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Springboard’s Hinge Arts Residency

Deadline: 03.02.20

Springboard’s Hinge Arts Residency program in Fergus Falls is now welcoming applications for residencies taking place from July to December 2020. Three tracks are available for artists to apply for: Career Development – for artists who want to work on their own self driven projects. Homecoming – a funded, project-based residency for artists who grew up in West Central Minnesota who are interested in reconnecting with their home region. Hannah Kempfer Residency – a funded, project-based residency for female-identifying artists that honors the women’s suffrage centennial.

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McKnight Composer Fellowships

Deadline: 03.17.20

The American Composers Forum invites mid-career Minnesota music creators in all genres to apply for this $25,000 fellowship, which recognizes artists who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. Applicants must have or maintain Minnesota residency for at least one year prior to application and for the duration of the fellowship year.

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Capitol Art Gallery Exhibition Proposal

Deadline: 03.20.20

The Capitol Art Exhibit Advisory Committee is soliciting proposals from artists or organizations for exhibition in the Capitol Gallery, located in Room 320-321 the Minnesota Capitol. SCOPE: Any visual medium, including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fabric, paper, book arts, printmaking, OR any performance medium, including dance, music, spoken word, pantomime or any other form of artistic expression that can be reasonably and appropriately accommodated in the available spaces and is consistent with artistic themes laid out in Minnesota Statutes 15B.36. Legislation passed in 2018 established parameters for art to be considered by the committee. Art exhibits should “tell Minnesota stories and engage people to: (1) reflect on Minnesota history, (2) understand Minnesota government, (3) recognize the contributions of Minnesota’s diverse peoples, (4) inspire citizen engagement, and (5) appreciate the varied landscapes of Minnesota.”  Proposals will need to meet at least one of these criteria to be eligible. No compensation will be provided to artists or art organizations for display of their work, and sales of works are prohibited while on display in the Capitol.


Rimon Project Support Grants

Deadline: 03.27.20

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, is now accepting Project Support grant proposals in its spring round of funding for arts-related projects. Grants will provide financial support up to $3,000 but will not exceed 50% of a project’s budget. For a project to be considered, it must meet Rimon’s mission and its goals. Rimon seeks to promote and enhance Jewish identity through arts and culture, support arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes and to assist the greater Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts.

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20/20 Fellowship

Deadline: 03.31.20

Applications are now open for the 20/20 Artist Fellowship! 20/20 is a fellowship for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists who are working to build tools, pathways and systems of support for more artists. The 20/20 Artist Fellowship is an unrestricted $15,000 award, plus a $5,000 professional development stipend.  Artists from all Minnesota geographies are encouraged to apply. Info session is on February 17.

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MSAB Artist Initiative Grant

Deadline: 04.24.20

The Artist Initiative grant program supports and assists professional Minnesota artists at various stages of their careers through encouraging artistic development, helping artists gain visibility with audiences, and strengthening career and professional skills. Grants of $2,000 – $10,000 are available. Grantwriting workshops will be offered statewide in February & March.

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113 Call for Scores

Deadline: 04.30.20

113 Composer Collective is accepting scores for the 2020-21 concert season. Selected scores may be programmed at any point during the season and selected composers may also receive an offer for publishing the work. Composers who are accepted are encouraged (but not required) to attend the concert(s) featuring their work. Composers of any age or nationality may apply. They are accepting scores in five categories.

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Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship

Deadline: 05.06.20

Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships support Minnesota or New York City-based artists, early in their careers, who generate and create bold, innovative and risk-taking new work that explores and/or challenges conventional artistic forms. Fellows receive $50,000 over two consecutive years ($25,000 each year) to support self-determined activities for creation of new work, artistic development and/or professional artistic career development. Fellowship funds support grantees for taking creative risks, exploring new ideas, and pursuing professional and artistic activities. Artists may apply either as an individual or as part of an ensemble/collective/collaborative—but not both.

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2020 Minnesota Composers New Works Competition (Youth)

Deadline: 06.11.20

The Minnesota Sinfonia, a professional chamber orchestra, will award $500  to the selected composer under the age of 19 before June 1, 2020. The submitted work must be a new, unpublished composition that has not been performed by a professional orchestra. Composers must be native born or current residents of the state of Minnesota. The work should be between five and eight minutes long (1- 2 movements).

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2020 Minnesota Composers New Works Competition (Adult)

Deadline: 08.15.20

Four adult composers will be chosen to receive the awards. Winning composers will receive between $2,500 and $6,000, with amounts determined by the Sinfonia. The submitted work must be a new, unpublished composition that has not been performed by a professional orchestra. Composers must be native born or current residents of the state of Minnesota. The work should be between five and eight minutes long (1- 2 movements).

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