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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.

In the 2020 grant cycle, the Artist Fellowships were $15,000, and the Finalist awards were $1,500. The award amounts for the 2021 cycle are yet to be determined.

In our 2021 cycle, we plan to accept Artist Fellowships applications in the following categories:

Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres
Online application available: TBD

Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography
Online application available: TBD

Please note that due to the delayed passage of a state budget for FY21, the timeline for this grant process is yet to be determined.

Artist Fellowships categories come up for review every other year. 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 (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.



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.

Legal & Other Requirements

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