Mass Cultural Council contracts with people in the cultural sector to review applications to our grant programs. Grants are reviewed during panels, and we call the people reviewing grants “panelists.”
Mass Cultural Council panelists include artists, educators, administrators, community leaders, and other people involved in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Panelists are provided a stipend for serving as a grant reviewer. The stipend is calculated based on the time required by each program and whether or not the panelist is required to take part in site visits prior to the panel. Panelists will also receive a travel stipend for travel to and from the office on the day of the panel meeting.
To ensure each panel represents diversity in a variety of areas, Mass Cultural Council considers the following factors when putting together a panel:
Representation across gender, age, race, ethnicity, and disability, in order to reflect Massachusetts’ overall diversity.
Geographic distribution representing all regions of Massachusetts including both urban and rural areas.
Artistic disciplines and sub-disciplines.
Organizational budget size, to include small, medium, and large institutions.
A variety of roles including board members, administrators, artistic directors, education specialists, and others, as well as individual artists.
Adhere to panelist review process
Some panelists must conduct between three and five site visits
Evaluate applications and proposals submitted to Mass Cultural Council
Score applications according to program review criteria
Provide funding recommendations
A panelist’s time commitment will vary depending on the review panel materials. In-person panel meetings occur at Mass Cultural Council’s office in Boston, MA. Some review panels also are conducted remotely. Meetings can take from several hours to multiple days. Some programs also require panelists visit organizations to conduct an evaluative site visit, often in the company of Mass Cultural Council staff.
If you are interested in serving as a panelist, please complete a Panelist Registration Form. We cannot guarantee placement on a panel. We know there are more qualified potential panelists than panelist opportunities. We will carefully consider everyone that completes a registration form.
Selected panelists will be contacted by phone, email, or mail. Thank you for your interest.
We know that the COVID-19 crisis has caused major disruptions for the careers of individuals who earn income through their work in the cultural sector. In response, we will launch (pending final approval by our governing Council) a relief fund for individuals.
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