CEC ArtsLink Independent Projects – Grant opportunities

CEC ArtsLinkDeadline: 1 December 2011

Open to: Artists, Arts Managers, and Organizations from Eligible Countries.

ArtsLink supports exchange between artists and arts organizations in the United States and the eligible counties listed below.


Application deadline for all disciplines:
December 1, 2011
Eligible project dates:
May 1, 2012 – April 30, 2013

Maximum award: $5,000

Independent Projects awards provide funding to artists and arts managers who propose to undertake projects in the United States in collaboration with a US non-profit arts organization or individual artist. Applicants must have a letter of invitation from a US partner in order to apply for an Independent Projects award. If you do not have a letter of invitation, please consider applying to the Residencies program. Awardees are responsible for arranging all the details of the project including all travel and housing arrangements. Proposals must be thoroughly researched and clearly describe the project. They must include a detailed budget that indicates exact resources and expenses.

Support is provided to create new work that draws inspiration from interaction with artists and the community in the US; to establish mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and expertise between artists, arts organizations and the local community and to pursue artistic cooperation that will enrich creative or professional development or has potential to expand the community’s access to the art of other cultures.

Descriptions of past ArtsLink Independent Projects can be found here. To consult with ArtsLink staff or to receive information about ArtsLink, please call 212-643-1985 x22 or e-mail al@cecartslink.org

Guidelines for Applications


ArtsLink accepts applications from contemporary and traditional creative artists working in the performing, design, media, literary and visual arts and arts managers at independent, non-profit and government organizations working in these artistic disciplines. Arts managers must be affiliated with an organization in the non-commercial sector. Artists seeking to work with commercial firms are ineligible. Applicants must be citizens of, and currently reside in, an eligible country. If you are living outside the region temporarily, contact ArtsLink staff to determine your eligibility. Independent Projects awards must include international travel to the US.

There are no age limitations; however, students and non-professionals are ineligible. In addition, projects focusing solely on research, post production or the production of an audio recording are not eligible. Projects involving performances, touring or participation in performing arts festivals can be supported by ArtsLink only if this activity is a component of a more comprehensive proposed project. Panelists will evaluate the quality of the project by assessing the potential for interactive dialogue.

Incomplete applications or applications lacking the required support materials will not be considered.

The earliest eligible project start date for the next application deadline is May 1, 2012. Projects must be completed by April 30, 2013.

Some examples of eligible Independent Projects for performing arts and literature are:

  • An Estonian sculptor collaborating with a non-profit arts organization in the US to create a permanent environmental sculpture on the grounds of their sculpture park;
  • A Lithuanian dramaturge and playwright collaborating with a US university theater to translate and direct a play and give workshops;
  • A group of Siberian musicians giving concerts, master classes and workshops at schools and community centers in Massachusetts and New York;
  • The collaboration between two Russian dancers and an American dance company to create and tour new dance work;
  • A Polish filmmaker researching and shooting a documentary film about a US contemporary artist.

Review Criteria

Independent Projects applications will be evaluated by a review panel comprised of US arts professionals based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s ability to independently manage the logistical details of the proposed project
  • Artistic or professional excellence of the applicant’s work
  • Extent to which independent work with a US arts organization is consistent with the applicant’s artistic vision, creative goals and professional development
  • Benefit to the applicant, at this time in his/her career, from interaction with US artists and audiences
  • Applicant’s plans for sharing the benefits of the exchange with artists and institutions in her/his home country

Applicants are advised to submit recent quality work samples on CDs and/or DVDs. Please follow carefully the instructions for submitted work samples in the application. Applicants should make sure their work is properly labeled and that all work samples are fully and succinctly described on a separate sheet. Applications that do not include required materials will not be considered.

Award amounts

The award amount request must not exceed $5,000 regardless of the number of people planning to travel to the US for the project

Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by the end of March 2012.


ArtsLink supports exchange between artists and arts organizations in the United States and Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus through three separate types of awards. Recipients are selected through a competitive peer panel review process.

ArtsLink Awards are comprised of ArtsLink Projects, ArtsLink Residencies and Independent Projects. These components are funded through public and private sources including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Ohio Arts Council, the Kettering Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Polish Cultural Institue and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Many former ArtsLink Awards participants also took part in two large-scale events organized and presented by in New York City to showcase the work of artists who have been supported by ArtsLink Awards: Flipside, an exhibition of the work of 34 visual artists held in 2004-2005 at Artists Space, and FlipFest!, an evening of performances by 40 artists held in 2008 at the Angel Orensanz Foundation.

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:


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