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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 creating exceptional original work. We hope the awards will foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth.

The Artist Fellowships are $15,000 and the Finalist awards are $1,000. We award 30-35 Fellowships and 30-35 Finalist awards each year. The exact totals depend on our annual budget, the number of applications, and the decisions of the grants panels.

In our 2019 cycle, we welcome Artist Fellowships applications in the following categories:

Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres
Online application available: August 15, 2018
Application deadline: October 1, 2018
Grants announced by February 2019

Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography
Online application available: December 15, 2018
Application deadline: January 28, 2019
Grants announced by June 2019

Artist Fellowships categories come up for review every other year. Next year (2020), we will welcome applications in:
Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts
Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting

  1. Read the Program Guidelines and Discipline Definitions. We want to support artists in a wide range of categories. If you have any questions about which category suits your work best, please contact us.

  2. Contact us with any questions.


  3. Complete the online application (links are provided in the guidelines below.)


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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