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CREATIVE ECONOMY FELLOWSHIP - virtual
(Statewide - Minnesota)

The Creative Economy Fellowship is an unrestricted $10,000 award given individually to ten (10) BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists in Minnesota. This program seeks to support and recognize artists who make and share tools designed to benefit as many artists as possible, with the belief that interconnected communities of artists create greater impact, and substantial, systems-wide change.

The Creative Economy Fellowship is the relaunch of a successful three year pilot program previously named the 20/20 Artist Fellowship.

 

Creative Economy Fellowship Application

Apply for the Creative Economy Fellowship on Slideroom.

Deadline: September 10, 2021 (11:59pm CST)

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INCLUDED BELOW:

  • OVERVIEW
  • PURPOSE
  • ELIGIBILITY
  • APPLICATION PROCESS
  • REVIEW PROCESS
  • FELLOWSHIP PERIOD
  • TIMELINE
  • HOW TO APPLY

OVERVIEW

The Creative Economy Fellowship is an unrestricted $10,000 award given individually to ten (10) BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists who are creating tools, pathways and systems of support for artists in their communities. Artists from all Minnesota geographies are encouraged to apply. 

The Creative Economy Fellowship is open to BIPOC and Native artists of all practices, disciplines and career stages living and working in Minnesota. Recipients of the fellowship are not required to apply award funds towards existing or future work products. 

Candidates for the Creative Economy Fellowship are identified through an open application process. All eligible applications receive equal consideration through a two-round peer review process (pre-screen and panel review). Peer reviewers are selected by Springboard staff and aim to represent the diverse pool of identities, geographies and artistic disciplines reflected in the applicant pool. 

The Creative Economy Fellowship is the relaunch of a successful three year pilot program, previously named the 20/20 Artist Fellowship.

Application period: Aug 11 - Sep 10

Peer review panel: Sep 13-24

Announcement: Oct 4, 2021

Fellowship period: Oct 4, 2021 - Oct 31, 2022

PURPOSE

The Creative Economy Fellowship is an unrestricted $10,000 award given individually to ten (10) BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists in Minnesota. This program seeks to support and recognize artists who make and share tools designed to benefit as many artists as possible, with the belief that interconnected communities of artists create greater impact, and substantial, systems-wide change.

Acknowledging the role that systemic racism plays in siphoning off economic onramps and opportunities, Springboard is offering the Creative Economy Fellowship to individual BIPOC and Native artists who are developing tools, pathways and systems of support for artists in their communities, thus building the capacity for greater equity, agency and power across neighborhoods and systems. The Creative Economy Fellowship is an extension of Springboard's Guiding Principles, which can be read in full here.

ELIGIBILITY

The intent of the Creative Economy Fellowship is to recognize individual BIPOC and Native artists in Minnesota who are developing tools, pathways and systems of support for artists in their communities. Please read carefully. Applicants who do not meet all of the following criteria and will not be considered and should not apply.

The Creative Economy Fellowship is open to BIPOC and Native artists of all practices, disciplines and career stages. Recipients of the fellowship are not required to use award funds towards existing or future work products. To be considered for the Creative Economy Fellowship an artist must*:

- Identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) or Native.
We use this term to mean that we seek to serve artists of color who identify as: Black/African/African American, Afro Latino/a/x, Caribbean, Chicano/a/x, Mexican, Central American, South American, Middle Eastern/North African, Southeast Asian/Asian, Indigenous, American Indian, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, Native Alaskan. We recognize that these descriptions and this language is ever-evolving and will always be inadequate. If this description resonates with you, we invite you to apply.

- Be 18 years of age or older

- Have lived and worked in Minnesota for the past two years (2019 and 2020)

- Be eligible to receive taxable income in Minnesota throughout the current fellowship year (2021)

- Be living or working in Minnesota throughout the fellowship period

- Not have received a 20/20 Artist Fellowship award from Springboard in the past

- Not be a staff-person or board member of Springboard for the Arts 

- Not be an immediate family member of Springboard staff or board members (independent contractors are eligible to apply)

*A final determination of eligibility is made by Springboard on a case by case basis.

APPLICATION PROCESS

During the open application period, artists can choose to attend a virtual Info Session (register here) and/or schedule a virtual one-on-one application feedback consultation (sign up here) with one of Springboard's Artist Career Consultants. Questions can also be sent to fellowship staff at: fellowships@springboardforthearts.org. Please read the FAQ - frequently asked questions - before emailing.

Complete applications should include each of the following:

- Filled out Application Form

- Artist Statements (<500 words or <3min video per answer)

1. Explain why you are applying for the Creative Economy Fellowship and how the fellowship will support your work in creating a more vibrant and just local economy where artists are essential.

2. Describe an experience you have had as an artist that made you want to change the experiences and possibilities for artists in your community. 

3. What future do you imagine for your artist community? Is there a specific challenge facing your artist community that you want to address? 

4. What are you most excited to share with other Fellows about your own learning, experience and perspectives around this work? And what are you most interested in learning from other Fellowship participants? 

- Work Sample: Share ONE example of your work that best demonstrates how you have been developing tools, pathways and systems of support for artists in their communities. EITHER Upload an Image/Text File, OR Link to a Webpage.

- Resume (PDF of 1-2 pages)

Round 1 Peer Review
Panelists will blindly review the initial application submissions only.

Round 2 Peer Review
Applicants who advance to Round 2 will be asked to provide names and contact information of 3 individuals that Springboard may contact for Recommendations.

 

REVIEW PROCESS

All eligible applications are reviewed through a two-round peer review process (round 1 is prescreen and round 2 is peer panel review). Peer reviewers are selected by Springboard staff and represent, as best as possible, the diverse pool of identities, geographies, practices and disciplines reflected in the applicant pool. Peer reviewers remain anonymous during the review process. Springboard staff do not serve on the panel or make decisions regarding the applicants. Applicants are considered and advanced through the review process based on the following criteria: 

1. Artist/arts focused 

2. Collaboration and community-centered 

3. Responsiveness and impact

4. Relationship to MN and commitment to the MN arts economy  

Round 1: Prescreen
Peer reviewers will evaluate artist statements, work samples and resumes and then select approximately one-third of the pool to advance to the next round. All applicants will be notified about their status via email, on or by September 24, 2021.

Round 2: Panel review
Peer reviewers will evaluate this smaller pool of applicants and select up to ten (10) + alternate awardees for the fellowship program. Only applicants who are advanced to this round will be asked to provide recommendations. All Round 2 applicants will be notified by Springboard staff about their status via email and phone after September 24. Fellowship awardees will be announced publicly in early October.

APPLICATION FEEDBACK CONSULTATIONS
Please note that at any time during the application period, running from August 11 through September 10, applicants are more than welcome to schedule an hour-long virtual application feedback consultation with one of Springboard's Artist Career Consultants (ACCs). We strongly encourage applicants to submit their consultation requests early and in order to guarantee availability. We offer this service at a sliding scale fee of $0 to $75/hr. Applicants can take a look at our complete list of ACCs and schedule a consultation by clicking here.

FELLOWSHIP PERIOD

COHORT
The Creative Economy Fellowship is run as a (virtual) cohort model in order to facilitate deeper connections, conversations, collaborations and cross-pollination of ideas. The fellowship is designed to be an open learning experience, meaning, it is customizable based on the shared interests and goals of that year’s group. From cycle-to-cycle, each cohort operates differently based on the unique dynamics of the group, and the systemic issues deemed most pressing for Minnesota artists at the time.

At the beginning of the fellowship, each fellow completes an intake process to do goal setting and big picture mapping for that fellowship year. Throughout the fellowship year, the fellows are provided access to Springboard's extensive resources, including: professional development tools/workshops/consultations/trainings, local/national network of community artists, financial planning support, and Springboard's organizational platforms including a published profile piece on Creative Exchange. Fellows attend six (6) cohort meetings (virtual) during their fellowship year and can schedule regular one-on-one check-ins with the program director, at their discretion. More details will be provided upon request and determined throughout the fellowship year. 

AWARDS
Creative Economy Fellows are not required to apply their awards towards existing or future work products. Fellows are encouraged to direct their $10,000 unrestricted funds towards areas that will have the most impact on their careers and overall quality of life. Beginning the fellowship, fellows will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one award budgeting sessions with Springboard Artist Career Consultants. Fellows will also have the option to schedule their award disbursement(s) in a single payout, or over several payouts during the corresponding tax years. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines. 

In the past, fellows have applied award funds towards:

- Cost of living (food, bills, housing, etc)
- Paying themselves
- Paying off debt
- Hiring staff
- Owning equipment
- Personal savings/retirement
- Medical care
- Childcare
- Continuing education
- Traveling
- General operations
- Study/reflection
- Experimentation/exploration
- Wellness/healing
- + More    

And artistic/creative work related activities such as:
- Classes/workshops/trainings (non-Springboard)
- Conferences attendance (flight, lodging, registration, meals, transport)
- Commuting to auditions/castings/interviews
- Meetings with mentors or professional experts
- Publishing/producing work
- Research
- Hiring contractors
- Studio or space rental
- Website design
- Equipment
- Reimbursement for business meetings
- Promotion/marketing
- Administrative support
- Professional headshots
- Accounting/taxes/legal help
- + more

TIMELINE

- August 11, 2021: Applications open
- August 19, 2021 6:30 - 7:30pm CST: Info session on Zoom. View and download the Info Session Slides - Creative Economy Fellowship.
- September 10, 2021 (11:59pm CST): Applications close
- September 13 - 24, 2021: Peer review panel; Prescreen and Panel Review
- September 27 - October 1, 2021: Collect communications assets
- October 4, 2021: Awardees announced
- October 4, 2021 - October 31, 2022: Fellowship period

Questions can also be sent to fellowship staff at: fellowships@springboardforthearts.org. Please read the FAQ - frequently asked questions - before emailing.

 

Creative Economy Fellowship Application

Apply for the Creative Economy Fellowship on Slideroom.

Deadline: September 10, 2021 (11:59pm CST)

Apply Now

Springboard Staff

Economic Opportunity Program Director
 
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Read the frequently asked questions related to the Creative Economy Fellowship.

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The Creative Economy Fellowship is supported in part by contributions from the Bush Foundation, with past support from the Surdna Foundation. Bush Foundation logo