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FY2018 Individual Artist Fellowships Grant Guidelines

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can I apply for the next awards?
    The next deadline is November 1, 2016. The Fellowship Rotation Cycle is listed below.
  • When are the fellowship awards announced?
    Winners are notified and posted on the S.C. Arts Commission website in late summer each year.

Purpose

Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are based on artistic excellence only. The fellowship awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities.

Program Highlights

  • Fellowship awards are $5,000 each.
  • Up to four fellowships are awarded each year, according to the fellowship rotation cycle listed below.

Fellowship Rotation Cycle

FY (Fiscal Year) Grant Period Awards Application Deadline
FY2018 7/1/2017-6/30/2018 Visual Arts
Craft
Media: Production
Media: Screenwriting
11/1/2016
FY2019 7/1/2018-6/30/2019 Prose
Poetry
Theatre: Acting
Theatre: Playwriting
11/1/2017
FY2020 7/1/2019-6/30/2020 Visual Arts
Craft
Music: Composition
Music: Performance
11/1/2018
FY2021 7/1/2020-6/30/2021 Prose
Poetry
Dance: Choreography
Dance: Performance
11/1/2019

 

Note: The FY2017 Fellowship Rotation Cycle included Prose, Poetry, Dance: Choreography, and Dance: Performance.

 

New This Year

The fellowships application process is now an online submission through Submittable. No paper applications will be accepted.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must:

  • be a legal resident of the U.S. and S.C. with a permanent residence in the state for two years prior to the application date and throughout the fellowship period;
  • be a practicing individual artist (duos, collaborative works, and other ensembles are not eligible);
  • not be a degree-seeking, full-time student during the award period;
  • be 18 years of age or older at the time of application.

Restrictions

  1. There is a limit of three fellowships in an artist’s career and a period of ineligibility of 10 years after the first fellowship is awarded. Artists who received fellowships prior to the 2007-2008 fiscal year (July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008) are now eligible to apply.
  2. Fellows may not receive any other S.C. Arts Commission grant awards during their fellowship year.
  3. An artist may apply in more than one category, but is only eligible to receive one fellowship. If applying in more than one category, a different body of work must be submitted for each category.

Deadline

November 1, 2016
Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m.

FY (Fiscal Year) 2018 Award Categories

  • 1 award in Visual Arts
  • 1 award in Craft
  • 2 awards in Media:
    • Media: Production
    • Media: Screenwriting

Award Period

July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018

Award

$5,000 per fellowship. There are no restrictions on the use of fellowship funds. Fellowship awards are considered taxable income in S.C.

Match

None

 

How to Apply

 

Fellowship applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 5 p.m. (EST) on November 1, 2016. Once you begin your application, you may access it at any time by logging in with your user name and password.

 

Please contact the appropriate S.C. Arts Commission discipline coordinator for guidance regarding eligibility and restrictions:

 

If you need technical assistance with the online submission process, contact Cathy Lee, (803) 734-8674.

 

Before You Begin Your Online Application

We strongly encourage you to prepare your support materials BEFORE you visit the Submittable website and begin your application.

How to Prepare Your Support Materials (Work Samples)

For ALL Disciplines

  • Support materials are samples of the artist's work in the chosen fellowship discipline. Fellowship awards are based solely on the artistic excellence of the submitted support materials, so the samples submitted should demonstrate the range of the artist's ability and should be of the highest possible quality.
  • Support material submitted must include at least one work that has been completed within the last five years.
  • Fellowship awards are made through an anonymous process. The applicant's name and address MUST NOT appear anywhere on the work sample, in the work sample titles, or in the work sample files, including in the credits.
  • Note: You may need to create new electronic files (documents, video files, etc.) to submit support materials that meet the length, content, and formatting requirements of this application. (For example, you may need to remove your name from documents or video credits.)

 

Additional requirements for each category:

 

In addition, for Visual Arts and Craft:

  • Visual Arts and Craft
    • An artist may apply in more than one category, but is only eligible to receive one fellowship. If applying in more than one category, a different body of work must be submitted for each category and must reflect the category.
    • Applicants may upload up to ten (10) high-res images. Acceptable file types: jpg, gif, tiff, png, svg.
    • Use the application checklist to clearly identify the Title, Year Completed, Medium/Process and Dimensions of each work sample you submit.
    • Make sure the Title(s) you enter on the checklist match the Title(s) of the work sample file(s) you plan to upload.
  • Reminder: The applicant's name and address MUST NOT appear anywhere in the work sample or the work sample title, including in the credits.

In addition, for Media:

  • Media Production
    • An artist may apply in more than one category, but is only eligible to receive one fellowship. If applying in more than one category, a different body of work must be submitted for each category.
    • Applicants must upload one segment each of two (2) completed works. Each of the two segments should not exceed 10 minutes in duration. One collaborative piece may be included as one of the work samples; however, the first viewing sample must be a non-collaborative work conceived solely by the applicant.
    • Use the application checklist to clearly identify the Title, Production Credit, Length of Work, and Completion Date (month/year) for both pieces. Specify the time code for the start of each segment to be reviewed.
    • Make sure the Title(s) you enter on the checklist match the Title(s) of the work sample file(s) you plan to upload.
    • Acceptable file types: mp4, mov, avi, mpg, 3gp, flv, webm, wmv, mkv, m4v.
  • Reminder: The applicant's name and address MUST NOT appear anywhere in the work sample or the work sample title, including in the credits.
  •  

  • Screenwriting
    • An artist may apply in more than one category, but is only eligible to receive one fellowship. If applying in more than one category, a different body of work must be submitted for each category.
    • Applicants must upload a selection from one original screenplay. The script submission may not exceed 30 typed pages. Pages must be numbered. The script should be formatted according to US Motion Picture Industry standard screenplay format. To follow standard guidelines for format, consult any popular screenwriting text. Font size must be 12 point and in Courier or New Courier type.
    • In addition to the script, submit a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole.
    • Use the application checklist to clearly identify the Title of the work.
    • Make sure the Title you enter on the checklist matches the Title of the work sample file you plan to upload.
    • Acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, wpf, odt, wpd.
  • Reminder: The applicant's name and address MUST NOT appear anywhere in the work sample or the work sample title, including in the credits.

 

Once your support materials are prepared, you are ready to begin the online application.

 


 

The online application is an easy process. Clicking the APPLY button below will open the Submittable application where you will choose your discipline, enter your name and other information, and upload your support materials.

Application Steps

 

  1. Choose Discipline (Application Category)
  2. Create Your Account
  3. Provide Applicant Information
  4. Complete the Checklist
  5. Upload Support Materials
  6. Submit

 

Step One: Choose Discipline (Application Category)

 

  • Select the Fellowship discipline.

 

Note: You may apply for more than one fellowship in the same year, but you must complete all application steps for each category and submit one application at a time. Each discipline has a separate application.

 


 

Step Two: Create Your Account

 

  • Provide your name and email address and set a password.
  • Make a note of your password so you can log back into the system if you don't complete your application in one sitting.

 


 

Step Three: Provide Applicant Information

 

IMPORTANT:

  • Enter your full legal name and the address associated with your IRS tax records.

 


 

Step Four: Complete the Checklist

 

  • Use the checklist to provide information about your work samples.


 

Step Five: Upload Support Materials

Instructions for Visual Arts and Craft

 

Reminders:

  • If you have not yet prepared your support materials for upload, we strongly encourage you to do so before completing the Support Materials Form. Learn how to prepare your support materials >>
  • Panelists will only view up to 10 images
  • The applicant's name and address MUST NOT appear anywhere in the work samples or the work sample titles.

 

Instructions for Media (Production and Screenwriting)

 

Reminders:

  • If you have not yet prepared your support materials for upload, we strongly encourage you to do so before completing the Support Materials Form. Learn how to prepare your support materials >>
  • Panelists will only:
    • view up to 20 minutes of footage for Media Production
    • read up to 30 pages for Screenwriting
  • The applicant's name and address MUST NOT appear anywhere in the work sample, the work sample title, including in the credits.

 

 


 

Step Six: Submit

  • After uploading your support materials, click the Apply button at the bottom of the screen.
  • When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation screen and an email acknowledging that your online application was received.

 

Remember: You must submit your completed application by 5 p.m. (EST) on November 1, 2016. 

 

 


Ready to apply? Click the Apply button to go to the Submittable application site.

  Apply  

 


To Apply in Another Fellowship Category

You may apply for more than one Fellowship in the same year, but you must complete all application steps for each category and submit one application at a time.

 


Review Process

Fellowship applicants' works are reviewed anonymously by out-of-state panelists who make their judgments based on artistic merit. A minimum of five applications must be received in a fellowship category in order for the discipline category to undergo panel review. The Arts Commission reserves the right not to award a fellowship in any discipline for which applications have been solicited. Fellowship awards are approved by the Board of Commissioners. Winners are notified and posted on the S.C. Arts Commission website in late summer each year.

If You Receive a Fellowship

Upon notification of award, fellowship winners will be asked to immediately forward a photograph and a resume to be used for promotional purposes. Fellows will receive a fellowship management folder through the postal mail. The enclosed contract (Terms of Acceptance) must be signed and returned to the S.C. Arts Commission, along with any other required paperwork, by the date listed. Fellows must also complete a Final Report by the date stated in the contract.

Final Report

ALL GRANTEES are required to file a Final Report at the end of the grant period. The Final Report Due Date is printed on your contract. Failure to submit an accurate and complete Final Report by the due date will result in cancellation of the award and repayment of funds received. The S.C. Arts Commission will not fund applicants who have outstanding Final Reports. Go to the Final Report requirements >>

Questions?

Please contact the appropriate S.C. Arts Commission discipline coordinator for guidance regarding eligibility and restrictions:

If you need technical assistance with the online submission process, contact Cathy Lee, (803) 734-8674.

Instructions

In addition to this page, you must read the following for complete guideline information:


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