MICRO-GRANTS MAKE A MIGHTY DIFFERENCE.
The SBMA micro-grant is a timely, critical method of support to ensure that the creative projects, partnerships, and performances that artists create, not only see the light of day, but create a beneficial resource for creative “artrepreneurs” to persist and thrive. Past award recipients have not only utilized funds to create work, but feedback confirmed that there was an intrinsic value to receiving a micro-grant (no matter the amount) that motivated them to persist overall.
The SBMA micro-grant directly responds to the critical need reflected in the local creative community. We utilize data from applicant surveys and feedback from our artist network to understand the needs among creatives. Our data from a recent survey of 2016 micro-grant applicants show that 58% have never received funding (in the forms of grants, fellowships or other awards) for their creative work. This is consistent with past applicant data that reflected 50% of applicants in 2014 had never received funding. The average amount requested from 2014 to 2016 doubled from approximately $400 to $800. Artists report spending an average of $378 each month on their creative work and 78% reported utilizing their own incomes to fund their work (consistent with our 2012 survey that showed 81% relied on their own funds). Most telling were the artists’ responses that showed only 27% would continue with a creative endeavor without funding.
The SBMA micro-grant program was developed to limit the likelihood that artists will quit or further delay projects or professional development that would limit their participation in the city’s creative endeavors and opportunities. We know that micro-funding, provided in a timely manner and accompanied by ongoing resource connections, can make a mighty difference.
2017 SBMA MICRO-GRANT
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SBMA 2016 MICRO-GRANT AWARDEES
Final awardees include eleven (11) Philadelphia artists from varied disciplines, range of experiences and levels of funding. Local artists applied for the SBMA microgrant for funding up to $1,000 to move their creative careers or projects forward and/or towards completion.
READ MORE ABOUT THE 2016 SBMA-FUNDED ARTISTS & THEIR FUNDED WORK BELOW
2016 Grant Planning Team: Lillian Dunn, Jos Duncan, Pam Hetherington, Tezarah Wilkins and Jake Winterstein | Click here to learn more about each of their creative leadership roles in Philadelphia. 2016 Grant Voting Committee: Greg Corbin, Akeem Dixon, Danielle Green, Shenille Melton, Mikisha Morris, Paury Flowers, Andrew Simonet, Jamaine Smith, Stanford Thompson and James Wright
2016 micro-grants were made possible through individual donations and funds from the Knight Foundation and Ignite Philly.