Artist residencies and artist fellowships provide creatives with community, creative control, and financial freedom so that they can create new works, explore their passions, hone their craft, or try something new. These opportunities provide early-career artists a start and help mid-career artists boost their profile. Artist residencies also afford artists the opportunity to travel, live, and work in some of the most influential places for their art form so they can create their most inspired work! Regardless of where you are in your creative career, taking on an artist residency or artist fellowship offers many benefits and will help you gain professional experience and make connections that will enhance your trajectory.
The following list of artist residencies and artist fellowships includes opportunities for creatives in the visual arts, theater, film, screenwriting, composition, performing arts, creative writing, literature, and much more! There are opportunities for new and established artists and creatives, as well as immigrants. Residencies are hosted across the US, from New Hampshire to Washington, and abroad!
Are you an emerging artist? Check out these 15 Fellowships for Emerging and Early Career Artists.
3. Bellagio Residency Program: Arts and Literary Arts
Interested in applying to Creative Writing Fellowships? Read our interview with writer and multiple creative writing fellowship winner Leah Griesmann. In it she shares information about the fellowships she’s won, how they impacted her writing career, and her application tips. Also check out these 44 Fellowships for Creative Writers in Any Career Stage.
Creative Capital is the only national grantmaking organization with an open application process that supports individual artists across all disciplines. Creative Capital makes a multi-year commitment to its grantees, providing them with tailored financial and advisory support to enable their project’s success while building their capacity to sustain their careers. Our grants are valued at up to $90,000. For each project, we offer up to $50,000 in award monies (direct funding) and an additional suite of career development services valued at $40,000. Applicants must be over 25 years old and have at least 5 years of work experience.
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Kresge Arts in Detroit provides significant financial support for Kresge Artist Fellowships annually, each consisting of a $25,000 award and professional practice opportunities for emerging and established metropolitan Detroit artists in the dance/music, film/theatre, literary arts, and visual arts. The Kresge Artist Fellowships are given to artists whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work. Fellowship applications are accepted by artists who are currently legal residents of the metropolitan Detroit tri-county area (Macomb, Oakland, or Wayne counties) in Michigan.
Interested in the Kresge Artist Fellowship? Read our interview with Kresge Artist Fellowship Alumna Kisma Jordan. In it she shares her fellowship experience and application tips.
The LIFT–Early Career Support for Native Artists program provides one-year awards for early-career Native artists to develop and realize new projects. Fellows’ work should aim to uplift communities and advance positive social change. Eligible applicants must be individual Native artists working in dance/choreography, fiction/poetry writing, film/video, multi-disciplinary arts, music, performance art, theater and screenplay writing, traditional arts, or 2D/3D visual arts. LIFT awards up to $10,000 for a proposed project with $2,500 earmarked for the artist’s benefit and well-being. Up to 20 artists will be selected to receive LIFT awards.
Interested in fellowships for Native or Indigenous People? Check out these 17 Fellowships for Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples.
Interested in Creative Arts Fellowships? Check out these 12 Creative Arts Residencies for Writers, Dancers, Musicians and Visual Artists.
The American Composers Forum will select up to two composers to design and produce their own residencies in Minnesota. Applicants from the full range of musical styles and a diverse pool of artists whose work demonstrates strong artistic merit are encouraged to apply. Visiting composers should expect to spend approximately 40 days in Minnesota, working on projects with a Minnesota community—or communities—of their choosing. The award is for $10,000 and projects are expected to be completed within 18 months of receiving the award.
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