The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has just announced that it has created a new funding program aimed at arts jobs.
Arts Mean Business will fund jobs that help create sustainable revenue strategies for Seattle arts, cultural and heritage organizations. The program will provide one-time funds for positions that will make a difference in organizations’ ability to generate extra revenue to carry out their mission. Funding levels vary based on annual budget; organizations with budgets of less than $400,000 are eligible for grants of $2,000 to 10,000, and organizations with budgets greater than $400,000 are eligible for up to $25,000.
"The idea is that by funding new and innovative ideas in the short term, organizations will come up with long-term revenue generation solutions. It’s good stuff,” said Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Director Vincent Kitch.
Seattle-based organizations with at least a three-year operating history as a legally established not-for-profit organization; have as a primary purpose an arts, culture or heritage focus; and demonstrate a record of ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments serving Seattle residents may apply.
Funds may be used to support salaries or contract fees, either fully or in part, that are crucial to the implementation of sustainable revenue strategies for the organization.
Applications are due Sept.10 by 11 p.m.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend an information session about the program:
Information Session 1
Monday, August 13, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Seattle Public Library, Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way
Information Session 2
Tuesday, August 21, 1-2:30 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave., Suite 1756
For information, contact Kathy Hsieh at (206) 733-9926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.