South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Individual Artist Fellowships

Grant Information

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Application Deadline
11/15/2021

The application deadline for the FY23 fellowships has passed.

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Purpose
To recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists

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Who's Eligible
Most practicing individual artists residing in S.C.

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Funding
$8,500

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Grant Period
July 2022-June 2023

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Matching Requirement
None


Important Note

Work Sample requirements have been clarified. As always, applicants are urged to review the published guidelines before submitting their application. (Last update: 10/25/2021)


About the Individual Artist Fellowships

Purpose

The purpose of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC)’s Individual Artist Fellowships is to recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina’s exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive process and are based on artistic merit, achievements and commitment to discipline. The Fellowship awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities.


Changes for FY23

Please note that the Fellowships program has undergone changes for FY23. In particular,

  • Three artistic disciplines/practices have been added to the Fellowship rotation schedule:
    • Spoken Word/Slam Poetry
    • Time-Based Art (installation, sound, experimental film, video art, computer-based technology, and performance art)
    • Design arts (architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial, or interior)

As with all grants, please read the guidelines carefully before applying.

Video Coaching

SCAC organizational grantee Wits End Poetry was host of a live chat with Artist Services Director Ce Scott-Fitts for artists working in spoken word and slam poetry. However, note that they covered general interest topics about the changes for the fellowship grant. Watch that chat on YouTube.

  1. The applicant must be a practicing individual artist (duos, collaborative works, and other ensembles are not eligible), working in one or more of the disciplines eligible for the application year.Up to five Fellowships are awarded each year (maximum of one in each discipline), with artistic disciplines rotating from year to year. The next eligible disciplines will be:
    • FY23: Prose, Spoken word/Slam poetry, Performance: dance, music, or acting (film or theatre), Playwriting/Screenwriting (apply fall 2021)
    • FY24: Visual Art, Craft, Time-Based Art (installation, sound, experimental film, video art, computer-based technology, or performance), Music: Composition (apply fall 2022)
    • FY25: Poetry, Spoken word/Slam poetry, Choreography & Directing (film theatre, opera), and Performance: dance, music, or acting (film or theatre), (apply fall 2023)
    • FY26: Visual Art, Craft, Design arts (architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial, or interior), Media Production (apply fall 2024)
  2. The applicant must also 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; and
    • 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
  3. The applicant must not be a degree-seeking student during the award period.
  • There is a limit of three SCAC Fellowships in an artist’s career.
  • There is a period of ineligibility of 10 years after the first Fellowship is awarded. Artists who received Fellowships prior to FY13 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) are eligible to apply for the FY23 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) Fellowships.
  • Fellows may not receive any other SCAC grant awards during their Fellowship year.
  • 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.

Any activities carried out within this award must align with state guidelines regarding COVID-19.

There are no specified priority areas for this grant category.

Deadline

November 15, 2021


Applications may be submitted until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the deadline date. However, please be aware that staff members will not be available to assist you with questions or technical difficulties after SCAC closes at 5 p.m. that day.

Grant Period

July 2022-June 2023

Funding

$8,500 per Fellowship

There are no restrictions on the use of Fellowship funds.

SCAC artist grant awards are considered taxable income.
Matching Requirements

None

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through our grants portal, which uses the Foundant platform. For frequently asked questions, registration instructions, and other helpful information, we highly recommend visiting the Grants Portal FAQbefore you begin working in the system.

You are urged to consider the Review Criteria (detailed in the “Review Process” section of these guidelines, under “After You Apply”) as you prepare your application materials. These criteria will be used to evaluate your application and determine the funding of your proposal.

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.

The applicant must have an active account in our grants portal.

  • If you have previously used Submittable to apply for other SCAC grants or programs, please note that the grants portal is a different system. Your Submittable credentials will not work; you will need a grants portal account to apply for this grant.
  • If you have used the grants portal as both an artist and as a contact for a school or organization, be sure you log on with the correct account to apply for this grant.

As part of your Fellowship application, you will be required to upload

  • samples of your work in the Fellowship discipline for which you are applying, and
  • your resume, as evidence of your achievements and commitment to discipline.

Specific requirements for these uploads are outlined in these guidelines. You may need to create new electronic files (documents, video files, etc.) to submit materials that meet the length, content, formatting, and other specifications.

The work represented by these samples should be completed within the last five years.

Work Samples

Prose

  • Applicants may upload up to 20 pages of original work.
    • Acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, wpf, odt, wpd.
  • Feel free to reformat your document(s) (for example, double-spacing is not required).
    However,

    • Typeface must be legible, no less than 12 point.
    • Margins should be at least one inch.
    • Pages must be numbered.
  • Do not submit books, chapbooks, magazines, pamphlets, or tear sheets of your work from publications.
  • For each work sample submitted, you will need to provide the title and year of completion.

Playwriting/Scriptwriting

  • Applicants may upload
    1. one (1) selection (not to exceed 30 pages) from one completed original play or script; and
    2. a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole.
  • Acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, wpf, odt, wpd.
  • For each work sample submitted, you will need to provide the title and year of completion.

Spoken Word/Slam Poetry

  • Applicants may submit links for up to six (6) three-minute viewing samples of original spoken word/slam poetry. (If your work sample is not available on the web, contact our Grants Team at grants@arts.sc.gov.)
  • Total submitted footage (all samples) must not exceed 18 minutes combined. Panelists will not view more than 18 minutes of footage per application.
  • For each work sample submitted, you will need to provide the title of the work being performed and the year of performance.

Performance: Dance, Music, or Acting (film or theatre)

  • Applicants may submit links to up to two (2) performance samples. (If your work sample is not available on the web, contact our Grants Team at grants@arts.sc.gov.)
    1. The first work sample must be a non-collaborative work.
    2. The second sample may be a collaborative piece.
  • Total submitted footage (all samples) must not exceed 10 minutes combined. Panelists will not view more than 10 minutes of footage per application.
  • For each work sample submitted, you will need to provide the title of the work, the year of performance, and the length of the work sample.
  • If a work sample includes more than one performer, you will provide a description to explain which performer is the applicant.
Resume
  • Your resume may not exceed three (3) pages. Additional pages will not be reviewed.
  • Font size cannot be smaller than 11 pt.
  • Font type is limited to Arial, Calibri, or New Times Roman.
  • Acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf
Not quite ready to apply? You can preview the application before you create an account or start an application.

After You Apply

The Grants Team will review submitted applications for completeness and compliance with guideline and application requirements. Out-of-state panelists will evaluate the applications based on the published Review Criteria. An applicant’s numerical rating and panel comments are available to them upon request. Staff will then develop funding recommendations, based on these evaluations and the availability of funds. Recommendations will be presented to the Board of Commissioners, which makes final award decisions. Award notification is expected after the June 2022 board meeting, pending completion of the state budget process.

Please note:

  • A minimum of five applications must be received in a Fellowship discipline category in order for the category to undergo panel review.
  • The SCAC reserves the right to not award a Fellowship in any discipline for which applications have been solicited.
Review Criteria

Fellowship applicants’ works are reviewed by out-of-state panelists who make their judgments based on artistic merit, achievements and commitment to discipline.

Upon notification of the award, Fellowship winners will be asked to immediately forward a photograph to be used for promotional purposes.

As a Fellowship recipient, you will enter into a contractual agreement with the SCAC, and you must comply with all requirements stated in those contract materials. You will receive notification and instructions when your contract is available in our online grants management system. You must submit your completed Contract Packet, including signatures and other documentation as instructed, by the date indicated in the system. You must also complete all other assigned Follow Ups by the due date given.

Additional details about managing an SCAC grant are available on our agency website.

Payment

Payment of the award will be released upon receipt and approval of a completed Contract Packet. Fellows may choose to receive their full award in one payment, or divided into two payments (one per calendar year).

Questions?
  • If you are seeking advisement before submitting an application, please contact Ce Scott-Fitts (803.734.8203 | cscottfitts@arts.sc.gov), Artist Development Director.
  • If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Team (803.734.8695 | grants@arts.sc.gov).
Grants Coaching

We also highly recommend a visit to our Grants Coaching webpage, for

Missed a group call or session? Look for the “Video” link to access a recording of that presentation.