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First Peoples Fund

Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship

Location: SD - Rapid City-Spearfish
Type: Residency / Fellowship
Category: Artist fellowship / artist-in-residence
Deadline: August 31, 2020

City: Rapid City, SD; open to any enrolled members or artists able to provide proof of lineal descendancy of a U.S. federally recognized tribe, a state recognized tribe, or be an Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian.
Stipend: $5,000 – $10,000, depending on funding available.
Is this a remote / WFH position? Yes

Opportunity description

First Peoples Fund partners with Native artists who want to strengthen their business skills through our Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship Program. In this one-year, self-directed program, artists get the technical support, professional training, and working capital they seek to start or grow a thriving arts business.

GRANT AMOUNT: $5,000 – $10,000, depending on funding available.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The 2020 applications are open from June 15 to August 31, 2020. Please click here to access the application.


First Peoples Fund’s Artist in Business Leadership fellowship doesn’t just help artists grow a business – it inspires them to fully honor their cultural creativity and grow the impact it has on their People.

Since 2004, First Peoples Fund has welcomed more than 100 artists – from photographers to painters, hip-hop artists to basket weavers – to the program. They have gained access to not only our vast network of artists and strategic partners, but also to new market opportunities.

Eligible artists receive individualized technical assistance and professional development guidance, as well as up to $5,000 in working capital funds to support specific entrepreneurial initiatives that will enhance their business and contribute to a consistent and reliable income for themselves and their families.


Our artist alumni tell us the program does more than just support an entrepreneurial spirit – it stimulates a renewed energy to challenge themselves and each other to create new work that pushes boundaries. The program develops independent, satisfied and credible artist entrepreneurs who are generous in spirit.

Qualifications or requirements


Applicants must be an enrolled member or provide proof of lineal descendancy of a U.S. federally recognized tribe, a state recognized tribe, or be an Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian.

Previous First Peoples Fund Fellows must wait at least one year before applying again.


The Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship is designed for emerging and established artists. Artists interested in applying for a fellowship should:

+ BE COMMITTED TO PURSUING ART as a way to build a business and support themselves and their families.

+ HAVE A STRONG VISION and articulated plan for implementing effective market strategies over the one-year fellowship period.

+ EXPLORE NEW PROJECTS AND WORKS with this opportunity.

How to apply

Apply here:

Want to discuss how you can apply for an Artists in Business Leadership fellowship? Call (605) 348-0324 or email at