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Please read the full GIG Fund program guidelines before preparing your application.

I am part of a performing arts organization (theatre, dance company, orchestra, etc.). May I apply to fund a performance that features our artists?

No, the artist(s) featured in a funded performance must be outside the applicant’s own organization. We cannot fund the wages of an applicant’s own company members or resident artists. In other words, theatre/dance companies rarely qualify unless they are serving as a venue/host organization for a visiting artist or production company. Self-produced productions do not qualify.

May I request funding for a festival/event that features multiple artists?

Yes, you may! However, we still recommend being as specific as possible regarding the events and the audience you intend to reach. It may be useful to focus your application on a single artist/ensemble.

May I request funding for an entire concert series?

We do not recommend applying with an entire series or season due to the size of this grant opportunity. Instead, focus your application on a specific artist, group of artists, event, or festival.

May I request more or less than $4,000?

Grant awards are a flat $4,000, regardless of an artist’s fee or your project’s total budget.

If I received a grant award for a previous funding cycle, may I still apply for the next round?

Yes, you may! However, funding is determined on a state-by-state basis, and if we receive a high volume of applications from your state, funding priority may be given to applicants who have not previously been awarded. Priority will also be given to organizations that are led by or engage an artist(s) who is historically underrepresented or marginalized.

How many applications will be funded?

We anticipate funding roughly 80 applicants per six-month granting cycle, for a total of roughly 160 grants per year.

Is the GIG Fund replacing the Touring Fund?

Yes, it is. The Arts Midwest Touring Fund will conclude at the end of the 2020-2021 granting cycle and will not offer any future granting opportunities.

Why don’t you fund organizations with fiscal sponsorships?

Funding from this program is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. As such, GIG Fund applicants and grantees must abide by federal eligibility requirements. Click here to read more from the NEA about fiscal sponsorships.

I don’t qualify for the GIG Fund. What other funding sources would you suggest?

Check with your state arts agency!

I still have questions. Who do I contact?

Email [email protected], or contact us by phone.

Joshua Feist, director of grantmaking, 612.238.8054