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How to Credit Arts Commission Funding
Artists and arts organizations can inform their communities about the impact of public support for the arts by using the South Carolina Arts Commission’s logo in conjunction with appropriate credit for funding. These guidelines explain how to give proper credit for funds.
Acknowledging funding from the Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts
Funds awarded by the Arts Commission are public monies and must be given appropriate credit. Therefore, an organization or artist receiving funds or support must give credit to the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts in all electronic and print publications, including advertising, brochures, news releases, newsletters, programs, websites and social media sites, and in other promotion and publicity. This credit should be given in the same manner afforded to other donors at the same or comparable level. This credit should be prominently positioned near the name of the sponsoring organization or applicant using the following wording:
"This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts."
When space allows, the Arts Commission’s logo should be used in conjunction with the credit statement. Where no printed program for a funded project exists, grant recipients must make at least one public announcement during the activity giving credit to the South Carolina Arts Commission, noting that the Commission receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Failure to provide appropriate credit may result in reduction or cancellation of grant funds.
Additional credit required for subgranting and quarterly projects:
"This program is funded in part by a generous award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina."
In addition to giving credit to the Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, credit for subgranting and quarterly project funds must also be given to the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina in all electronic and print publications, including advertising, brochures, news releases, newsletters, programs, websites and social media sites, and in other promotion and publicity. A logo and additional information about the Coastal Community Foundation of SC is available at www.CCFgives.org.
Notifying state legislators
Commission grant programs are funded primarily through state funds, which are appropriated to the Arts Commission by the South Carolina General Assembly. It is important for grant recipients to express their appreciation to their legislators for such support. On receiving notification of a grant award, grant recipients are responsible for informing their legislators of Commission funding. Unless the Commission specifies an exemption, the grant recipient is also responsible for inviting their legislators to all grants-sponsored events.
- Visit www.scstatehouse.gov for a list of legislators, their districts and contact information.
- Sample Letter to Legislator (Microsoft Word document)
Additional ideas for acknowledging the importance of public funding for the arts
- Write an opinion piece or letter to the editor of your local newspaper on the value of public funding for the arts and the impact of Arts Commission support in your community.
- Write an article for a business or lifestyle magazine about the importance of Arts Commission funding to your community.
- Acknowledge Arts Commission support in press releases and other communications to the media.
- Sample Press Release (Microsoft Word document)
For more information about appropriate ways to acknowledge funding, please call 803.734.8696.