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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Research on Demand

Support for Individual Artists

NASAA Director of Research Angela Han

As a national source of information on public arts funding, NASAA provides a knowledge network and fact base to help state arts agencies make informed policy decisions and put their own state's needs and experiences in context. Providing customized responses to member questions is a hallmark of NASAA. This column offers specific examples of the NASAA research services available and shows how they can be customized to meet your needs.

Did you know that state arts agencies (SAAs) invested nearly $9 million in direct grants to artists last year? Individual artists are a crucial part of a state's creative environment and SAAs support artists in a variety of ways. SAA support for individual artists has held steady over the years, making up a consistent portion of total grants and grant dollars. These grants take the form of fellowships, commissions, and various project grants. SAAs also provide information and services to assist artists build connections, showcase work and access information.

State Arts Agency Grants to
Individual Artists

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Artist fellowships grants

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NASAA's new fact sheet, Support for Individual Artists, provides a national overview of grants and services for artists, including summary statistics and grant distribution by artistic discipline.

Members interested in further details or comparative information for their state can contact the research staff with their request.

Have questions or feedback about the fact sheet? Want to suggest a future topic? Contact us!