Artist-in-residence funding tips
Artist-in-residence funding tips
Of course a residency costs money. Some residency programs cover all costs, some residency programs don't cover any costs at all.
In general, residential art centers will partly cover the costs, which always makes it necessary for artists to find additional funding. Be sure about the budget before you go!
Funding sources: some tips
Before diving in all the funding sources listed in our resources, make sure to check:
- your governmental local, regional or national funding schemes.
- the (travel) fund opportunity of your country's embassy in the host country.
- the residency-related funding opportunity of your national Institute for Culture (such as Institut Francais, Goethe Institut, Bristish Council, etc).
- the residency-related funding opportunity of your Ministry of Arts/Culture or of your National Arts Council
- bilateral foundations and associations between your country and the host country
Residency platforms and networks provide information about residency-related funding. Have a look at:
- Res Artis funding information
- Alliance of Artists Communities funding information
- China Residencies funding information
Mappings, directories and guides
It's always difficult to get the full picture about funding opportunities.
Some organisations provide mappings and directories to get to know the cultural infrastructure of a country, in which you can (sometimes) find funding organisations:
- DutchCulture mappings of the Netherlands, Brazil and China
- International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) directory of arts councils and agencies per country (worldwide)
- Foundation Center maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants (not only arts and culture specific).
Other organisations such as On the Move and the Asia-Europe Foundation have developed funding guides for cultural mobility (which are regularly updated!), in which you can find information about many funding bodies supporting artist-in-residence programmes.
- On the Move funding guides for Europe, USA (performing arts only) and 13 Arab countries
- Asia Europe Foundation funding guides for Asia
Lists of other funding sources and resources
Finally, non-exhaustive lists of funding sources are also made available by various news platforms / information centres / education centres. Here are a few:
- TransCultural Exchange overview of grant programs, tips and links - a focus on travel from/to the USA, and some international resources (updated: 2014).
- Cranbrook Academy of Art Library (USA): Grants and Other Funding Sources for Individual Artists - great resource for US artists (state and nation-wide information), as well as some international funding sources.
- California Institute of the Arts (USA): Fellowship, Grant and Residency Opportunities and Resources - great resource for US artists (state and nation-wide information), as well as some international and bilateral funding sources.
- WomenArts is a worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. Its funding resources overview with lists of funding sources for women artsits is pretty impressive (per world region, disciplines, etc).
- Blouin Artinfo published in 2012 the article 20 Top Artist Grants and Fellowships You Might Actually Be Able to Get. Be sure to check carefully the eligibility criteria (NY based, US based, international...).