a pilot program designed to increase opportunities for artisans to develop and grow arts-based business ventures that contribute to the $9.2 billion generated by the state’s core creative industries. The ArtsGrowSC program will combine the strengths of both organizations to offer resources for qualifying artists, including a savings program, micro-loans, business venture loans, matching grants, personalized coaching and workshops.
ArtsGrowSC is comprised of three components targeted to artists based upon their locale and business readiness:
Individual Development Account (IDA) for Artisans – This matched savings program will initially focus on Spartanburg-area artisans. Those who qualify will commit to saving an agreed-upon amount of money over six months. CommunityWorks will then match the savings at a 3:1 rate; an artisan who saves $1,000 will receive a match of $3,000. Funds may be used to purchase long-term assets such as equipment or to open a small business. The Chapman Cultural Center is a partner in the IDA program.
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IDA to Artists Ventures Initiative (AVI) – Artisans who take part in the initial IDA program may then qualify for the IDA to AVI program. Artisans receive personalized coaching from the Arts Commission and may apply for an Arts Commission matching quarterly grant to receive business training from a recognized business development source. Additionally, the Arts Commission will help in preparing the Artists Ventures Initiative grant application.
Artists Ventures Initiative Business Builder Loan Program – Artists are invited to expand their ventures with a business loan of up to $15,000 from CommunityWorks. The micro-loan could be leveraged with an IDA account. Previous Artists Ventures Initiative grantees receive priority; however, any artist may apply. (Previous AVI grantees may apply for an Arts Commission AVI-Expansion matching grant of up to $1,500 to help with application and closing costs.)
What Are the Arts?
The arts include, but are not limited to, music (instrumental and vocal), dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture and allied fields, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic and craft arts, industrial design, costume and fashion design, motion pictures, television, radio, film, video, tape and sound recording; the arts related to the presentation, performance, execution, and exhibition of such major art forms; and all those traditional arts practiced by the diverse peoples of this state.
The term "arts production'' means plays (with or without music), ballet, dance and choral performances, concerts, recitals, operas, exhibitions, readings, motion pictures, television, radio, film, video, and tape and sound recordings, and any other activities involving the execution or rendition of the arts.
Which arts disciplines are eligible? Dance (to include choreography and performance); Design Arts (to include architecture, graphic, and fashion); Literary Arts (to include prose and poetry); Media Arts (to include production and screenwriting); Music (to include composition and performance); Theatre (to include acting, directing, design, and playwriting); and Visual Arts. Multidisciplinary Arts (to include combinations of multiple arts disciplines in one activity) are also eligible.
Based upon this definition of the arts, the artist’s businesses must have the arts as its primary focus.
Contact Joy Young, (803) 734-8203 for more information.