NASAA Notes: October 2011


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Kelly Liu

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October 13, 2011

Support for Individual Artists

This column offers specific examples of the NASAA research services available and shows how they can be customized to meet your needs.

State Arts Agency Grants to
Individual Artists
Grant dollars awarded to artists: $8,287,141
Share of all SAA grant dollars: 3%
Median artist grant size: $1,800
Number of artist grants awarded: 2,505
Share of all SAA grants: 11%
Artist fellowships grants
Grant dollars awarded: $2,245,870
Number of grants awarded: 538
Median fellowship size: $4,000

Did you know that state arts agencies (SAAs) invested more than $8 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 in building connections, showcasing work and accessing information.

NASAA’s newly updated 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.

Have questions or feedback about the fact sheet? Want to suggest a future topic? Contact us!

In this Issue

State to State

Legislative Update

Research on Demand

NASAA Testimony




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