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S.C. Arts Commission Offers Startup Support for S.C. Artists


Aug. 29, 2011

Media Contact:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission is supporting the growth and development of creative businesses by offering S.C. artists up to $5,000 to launch a new venture or significantly alter an existing venture. South Carolina Artists' Ventures Initiative grants are open to artists (individuals and collaboratives) with a strong plan for an artist-driven, arts-based business venture. Application deadline is Oct. 17. Guidelines are available at www.SouthCarolinaArts.com.


Because this is a highly competitive process, artists considering applying for this grant are invited to participate in a webinar Sept. 14 to learn more. The webinar is free, but registration is required. To register for the webinar or to review the grant guidelines, visit S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative (AVI) Grant Guidelines or contact Kim Harne at (803) 734-8630.


Artists who receive grants will become part of the S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative “business incubator,” which brings grantees together regularly for in-depth progress reviews and business training. The gatherings are led by Andrew Simonet, who founded Artists U in Philadelphia to provide artists with planning and professional development programs. The reviews and training can fine tune an artist’s business direction and introduce new ideas, according to Charleston artist Mary Edna Fraser. “I got a new, short, exciting artist statement and my goals established in writing for the next decade. The weekend gave me a good feeling of security that my investment of time and energy were on track.”


The S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative is dedicated to improving conditions for S.C. artists by helping them develop the knowledge and skills to build satisfying, sustainable careers. SCAVI is funded by a grant from Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a national initiative that works to improve conditions for artists, enabling them to more readily do their creative work and contribute to community life.


About the S.C. Arts Commission:

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.