NEA Media Arts Grants

This is more for orgs than indies, but perhaps you can convince an org to apply and then hire you to produce the content? Just a thought. -Mia

The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to announce

application guidelines are available for

Grants for Arts Projects in Media Arts

Arts Works & Challenge America Fast-Track deadlines are March, May, and August 2013


Applicants must be:

·   nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations;

·   units of state or local government;

·   or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes

with at least three years of programming history in order to apply.


Grant Opportunity: Art Works


The NEA's Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Within these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged.


The NEA offers grants to support the development, production, and distribution of projects that demonstrate media as art and mediaabout the arts. Media arts, as defined by the NEA, includes film, television, radio, audio, video, the Internet, interactive, mobile, and tablet technologies, video game consoles, transmedia storytelling, and satellite-delivered content as well as media-related printed works.


Art Works project types include but are not limited to:

·   Media festivals, showcases, panels, workshops, and seminars.

·   Curated exhibition and/or touring programs including production of program notes and commentary.

·   Creation of narrative and documentary films, television and radio programs; experimental, animated, transmedia, or interactive work; performance programs delivered through media; multi-part webisodes; and video games.

·   Preservation, restoration, or archiving of media art works.

·   Arts journalism (For project examples, deadlines, and webinar date,  please go to

·   Arts, science, technology ( For project examples, archived webinar, and related content, please go to )


Visit the Art Works guidelines for Media Arts projects:, for complete information.


Webinar for Potential Art Works Applicants:

The NEA will present a webinar covering the basics of the Media Arts funding category, how to apply to the NEA, selecting work samples, and advice on preparing a strong application. There will be time for Q and A with NEA staff.

The webinar will be Tuesday January 29, 1:00-2:00 EDT at arts.govTo join the webinar, go here.

A sample of recent Media Arts grants:

·   Spelman College (aka Digital Moving Image Salon) in Atlanta, Georgia received $100,000 to support HERadventure, a multi-episode, augmented reality computer game targeted to young women.

·   American Documentary in Brooklyn, New York received a $100,000 grant to support acquisition, packaging, and promotion of films for the public television series POV (Point of View).

·   Ragtag Programming for Film and Media Art (aka Ragtag Cinema) in Columbia, Missouri received a $25,000 grant to support the True/False Film Festival and other curated film series.

·   Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky received a $75,000 grant to support the Thousand Kitesradio series and web platform for The Prison Poetry Workshop.

·   The Metropolitan Opera in New York City received a $50,000 grant to support production and post-production costs associated with the national telecasts of Great Performances at the Met.

·   Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo, New York received a $30,000 to support SWAP: Squeaky Wheel Access Program to provide free and low-cost access to media equipment, activities, and resources to film and video artists.


To see the full list of recent NEA Art Works grants in Media Arts, visit the Recent Grants section of the NEA website. (Click on Art Works I,  Art Works II, and Arts in Media to see all of the grants.)


Grant Opportunity: Challenge America Fast-Track

The Challenge America Fast-Trackcategory offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Challenge America Fast-Trackgrants:

·   Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.

·   Are limited to specific types of projects.

·   Are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.

·   Receive an expedited application review.


To see the full list of recent NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grants, visit the Recent Grants section of the NEA website.


Visit the Challenge America Fast-Track guidelines: for complete information.


Deadlines for Arts Works and Challenge America Fast-Track

There are two deadlines for Art Works applications under Media Arts:

·   March 7, 2013 for projects that fall under the category of engagement, learning, or livability.

·   August 8, 2013 for projects that fall under the category of creation or engagement.


There is one deadline for Challenge America Fast-Track applications: May 23, 2013


Sample of NEA-Generated Media Art Content

From the Art Works blog, quarterly magazine NEA Arts, and weekly podcast series:

·   Art Works Podcast: Stanley Nelson: A conversation with award-winning director Stanley Nelson, whose most recent film isFreedom Riders.

·   Art Talk with Catherine Burns: A conversation with the artistic director of The Moth, one of New York’s premiere centers for live storytelling.

·   Art Works Podcast: Debra Granik: A conversation with the director ofWinter’s Bone; made on a shoe- string budget, this independent film came out of nowhere and made everyone sit up and take notice.

·   From the Innovation issue of NEA Arts, a profile of Chris Miller: In his career at DreamWorks Animation, Chris Miller has been engaged with nearly every aspect of animated filmmaking.


Please feel free to share this information and encourage interested applicants to visit the NEA's website at for more information and contact us at with any questions you may have after reading the guidelines.

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