OVAC ARTIST ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM: Call for Oklahoma City-Based Artists in the Visual and Performing Arts

Oklahoma City-based artists are invited to submit an application to be considered for participation in the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's Artist Entrepreneur Program. This program is open to creatives with artistic businesses in the fields of visual arts, music, dance, theater, film/cinematography. Over the course of 10 weeks, artists selected to participate in this program will learn about topics such as business plans, legal, taxes, marketing, grant writing, and more. The program will culminate in a pitch night where artists present their projects for the opportunity to secure funding for future projects.

Learn more at https://www.ovac-ok.org/aep 

APPLICATION COMPONENTS:

__ Artwork samples and corresponding information

__ Resume or CV

__ Proof of Business Operations (contracts, Articles of Incorporation, Tax Returns, etc.)

__ Proof of Eligibility Qualifications
 

ELIGIBILITY - To qualify for project funding and participation in the program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1) Be a practicing artist in Oklahoma City in any of the following disciplines or artistic genres since 2021:

  • Visual Art (including, but not limited to 2D, 3D, textile, photography, etc.)
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theater
  • Film/Cinematography

2) Maintain a for-profit business registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State and demonstrate records of business operations. (Examples include contracts, articles of incorporation, tax returns, business licenses, business insurance, partnerships, evidence of completed work/projects, and income statements).

3) Established at a physical location within Oklahoma City limits before March 3, 2021*

4) Meets at least ONE of the following (A, B, or C): A. Minority-owned business. (for the purposes of AEP minority-owned is defined by race/ethnicity) B. Operating in Qualified Census Tract (QCT)** C. Demonstration of negative impact due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, as defined and determined by the City of Oklahoma and the ARPA Program, since March 2021. ***


 

* The business must be operating within Oklahoma City limits. To determine that, applicants must be able to demonstrate where normal business operations occur. P.O. Boxes or mail service location cannot be used to determine the physical location of a business. Businesses operating out of a co-working space as a place of business must have that business listed on their W9 as their official place of business and a lease or contract with said co-working space that began on or before March 3, 2021.

** The Primary place of business will be utilized to determine if the business is operating within a Qualified Census Tract (QCT). Businesses must be located within the QCT by March 3, 2021 in order to qualify for the programs under QCT eligibility.

*** OVAC will work with The Alliance and The City of Oklahoma City to finalize an applicant’s financial circumstance to meet program eligibility. 
 

TIMELINE:

April 23 - Applications Open

April 25 - Info Session via Zoom (12PM–1PM) - Register

May 7 - Office Hours via Zoom (12PM–1PM)

May 21 - Office Hours via Zoom (12PM–1PM and 5:30PM–6:30PM)

June 11 - Applications Due at 11:59PM

July 19 - Artists Notified

September 3 - November 5 - Weekly Course Sessions (Tuesday Nights 5:30-9:00PM, Course Content 6:00 - 8:30PM, with networking before and after)
 

QUESTIONS:

Questions are encouraged! Contact: Kaitlyn Hardiman, Arts Management Solutions, ovac.aep@gmail.com

GRANTS FOR ARTISTS: call for applications

The Grants for Artists program fosters Oklahoma’s visual artistic creative excellence. The grants committee supports the mission of OVAC and scores submissions based on the merit of each application according to the pertinent grant category and its associated criteria.Grants for Artists help individual Oklahoma artists create visual art for public presentation, develop their professional practices, and lead community projects.Grants are open to artists working in visual-based mediums, curation, and art writing.

Applications are reviewed twice throughout the year and are due by 11:59 pm on October 15th or March 15th.

Creative Projects grants fund up to $1500 and are for creating new work that will culminate in a public event focused on artist’s own work. Applications are evaluated by measuring career altering potential, quality of work, concept, and ability to complete project.


 

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, not currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA program, Oklahoma residents, and must not have received grant funding from OVAC within the past year.  
 

APPLICATION COMPONENTS: 

__Completed application form below 

__Artist Resume/CV 

__Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words) 

__10-15 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork (work samples can include artwork, sketches or concept drawing, writing samples, documentation of curatorial projects, or other relevant work). Please keep video samples limited to 3-5 minutes) 

__Artwork sample list (to identify your images) 

__Sketches or concept drawing (optional but encouraged) 

__Balanced Budget (income = expenses) 

__Timeline identifying major milestones to completion 

__Secured or potential venues


 

TIMELINE

- Applications must be received by March 15th or October 15th

- Committee will review applications following the deadline

- You will be notified of our decision within 4 weeks of the deadline

- Accepted applicants will receive payment approximately 2 weeks after being notified and submitting paperwork

- Grant projects must occur after grant is awarded and within one year of receiving grant funds


 

QUESTIONS:
Questions are encouraged! Please contact ariana@ovac-ok.org.

GRANTS FOR ARTISTS: call for applications

The Grants for Artists program fosters Oklahoma’s visual artistic creative excellence. The grants committee supports the mission of OVAC and scores submissions based on the merit of each application according to the pertinent grant category and its associated criteria.Grants for Artists help individual Oklahoma artists create visual art for public presentation, develop their professional practices, and lead community projects.Grants are open to artists working in visual-based mediums, curation, and art writing.

Applications are reviewed twice throughout the year and are due by 11:59 pm on October 15th or March 15th.

Community / Artist Partnership grants fund up to $1500 and are for initiating community-based projects leading to artwork creation. Applications are evaluated by measuring quality of work, community impact, concept, and ability to complete project.


ELIGIBILITY:

Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, not currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA program, Oklahoma residents, and must not have received grant funding from OVAC within the past year.    


APPLICATIONS COMPONENTS:
  __Completed application form below
  __Artist Resume/CV
  __Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words)
  __10-15 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork (work samples can include artwork, sketches or concept drawing, writing samples, documentation of curatorial projects, or other relevant work). Please keep video samples to 3-5 minutes.
  __Artwork sample list (to identify your images)
  __Sketches or concept drawing (optional but encouraged)
  __Balanced Budget (income = expenses)
  __Timeline identifying major milestones to completion
  __Secured or potential venues


TIMELINE:

- Applications must be received by March 15th or October 15th

- Committee will review applications following the deadline

- You will be notified of our decision within 4 weeks of the deadline

- Accepted applicants will receive payment approximately 2 weeks after being notified and submitting paperwork

- Grant projects must occur after grant is awarded and within one year of receiving grant funds  


QUESTIONS: 

Questions are encouraged! Please contact ariana@ovac-ok.org.

GRANTS FOR ARTISTS: call for applications

The Grants for Artists program fosters Oklahoma’s visual artistic creative excellence. The grants committee supports the mission of OVAC and scores submissions based on the merit of each application according to the pertinent grant category and its associated criteria.Grants for Artists help individual Oklahoma artists create visual art for public presentation, develop their professional practices, and lead community projects.Grants are open to artists working in visual-based mediums, curation, and art writing.

Applications are reviewed three times throughout the year and are due by 11:59 pm on January 15th, or March 15th, or October 15th.

Education Assistance grants fund up to $500 and are for educational opportunities such as: conferences, residencies, studio workshops, or study trips and can includes travel fees. Applications are evaluated by measuring the quality of educational opportunity, potential impact on practice/career, ability to complete project, and relevance based on portfolio.


ELIGIBILITY:

Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, not currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA program, Oklahoma residents, and must not have received grant funding from OVAC within the past year.    


APPLICATION COMPONENTS:

__Completed application form below
__Artist Resume or CV
__Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words)
__5-10 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork. For video, include up to 3 minutes total
__Image list, and if applicable, include file name, medium, date, and dimensions
__Timeline identifying major milestones to completion
__Balanced Budget, meaning expenses are equal to income


TIMELINE:

- Applications must be received by January 15th, March 15th, or October 15th

- Committee will review applications following the deadline

- You will be notified of our decision within 4 weeks of the deadline

- Accepted applicants will receive payment approximately 2 weeks after being notified and submitting paperwork

- Grant projects must occur after grant is awarded and within one year of receiving grant funds  

 

QUESTIONS: 

Questions are encouraged! Please contact ariana@ovac-ok.org.

GRANTS FOR ARTISTS: call for applications

The Grants for Artists program fosters Oklahoma’s visual artistic creative excellence. The grants committee supports the mission of OVAC and scores submissions based on the merit of each application according to the pertinent grant category and its associated criteria.Grants for Artists help individual Oklahoma artists create visual art for public presentation, develop their professional practices, and lead community projects.Grants are open to artists working in visual-based mediums, curation, and art writing.

Applications are reviewed three times throughout the year and are due by 11:59 pm on January 15th, March 15th, or October 15th.

Professional Basics grants fund up to $500 and are for the essentials of an art practice such as quality artwork samples, display/framing, shipping, travel to professional events, website development, etc. Applications are evaluated by measuring the quality of the proposed project, ability to complete project, and relevance based on portfolio.


ELIGIBILITY:

Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, not currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA program, Oklahoma residents, and must not have received grant funding from OVAC within the past year.


APPLICATION COMPONENTS:
__Completed application form below
__Artist Resume or CV
__Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words)
__5-10 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork. For video, include up to 3 minutes total
__Image list, and if applicable, include file name, medium, date, and dimensions
__Timeline identifying major milestones to completion
__Balanced Budget, meaning expenses are equal to income
__Secured or potential venues


TIMELINE:

- Applications must be received by January 15th, March 15th, or October 15th

- Committee will review applications following the deadline

- You will be notified of our decision within 4 weeks of the deadline

- Accepted applicants will receive payment approximately 2 weeks after being notified and submitting paperwork

- Grant projects must occur after grant is awarded and within one year of receiving grant funds

 

QUESTIONS:   

Questions are encouraged! Please contact ariana@ovac-ok.org.

Once you have finished your Thrive project please fill out this report form within 30 days.

We ask all grantees to submit a final report to stay in good standing to receive future funding from OVAC.

The form includes short answer questions, demographic questions about you and your collaborators, and a field for you to upload support materials such as budget, photos, or videos that document your project.

If you have questions please contact the Administrative and Artist Relations Manager, Ariana Weir at ariana@ovac-ok.org

Do you have a large, public project you want to launch, but need some funds to make it happen? A fiscal sponsorship from OVAC allows you to use our 501(c)(3) status to solicit donations giving your donors the benefit of a tax receipt and allows you to apply for grants that require a 501(c)(3) status. After reviewing the FAQ below, reach out to us to see if your project qualifies!


FAQs:

What is fiscal sponsorship?

Fiscal sponsorship allows an individual or group to use OVAC’s 501(c)(3) status to solicit donations, giving the donors the benefit of receiving a tax receipt for their donation as it goes through OVAC. It also allows the individual or group to apply for some grants that require backing from a nonprofit organization.

What is the difference between a grant and fiscal sponsorship?

Fiscal sponsorship is not a funding program. Instead, it enables individual artists and artist-run organizations to use OVAC’s charitable 501(c)(3) status to raise tax-deductible money through grants and individual contributions.

Grants, on the other hand, are monetary awards to individuals.

What kind of projects qualify?

All projects must align with OVAC’s mission of supporting Oklahoma’s visual arts and artists and their power to enrich communities. Fiscal sponsorship is only for a specific project and is not intended to last indefinitely to support an artist’s career. Fiscally sponsored projects must benefit the public in some way. That could include a subject screening, exhibition, performance or talk, exploring an issue, or otherwise offering an opportunity for an underrepresented group of people. Because donations to fiscally sponsored projects are tax-deductible, projects must add value to the public sphere and not only benefit the artist’s private gain.

Can I keep an artist’s fee from the amount fundraised?

Yes, we believe in paying artists for their work! We expect for you to include an artist’s fee in your budget. As a guideline, project managers generally don’t get paid more than 20% of the budget, yet it varies from project to project.

Is there a cost?

All applicants must be a current OVAC member. OVAC retains a 4% administration fee of the funds raised.

Will OVAC fundraise for me?

No, but we will promote your project on social media to help build awareness.

Does OVAC have any creative control over the project?

No. Projects that are fiscally sponsored by OVAC are considered independent contractors and retain their own identity. Project directors retain creative control and ownership of their project/organization.

Do I have to have a US Social Security number or be incorporated in the US to join OVAC Fiscal Sponsorship?

Yes. you must have a social security number or be incorporated as an LLC or corporation in the US.

Do I have to live in Oklahoma?

Yes, you must be a current Oklahoma resident and the public presentation of the project must take place in Oklahoma.

Who decides if my application is accepted?

A committee of OVAC board members carefully reviews each application for mission alignment, quality of the proposal and project, and feasibility of the project.

Can I talk to someone at OVAC before I apply?

Of course! Call us at 405-879-2400 or email Rebecca Kinslow at Director@ovac-ok.org.



Requirements to Apply:

Applications must include the following:

  • Project description
  • Project budget with both income and expenses
  • Resume/CV of key participants
  • 10 Work samples (preferably jpegs) or URL for film/video artwork with descriptions 
  • Artwork sample list 
  • Letter of support (if applicable)

For questions, contact Rebecca Kinslow at (405) 879-2400 Ex. 4 or Director@ovac-ok.org.

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition