State: All States
County: All Counties
U.S. Territory: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Type of Grant: Grant
Grant Size: up to $5,000
Robert Rauschenberg was committed to assisting fellow artists in need of emergency medical aid, ultimately establishing the nonprofit foundation Change, Inc. in 1970. In this spirit, this program is designed to serve artists in financial need who otherwise may delay critical treatment or incur substantial and perhaps overwhelming debt. NYFA recognize the urgency of caring for and helping one another and, while artists are famously self-sufficient, NYFA encourages you to ask for support when needed.
Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, these out of pocket costs to the artist:
- Provider (hospital/doctor/dentist/clinic) bills, including co-pays.
- Tests/diagnostics/assessments/consultations to determine necessary treatment.
- Physical/occupational therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic.
- Prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition.
- Emergency dental work.
- Transportation expenses to/from appointments/treatments
This program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies to artists in financial need who are practicing in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, and choreography.
What Artistic Disciplines are Eligible
Only artists creating work in visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts or choreography may apply to this program. The applicant must be the primary maker of the creative work (editors, cinematographers, assistant producers, television producers, television/film performers and crew members, dance performers, et al are not eligible).
Works which are intended for commercial or mass production, or are work-for-hire projects, are not eligible. Eligible disciplines are defined as:
- This category includes work in all choreographic styles, including mixed-media or multi-genre performance works in which choreography and/or organized movement is primary. Choreography performed solely within an instructional/training setting; for competitions; or for music videos, TV, and commercial films is not eligible.
- Visual Arts
- Crafts/Sculpture: All forms of craft, including ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber, textiles, and mixed media. This category accepts work in all forms of sculpture, including kinetic works and installations.
- Painting: Painting of any kind upon any surface.
- Photography: Work in traditional and experimental photography or any work in which photography or photographic techniques are pivotal, if not exclusive.
- Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts: Work in visual media other than painting, including artist’s books, aquatints, collages, engravings, etchings, lithographs, monotypes, prints, serigraphs, woodcuts, and drawings.
- Film/Video/Electronic/Digital Arts
- Film/video directors and producers are eligible to apply. Performing artists in film/video or television/live performance, performing arts recorded digitally, and performances/writing distributed online are not eligible. Editors, screenwriters and cinematographers are not eligible.
- Film: Any work in which film or film techniques are pivotal, if not exclusive. This category also accepts work that has been initially shot with a film camera. Filmed material that has been transferred to computer for editing and processing is acceptable.
- Video/Electronic/Digital Arts: Work in which technology is an essential element of the work’s creation, presentation, or understanding. Examples include: work created on video whether manipulated or not, works created or displayed on computers or other electronic media; work created with computer models such as sculptural works; interactive installations including immersive virtual environments; internet projects; hypertext documents; other image, text, audio, or video works rooted in technology.
- Be an artist creating work in visual arts, film/video/digital/electronic arts, or choreography.
- Be 21 years or older on the cycle’s deadline.
- Reside in the United States, the District of Columbia, a Tribal Nations, or a U.S. Territory.
- Have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or lower for an individual, or $150,000 for joint filers, averaged over the last two federal tax returns.
- Your medical emergency and treatment must occur in the U.S. (including D.C., Tribal Nations and U.S. Territories).
- Demonstrate current and ongoing activity in your artistic discipline.
- Not be enrolled in any degree-seeking program.
For more information, visit New York Foundation for the Arts.