Who may apply: 
DAC Facility Grants provide short term use of the DAC building to support arts activities.
Non-profit organizations, individual artists and groups of artists may apply to this program. For-profit  (commercial) organizations are not eligible to apply.  Applicants must be over the age of 18.

What projects are eligible?:
 Facility Grants support short term projects in all art forms. Apply to the Season Grant Program to request support for on-going operations, year round activities, and annual events. Facility Grants will not be given to fundraising events. Facility grants cannot be used to request gallery space for exhibits in the building. To apply for an exhibit you must participate in the annual Call for Artists. Contact stierney@durhamarts.org or call 919-560-2719 for information about the Call for Artists. 

What may I ask for?
 Durham Arts Council manages a 52,000 sq. ft. public, community arts center that contains spaces for dance, theater and music rehearsals, meetings, workshops and performances. A Facility Grant may be used to request use of the facility with a total non-profit rental value of up to $1200 per fiscal year. Request value is calculated at the nonprofit arts & cultural rate rate posted on the DAC website: http://www.durhamarts.org/pdf/facility/Event%20Room%20Rates%20and%20Fees.pdf  Applicants will only be granted one facility grant per fiscal year (July 1 -June 30). Facility Grants are for rent only and do not include technical, maintenance or security fees incurred by the recipient. All Facility Grants require a User Fee payment by the recipient (See below in Item #2).  If you are awarded a grant you will receive a contract itemizing fees and grant credits, at which time you will be able to adjust your project if necessary.

NOTE: You cannot apply for space using a Facility Grant if you have already made the same request using a DAC Season Grant.

What are the criteria by which DAC evaluates applications? 
Criteria for evaluating applications are: Quality of Art or Arts Experience, Project Implementation and Impact of the Grant on the quality of the project. Facility Grants are dependent on scheduling restrictions and event compatibility. 

EIGHT THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND AS YOU CONSIDER APPLYING FOR THIS GRANT: 
1. You may not apply if you have any outstanding bills or late grant reports due to DAC. 
2. If you are requesting use of the Peoples Security Insurance Theatre, please note that if you are approved for this grant we require payment of a non-refundable, non-transferable User Fee of $70 per performance day in the theatre. If you are applying to use any non performance space at DAC, we require payment of a non-refundable, non-transferable User Fee of $10 for each 4 hour use. This will be due with your signed contract. If you cancel your performance, rehearsal or meeting you lose this deposit. If using the Theatre, we will also require you to meet with the DAC Technical Director at least two weeks prior to event. 
3. Any time you occupy or enter Peoples Security Insurance Theatre, whether for performance, load-in, load-out, rehearsal or other reasons, DAC’s Technical Director must be present at a cost to you of $35.00 per hour. Overtime rates may apply if your use requires more than 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week of the technician’s time. This grant does not cover technician fees.
4. Normal Durham Arts Council building activity hours are 9:00 AM-9:00 PM, Monday through Saturday and 1:00-6:00 PM on Sunday. Any access to the building before or after these hours must be requested ahead of time and will result in extra charges to you. 
5. Although use of tables, chairs and music stands can be included as part of the grant request, the recipient is responsible for setting them up and taking them down. 
6. Although we can usually provide a piano, it is provided with tuning “as is”. If you will require tuning beyond this level, DAC will schedule the tuning and bill you. 
7. We do not check date availability or reserve dates prior to receipt of a Facility Grant application.
8. Durham Arts Council reserves the right to require a security deposit depending on the type of activity and/or applicant’s previous credit history or lack of history. If you need further information about Durham Arts Council or have questions about this grant, contact the Office of Artist Services at 919-560-2720 or 560-2719. DAC reserves the right to request more information before making a decision about the award. You will generally receive notification in 6-8 weeks after due date. Please note that fees quoted in this document are current as of June 2016 and are subject to change without notice.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 15th, 2016

In its 42nd year, CenterFest is the longest running outdoor juried arts festival in North Carolina. Located in Durham's lively Downtown district, the event is a favorite among visual artists, performing artists, and visitors. DAC's expanded marketing campaign, with support from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Durham Inc., and fantastic media sponsors will continue to build regional response to this exciting event. Annual attendance at the festival averages 30,000 guests. Centerfest Arts Festival is now ranked in the “Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the United States” by Sunshine Artist. 

CenterFest will be held in downtown Durham on:

Saturday, September 17 - 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. (Set-up), 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Festival Hours)

Sunday, September 18 -
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Set-up), 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Festival Hours)

NONPROFIT APPLICATION GUIDELINES
  • A limited number of booth spaces (not to exceed 25) will be available to non-profits.
  • Applicants must be 501 (c ) 3 not for profit organizations, and must submit their tax-ID # and upload IRS Determination Letter on the application. This will be used and verified as proof of non-profit status from the IRS Department of Treasury.
If more applications are received than spaces are available, preference will be given to applicants which:
  • Have the arts as an integral part of the organization's mission.
  • Offer an amenity to festival-goers. (Interactive activities to attract an audience)
  • FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES CANNOT BE THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THE BOOTH.
REGULATIONS:
  • Booth spaces are available in both the Children’s Area and on the streets throughout the festival site. Placement within these parameters will be decided by the CenterFest Committee.
  • Items permitted for sale in booths located within the festival include rummage items, specialty items (hats, stickers, etc.), and home-baked goods. Foods other than home-baked goods are not permitted. Arts and Crafts and T-shirt sales are also prohibited.
  • Information about the non-profit may be handed out to festival participants, but only from within the actual booth space. Distribution of information outside of your booth space or in any festival thoroughfare is strictly prohibited.
  • Beverages and CenterFest souvenir items may not be sold or given away. CenterFest retains exclusive vending rights for beverages, souvenir items, face painting, and T-shirts.
  • Organizations must participate on both days of the festival. If booth is abandoned, it will be shut down.
  • Sound level of music, if applicable and which must be approved by the CenterFest Committee, must be contained to booth area.
  • All booth spaces are 10’ wide and 10’ deep. Double booth spaces may be available. All equipment and supplies must be contained within the dimensions of the space. Nothing may be hung on trees or affixed to building structures in such a way as to damage the surfaces.
  • All units must be of sound construction and must not obstruct others. You and your volunteers are responsible for securing your space overnight.
  • All sales and activity prices are subject to review and must be approved in advance of the Festival. A contract will be sent to all accepted non-profits and will include which items and pricing were approved by the Committee.
EQUIPMENT RENTAL

Nonprofit Booth fees do NOT include tents, tables or chairs. They are available to rent at an additional cost. Please plan to bring your own if you are not renting through DAC. Tents are set on asphalt. Be sure to bring appropriate weights to anchor each leg.

FEES & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All application fees must be paid online via ETIX at the link provided

http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4117294/centerfest-nonprofit-application--durham-durham-arts-councildurham-art-walk

The link will also be provided in the confirmation email you will receive after you submit your application. You can use this link to pay. 

  • If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your check made payable to the Durham Arts Council, Inc. with your online application email confirmation to:
Durham Arts Council
CenterFest Office
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701

    All fees are deposited upon receipt. Groups will be notified by August 8th of their application status. If an organization is not accepted, booth and rental fees will be refunded at this time if applicable.

    • Applications are due no later than July 15th to be considered for CenterFest 2016.
    • All cancellations for participation must be received in writing by August 19th for a full refund of booth and rental fees.
    REQUIRED FEES
    $80 - Non Profit Booth Space ($160 double booth)
    $25 - Processing Fee (required, non-refundable)

    OPTIONAL FEES
    $250 - 10 x 10 tent rental (delivered & assembled)
    $60 - Electrical hook up
    $25 - Table + 2 chairs 

    SECURITY
    • All vehicles MUST be removed from the festival site area by 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 and by 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Items may be carried to booths after these times.
    • Uniformed security, CenterFest staff and volunteers will be on site during festival hours. Limited security will be available on Saturday night. However, you are strongly encouraged to remove valuable property and lock down vending areas. Durham Arts Council assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to any signage, product, display equipment or property.

    RAINOUT PROCEDURE

    CenterFest is a “rain or shine” event; no rain dates! Participants should be prepared to continue in the case of light rain. In the case of heavy rain, the CenterFest Committee will consider electrical hazards, logistical requirements, concessionaires’ needs, and the requirements of performing artists in making any decision about suspension or cancellation of any part or all of the Festival. No refunds will be made due to inclement weather or a participant’s decision to leave before the end.








    APPLICATIONS DUE: FRIDAY, JULY 15th, 2016

    In its 42nd year, CenterFest is the longest running outdoor juried arts festival in North Carolina. Located in Durham's lively Downtown district, the event is a favorite among visual artists, performing artists, and visitors. DAC's expanded marketing campaign, with support from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Durham Inc., and fantastic media sponsors will continue to build regional response to this exciting event. Annual attendance at the festival averages 30,000 guests. Centerfest Arts Festival is now ranked in the “Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the United States” by Sunshine Artist. 

    CenterFest will be held in downtown Durham on:

    Saturday, September 17 - 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. (Set-up), 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Festival Hours)

    Sunday, September 18 -
    8 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Set-up), 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Festival Hours)

    DURHAM GOVERNMENT SERVICES APPLICATION GUIDELINES

    • Durham Government Services applicant fees include one table, two chairs and space under a large shared 20x20 tent.
    • Durham Government Services can request a separate (single) 10x10 tent with 8 ft. table and 2 chairs.
    • Other municipalities may apply to participate in Centerfest under a 10 x 10 tent or bring your own.
    • Information about Durham Government Services department may be freely distributed to festival participants but only from within your actual booth space. Failure to comply will result in the participant being asked to leave the festival.
    • Organizations must participate on both days of the festival. If booth is abandoned, it will be shut down.
    • Limited spaces available
    REGULATIONS:
    • Placement will be decided by the CenterFest Committee.
    • Items permitted for sale in booths located within the festival include rummage items, specialty items (hats, stickers, etc.), and home-baked goods. Foods other than home-baked goods are not permitted. Arts and Crafts and T-shirt sales are also prohibited.
    • Information about the government services may be handed out to festival participants, but only from within the actual booth space. Distribution of information outside of your booth space or in any festival thoroughfare is strictly prohibited.
    • If you bring a department mascot, the mascot may roam freely within the vicinity of the booth to engage festival participants.
    • Beverages and CenterFest souvenir items may not be sold or given away. CenterFest retains exclusive vending rights for beverages, souvenir items, face painting, and T-shirts.
    • Organizations must participate on both days of the festival. If booth is abandoned, it will be shut down.
    • Sound level of music, if applicable and which must be approved by the CenterFest Committee, must be contained to booth area.
    • All units must be of sound construction and must not obstruct others. You and your volunteers are responsible for securing your space overnight.
    • All sales and activity prices are subject to review and must be approved in advance of the Festival. A contract will be sent to all accepted government services and will include which items and pricing were approved by the Committee.

    FEES & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    All application fees must be paid online via ETIX at the link providedhttp://www.etix.com/ticket/p/5619264/centerfest-government-application--durham-durham-arts-councildurham-art-walk. The link will also be provided in the confirmation email you will receive after you submit your application. You can use this link to pay. 
    • If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your check made payable to the Durham Arts Council, Inc. with your online application email confirmation to:
    Durham Arts Council
    CenterFest Office
    120 Morris Street
    Durham, NC 27701
      All fees are deposited upon receipt. Groups will be notified by August 8th of their application status. If an organization is not accepted, booth fees will be refunded at this time if applicable.
      • Applications are due no later than July 15th to be considered for CenterFest 2016.
      • All cancellations for participation must be received in writing by August 19th for a full refund of booth fees.
      REQUIRED FEES
      $125 - Durham Government Services Booth Space (shared booth space includes tent, 1 table & 2 chairs)
      $25 - Processing Fee (all applicants must submit the processing fee. The fee is non-refundable)

      OPTIONAL FEES
      $60 - Electrical hook up

      SECURITY
      • All vehicles MUST be removed from the festival site area by 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 and by 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Items may be carried to booths after these times.
      • Uniformed security, CenterFest staff and volunteers will be on site during festival hours. Limited security will be available on Saturday night. However, you are strongly encouraged to remove valuable property and lock down vending areas. Durham Arts Council assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to any signage, product, display equipment or property.

      RAINOUT PROCEDURE

      CenterFest is a “rain or shine” event; no rain dates! Participants should be prepared to continue in the case of light rain. In the case of heavy rain, the CenterFest Committee will consider electrical hazards, logistical requirements, concessionaires’ needs, and the requirements of performing artists in making any decision about suspension or cancellation of any part or all of the Festival. No refunds will be made due to inclement weather or a participant’s decision to leave before the end.












      APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 15th, 2016

      In its 42nd year, CenterFest is the longest running outdoor juried arts festival in North Carolina. Located in Durham's lively Downtown district, the event is a favorite among visual artists, performing artists, and visitors. DAC's expanded marketing campaign, with support from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Durham Inc., and fantastic media sponsors will continue to build regional response to this exciting event. Annual attendance at the festival averages 30,000 guests. Centerfest Arts Festival is now ranked in the “Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the United States” by Sunshine Artist. 

      CenterFest will be held in downtown Durham on:

      Saturday, September 17 - 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. (Set-up), 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Festival Hours)

      Sunday, September 18 -
      8 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Set-up), 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Festival Hours)

      POLITICAL APPLICATION GUIDELINES

      Political Parties and Political Candidates can rent booth
      space for their organization. Parties can rent as many tents, chairs, and tables as needed (fee schedule on next page), or they can bring their own equipment.

      • All individual political candidates are encouraged to participate in CenterFest by either:
        1. renting a booth space on your own;
        OR
      •     2. if the candidate is affiliated with a political party which is renting a booth, candidate may request space within the party’s tent from the party coordinator.

        • Information about Political Parties/Candidates,
        or voter registration may be freely distributed to festival participants but only from within your actual booth space. Failure to comply will result in theparticipant being asked to leave the festival.
      • Organizations must participate on both days of the festival. If booth is abandoned, it will be shut down.
      REGULATIONS:
      • Booth spaces are available in both the Children’s Area and on the streets throughout the festival site. Placement within these parameters will be decided by the CenterFest Committee.
      • Items permitted for sale in booths located within the festival include rummage items, specialty items (hats, stickers, etc.), and home-baked goods. Foods other than home-baked goods are not permitted. Arts and Crafts and T-shirt sales are also prohibited.
      • Information about the political party may be handed out to festival participants, but only from within the actual booth space. Distribution of information outside of your booth space or in any festival thoroughfare is strictly prohibited.
      • Beverages and CenterFest souvenir items may not be sold or given away. CenterFest retains exclusive vending rights for beverages, souvenir items, face painting, and T-shirts.
      • Organizations must participate on both days of the festival. If booth is abandoned, it will be shut down.
      • Sound level of music, if applicable and which must be approved by the CenterFest Committee, must be contained to booth area.
      • All booth spaces are 10’ wide and 10’ deep. Double booth spaces may be available. All equipment and supplies must be contained within the dimensions of the space. Nothing may be hung on trees or affixed to building structures in such a way as to damage the surfaces.
      • All units must be of sound construction and must not obstruct others. You and your volunteers are responsible for securing your space overnight.
      • All sales and activity prices are subject to review and must be approved in advance of the Festival.
      EQUIPMENT RENTAL

      Political Party Booth fees do NOT include tents, tables or chairs. They are available to rent at an additional cost. Parties or Candidates can rent as many tents, chairs, and tables as needed (fee schedule below). Please plan to bring your own if you are not renting through DAC. Tents are set on asphalt. Be sure to bring appropriate weights to anchor each leg.

      FEES & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      All application fees must be paid online via ETIX at the link provided
      http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6054733/centerfest-political-application--durham-durham-arts-councildurham-art-walk
      The link will also be provided in the confirmation email you will receive after you submit your application. You can use this link to pay.  
      • If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your check made payable to the Durham Arts Council, Inc. with your online application email confirmation to:
      Durham Arts Council
      CenterFest Office
      120 Morris Street
      Durham, NC 27701
        All fees are deposited upon receipt. Groups will be notified by August 8th of their application status. If an organization is not accepted, booth and rental fees will be refunded at this time if applicable.
        • Applications are due no later than July 15th to be considered for CenterFest 2016.
        • All cancellations for participation must be received in writing by August 19th for a full refund of booth and rental fees.
        REQUIRED FEES
        $200 - Political Booth Space
        $25 - Processing Fee (all applicants must submit the processing fee. The fee is non-refundable)

        OPTIONAL FEES
        $250 - 10 x 10 tent rental (delivered & assembled)
        $60 - Electrical hook up
        $25 - Table + 2 chairs 

        SECURITY
        • All vehicles MUST be removed from the festival site area by 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 and by 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Items may be carried to booths after these times.
        • Uniformed security, CenterFest staff and volunteers will be on site during festival hours. Limited security will be available on Saturday night. However, you are strongly encouraged to remove valuable property and lock down vending areas. Durham Arts Council assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to any signage, product, display equipment or property.

        RAINOUT PROCEDURE

        CenterFest is a “rain or shine” event; no rain dates! Participants should be prepared to continue in the case of light rain. In the case of heavy rain, the CenterFest Committee will consider electrical hazards, logistical requirements, concessionaires’ needs, and the requirements of performing artists in making any decision about suspension or cancellation of any part or all of the Festival. No refunds will be made due to inclement weather or a participant’s decision to leave before the end.















        APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 22nd, 2016

        In its 42nd year, CenterFest is the longest running outdoor juried arts festival in North Carolina. Located in Durham's lively Downtown district, the event is a favorite among visual artists, performing artists, and visitors. DAC's expanded marketing campaign, with support from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Durham Inc., and fantastic media sponsors will continue to build regional response to this exciting event. Annual attendance at the festival averages 30,000 guests. Centerfest Arts Festival is now ranked in the “Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the United States” by Sunshine Artist. 

        CenterFest will be held in downtown Durham on:

        Saturday, September 17 - 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. (Set-up), 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Festival Hours)

        Sunday, September 18 -
        8 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Set-up), 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Festival Hours)

        DEAR PROSPECTIVE CENTERFEST FOOD VENDOR:

        In order to provide each vendor with a unique presence, Durham Arts Council requires a complete menu with prices of the items you plan to sell at this year’s festival. We seek a balance of festival staples and unique food options. If you are accepted as a food vendor for CenterFest 2016, you will receive a letter of agreement listing those menu items that you are approved to sell.

        * New! Vendor Registration
        As of 2014 North Carolina has a mandatory registration for all festival vendors. All vendors must supply DAC with their NC vendor registration and have a copy on hand at their booth. Registration is free. You can find more information at: http://www.dornc.com/electronic/registration/index.html

        Quick & Tasty Details:
        • Food vendor applications will be reviewed after the deadline of July 22nd.
        • Payment is accepted online via ETIX at the link provided: http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/2195654/centerfest-food-vendor-application--durham-durham-arts-councildurham-art-walk     . The link will also be provided in the confirmation email that will be sent to you after completion of the application.
        • If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your check made payable to the Durham Arts Council, Inc. with your online application email confirmation to:
        • Durham Arts Council
          CenterFest Office
          120 Morris Street
          Durham, NC 27701

          • All fees are deposited upon receipt.
          • You will receive a letter in two weeks indicating either acceptance (with more detailed information to follow in the month of August) or rejection (followed by a refund of booth fee & setup deposit).
          • Great placement of performance areas in relation to food vendor areas
          • Timely technical support for electrical and water related issues
          • Offer the widest variety of food choices by avoiding duplication among accepted vendors.
          • Ice available to vendors for purchase on site.
          • Attractive seating areas close to food vendors.
          We look forward to receiving your application and having your business join the wide range of food offerings at Durham Arts Council's CenterFest!
          For additional information, please contact the CenterFest office at 919-560-2722 or email: centerfest@durhamarts.org. 

          Regulations:
          • All food vendors, restaurants, individuals, and non-profit groups may apply as food vendors.
          • Food vendors may set up booths between 8 - 11 pm on Friday, 9/16 and Saturday, 9/17 between 6 - 8 am. By 9 am Saturday, all vehicles must be off-site.
          • All menu items and prices are subject to review by the Food Vendor Committee. Changes in menu items will require prior approval from the committee and cannot be made the day of the festival.
          •  As required by law, all vendors will be subject to inspection by the Durham County Health Dept. and will be issued a permit for their temporary food establishment. No food can be prepared for at your temporary food establishment before your booth has been inspected and issued a permit. The only exception is vendors with a current mobile food truck permit.
          • Water under pressure will be provided to your booth. You will need to provide a dish washing sink, a receptacle for the removal of waste water, and a minimum of 20 feet to the water system.
          •  Durham Arts Council has contracted with an outside vending firm to supply all lemonade, lemon-based drinks, and tea drinks. Food Vendors at CenterFest MAY NOT SELL bottled or canned beverages, water, tea, lemonade, lemon-based smoothies or any other lemon frozen products. The only exception is for non-lemon based frozen smoothies. Payment of a “Smoothie Premium,” in addition to the booth space fee, is required to sell smoothies. Applications for vendors selling mainly coffees, lattes, etc. and little or no food will be considered.
          • ATMS will be available on festival site.
          • Food may only be sold from the assigned vending booth spot.
          • Vendors must abide by all applicable regulations, fire rules and sanitation laws.
          • Vendors are encouraged to make their booth space attractive and inviting.
          • Food Trucks are required to utilize onsite electricity. Generators are not allowed.
          • Fire extinguishers are required (at least one per booth). The Fire Marshall will inspect all booths.
          • Ice will be available for sale / delivery at $5 per bag.
          • Once accepted, you will be required to provide proof of current liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000.00; Durham Arts Council, and the City of Durham must be added as additional insureds for September 17-18, 2016.
          For questions regarding food vending regulations contact Durham Co Health Dept. at 919-560-7800.

          Refunds:

          All fees are deposited upon receipt. If you are not selected to participate in CenterFest 2016, we will return booth fees in full. If you are selected but decide not to participate, you must notify the CenterFest office in writing no later than August 26, 2016. There will be no refunds past this date. The Security/Setup deposit will be refunded by mail following the Festival if your site is left in satisfactory condition as determined by the CenterFest Food Vendor Committee. Failure to properly clean or obstruction of festival site by vehicles will result in forfeiture of your $50.00 security deposit. Proper disposal of waste is required. The area will be inspected by the city prior to, during, and after the event.

          Booth Space:
          • Booth spaces are 10’x (10’, 15’, 20’ or 30’) depending on your selection
          • Vendor may apply for more than one space; please utilize separate applications. If your booth/trailer size exceeds the booth space size, you must apply for the next sized booth or your application will not be processed. 
          • Vendors must contain all equipment, supplies and storage within their space. Nothing may be hung on trees. Booths must be of sound construction, free-standing and must not obstruct others. No campers, RVs or trailers are allowed on site except during loading and unloading. Electricity will be provided only if requested on the application. Generators are NOT allowed.
          • All fees must be paid in advance in order to be considered for participation in CenterFest 2016 and must be paid online via ETIX at the link provided. The link will also be available in your confirmation email after you submit your application. If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your check made payable to the Durham Arts Council, Inc. with your online application email confirmation to:
          Durham Arts Council
          CenterFest Office
          120 Morris Street
          Durham, NC 27701
          • See fee schedule below:

          REQUIRED FEES
          $25.00 Non-refundable application fee
          $50.00 Cleaning Deposit (mandatory)

          FOOD VENDOR (TFE) RATES


          $375 - (10 x 10 ) Space
          $550 (10 x 15 ) Space
          $725 (10 x 20 ) Space
          $1,050 (10 x 30) Space

          FOOD TRUCK RATES*
          $200 - 1 Day 
          $375 - 2-Day

          OPTIONAL FEES
          $60 - Electrical hook up (*required for all food vendors and food trucks - NO GENERATORS ALLOWED)
          $300 - Smoothie Premium 

          SECURITY
          • Booths/Food Trucks MUST be set-up and tow vehicles removed from the festival site area by 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 and by 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Items may be carried to booths after these times.
          • Uniformed security, CenterFest staff and volunteers will be on site during festival hours. Limited security will be available on Saturday night. However, you are strongly encouraged to remove valuable property and lock down vending areas. Durham Arts Council assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to any signage, product, display equipment or property.

          RAINOUT PROCEDURE

          CenterFest is a “rain or shine” event; no rain dates! Participants should be prepared to continue in the case of light rain. In the case of heavy rain, the CenterFest Committee will consider electrical hazards, logistical requirements, concessionaires’ needs, and the requirements of performing artists in making any decision about suspension or cancellation of any part or all of the Festival. No refunds will be made due to inclement weather or a participant’s decision to leave before the end.


















          APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 22nd, 2016

          In its 42nd year, CenterFest is the longest running outdoor juried arts festival in North Carolina. Located in Durham’s lively Downtown district, the event is a favorite among visual artists, performing artists and visitors.

          DAC’s expanded marketing campaign, with support from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Durham, Inc. and fantastic media sponsors will continue to build regional response to this exciting event. Annual attendance at the Festival averages 30,000 guests. Centerfest Arts Festival is now ranked in the “Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the United States” by Sunshine Artist. 

          CenterFest will be held in downtown Durham on:

          Saturday, September 17 - 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. (Set-up), 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Festival Hours)

          Sunday, September 18 - 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Set-up), 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Festival Hours)

          We invite you to sell specialty items or services which would not qualify for the festival in the traditional categories.  Craft Activities for children that require a fee generally do not qualify because we offer free craft activities for children as part of the Kids Zone.  T-Shirt sales are also prohibited.

          * New! Vendor Registration
          As of 2014 North Carolina has a mandatory registration for all festival vendors. All vendors must supply DAC with their NC vendor registration and have a copy on hand at their booth. Registration is free. You can find more information at: http://www.dornc.com/electronic/registration/index.html


          ·       Souvenirs- Items that are inexpensive, fun and which enrich peoples’ experience at the festival (ex. Sunglasses, hats, fans, etc.) These items CANNOT display any corporate logos or sponsor brand identification.

          ·       Visual Arts Services- Services such as face painting, henna, caricatures, etc.

          All operations must fit in a 10’x10’ booth space. 

          Please ensure that the enclosed application is accurately and completely filled out and that a photograph of your booth in operation is uploaded. Vendors who do not submit a photo of their booth setup will NOT be considered, regardless of any prior affiliation with CenterFest.  Vendors will be selected based on booth image, appearance of items described on their application and appropriateness for the festival.  CenterFest staff makes selections and all decisions are final.  Acceptance to past CenterFest shows does not guarantee acceptance to the show each year. 

          All applications must submit a $25 processing fee.  This fee is non-refundable.

          In addition to the cost of booth space, we also require a $50 refundable cleaning deposit check for each site. Please submit the deposit with your application at the link provided. CenterFest will refund your deposit amount following the event provided you adhere to all rules and regulations or if you are not accepted to exhibit at CenterFest.  Applications submitted without a deposit will not be considered.  You will be notified of your acceptance by August 15, 2016.

          The space fee is $250, processing fee of $25, and cleaning deposit of $50, for a total of $325.00 that will be due in full with your application by July 22, 2016. The space fee and deposit will be refunded to you if you are not accepted to exhibit at CenterFest.

          All application fees must be paid online via ETIX at the link provided:

          http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6060422/centerfest-novelty-application--durham-durham-arts-councildurham-art-walk

                . The link will also be provided in the confirmation email you will receive after you submit your application. You can use this link to pay.

          • If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your check made payable to the Durham Arts Council, Inc. with your online application email confirmation to:
          Durham Arts Council
          CenterFest Office
          120 Morris Street
          Durham, NC 27701

            REQUIRED FEES
            $250 - Novelty Vendor Booth Space (required)

            $50 - Cleaning Deposit (refundable)

            $25 - Processing Fee (required, non-refundable)

            OPTIONAL FEE:

            $60 - Electricity hook-up (if electricity is required for your booth. Generators NOT allowed)

            You will be notified of your acceptance by August 15, 2016. If accepted you will receive a contract.  Your contract and a copy of your organizations certificate of insurance will be due by August 22, 2016. Please be aware that if you are accepted to the festival and do not return your contract by August 22, 2016, or notify the CenterFest office of your inability to participate by the same date, you will forfeit your deposit fee.

            SECURITY
            • All vehicles MUST be removed from the festival site area by 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 and by 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Items may be carried to booths after these times.
            • Uniformed security, CenterFest staff and volunteers will be on site during festival hours. Limited security will be available on Saturday night. However, you are strongly encouraged to remove valuable property and lock down vending areas. Durham Arts Council assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage to any signage, product, display equipment or property.

            RAINOUT PROCEDURE

            CenterFest is a “rain or shine” event; no rain dates! Participants should be prepared to continue in the case of light rain. In the case of heavy rain, the CenterFest Committee will consider electrical hazards, logistical requirements, concessionaires’ needs, and the requirements of performing artists in making any decision about suspension or cancellation of any part or all of the Festival. No refunds will be made due to inclement weather or a participant’s decision to leave before the end.




            APPLICATION DEADLINE - JUNE 17th, 2016

            The 42nd Annual CenterFest 2016 is the longest running street arts festival in North Carolina. Showcasing the arts, the festival boast over 130 juried visual artists, lots of food, great entertainment, and fun, educational activities for kids. Located in Downtown Durham's revitalized city center district, CenterFest performers, artists and visitors will enjoy this area that is surrounded by restaurants, shops and studios: a perfect setting for an event that will bring around 30,000 visitors over the weekend. We are excited about our expanded marketing campaign for 2016 and our media partnerships estimated at $120,000 in media exposure. From multi-media pull-out section in the Durham Herald-Sun to television commercials, we are getting the word out about this event and the artists and performers who are featured! CenterFest 2016 will feature multiple performance stages featuring music, dance, and street performers, festival arts and community groups. We are looking for a diverse array of performance groups and entertainers for these areas! CenterFest will feature 65 acts on 5 stages as well as roving performers. Centerfest Arts Festival is now ranked in the “Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the United States” by Sunshine Artist. 

            APPLICATION DEADLINE - JUNE 17th, 2016
            • Complete contact information
            • Attach your technical needs sheet (upload file as word 'docx, doc' or pdf document, not exceeding 1MB)
            • Provide description of your group
            • Provide web link to online performance sample
            • Upload press quality photo (png, gif, and jpeg files accepted, with file size not exceeding 1MB)
            BENEFITS, SCREENING, AND REGULATIONS

            BENEFITS
            If selected to perform, you will receive the following festival benefits:
            • Photo and description with link to your website on the CenterFest website.
            • Exposure in over 55,000 Event Guides to be distributed at the event and prior to the event through Durham and Orange Counties.
            • Inclusion in publicity campaign and social media.
            • Sound and stage management by a professional (Sound Reinforcement mics, and stage included, No backline gear will be provided.)
            • Payment of up to $100 for your 20 - 45 minute performance. More established bands may be considered for higher performance fees.
            • A designated area for performers to sell and distribute CD's and merchandise. Performers are responsible for managing their own sales.

            SCREENING
            All applicants will be screened by the Centerfest 2016 Management Team and entertainment committee. The screening process will take into account technical and scheduling needs, diversity in performances, and record of previous performances. All 2016 Applicants will be notified by July 25th if they are selected or not selected.

            REGULATIONS
            • Artists must perform work for which they were invited.
            • Artists must provide technical specifications with the application.
            • The DAC retains the right to use any festival documentation to be used in future promotion of CenterFest without compensation to the artist.
            • Stage performances will generally be 20 to 40 minutes.
            • All staging areas will be outdoors and two will have coverings. No "green room" dressing room, or rugs will be provided.
            • No application fee to apply.
            • Load in areas, parking passes and information and festival map will be included in a formal contract between you and the DAC upon selection to perform.
            • Rainout: CenterFest is a Rain or Shine event. Performers will be asked to proceed in the event of light rain when it is safe to do so. No compensation will be paid due to performers decision not to participate; performers will be paid in the event of rain if they are present and ready to perform.
            MUSIC STAGES
            A showcase of featured performers, well-loved bands, ensembles and singer/songwriters

            DANCE & KIDS STAGES
            Dance groups, puppet shows, processions, juggling, music, marching bands and more. These areas will be a lot of fun for the entire family!


            What is an emerging artist?
            An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/ his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts OR an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction. An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist.

            What is the Emerging Artists Program?
            The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career; therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to "unestablished" artists. 2016-2017 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will occur between January 1 – December 31, 2017. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 33nd year in 2016-2017.

            Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
            Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, not a company, group or ensemble. Applicant must currently reside in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 23, 2015). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2015-2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2016-2017 grant.

            What is the deadline for submitting applications?
            Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016. All portions of the application must be received by this date, although letters of support, should you choose to submit them, may arrive by Friday, September 30, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

            Who decides which artists receive awards?
            Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

            Who funds the program? 
            The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Chatham Arts Council, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

            What types of projects are likely to be funded?
            The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to clearly define the relationship of your project to your career goals.
            In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
            1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing a demonstration CD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
            2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
            3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
            4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
            5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

            Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
            Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, but we suggest that you call the appropriate contact number so we know how many people to expect. You do not need to attend the session in your own county – attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each session to last 60-90 minutes.

            Monday, July 18, Chatham Arts Council
            118 West Street, Pittsboro
            Contact: Cheryl Chamblee
            at cheryl@chathamartscouncil.org

            Tuesday, August 2, Person County Arts Council
            Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
            213 North Main Street, Roxboro
            Contact: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709, or kirby.theater@personcounty.net

            Monday, August 15, Durham Arts Council
            Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council
            120 Morris Street, Durham
            Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or mdemott@durhamarts.org

            Tuesday, August 16, Orange County Arts Commission
            Chapel Hill Public Library
            100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
            Contact:  919.968.2011 or arts@orangecountync.gov

            *All workshops are at 6 pm*

            What selection criteria will be used?
            1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
            2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
            3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
            4. Feasibility of the proposed project
            5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1- December 31, 2017 (extensions will be considered)

            How much money can I expect to be granted?
            While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

            Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant?
            Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A report form will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

            All applications are due by Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

            We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

            The Emerging Artists Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.

            Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.


            What is an emerging artist?
            An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/ his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts OR an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction. An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist.

            What is the Emerging Artists Program?
            The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career; therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to "unestablished" artists. 2016-2017 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will occur between January 1 – December 31, 2017. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 33nd year in 2016-2017.

            Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
            Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, not a company, group or ensemble. Applicant must currently reside in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 23, 2015). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2015-2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2016-2017 grant.

            What is the deadline for submitting applications?
            Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016. All portions of the application must be received by this date, although letters of support, should you choose to submit them, may arrive by Friday, September 30, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

            Who decides which artists receive awards?
            Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

            Who funds the program? 
            The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Chatham Arts Council, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

            What types of projects are likely to be funded?
            The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to clearly define the relationship of your project to your career goals.
            In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
            1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing a demonstration CD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
            2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
            3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
            4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
            5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

            Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
            Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, and we would appreciate that you call the appropriate contact number so we know how many people to expect. You do not need to attend the session in your own county – attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each session to last 60-90 minutes.

            July 18, Chatham Arts Council
            118 West Street, Pittsboro
            Contact: Cheryl Chamblee
            cheryl@chathamartscouncil.org

            Tuesday, August 2, Person County Arts Council
            Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
            213 North Main Street, Roxboro
            Contact: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709, or kirby.theater@personcounty.net

            Monday, August 15, Durham Arts Council
            Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council
            120 Morris Street, Durham
            Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or mdemott@durhamarts.org

            Tuesday, August 16, Orange County Arts Commission
            Chapel Hill Public Library
            100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
            Contact: 919.968.2011 or arts@orangecountync.gov

            *All workshops are at 6 pm*

            What selection criteria will be used?
            1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
            2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
            3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
            4. Feasibility of the proposed project
            5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1- December 31, 2017 (extensions will be considered)

            How much money can I expect to be granted?
            While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

            Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant?
            Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A report form will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

            All applications are due by Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

            We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

            The Emerging Artists Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.

            Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.


            What is an emerging artist?
            An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/ his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts OR an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction. An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist.

            What is the Emerging Artists Program?
            The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career; therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to "unestablished" artists. 2016-2017 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will occur between January 1 – December 31, 2017. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 33nd year in 2016-2017.

            Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
            Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, not a company, group or ensemble. Applicant must currently reside in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 23, 2015). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2015-2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2016-2017 grant.

            What is the deadline for submitting applications?
            Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016. All portions of the application must be received by this date, although letters of support, should you choose to submit them, may arrive by Friday, September 30, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

            Who decides which artists receive awards?
            Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

            Who funds the program? 
            The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Chatham Arts Council, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

            What types of projects are likely to be funded?
            The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to clearly define the relationship of your project to your career goals.
            In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
            1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing a demonstration CD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
            2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
            3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
            4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
            5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

            Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
            Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, and we would appreciate that you call the appropriate contact number so we know how many people to expect. You do not need to attend the session in your own county – attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each session to last 60-90 minutes.

            Monday, July 18, Chatham Arts Council
            118 West Street, Pittsboro
            Contact: Cheryl Chamblee
            cheryl@chathamartscouncil.org

            Tuesday, August 2, Person County Arts Council
            Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
            213 North Main Street, Roxboro
            Contact: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709, or kirby.theater@personcounty.net

            Monday, August 15, Durham Arts Council
            Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council
            120 Morris Street, Durham
            Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or mdemott@durhamarts.org

            Tuesday, August 16, Orange County Arts Commission
            Chapel Hill Public Library
            100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
            Contact: 919.968.2011 or arts@orangecountync.gov

            *All workshops are at 6 pm*

            What selection criteria will be used?
            1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
            2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
            3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
            4. Feasibility of the proposed project
            5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1- December 31, 2017 (extensions will be considered)

            How much money can I expect to be granted?
            While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

            Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant?
            Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A report form will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

            All applications are due by Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

            We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

            The Emerging Artists Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.

            Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

            What is an emerging artist?
            An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/ his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts OR an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction. An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist.

            What is the Emerging Artists Program?
            The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career; therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to "unestablished" artists. 2016-2017 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will occur between January 1 – December 31, 2017. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 33nd year in 2016-2017.

            Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
            Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, not a company, group or ensemble. Applicant must currently reside in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 23, 2015). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2015-2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2016-2017 grant.

            What is the deadline for submitting applications?
            Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016. All portions of the application must be received by this date, although letters of support, should you choose to submit them, may arrive by Friday, September 30, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

            Who decides which artists receive awards?
            Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

            Who funds the program? 
            The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Chatham Arts Council, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

            What types of projects are likely to be funded?
            The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to clearly define the relationship of your project to your career goals.
            In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
            1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing a demonstration CD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
            2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
            3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
            4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
            5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

            Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
            Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, and we would appreciate that you call the appropriate contact number so we know how many people to expect. You do not need to attend the session in your own county – attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each session to last 60-90 minutes.

            Monday, July 18, Chatham Arts Council
            118 West Street, Pittsoboro
            Contact: Cheryl Chamblee
            cheryl@chathamartscouncil.org

            Tuesday, August 2, Person County Arts Council
            Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
            213 North Main Street, Roxboro
            Contact: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709, or kirby.theater@personcounty.net

            Monday, August 15, Durham Arts Council
            Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council
            120 Morris Street, Durham
            Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or mdemott@durhamarts.org

            Tuesday, August 16, Orange County Arts Commission
            Chapel Hill Public Library
            100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
            Contact: 919.968.2011 or arts@orangecountync.gov

            *All workshops are at 6 pm*

            What selection criteria will be used?
            1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
            2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
            3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
            4. Feasibility of the proposed project
            5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1- December 31, 2017 (extensions will be considered)

            How much money can I expect to be granted?
            While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

            Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant?
            Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A report form will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

            All applications are due by Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

            We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

            The Emerging Artists Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.

            Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.
            What is an emerging artist?
            An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/ his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts OR an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction. An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist.

            What is the Emerging Artists Program?
            The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career; therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to "unestablished" artists. 2016-2017 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will occur between January 1 – December 31, 2017. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 33nd year in 2016-2017.

            Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
            Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, not a company, group or ensemble. Applicant must currently reside in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 23, 2015). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2015-2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2016-2017 grant.

            What is the deadline for submitting applications?
            Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016. All portions of the application must be received by this date, although letters of support, should you choose to submit them, may arrive by Friday, September 30, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

            Who decides which artists receive awards?
            Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

            Who funds the program? 
            The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Chatham Arts Council, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

            What types of projects are likely to be funded?
            The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to clearly define the relationship of your project to your career goals.
            In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
            1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing a demonstration CD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
            2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
            3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
            4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
            5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

            Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
            Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, and we would appreciate that you call the appropriate contact number so we know how many people to expect. You do not need to attend the session in your own county – attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each session to last 60-90 minutes.

            Monday, July 18, Chatham Arts Council
            118 West St., Pittsboro
            Contact: Cheryl Chamblee
            cheryl@chathamartscouncil.org

            Tuesday, August 2, Person County Arts Council
            Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
            213 North Main Street, Roxboro
            Contact: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709, or kirby.theater@personcounty.net

            Monday, August 15, Durham Arts Council
            Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council
            120 Morris Street, Durham
            Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or mdemott@durhamarts.org

            Tuesday, August 16, Orange County Arts Commission
            Chapel Hill Public Library
            100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
            Contact: Martha Shannon, 919.968.2011 or mshannon@orangecountync.gov

            *All workshops are at 6 pm*

            What selection criteria will be used?
            1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
            2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
            3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
            4. Feasibility of the proposed project
            5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1- December 31, 2017 (extensions will be considered)

            How much money can I expect to be granted?
            While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

            Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant?
            Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A report form will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

            All applications are due by Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

            We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

            The Emerging Artists Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.

            Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

            What is an emerging artist?
            An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/ his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts OR an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction. An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist.

            What is the Emerging Artists Program?
            The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career; therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to "unestablished" artists. 2016-2017 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will occur between January 1 – December 31, 2017. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 33nd year in 2016-2017.

            Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
            Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, not a company, group or ensemble. Applicant must currently reside in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 23, 2015). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2015-2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2016-2017 grant.

            What is the deadline for submitting applications?
            Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016. All portions of the application must be received by this date, although letters of support, should you choose to submit them, may arrive by Friday, September 30, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

            Who decides which artists receive awards?
            Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

            Who funds the program? 
            The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Chatham Arts Council, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

            What types of projects are likely to be funded?
            The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to clearly define the relationship of your project to your career goals.
            In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
            1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing a demonstration CD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
            2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
            3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
            4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
            5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

            Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
            Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, and we would appreciate that you call the appropriate contact number so we know how many people to expect. You do not need to attend the session in your own county – attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each session to last 60-90 minutes.

            Monday, July 18, Chatham Arts Council
            118 West Street, Pittsboro
            Contact: Cheryl Chamblee
            cheryl@chathamartscouncil.org

            Tuesday, August 2, Person County Arts Council
            Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
            213 North Main Street, Roxboro
            Contact: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709, or kirby.theater@personcounty.net

            Monday, August 15, Durham Arts Council
            Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council
            120 Morris Street, Durham
            Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or mdemott@durhamarts.org

            Tuesday, August 16, Orange County Arts Commission
            Chapel Hill Public Library
            100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
            Contact: 919.968.2011 or arts@orangecountync.gov

            *All workshops are at 6 pm*

            What selection criteria will be used?
            1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
            2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
            3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
            4. Feasibility of the proposed project
            5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1- December 31, 2017 (extensions will be considered)

            How much money can I expect to be granted?
            While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

            Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant?
            Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A report form will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

            All applications are due by Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

            We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

            The Emerging Artists Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.

            Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

            • What is an emerging artist?
            An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/ his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts OR an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction. An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist.

            What is the Emerging Artists Program?
            The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career; therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to "unestablished" artists. 2016-2017 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will occur between January 1 – December 31, 2017. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 33nd year in 2016-2017.

            Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
            Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, not a company, group or ensemble. Applicant must currently reside in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 23, 2015). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2015-2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2016-2017 grant.

            What is the deadline for submitting applications?
            Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016. All portions of the application must be received by this date, although letters of support, should you choose to submit them, may arrive by Friday, September 30, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

            Who decides which artists receive awards?
            Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

            Who funds the program? 
            The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Chatham Arts Council, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

            What types of projects are likely to be funded?
            The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to clearly define the relationship of your project to your career goals.
            In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
            1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing a demonstration CD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
            2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
            3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
            4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
            5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

            Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
            Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, and we would appreciate that you call the appropriate contact number so we know how many people to expect. You do not need to attend the session in your own county – attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each session to last 60-90 minutes.

            Monday, July 18, Chatham Arts Council
            118 West Street, Pittsoboro
            Contact: Cheryl Chamblee
            cheryl@chathamartscouncil.org

            Tuesday, August 2, Person County Arts Council
            Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
            213 North Main Street, Roxboro
            Contact: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709, or kirby.theater@personcounty.net

            Monday, August 15, Durham Arts Council
            Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council
            120 Morris Street, Durham
            Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or mdemott@durhamarts.org

            Tuesday, August 16, Orange County Arts Commission
            Chapel Hill Public Library
            100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
            Contact: 919.968.2011 or arts@orangecountync.gov

            *All workshops are at 6 pm*

            What selection criteria will be used?
            1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
            2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
            3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
            4. Feasibility of the proposed project
            5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1- December 31, 2017 (extensions will be considered)

            How much money can I expect to be granted?
            While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

            Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant?
            Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A report form will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

            All applications are due by Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

            We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

            The Emerging Artists Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.

            Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

            What is an emerging artist?
            An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/ his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts OR an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction. An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist.

            What is the Emerging Artists Program?
            The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career; therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to "unestablished" artists. 2016-2017 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will occur between January 1 – December 31, 2017. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 33nd year in 2016-2017.

            Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
            Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, not a company, group or ensemble. Applicant must currently reside in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 23, 2015). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2015-2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2016-2017 grant.

            What is the deadline for submitting applications?
            Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016. All portions of the application must be received by this date, although letters of support, should you choose to submit them, may arrive by Friday, September 30, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

            Who decides which artists receive awards?
            Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

            Who funds the program? 
            The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Chatham Arts Council, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

            What types of projects are likely to be funded?
            The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to clearly define the relationship of your project to your career goals.
            In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
            1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing a demonstration CD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
            2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
            3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
            4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
            5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

            Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
            Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, and we would appreciate that you call the appropriate contact number so we know how many people to expect. You do not need to attend the session in your own county – attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each session to last 60-90 minutes.

            Monday, July 18, Chatham Arts Council
            118 West Street, Pittsboro
            Contact: Cheryl Chamblee
            cheryl@chathamartscouncil.org

            Tuesday, August 2, Person County Arts Council
            Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
            213 North Main Street, Roxboro
            Contact: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709, or kirby.theater@personcounty.net

            Monday, August 15, Durham Arts Council
            Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council
            120 Morris Street, Durham
            Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or mdemott@durhamarts.org

            Tuesday, August 16, Orange County Arts Commission
            Chapel Hill Public Library
            100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
            Contact: 919.968.2011 or arts@orangecountync.gov

            *All workshops are at 6 pm*

            What selection criteria will be used?
            1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
            2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
            3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
            4. Feasibility of the proposed project
            5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1- December 31, 2017 (extensions will be considered)

            How much money can I expect to be granted?
            While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

            Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant?
            Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A report form will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

            All applications are due by Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

            We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

            The Emerging Artists Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.

            Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

            What is an emerging artist?
            An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/ his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts OR an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction. An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist.

            What is the Emerging Artists Program?
            The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career; therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to "unestablished" artists. 2016-2017 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will occur between January 1 – December 31, 2017. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 33nd year in 2016-2017.

            Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
            Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, not a company, group or ensemble. Applicant must currently reside in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 23, 2015). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2015-2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2016-2017 grant.

            What is the deadline for submitting applications?
            Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016. All portions of the application must be received by this date, although letters of support, should you choose to submit them, may arrive by Friday, September 30, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

            Who decides which artists receive awards?
            Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

            Who funds the program? 
            The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Chatham Arts Council, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

            What types of projects are likely to be funded?
            The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to clearly define the relationship of your project to your career goals.
            In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
            1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing a demonstration CD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
            2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
            3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
            4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
            5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

            Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
            Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, and we would appreciate that you call the appropriate contact number so we know how many people to expect. You do not need to attend the session in your own county – attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each session to last 60-90 minutes.

            Monday, July 18, Chatham Arts Council
            118 West Street, Pittsboro
            Contact: Cheryl Chamblee
            cheryl@chathamartscouncil.org

            Tuesday, August 2, Person County Arts Council
            Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
            213 North Main Street, Roxboro
            Contact: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709, or kirby.theater@personcounty.net

            Monday, August 15, Durham Arts Council
            Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council
            120 Morris Street, Durham
            Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or mdemott@durhamarts.org

            Tuesday, August 16, Orange County Arts Commission
            Chapel Hill Public Library
            100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
            Contact: 919.968.2011 or arts@orangecountync.gov

            *All workshops are at 6 pm*

            What selection criteria will be used?
            1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
            2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
            3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
            4. Feasibility of the proposed project
            5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1- December 31, 2017 (extensions will be considered)

            How much money can I expect to be granted?
            While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

            Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant?
            Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A report form will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

            All applications are due by Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

            We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

            The Emerging Artists Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.

            Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

            What is an emerging artist?
            An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/ his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts OR an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction. An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist.

            What is the Emerging Artists Program?
            The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career; therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to "unestablished" artists. 2016-2017 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will occur between January 1 – December 31, 2017. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 33nd year in 2016-2017.

            Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
            Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, not a company, group or ensemble. Applicant must currently reside in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 23, 2015). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2015-2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2016-2017 grant.

            What is the deadline for submitting applications?
            Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016. All portions of the application must be received by this date, although letters of support, should you choose to submit them, may arrive by Friday, September 30, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

            Who decides which artists receive awards?
            Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

            Who funds the program? 
            The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Chatham Arts Council, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

            What types of projects are likely to be funded?
            The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to clearly define the relationship of your project to your career goals.
            In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
            1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing a demonstration CD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
            2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
            3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
            4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
            5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

            Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
            Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, and we would appreciate that you call the appropriate contact number so we know how many people to expect. You do not need to attend the session in your own county – attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each session to last 60-90 minutes.

            Monday, July 18, Chatham Arts Council
            118 West Street, Pittsboro
            Contact: Cheryl Chamblee
            chery@chathamartscouncil.org

            Tuesday, August 2, Person County Arts Council
            Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
            213 North Main Street, Roxboro
            Contact: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709, or kirby.theater@personcounty.net

            Monday, August 15, Durham Arts Council
            Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council
            120 Morris Street, Durham
            Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or mdemott@durhamarts.org

            Tuesday, August 16, Orange County Arts Commission
            Chapel Hill Public Library
            100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
            Contact: 919.968.2011 or arts@orangecountync.gov

            *All workshops are at 6 pm*

            What selection criteria will be used?
            1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
            2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
            3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
            4. Feasibility of the proposed project
            5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1- December 31, 2017 (extensions will be considered)

            How much money can I expect to be granted?
            While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

            Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant?
            Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A report form will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

            All applications are due by Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

            We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

            The Emerging Artists Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.

            Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.

            What is an emerging artist?
            An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/ his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts OR an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction. An artist is not required to have any particular degree or type of education to qualify as an emerging artist.

            What is the Emerging Artists Program?
            The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) is a project grant program that provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career; therefore Emerging Artists Grants are not restricted to "unestablished" artists. 2016-2017 Emerging Artists Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will occur between January 1 – December 31, 2017. The Emerging Artists Program begins its 33nd year in 2016-2017.

            Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
            Individual artists practicing any art form are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicant must be an individual, not a company, group or ensemble. Applicant must currently reside in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties, North Carolina and have resided there for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline (since September 23, 2015). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program in her/his art form at the time of the application deadline. Recipients of 2015-2016 Emerging Artists Grants may not apply for a 2016-2017 grant.

            What is the deadline for submitting applications?
            Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2016. All portions of the application must be received by this date, although letters of support, should you choose to submit them, may arrive by Friday, September 30, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

            Who decides which artists receive awards?
            Grant applications and support materials are reviewed by local professional artists in each art form, their comments are then forwarded to the EAP Committee who reviews applications, recommendations and then makes the final award decisions for all EAP grant applications.

            Who funds the program? 
            The Emerging Artists Program is funded through grants from the North Carolina Arts Council a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Chatham Arts Council, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Ruth Carver Fund, The Wainwright Fund for New Works and private & corporate donations.

            What types of projects are likely to be funded?
            The Emerging Artists Grant Committee is interested in assisting the development of an artist's career, so be sure to clearly define the relationship of your project to your career goals.
            In the past, grant awards have provided funds for the following types of expenses:
            1) Promotion/ Presentation: The cost of producing a demonstration CD for a composer or musician, a DVD for a choreographer, a portfolio for a graphic artist, editorial assistance for a writer, etc.
            2) Travel: Travel to specific workshops, auditions, retreats or seminars—or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
            3) Services: Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
            4) Supplies: Purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of a new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to her/his career.
            5) Training: Advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist's abilities. This program does not support work towards a degree.

            Can I get assistance in filling out the grant application?
            Yes, Durham Arts Council and partner counties will offer grant workshops to explain the program and answer any questions you may have about completing the grant application. These sessions are free, and we would appreciate that you call the appropriate contact number so we know how many people to expect. You do not need to attend the session in your own county – attend the session that is most convenient for you, regardless of which county you live in. We expect each session to last 60-90 minutes.

            Monday, July 18, Chatham Arts Council
            118 West Street, Pittsboro
            Contact: Cheryl Chamblee
            cheryl@chathamartscouncil.org

            Tuesday, August 2, Person County Arts Council
            Kirby Cultural Arts Complex
            213 North Main Street, Roxboro
            Contact: Erin Ganey Hill, 336.597.1709, or kirby.theater@personcounty.net

            Monday, August 15, Durham Arts Council
            Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council
            120 Morris Street, Durham
            Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919.560.2720 or mdemott@durhamarts.org

            Tuesday, August 16, Orange County Arts Commission
            Chapel Hill Public Library
            100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
            Contact:  919.968.2011 or arts@orangecountync.gov

            *All workshops are at 6 pm*

            What selection criteria will be used?
            1. Overall excellence of the applicant's art work and demonstration of exceptional talent
            2. The applicant's serious professional commitment to her/ his art form
            3. Contribution of the proposed project to the artist's professional development
            4. Feasibility of the proposed project
            5. Timeline—project should happen between January 1- December 31, 2017 (extensions will be considered)

            How much money can I expect to be granted?
            While no specific minimum has been established, the maximum amount an applicant can request is $1,500. Our priority is to provide full funding of the requested amount.

            Will I be required to provide a final report of my use of the grant?
            Yes, we require both a financial and narrative report. A report form will be sent to those receiving awards. Future awards will be contingent upon the submission of a final report.

            All applications are due by Friday, September 23, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

            We do not accept late or incomplete applications.

            The Emerging Artists Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.

            Durham Arts Council promotes and encourages excellence in the creation, experience and support of the arts all for the enrichment of our total community. Durham Arts Council does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, age, or disability.