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GIG Fund Advisory Committee

Are you interested in joining a committee focused on equitable funding and community-centered grantmaking?

Join Arts Midwest Staff and State Arts Agency representatives to make recommendations on our Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund. Your input will guide GIG Fund grant awards as well as our priorities and process.

If you’re not a current Arts Midwest grantee, and are part of the performing or visual arts industry, this may be the opportunity for you!

Apply for the GIG Fund Advisory Committee

(only accepting ND & SD candidates at this time)

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Who is eligible to serve on the GIG Fund advisory committee?

  • Individuals must be over 18 years of age and residents of Arts Midwest’s nine-state region (ND, SD, MN, IA, WI, MI, IL, IN, OH) and the Native nations that share this geography.
  • Committee members cannot be active Arts Midwest grantees.

How do I know if I should apply?

The committee is made up of approximately 15 individuals with diverse personal and professional experiences related to the arts and creativity. Arts Midwest is committed to a committee composed of individuals who are diverse across lines of identity, including race, gender, age, sexual orientation, geography, (dis)ability, and occupation.

Individuals best suited to serve on this committee:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to their community through professional, educational, and volunteer experience
  • Are familiar with, work, or have worked in the performing or visual arts industry on a professional level

How are members of the committee selected?

  • If you’re interested in joining the committee, submit a nomination via this form.
  • Arts Midwest will contact potential candidates.
  • Committee members’ names will be published on the Arts Midwest website for transparency once the committee is established.

What are the main duties and goals of the committee?

  • Committee members will assess GIG Fund applications and provide input to help guide Arts Midwest’s grantmaking priorities and processes.
  • The committee meets quarterly with Arts Midwest grantmaking staff. All meetings will be held virtually.

What is the time commitment for a committee member?

  • The standard term of service we request is one year. You may serve up to two consecutive terms.
  • The minimum total time commitment will be about 10 hours per 1-year term.
  • We anticipate the following annual schedule: onboarding (Autumn), quarterly meetings, and application review (Oct. & May).

How will committee members be compensated for this work?

  • Committee members will each receive a $500 honorarium. Committee members may also elect for the honorarium to go to their organization.

What happens if I am selected?

  • Arts Midwest grantmaking staff will follow-up with candidates to conduct a virtual one-on-one onboarding.
  • Quarterly virtual gatherings will be hosted by Arts Midwest staff to connect committee members to the larger group and to conduct committee business.

What authority does this committee have?

  • The committee has the authority to help vet and determine the organizations funded for Arts Midwest’s Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund and assist in the development of Arts Midwest’s grantmaking practices and policies.

Have more questions?

Contact Joshua Feist, director of grantmaking. Email: [email protected]; 612-238-8054


Apply for the GIG Fund Advisory Committee

(only accepting ND & SD candidates at this time)

Apply Now