NASAA Notes: May 2010


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Angela Han

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May 11, 2010

Support for Individual Artists

As a national source of information on public arts funding, NASAA provides a knowledge network and fact base to help state arts agencies make informed policy decisions and put their own state’s needs and experiences in context. Providing customized responses to member questions is a hallmark of NASAA. This column offers specific examples of the NASAA research services available and shows how they can be customized to meet your needs.

Did you know that state arts agencies (SAAs) invested nearly $9 million in direct grants to artists last year? Individual artists are a crucial part of a state’s creative environment and SAAs support artists in a variety of ways. SAA support for individual artists has held steady over the years, making up a consistent portion of total grants and grant dollars. These grants take the form of fellowships, commissions, and various project grants. SAAs also provide information and services to assist artists build connections, showcase work and access information.

State Arts Agency Grants to
Individual Artists
Grant dollars awarded: $8,832,989
Share of all SAA grant dollars: 3%
Median grant size: $1,500
Number of grants awarded: 2,828
Share of all SAA grants: 12%
Artist fellowships grants
Grant dollars awarded: $2,943,302
Number of grants awarded: 663
Median fellowship size: $5,000

NASAA’s new fact sheet, Support for Individual Artists, provides a national overview of grants and services for artists, including summary statistics and grant distribution by artistic discipline.

Members interested in further details or comparative information for their state can contact the research staff with their request.

Pie Charts for State Arts Agency Grants to Individual Artists from the pdf entitled Support for Individual Artists

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