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Artist Fellowships

Application Process

We are proud to support Massachusetts artists with Artist Fellowships. The Fellowships are direct grants to artists to recognize exceptional original work. We consider the work of individual artists to be an essential part of our vital communities, and we hope the awards will foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth.

Artist Fellowships are $15,000, and Finalist awards are $1,500.

Mass Cultural Council is accepting applications for the 2021 Artist Fellowships in the following six categories:

  • Crafts
  • Film & Video
  • Dramatic Writing
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Sculpture/Installation/New Genres

Next year (2022), we will welcome applications in Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, Traditional Arts, Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting.

How to Apply

  1. Read the Program Guidelines and Work Sample Instructions (below), Discipline Definitions, and FAQs.

  2. Contact us with any questions about the guidelines or to discuss which category suits your work best.


  3. Complete the online application by 11:59 (ET) on February 8, 2021.


Program Guidelines

Work Sample Instructions

Please make certain your work sample(s) follow our instructions. For tips on applying for an Artist Fellowship, please visit our blog, ArtSake.

Since your work samples are reviewed anonymously by each panel, your name should not appear anywhere in your work sample(s), Work Sample Title(s), or your Work Sample Description(s). We appreciate all efforts to avoid identifying information like commissions, awards, or organizations.

Naming and uploading your work samples: The title of your first work sample will be the “name” used to identify your application. Please name each file with the title of the corresponding work sample.

Due to their file size, work samples that are audio/video files must be uploaded to a Mass Cultural Council Dropbox account. Applicants will receive an email containing the link to submit the file(s) via Dropbox after submitted Mass Cultural Council’s application form. Please allow ample time; large files take a long time to upload.

Please submit work completed 2017 or later. Works in progress are eligible.

Detailed work sample requirements and instructions are provided below for each discipline category.

For the application to be considered, complete the online application form and any accompanying work sample(s) by 11:59pm (ET) on the deadline day. We cannot accept late applications.

Legal & Other Requirements

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