Frequently Asked Questions


These guidelines represent several significant changes to former Jerome procedures. Why did you make these changes?
The Foundation surveyed more than 600 organizations and 1240 artists in 2016-17 to gauge the most urgent needs and priorities of the arts field. Four specific themes emerged: the need for multi-year funding, the value of deadlines in planning, the need for flexible support and the need to address long-term capacity development. The new guidelines try to address each of these themes.

I live in New Jersey, White Plains, Yonkers, Wisconsin, Ohio, Mississippi, Florida, etc. Am I eligible to apply to the Jerome Foundation?
No. All applicants must have been a resident of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City for at least one year at the time of the application; must still be a resident in one of those areas at the time the grants are awarded (although it is permissible to relocate from Minnesota to New York or vice versa); and continue to maintain residency in those areas for the entirety of the grant period.

If I am not a US citizen or permanent legal resident, am I eligible?
Anyone who has a SSN (social security number) or an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) is eligible to apply—this includes DACA recipients and most types of VISA recipients.

I don’t have internet access. Do you have any other options besides an online application?
Contact the Foundation staff at least one month prior to the application deadline to discuss your circumstances.

May a group of artists apply for support?
Early career/emerging members of artistic collectives or ensembles who have a history of generating and creating new work together can apply for a shared fellowship. Collective or ensemble members are however held to the same requirements as individual artists in terms of having a history of creating and presenting work, residency requirements, early career and non-student status. All individuals identified in the application must meet all criteria and have been participants in all work samples submitted. If awarded, the funds will be shared equally by all applicants and will be paid to individuals not a company.

If I am part of a collective or ensemble, should I apply as an individual or as part of that collective?
We urge all artists and ensembles to consider this issue strongly but expect that there will not be a uniform, single answer to this question. Among the issues that should be considered are the requirement that all granted funds be used for the development and advancement of the grantee(s): an artist who applies as an individual may not use grant funds to pay for travel for other members of the ensemble, for example, unless the artist is also traveling and contracting with those members for their time. Ensembles and collectives should also weigh heavily the potentially divisive consequences of some members having support while others do not.

If I am a Multidisciplinary/Interdisciplinary/Cross disciplinary artist, may I submit applications in different artistic disciplines or be reviewed by multiple panels?
No. Artists whose work spans or integrates multiple disciplines are asked to apply in one of the six disciplines most closely aligned with their work and identify the additional disciplines integrated into the work. All panels will be prepare to review multidisciplinary work. An artist may not be part of more than one application, and any artist applying in more than one application will be declared ineligible for consideration.

If I am fresh out of my MFA program, am I eligible?
If you will have completed and received your MFA degree by the application deadline of May 8, 2018 and you have at least two completed, publicly presented non-student work samples, you are eligible. For example, if you have experience creating your own artistic work for a number of years prior to going back to school to get your MFA and have publicly presented non-student work to use as work samples, you meet the eligibility. However, if you are just completing your degree in 2018 and you only have work samples of projects you created in school, you are not eligible.

If I currently have direct funding from Jerome Foundation through the Film, Video and Digital Production program (or the Travel and Study program or the General Program), may I apply for the Artist Fellowship program?
Current grantees 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.

If I am receiving a Jerome-funded grant program opportunity through an arts organization (for example JFund through American Composers’ Forum or a commission from The Chocolate Factory or a Jerome Fellowship through The Lark), may I apply for the Artist Fellowship?
Artists may not apply for purposes or projects for which they are simultaneously supported by other Jerome-funded programs through arts organizations.

How competitive are these grants?
Because this is the first year of this program, it is impossible for us to know how many applications we will receive and how competitive the program will be.

Do I need to provide a detailed plan for the application? How about if I receive the Fellowship?
You do not need to provide a detailed plan for the application. You will be asked to identify areas of inquiry that you wish to explore during your grant period, but not a detailed plan. Grantees will be asked for a plan within 90 days of the grant announcement and before their funds are released, so applicants are urged to give this significant thought.

Jerome Foundation used to identify support for emerging artists and now the language is “early career/emerging artists. What does this mean? 
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.

I see that the Foundation is accepting video statements instead of written statements in some parts of the application. Which is better for me to provide?
When we surveyed artists about how to improve the process of applying, many artists encouraged us to allow applicants to submit video statements instead of written samples, feeling that writing advantages some artists or disciplines.  We are therefore offering this option in this round.  In both cases, the core questions to be answered remain the same.  We urge you to use the format where you feel you can make the strongest and most authentic case for your application and will insure that the panels do not find one format more worthy than another. Whether responding in writing or by video, please make sure you address all the questions for each topic.

May I send letters of support or testimonials as part of my application?
No. Panels are asked to make their judgments based on the work samples and statements as provided by the artists. We have come to the conclusion that the benefit these letters offer the panel is outweighed by the burden they place on applicants to request them, references to write them, and staff/applicants to make sure they have been submitted.

May the Fellowship funds be used for an academic degree?
Fellowship funds may not be used for tuition at degree-granting institutions to complete an academic degree. Furthermore, you may not be a student at the time of your application or during any point of the Fellowship term (May 1, 2019–April 30, 2021).

If I do receive a grant, how quickly can I get the money?
Each grantee will be required to sign a grant agreement with the Foundation and submit a plan outlining intended use of grant funds before money can be released. We anticipate first funds will be distributed no earlier than two months after the grant has been officially awarded. Payments are made through direct deposit. Typically, the time necessary to process the contract and establish a direct deposit account takes a minimum of three weeks. The Jerome Foundation’s payment dates are the second Wednesdays of the month. For the sake of planning, applicants should not expect to receive funds before May 8, 2019.

If I receive a grant, may I have the funds go through my nonprofit organization or company rather than directly to me as an individual?
No. This is an individual artist grant program and the funds may only go directly to an individual(s).

Is this grant taxable income?
Yes. Individual artist grants are considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service and grantees will receive 1099 forms in any year(s) in which grant funds are received. In addition, grantee names and city of residence are required to be listed in the Jerome Foundation’s annual tax return, which is a public document and is posted on the Foundation’s website. If grantees prefer, a P.O. Box may be provided instead of a home address for the purposes of reporting.

Are these grants renewable?
The Foundation has not yet determined whether these grants will be renewable and (if so) whether second grants will be offered at the same dollar level as first grants. As a result, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider whether the fellowship opportunity is optimally timed and feel certain they can take full advantage of this support over the two-year fellowship period before applying.

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