SCHOLARSHIPS


We are pleased to offer scholarships to arts professionals throughout the country to assist them in participating in the 2016 National Arts Marketing Project Conference.

We are no longer accepting applications for Americans for the Arts National Opportunities.

The Local Scholarship Opportunities deadline has been extended to Monday, July 25, 2016.

Scholarships are also available to arts professionals living and working in Austin, TX. You can view or apply for these opportunities by visiting the Local Opportunities Section of this page featured after our National Opportunities.


National Opportunities from Americans for the Arts*

*Must be an individual member of Americans for the Arts or receiving member benefits through an organizational member. Not a member? Join Today! Unsure of your membership status?  Send an e-mail to membership@artsusa.org.

1. Emerging Leader Scholarships

Emerging Leader Scholarships are available to professionals developing careers in the arts. To qualify for these scholarships, you must be an arts professional who:

  • is 35 years of age or younger AND/OR

  • has five years or less of experience working in the arts field.

These scholarships cover:

  • the cost of registration to the main conference only (they do not cover the cost of any preconference registrations, travel, or hotel accommodation).

To apply, you must:

  • Complete and submit the online scholarship application by no later than *11:59 pm EST on July 20, 2016.

  • Submit a personal statement via the online scholarship application form that outlines why participation in the 2016 National Arts Marketing Project Conference would positively impact your current work as well as specific goals you have for your future career.

  • Upload a copy of your resume via the online scholarship application form (PDF or DOC files only please).

  • Provide at least one (1) and up to a total of three (3) letters of support from an immediate supervisor (PDF or DOC files only please). Letters of support can be uploaded via the online scholarship application form.

NOTE: All scholarship recipients are required to submit a written report to Americans for the Arts by no later than December 12, 2016 detailing three major take-a-ways learned or gained by attending.

Read the fine print.

2. Underserved Communities and Field Diversity Scholarships* 

The people and communities that we serve increasingly reflect a multiracial and multi–ethnic world. Thus, these scholarships are available to arts professionals working to serve underserved communities and to encourage conference participation from individuals of multi-racial or multi-ethnic backgrounds. To qualify for this scholarship, your work must be focused on:

  • Extending the reach of the arts to serve the needs of communities where access to the arts is limited by at least one of the following factors: geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

    Or

  • Be an exemplary arts leader of color, at any stage in your career, e.g. emerging, mid-career or seasoned, whom without assistance of a scholarship would not be able to attend the 2016 National Arts Marketing Project Conference.

These scholarships cover:

  • The cost of registration to the main conference only (they do not cover the cost of any preconference registrations).

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from Austin, Texas (mode of transportation to be determined by Americans for the Arts).

  • Up to three nights accommodations at the conference hotel.

To apply, you must:

  • Complete and submit the online scholarship application by no later than *11:59 pm EST July 20, 2016.

  • Submit a personal statement via the online scholarship application form outlining why, given the scholarship criteria and your position in the field, you would positively impact the 2016 National Arts Marketing Project Conference, identifying your future career goals and indicating your goals following the conference.

  • Submit a digital copy of your resume via the online scholarship application form (PDF or DOC files only please).

  • Provide at least one (1) and up to a total of three (3) letters of support from an immediate supervisor (PDF or DOC files only please). Letters of support can be uploaded via the online scholarship application form.

NOTE: All scholarship recipients are required to submit a written report to Americans for the Arts by no later than December 12, 2016 detailing three major take-a-ways learned or gained by attending.

Americans for the Arts will manage all arrangements for scholarship recipients’ travel and accommodations.

Read the fine print.

3. Preconference Scholarships

Scholarships are available for the following two half-day preconferences that will be presented at the 2016 National Arts Marketing Project Conference:

  • The Sprinting Sessions: A Workshop on Arts Marketing, Change and the Connection Economy: for the 21st Century arts marketer looking to get up-to-speed on creating and executing strategic arts marketing ideas in our evolving modern world. In this hands-on workshop attendees will learn how to incorporate key principles like permission marketing, connection, invitation and trust into their work.

  • Relevance: Breaking through the Buzz to Build Meaningful Change: for any arts professionals looking to explore the deep meaning of relevance--what it is, what it can do, and how to measure it. In this interactive workshop, attendees will uncover how relevance can fuel change to make their work more powerful and valuable.

To qualify for this scholarship, you must:

  • Demonstrate a deep interest in the preconference topic.

  • Reside in one of the following states: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, or Louisiana.

These scholarships cover:

  • The cost of registration to one preconference only (does not include main conference registration, travel, or hotel accommodations).

To apply, you must:

  • Complete and submit the online scholarship application by no later than *11:59 pm EST on July 20, 2016.

  • Submit a personal statement via the online scholarship application form outlining how your participation in this preconference would positively impact your current work as well as specific goals you have for your future career.

  • Upload a copy of your resume via the online scholarship application form (PDF or DOC files only please)

  • Provide at least one (1) and up to a total of three (3) letter s of support from an immediate supervisor (PDF or DOC files only please). Letters of support can be uploaded via the online scholarship application form.

NOTE: All scholarship recipients are required to submit a written report to Americans for the Arts by no later than December 12, 2016 detailing three major take-a-ways learned or gained by attending.

Read the fine print.

Evaluation Criteria for National Opportunities

  • Scholarship applications are reviewed by a committee composed of Americans for the Arts staff and outside panelists. This committee selects applicants on a competitive basis. Applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the questions asked in the statement of purpose section in the online scholarship application as well as on the general eligibility criteria.

  • In order to be eligible to apply for all scholarships described in the national opportunities category, applicants must be a current member of Americans for the Arts. To join Americans for the Arts, click here.

  • Applicants who have received a scholarship to the National Arts Marketing Project Conference (main conference) within the last five years are not eligible for 2016 scholarships.



Important Deadlines

*July 20, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST  All national scholarship applications are due
 
*August 15, 2016   
Scholarship recipients will be notified

*August 26, 2016   
Early-Bird Deadline All scholarship recipients must register for the conference online by this date to avoid paying additional fees

December 12, 2016 
All scholarship recipients are required to submit a one-page report about their experience to Americans for the Arts


Restrictions

  • Americans for the Arts scholarships cover only those expenses outlined in the scholarship description. They do not cover the cost of any in-trip transportation or incidentals or any other additional activities.

  • Both scholarship opportunities, including Emerging Leaders as well as Underserved Communities and Field Diversity Scholarships, may only be used to attend the National Arts Marketing Project Conference in Austin, Texas November 12-14, 2016.

  • Preconference scholarships may only be used to attend one of the two National Arts Marketing Project Conference preconferences taking place on November 11, 2016.

  • Recipients of Underserved Communities and Field Diversity Scholarships must have the ability to depart from an airport that reasonably connects to the National Arts Marketing Project Conference host city. Airline travel for scholarship recipients is based on the availability of reasonable airfare rates as deemed by Americans for the Arts. Free or award tickets may be used and result in the inability to retain frequent flier miles for the individual. If preferred air travel is unavailable or the recipient is not served by an airport that reasonably connects to the  National Arts Marketing Project Conference host city, this portion of the scholarship may be unavailable. Americans for the Arts may also arrange for train travel should that prove more appropriate. This decision will be made at Americans for the Arts’ discretion.  No substitutions for air travel can be allowed, and no stipends for independently-booked travel will be distributed.

  • All scholarship recipients must register online by August 26, 2016 in order to avoid paying additional fees.

  • All recipients are required to submit a one-page report to Americans for the Arts detailing three major take-a-ways at the 2016 National Arts Marketing Project Conference by no later than December 12, 2016.

  • An individual may apply for all scholarships offered provided that they meet all of the eligibility criteria for each category of award. A maximum of one scholarship per individual will be awarded.

  • If an applicant has received a scholarship to the National Arts Marketing Project Conference (main conference) within the last five years, the applicant will not be eligible for a 2016 Americans for the Arts scholarship .

For questions regarding scholarships, please contact Membership Data Coordinator Ashley McDonald by e-mail at membership@artsusa.org or by telephone at 202-371-2830.



Local Opportunities*

 

 

*Applicants are not required to be members of Americans for the Arts.

The scholarship deadline for Austin Scholarships has been extended! All applications are due by 5 pm Monday, July 25, 2016.

Thanks to support from the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division, arts and culture professionals who live and work in the Austin area are eligible to apply for the following opportunity.

NAMP 2016: Austin Scholarships

A total of ten scholarships will be offered. To qualify for these scholarships, you must be an arts and culture professional who:

  • Resides in Austin of the surrounding ETJ; AND

  • is employed by an arts, culture, or creative organization located in Austin; OR

  • is an individual creative

These scholarships cover:

  • the cost of registration to the main conference only (they do not cover the cost of any preconference registrations, travel, or hotel accommodation).

To apply, you must:

  • Complete and submit the online scholarship application by no later than *5:00 pm on July 25, 2016.

  • Submit a personal statement which details how arts marketing is applicable to your current work and how participation in the 2016 NAMP conference would make a positive impact upon your career or creative practice, as well as specific learning goals you may have.

  • Submit a copy of your resume (400 words maximum, PDF or DOC files only)

  • Submit one (1) letter of support from a supervisor or creative collaborator (PDF or DOC files only).

NOTE: All scholarship recipients are required to submit a written report (1000 words maximum) detailing three major take-a-ways learned or gained by attending the conference to culturalarts@austintexas.gov by December 12, 2016. The recipients may be asked to have their report featured on the Austin Creates blog.

Evaluation Criteria for the Austin Scholarships:

  • Scholarship applications will be reviewed by City of Austin staff.

  • Applicants will be evaluated based on eligibility criteria and their personal statements.

  • Priority may be given to those applicants representing underserved communities and first-time attendees to the conference.

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*Applicants are not required to be members of Americans for the Arts.

The scholarship deadline for the Austin Emerging Arts Leaders Scholarship has been extended! All applications are due by 5 pm Monday, July 25, 2016.

Thanks to support from Austin Emerging Arts Leaders, a chapter of the Emerging Leaders Network, Austin-area, early career arts professionals who otherwise would not be able to attend the conference due to financial hardship are eligible to apply for the following opportunity.

NAMP 2016: Austin Emerging Arts Leaders Scholarship

One scholarship will be offered. To qualify for an Austin Emerging Arts Leaders Scholarship, you must be an arts professional who:

  • Has at least one year of professional experience in the arts or no more than ten years of experience in the arts.

  • Lives and works in the greater Austin area.

  • Is not a full-time student.

This scholarship will cover:

  • The cost of registration to the main conference only, (they do not cover the cost of any preconference registrations, travel, or hotel accommodation) 

To apply, you must:

  • Complete and submit the online scholarship application by no later than *5:00 pm on July 25, 2016.

NOTE: The scholarship recipient is required to submit a brief report to ealaustin@gmail.com by December 12, 2016.

Evaluation Criteria for the Austin Emerging Arts Leaders Scholarship:

  • Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Austin EAL scholarship committee.

  • Applicants will be evaluated based on eligibility criteria, personal statement, and financial need.

Apply Now!

Important Deadlines

*Deadline Extension July 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. All applications for local opportunities due
 
*August 15, 2016   
Scholarship recipients will be notified

*August 26, 2016   
Early-Bird Deadline All scholarship recipients must register for the conference online by this date to avoid paying additional fees

December 12, 2016 
All scholarship recipients are required to submit a one-page report about their experience to the appropriate staff.