Eligibility and Requirements

ARTIST ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

This program supports early career/emerging artists. Age is not a factor in determining eligibility.

The Foundation recognizes that the term “emerging” means different things to different people. In preparation for this program, we received over 1400 artist surveys with wildly different definitions of “emerging.” Some people said that, in this country, all artists are always emerging, and some people gave specific criteria for identifying the markers between emerging artists versus mid-career or established artists.

The Foundation’s goal is to serve a spectrum of artists typically in their 3rd to 15th year of creative practice, post-student status (if applicable). This spectrum is framed by artists with some track record of creating and presenting full work (not beginning artists), and artists who are NOT at a point in their careers where they receive consistent development and production opportunities and significant recognition, awards, and acclaim (not mid-career or established artists).

The Foundation intentionally has not defined a specific timeframe for eligibility because we recognize that some artists may experience enormous success and move past early career/emerging status well before their 5th year or 10th year or 15th year. We know that the numbers of opportunities afforded to artists may differ significantly based on discipline, race/ethnicity, class, gender, physical ability and geography among other factors.  Consequently, some artists may be past their 15th year and still be on the spectrum of early career/emerging status.   Our use of early career/emerging is an attempt to be clearer about the kinds of artists we are supporting. We realize the lack of a rigid definition leaves room for interpretation, but we have embraced this flexibility out of our value around diversity and in recognition of the many variables that impact artists’ careers.

All eligible applicants must be able to provide the minimum requirements for the work samples. If you do not have enough materials to meet the minimum requirements, panelists will not be able to gauge whether you are truly competitive for this award or not. We therefore urge you to apply in another year when you can meet the minimum documentation requirement required for your discipline. Work sample requirements are outlined in the Application Guide. Please note that work samples must consist of work completed outside of the time you were enrolled as a student, if applicable.

This program supports artists who meet all the following descriptors:

  • Artists who see the arts as an ongoing vocation, rather than as a hobby, pastime or occasional pursuit; and who have already completed their training, if they have decided to pursue formal training at all;
  • Artists who at the time of application have a significant record of having generated, completed and publicly presented/exhibited/published work in the discipline in which support is requested (please see specific discipline guidelines for specific criteria of required public presentation and length, volume and/or number of works);
  • Artists who are writers, choreographers, visual artists, film/video/digital production directors, new media artists, theater directors who generate new works, performance artists, playwrights, spoken-word artists, composers and sound artists), or members of collectives or ensembles whose primary goal is to generate new works, as opposed to remounting or re-interpreting existing works;
  • Artists who engage in exploring and challenging conventional artistic forms;
  • Artists who are in the early stages of their careers;
  • Artists who have a focused direction and goals, even while still developing their artistic “voice”;
  • Artists who have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large;
  • Artists who are residents of the state of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City and have been residents for a least a year prior to the submission of an application. You must have either a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  • Artists who can provide the minimum requirements for the work samples, completed outside of the time you were enrolled as a student (if applicable). Work sample requirements are outlined in the Application Guide.

This program does not support:

  • Students who are at the time of the application, and/or will during the grant period be enrolled in degree-granting programs (including K-12, college, graduate or post graduate studies);
  • Artists who engage in the arts as a hobby or avocational pastime;
  • Artists who do not have a significant history of generating new work in accordance with guidelines;
  • Artists whose primary practice and ambition are centered in interpreting, remounting or producing pre-existing work;
  • Managers, administrators, builders or technicians who do not also have a significant history of generating new work in accordance with guidelines and/or those same individuals whose primary ambitions are not centered in artistic creation of new work;
  • Artists who do not engage in exploring and challenging conventional artistic forms;
  • Artists whose residence is not currently in either the state of Minnesota or New York City, and whose residence for the year leading up to the application has been other than those same locations;
  • Given the emphasis on funding artists at a relatively early and still formative stage in hopes of providing them “footing” within their respective fields, the Jerome Foundation additionally does not support artists who have already been substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large in any discipline, including but not limited to the discipline for which support is requested. This program determines early career/emerging status based on the totality of an artistic career, not on the achievement within a single discipline. A well-established composer, for example, who decides to begin creating sculpture, is not considered an early career/emerging artist and therefore is ineligible to apply to Jerome for support; such an artist would not be considered an early career/emerging visual artist for the purposes of Jerome Foundation eligibility.
  • Current Jerome grantees (Film, Video and Digital Production Grant, Travel and Study Grant, General Program Grant) and artists supported through Jerome-funded programs through arts organizations are eligible to apply. However, they may not apply for purposes or projects for which they are simultaneously receiving support either directly from the Jerome Foundation or through a Jerome-funded program. All applicants should have the flexibility of time and attention to take full advantage of the Fellowship opportunity. Artists who are supported by other Jerome programs that demand intensive or full time involvement are therefore discouraged from applying in this round; such artists are urged to wait until that program has been completed and to apply for a Fellowship in a future round.
  • Current Jerome grantees (Film, Video and Digital Production Grant, Travel and Study Grant, General Program Grant) must be current with all program requirements, including but not limited to submission of interim or final reports prior to the receipt of the Artist Fellowship, should it be awarded, in May 2019.
  • Artists may not apply for purposes or projects for which they are simultaneously supported by other Jerome-funded programs through arts organizations.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  1. Fellowships are for a two-year period. Before the second year of funding is released, Fellows will be required to affirm that they are still residents of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City, and that they are still practicing artists. Fellows whose residence has changed and is now outside of New York City or Minnesota and/or who no longer are practicing artists will not receive the second year of funding.
  2. Fellows must file a progress report before the second year of funding is released, accounting for the use of funds during the first year. A final report will also be required at the end of the Fellowship period.
  3. Fellows who are delinquent in their reporting requirements will not be allowed to receive additional support from any Jerome program until those requirements have been met.
  4. All fellowships are designated for a specific recipient and awarded to support activities during two-year period. Fellowships may not be transferred to other recipients, nor will they be deemed part of an artist’s estate or property in the event of a grantee’s death, incapacitation or relocation.

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