Franklin Furnace Fund for Early Career Artists around the World

Deadline: 1 April 2019

Franklin Furnace is seeking applications for its Franklin Furnace Fund which awards grants annually to early career artists to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York.

The Franklin Furnace Fund is supported in 2019-20 by Jerome Foundation and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The Franklin Furnace Fund 2019-2020 is supported by Jerome Foundation and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Artists supported by funding from Jerome Foundation must live in the five boroughs of New York City or the state of Minnesota.

Grant Information

  • Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000, depending on peer review panel allocation of funding.
  • Projects may begin as early as August 1, 2019.
  • Artists who are awarded funding must present new works of performance art – though it is acceptable for these works to be shown in earlier iterations as works-in-progress.
  • Funded projects must be presented in New York City.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit video and photographic documentation of their funded projects to Franklin Furnace for preservation in the institution’s event archives. The grant recipient is responsible for hiring a videographer and photographer, and Franklin Furnace can provide referrals if needed.
  • Grant recipients must sign a release form allowing Franklin Furnace the non-exclusive right to share their project documentation on its website for educational purposes.

Eligibility Criteria

Franklin Furnace Fund supported artists are early career generative non-student performance artists who actively generate new original work.

  • Eligible Artists:
    • Are in the early stages of their creative development.
    • Have a focused direction and are actively creating new work in performance art.
    • Have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large.
    • Are vocational (as opposed to avocational, academic, amateur or educational) artists.
    • Are not participating in any degree-granting programs (K-12, undergraduate, graduate) in any field.
    • Artists who generate new works and claim creative “authorship” and creative control in the creation of new work, and whose primary practice is centered in creation of new work through their roles as performance artists.
    • Expand the aesthetic or social experience in the discipline in which they work and/or reclaim and revive traditional forms in original ways.
    • Create works that are:
      • Imaginative, rigorous, and well-executed
      • Compelling and has a distinctive vision and authentic voice
      • Connecting with intended audiences/participants
      • Engaging aesthetically and experientially
      • Are bold and risk-taking
  • Ineligible Artists
    • Would be identified as “mid-career” or established in any arts discipline.
    • Are engaged in the arts as a hobby or avocational pastime.
    • Applicants who are or will be students enrolled in degree-granting programs.
    • Artists who interpret, perform, critique, report on, edit, or design the work of others (e.g., singers, musicians, screenwriters, dancers, actors, instrumentalists, vocalists, arrangers, editors, journalists, designers in sets/lights/costumes/sound, or critics, among others) but who do not also generate new work.
    • Managers, administrators, builders or technicians who do not also have a significant history of generating new work.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

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