Upcoming Opportunities


We’re always thinking about how we can be of value to you, our creative community. To that end, we’re now posting a variety of time-sensitive business and career opportunities in this section.

We update the list regularly in the hopes that you can spend less time searching and more time competing and growing, so check back often. If you would like to suggest an opportunity to be added to this list, please contact us here.

Local Opportunities:

Application Deadline: Applications accepted until scholarship slots are filled
From April 5-8, 2108, the Alabama Folk School will host a Bluegrass & Gee’s Bend workshop at its facility at Camp McDowell. Funded in part by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, twenty workshop scholarships are available this year for first-time students. The scholarships are intended to provide opportunities for a more diverse audience to participate in the Alabama Folk School’s offerings — young people, people of color, and those with limited financial means are encouraged to apply. The workshop provides a unique opportunity to work with the extraordinary Gees Bend Quilters and with talented bluegrass musicians offering instruction on the banjo, bass, fiddle and mandolin.
Notification: Ongoing until April 5.

Application Deadline: The last day of each month
The Birmingham Chapter of the Awesome Foundation awards one $1,000 grant each month to support projects in sciences, arts, education, civic engagement, media, and entertainment — just about anything as long as it contributes to making The Magic City more awesome. The types of projects that are generally not supported are those that are personal and limited in their community impact or existing efforts that would not see significant incremental benefit from a small grant. Grants may be awarded to groups, individuals, and small non-profit organizations; non-profit status is not a requirement and funds are generally not awarded to large organizations. A representative must attend the monthly Awesome Hour event to receive the check.
Notification: Monthly.

Regional Opportunities:

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2018
Selma’s ArtsRevive, which works to enhance community development in the Selma-Dallas County area through the arts, is pleased to open registration for its 16th annual juried art competition. Entry for Alabama Artists: Roots and Wings is open to artists who are from Alabama, although they may now live and work elsewhere, as well as artists who currently live in Alabama. The show will be held from April 27 through May 31 at the Arts Revive Cultural Arts Center located at 3 Church Street in the heart of historic downtown Selma. For more information, call 334-410-2302 or email beckylynnyoungblood@gmail.com.
Notification: April 2017. Entry Fee: $35.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2018 by 4 pm
South Arts’ Launchpad is a year-long support system for professionals new to the performing arts presenting and touring field in its nine-state region. The program offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2018 Performing Arts Exchange conference in Orlando, FL. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join your statewide presenters’ network and a grant supporting artist fees for presenting one of the 2018 PAE juried showcase artists. The goals of this funding program are to provide professional development for new presenting professionals; share resources for identifying high-quality artists; and support learning through a peer network group and individual mentoring. Applicants must be affiliated with a nonprofit or governmental presenting organization to be eligible.
Notification: June 29, 2018.

Application Deadline: Applications accepted online year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities.
As part of its continuing effort to build a better South through the arts, South Arts, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, offers a limited number of Presenter Assistance grants to nonprofit performing and literary arts presenters in its nine-state region. To strengthen program design and organizational capacity for presenters, South Arts offers funding of up to $700 to support Planning Grants for artist residencies and Travel Grants for professional development. These grants are intended for traveling to see work; participating in a significant professional development opportunity; and hosting an artistic director planning visit. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. Funded activities must take place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Notification: Within four weeks of application submission.

National Opportunities:

Deadline: Applications accepted online at any time
Fledgling has an open rolling application process for grants to support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $25,000, and the awards support audience engagement planning and implementation. Support for planning is for building the strategy for outreach and engagement and can be used before a project is complete to prepare for its launch. Grants are not available to support production or post-production. The Fund welcomes applicants and projects from both inside and outside the United States.
Notification: Typically within three months of application.

Additional information on organizations that offer funding opportunities and other means of growing your creative endeavors can be found in our list of Resources.