Upcoming Opportunities


We’re always thinking about how we can be of value to you, our creative community. To that end, we’re now posting a variety of time-sensitive business and career opportunities in this section.

We update the list regularly in the hopes that you can spend less time searching and more time competing and growing, so check back often. If you would like to suggest an opportunity to be added to this list, please contact us here.

Local Opportunities:

Entry Deadline: July 9, 2017
PaperWorkers Local is sponsoring its first juried competition, INK ONLY, in partnership with UAB’s Department of Art and Art History and with support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. The exhibition is open to all forms of original printmaking including traditional, digital, and experimental processes. Established and emerging artists 18 and over currently living in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are invited to enter. The juror for this exhibition is Katie Baldwin, printmaking professor at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. First prize will be $300 and a solo show exhibition at PaperWorkers Local; second prize will be $150; and third prize will be $75. The opening reception and awards ceremony will take place August 25 from 5 to 7 pm at the UAB Department of Art and Art History’s Project Space. The exhibition will run through September 16 at Project Space.
Notification: August 1, 2017
Work Due: August 18, 2017

Application Deadline: September 1, 2017
MRF’s Artist Row features approximately 100 artists and has a primary emphasis on work which depicts nature or work that is influenced or inspired by nature. Fine crafts made from natural materials and original works created from recycled or upcycled materials/objects (sometimes categorized as original handmade design items) both fit in well with the festival’s eco-creative footprint. Please note that despite the focus on nature, Moss Rock Festival does also accept & feature artists whose work may not fall into the parameters outlined above. Applications may still be submitted after the September 1 deadline for an additional fee; please see the application form for details.
Application & Booth Fees: Vary according to date submitted
Notification: Late September

Application Deadline: The last day of each month
The Birmingham Chapter of the Awesome Foundation awards one $1,000 grant each month to support projects in sciences, arts, education, civic engagement, media, and entertainment — just about anything as long as it contributes to making The Magic City more awesome. The types of projects that are generally not supported are those that are personal and limited in their community impact or existing efforts that would not see significant incremental benefit from a small grant. Grants may be awarded to groups, individuals, and small non-profit organizations; non-profit status is not a requirement and funds are generally not awarded to large organizations. A representative must attend the monthly Awesome Hour event to receive the check.
Notification: Monthly

Regional Opportunities:

Application Deadline: Applications accepted online year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities.
As part of its continuing effort to build a better South through the arts, South Arts, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, offers a limited number of Presenter Assistance grants to nonprofit performing and literary arts presenters in its nine-state region. To strengthen program design and organizational capacity for presenters, South Arts offers funding of up to $700 to support Planning Grants for artist residencies and Travel Grants for professional development. These grants are intended for traveling to see work; participating in a significant professional development opportunity; and hosting an artistic director planning visit. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. Funded activities must take place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Notification: Within four weeks of application submission

National Opportunities:

Application Deadline: August 31, 2017
The Sustainable Arts Foundation supports artists with families by providing financial awards to parents pursuing creative work. Too often, creative impulses are set aside to meet the wonderful, but pressing, demands of raising a family. The foundation’s goal is to encourage parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide. The Foundation offers awards in two major categories, visual arts and writing, typically awarding five $6,000 Awards and five $2,000 Promise Awards in each application round. The selection process is focused almost entirely on the strength of the submitted portfolio, and the awards offer unrestricted funds, which the recipients can use as they see fit. To be eligible, an applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18.
Application Fee: $15
Notification: November 16, 2017

Application Deadline: October 13, 2017 at 10:59 pm CST
The National YoungArts Foundation’s signature program is an application-based award for emerging visual, literary, design or performing artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions. Additionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence. U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts receive a Presidential Medal at the White House and perform and exhibit at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.
Application Fee: $35 (fee waivers are available)
Notification: Spring 2018

Deadline: Applications accepted online at any time
Fledgling has an open rolling application process for grants to support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $25,000, and the awards support audience engagement planning and implementation. Support for planning is for building the strategy for outreach and engagement and can be used before a project is complete to prepare for its launch. Grants are not available to support production or post-production. The Fund welcomes applicants and projects from both inside and outside the United States.
Notification: Typically within three months of application

Additional information on organizations that offer funding opportunities and other means of growing your creative endeavors can be found in our list of Resources.