Individual Artist Fellowships

Purpose: What is the intended impact of this program?
The Individual Artist Fellowships program intends to recognize, uplift, and celebrate California artists. Fellowships will support artists from a broad spectrum of artistic practices, backgrounds, geographies and communities, whose work addresses themes including but not limited to race, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. In doing so, the CAC will showcase the centrality of artists’ leadership in generating social impact and the evolution of our traditional and contemporary cultures.

This program will support artists, 18 years of age and older, at key moments in their careers, elevating their capacity for continued contribution to the field and our state. The grant program identifies three career tiers at which artists may benefit from this support:

  • CAC Emerging Artist Fellows – $5,000 per award (approximately 70 artists to be supported) Artists with between two and four years of artistic practice.
  • CAC Established Artist Fellows – $10,000 per award (approximately 50 artists to be supported) Artists with between four and 10 years of artistic practice.
  • CAC Legacy Artist Fellows – $50,000 per award (approximately 10 artists to be supported) Well-established artists with 10 or more years of artistic practice.

Individuals may submit an application in one career tier only.

Fellowship grants support individual artistic practice through unrestricted funding. Awards will be funded at the full dollar amount for each tier; partial awards will not be made. This grant is not intended to support artist groups or collectives. Fiscal sponsorships are not allowed.

Application Links:

Online Application Portal: calartscouncil.smartsimple.com

Application Instructions in Spanish (coming soon)

Grant Resources Page

Overview Video

Program Timeline:

Application OpensDecember 18, 2020
Application DeadlineApril 1, 2021
Panel Review Approx. May – June 2021
Funding DecisionApprox. June – July 2021
Funding NotificationApprox. June – July 2021
Grant Activity PeriodOctober 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022

Staff Assistance

CAC staff is available to offer guidance and clarification in preparing your proposal. We recommend that you contact staff well in advance of the deadline to ensure you can be accommodated. People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf Blind, or have difficulty speaking may dial 711 to reach the California Relay Service (CRS). Large print is available upon request.

Staff Contact(s):

Emerging Artist Fellows

Roman Sanchez (he/him/his)
Arts Program Specialist
roman.sanchez@arts.ca.gov
916-322-7122

Click here to schedule a 15-minute phone consultation with Roman.

Established Artist Fellows

Josy Miller, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Arts Program Specialist
josy.miller@arts.ca.gov
916-322-6385

Click here to schedule a 15-minute phone consultation with Josy.

Legacy Artist Fellows

Jason Jong (he/him/his)
Arts Program Specialist
jason.jong@arts.ca.gov
916-322-6338

Click here to schedule a 15-minute phone consultation with Jason.

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