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Individual Artists Fellowships

We regret we are unable to offer Individual Artist Fellowships in FY2015, owing to insufficient resources. We hope to reinstate this category in FY2016. A determination on our ability to fund this grant category will be posted by January, 2015.

Until then, we will continue to address the professional development needs of emerging and professional artists through Artist Entrepreneurial Workshops.

The guidelines below are from FY2013 and are here for reference only. For questions, please contact:

Cassandra Mason, Chief Grants Officer (603) 271-7926


These FY2013 Grant Guidelines are valid for fiscal year July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013

Individual Artist Fellowships recognize New Hampshire artists for artistic excellence and professional commitment. Since 1981, Fellowships have been awarded to artists representing a wide range of art forms in the broad discipline categories of literary arts, visual arts & crafts, and performing arts. Fellowships are a public investment in the careers of professional New Hampshire artists. The statewide recognition that a Fellowship offers is intended to raise the public profile of an artist’s work and thereby increase opportunities to flourish as a member of the creative economy. Public engagement presentations by Fellowship recipients help to broaden the impact the artist has on communities in New Hampshire.

As a reflection of our commitment to individual professional artists and in response to our reduced resources, beginning in FY2011 the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts began awarding Individual Artist Fellowship disciplines on a rotating basis. In FY2013 two Fellowships will be awarded in the discipline of Performing Arts (Dance, Music & Theater).  (In FY2012, the State Arts Council focused on the discipline of Visual Arts & Crafts and in FY2011 on Literary Arts.)

Maximum Fellowship Request
Up to two Fellowship Awards of $4,000 each will be made to performing artists in FY2013. Up to four non-cash Honorable Mention Awards will also be announced.

Funding Disclaimer: All grant categories and amounts are subject to change, depending upon availability of state and federal funds for any fiscal year.

Required Match
The artist’s time in arranging for public engagement presentations is considered match for this grant category.

Who May Apply?
Professional individual artists who:

  • Are over 18 years of age;
  • Are residents of New Hampshire at the time of application and for one full year prior to application deadline (Fellowship recipients will be asked to provide proof of residency);
  • Plan to reside in New Hampshire for the full Fellowship year;
  • Have a resume that demonstrates professional commitment to an artistic discipline;
  • Have samples of recent work, not more than three years since completion, in the performing arts; and
  • Have submitted all required final reports for any State Arts Council grants awarded in the past.

This grant does not support:

  • More than one submission per applicant per year;
  • More than three Fellowship Awards to the same artist (Note: Individual artists receiving three Fellowship awards are automatically designated Lifetime Fellows;
  • Or Fellowship Awards to full-time students.

Application Review Process
A panel with expertise in the discipline of the Fellowship year meets to review applications according to the funding criteria. The panel reviews work samples and resume without name identification of the artist (anonymously).

The review panel recommends up to two Fellowship Awards and four Honorable Mention Awards. Panel recommendations are submitted to the State Arts Councilors for review and approval. Funding of $2,500 or more to individuals must also be submitted to the Governor and Executive Council for approval.

Special Note: The review panel may determine an applicant pool warrants the recommendation of fewer than two Fellowships.

Artists receiving an Honorable Mention Award do not receive funds as part of their award, but do receive the other benefits of the Fellowship program, including inclusion in publicity.  

Funding Criteria
The following criteria are used by reviewers to evaluate applications:

  • Artistic excellence as evidenced in work samples provided (see Required Work Samples below).
  • Professional commitment and / or professional accomplishment as evidenced in the artist resume.

Use of Funds & Recipient Obligations
Fellowship Award recipients are expected to use funds awarded to enhance their ability to create art that benefits the public and enriches their community. In the past, Fellows have used their awards to increase productivity, broaden the scope of their work, and/or market to new audiences.

Fellowship recipients are required to make four public engagement presentations to diverse segments of the New Hampshire community during their Fellowship year with the goal of broadening the impact the artist has on communities. The type of presentation may include lectures, performances, demonstrations, or workshops. They can be determined by the Fellowship recipient but should be coordinated with State Arts Council staff, who may elect to combine the public engagement presentations of two Fellows in order to better publicize the program. All events must be held in ADA compliant, universally accessible locations and be free to the public.

How to Apply

  • Complete the Fellowship application form: MSWord / PDF
  • Submit required number of Work Samples
  • Submit a resume that details professional accomplishments

IMPORTANT: Follow the directions in Required Work Samples & How to Prepare the Application Package.

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Required Work Samples:

General Information
IMPORTANT: Because the work samples are reviewed by the panel anonymously, the artist's name MUST NOT appear within the Work Samples.

Work Samples must be able to be played on DVD player, CD player, or in a MS Windows readable format.  

Submissions must include one copy of a “self-created” Work Sample Identification Sheet that details:

  • Role of the artist in the performance. This is especially important if the work sample submitted includes the applicant performing in an ensemble/group. If the work sample is a visual DVD, please indicate where the applicant is located within the ensemble/group.
  • The exact tracks/sections of the Work Sample you would like the panel to review and in what order it should be heard or viewed. Please note that panelists have limited time within a panel review so will listen/view approximately 5 to 10 minutes of a work sample in the first round of review. Therefore, please be specific in your request.

Discipline Specific Requirements:

  • Dancers & Choreographers: One DVD; the location of the performance; the date of the performance


  • Composers: Six copies of each composition including up to 20 pages of a score; and one copy of a sound recording of composition/s submitted on CD; the date of the composition/s
  • Soloists and musicians in ensembles: One CD; the location of the performance; the date of the performance
  • Conductors: One DVD; the location of the performance; the date of the performance


  • Directors and actors: One DVD; the location of the performance; the date of the performance

How to Prepare the Application Package
1. Fill out the application form in its entirety and sign. Responses to the Narrative Questions should be brief and may be typed directly onto the form or onto a separate page. Submit only one signed copy and keep a copy for your files.
2. Create a Work Sample Identification Sheet.
3. Enclose required Work Samples.
4. Attach a Professional Resume.
5. Assemble #1-4 above in order.
6. Mail application packet to: New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, 19 Pillsbury Street, First Floor, Concord, NH 03301. Provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your Work Samples returned. The State Arts Council is not responsible for materials left more than 30 days following notification.

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts office by close of business on the deadline date. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The office is closed all state and most federal holidays. Late applications will not be accepted. The State Arts Council cannot accept applications transmitted by facsimile (FAX) or email. The State Arts Council is not responsible for applications lost in transit. Errors and omissions may affect a panel's evaluation of your application, so please prepare your application carefully and follow instructions.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within approximately 12 weeks of the application deadline.

The State Arts Council disburses funds appropriated from public sources, both federal and state. Checks are issued by Administrative Services of the State of N.H., not the Department of Cultural Resources or the State Arts Council. If an individual is awarded $2,500 or more from the State Arts Council during a fiscal year, grants need to be approved by Governor and Executive Council; consequently payment can take up to 10 weeks after the receipt of properly executed grant forms. All awards are subject to availability of state and federal funds. Therefore, we ask grantees to plan cash flow accordingly. Grant recipients are responsible for all applicable federal taxes. We urge that you keep all receipts and other appropriate records for tax filing purposes.


  • All grant agreements must be returned within 60 days from the date they are issued. Failure to return the grant agreement may result in the cancellation of the grant and reallocation of funds.
  • Payment of a grant will be withheld if the final reports for previous grants are not in compliance with policy below.

Grant Period and Reporting Requirements
The grant period is July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013. A final report is due 30 days after the completion of your project, but no later than July 31, 2013. An extension of up to three months may be requested. The request for extension should be made in writingbefore the deadline for submission has passed to the grant coordinator responsible for administering the grant and should briefly note why the extension is necessary and the date the report will be submitted.

Failure to submit the final report by the required date will result in the individual becoming ineligible to apply for State Arts Council funding for two years. Additionally, failure to submit the final report may result in a withholding of funds from any currently awarded State Arts Council grant.

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Last updated: February 24, 2014

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