About


Amplify Arts promotes unity, innovation, and progress in the arts to build strong and vibrant communities. Our Grants Program is designed to give artists a platform to experiment, create new work, develop new audiences, and exhibit outside the confines of larger institutional systems. By recognizing and awarding financial support to exceptional artists in the region, we seek to amplify artists’ voices, advance their careers, and diversify Omaha’s cultural landscape, enhancing the city’s profile as a place where artists can live, work, and access meaningful support.

Micro Grants and Emergency Grants constitute Amplify Arts’ Essentials Fund. This fund was established specifically to increase access to professional tools and respond to unforeseen events that negatively impact an artist’s practice. The Essentials Fund totals $10,000 for the 2019 calendar year. 


Micro Grants will average $250 and are one-time grants for capacity-building support items like: 

  • supplies
  • equipment or software
  • research
  • professional development* 
  • marketing/promotional materials

Micro Grants are designed to fund the acquisition of new equipment or materials; support research, conferences and travel related to research; and help mitigate the cost of marketing and promotional materials directly related to an artist’s practice.  Micro Grants do not cover requests for rent or fixed expenses like phone bills, utilities or housing; or situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. 

*excluding Amplify Arts membership and programs


Applicants should be aware that this is a grant program, and that each application is considered on its merits within the criteria of the program. While we aim to assist to as many applicants as we can, submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.
 

Eligibility

Any artist, collaborative duo, or artist collective who has maintained a residence within the Omaha Metro Area including Washington, Douglas, Cass, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa for at least one year is eligible to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Artists who have received past support from Amplify in the form of a Micro Grant, Artist Support Grant, or Public Impact Grant must wait one year after their grant term has ended to reapply. This does not Emergency, or Generator Grant recipients or Artists who have participated in Artist INC, Working Artist Wednesdays, Work in Progress or other Amplify programs.

Timeline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and reviewed by a panel of jurors quarterly (i.e. end of March, June, September, and December). If you meet the eligibility criteria (outlined above) you may apply at any time throughout the year, there are no deadlines or application periods. Plan ahead and be aware of the review schedule stated above. The next review will take place after September 30, 2019 (from October 1-5, 2019) and applicants will be notified soon after.

Privacy

We assure you that the use of personal information provided in this application will be limited to the internal purposes of Amplify Arts. Information provided will only be shared with senior leadership and the board of directors for the sole purpose of determining eligibility and need.

Reporting

If your application is funded, Micro Grant recipients will be required to fill out a short evaluation form and account for how funds are spent. This may be in the form of a bill, invoice, pictures, or other tangible reporting.

Funds Available

There is $10,000 available annually in the Essentials Fund. Please only request what is necessary. Micro Grants will average $250.

Incomplete Applications

Incomplete applications or applications that fail to follow instructions (e.g. work sample labeling) will not be considered.

A free service to anyone living in the state of Nebraska with an arts-related legal issue, Amplify Arts' Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts-Nebraska (VLA-NE) program is the bridge between the creative community and lawyers dedicated to providing pro-bono legal assistance. Committed to equipping working artists with the tools they need to build more sustainable careers, the VLA-NE pairs qualifying applicants with a volunteer lawyer to aid in the resolution of their legal issue. the VLA-NE  is also a platform for access to legal resources, publications, and public programs that address arts-related legal issues.


Click here for the FAQ section if you have any additional questions.

Before filling out the intake form, please read the terms & conditions below carefully. 

The Basics:

  1. The purpose of the VLA-NE is not to represent you as your attorney; it is strictly a referral service and informational resource for those in the arts. 
  2. Placement with a professional may take between two to three weeks. We make our best effort to find a volunteer professional for every qualified and eligible applicant but cannot guarantee that one will agree to help you.
  3. Although you will not pay for your volunteer professional's time, you are responsible for any out-of-pocket expenses including filing fees, long-distance phone calls, charges for copying, messengers, etc. that may be required in relation to your case. It is your responsibility to discuss potential expenses with your volunteer professional.

Income Eligibility:

  1. Legal assistance is free to individuals with a gross income of less than $30,150.00 (with an additional allowance of $4180 for each dependent).
  2. If you are not income eligible, but there are extenuating circumstances that you believe should be considered please contact vla@omahacreativeinstitute.org.
  3. If your income increases so that you no longer qualify for free services, you agree to notify OCI immediately.
  4. Any client who misrepresents their financial circumstances will be responsible for the full amount of legal fees incurred and may also be required to reimburse Amplify Arts for related expenses.
  5. If your case involves an agreement that may result in a monetary advance to you (such as a record deal, publishing deal, book deal, etc.) and the amount of the advance puts you over the income limit, you will be held liable for any fees incurred by your volunteer professional.

Lawyer & Client Relationship:

  1. In the event you are paired with a volunteer professional, it is important to note that the volunteer attorney is not your general counsel. They are your lawyer only for the specific matter assigned. If you require assistance with a different legal problem, you must complete a new application for that problem. If you return to your original volunteer lawyer with new questions or legal problems without contacting Amplify Arts, that lawyer is then free to charge you for any help they choose to provide. Please notify vla@omahacreativeinstitute.org if you choose to become a paying client of your volunteer lawyer for any additional matters.
  2. Our volunteer lawyers do not offer litigation services but are willing to negotiate a solution on your behalf. In the event that litigation, arbitration, or a similar proceeding becomes necessary, you will not oppose your volunteer lawyer's decision (or formal motion before a court or other tribunal) to withdraw from representation of you.
  3. Amplify Arts will notify you by e-mail when we locate a volunteer professional who has agreed to provide you with pro bono assistance. We will advise you of their phone number at that time. As this is our primary method of contact, please notify us immediately of any change in your e-mail address or phone number. It is your responsibility to contact your volunteer professional. If you do not contact them within 5 business days, we will assign that professional to another case. If your volunteer professional does not respond within 3 business days from the time of your call to them, please contact vla@omahacreativeinstitute.org immediately.
  4. If, at any point, you no longer need the assistance of your volunteer lawyer, or you have any problem or difficulty with your case or your volunteer, please contact vla@omahacreativeinstitute.org immediately.
  5. In order to receive future assistance with legal problems, you must send a thank you letter or email to your volunteer professional, with a copy sent to Amplify Arts, after the issue is resolved. This helps Amplify Arts track the status of each case and ensures that your issue was successfully resolved. Failure to send a thank you letter will result in you being ineligible to received further assistance from the VLA-NE. 
  6. Please remember that your volunteer professional is generously donating their time. Always be prepared, courteous, and respectful of their schedule. 

Privacy & Confidentiality:

  1. Any information obtained by Amplify Arts in the process of providing you with a referral is treated as confidential unless you direct us otherwise.  We are committed to protecting your privacy and require all persons with access to confidential information to sign a Pledge of Confidentiality. These persons could include volunteers, interns, and/or employees of Amplify Arts.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the confidentiality of your information.

About


Amplify's Emergency Grants are intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to resolve the situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency. Damage incurred from natural disasters like fire or flood or emergency medical need are some examples.

Emergency grants do not cover requests for rent or fixed expenses like phone bills, utilities, or housing; dental work or chronic illness; capital improvements, or projects of any kind; or situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. Applicants should be aware that this is a grant program, and that each application is considered on its merits within the criteria of the program. While we aim to assist to as many applicants as we can, submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.


Eligibility

Any artist who has maintained a residence within the Omaha Metro Area including Washington, Douglas, Cass, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa for at least one year is eligible to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.


Timeline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, as needs arise. If you meet the eligibility criteria (outlined above) you may apply at any time throughout the year, there are no deadlines or application periods.


Process

Upon submitting an application, it will be reviewed by the Executive Director and members of Amplify's Board of Directors within 48 hours. During the review, you may be asked to provide additional information before a decision is made. 


Privacy

We assure you that the use of personal information provided in this application will be limited to the internal purposes of Amplify Arts. Information provided will only be shared with senior leadership and the board of directors for the sole purpose of determining eligibility and need. 


Proof of Need

If your application is deemed eligible, applicants will be asked to provide proof of need before receiving funds. This may in the form of a bill, invoice, pictures, or other tangible proof of need.


Funds Available

There is $10,000 available annually. Please only request what is necessary for your situation. Gifts will average $1,000.


Incomplete Applications

Applications that are incomplete or do not follow instructions (e.g. work sample labeling) will not be considered.

About

Amplify Arts is proud to be partnering with the Millwork Commons neighborhood on an innovative public art project. The neighborhood, located at 13th and Nicholas Street, is becoming a hub for tech, art, design, community growth, and collaboration. It is being designed to meet the needs of today’s workers and residents while also embracing the neighborhood's gritty, industrial roots. This neighborhood has been known for innovation since the first bricks were laid, and it will continue as artists help build a place where innovators and creators collaborate and grow. A long-term vision for Millwork Commons is to strengthen Omaha’s urban core and help define our city as a culturally vibrant and inclusive place. Artists are essential in helping to accomplish this goal. 

We are currently seeking artists to submit applications. Three artists will be chosen to collaborate on a large mural project on shipping containers (500 sf each). Each artist will be responsible for painting one shipping container which, when stacked, will create one cohesive piece. The selected artists will be given one month to meet, collaborate, and develop a concept to present to the jury for approval. Selected artists will each receive a $6,000 stipend. Artists should be aware that this will be an annual competition, so the collaborative mural created will only be kept in place for one year. 

Project Timeline:

July 15th-- Applications Open
August 5th-- Applications Close
August 16th-- 3 Applications Selected
August 19th- September 13th-- Artist Cohort Design Process
September 13th-- Design Approved
October (tbd)-- Mural Unveiling Event

Eligibility

Any artist, collaborative duo, or artist collective maintaining a residence within the Omaha Metro Area including Washington, Douglas, Cass, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa is eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 21 years-old. An undergraduate or graduate degree is not required to apply for this grant.

For collaborative groups:

Artist collectives, collaborative groups, and duos, are eligible if:

  • All members of the group meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.
  • The primary creative output of each member of the group is generated within the group, not as an individual.
  • Members of the group are committed to working on a deeply collaborative level to advance the goals of the group, rather than those of the individuals within the group.
  • The group is not incorporated into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Collaborative groups should submit a group resume and discuss the nature and duration of the collaboration in the artist statement.

Criteria for Selection

  • Strength of existing artistic work
  • Past experience working on collaborative projects
  • Strong conceptual skills with innovative and effective approaches demonstrated previously
  • Documented capability and experience to complete the project successfully and within the required timeframe

Jury Process
A panel of local arts professionals, community members, and Millwork Commons Staff will review the applications and select the award winners by August 16, 2019.


If selected, artists must complete a contract with Amplify Arts. Artists will receive half of the grant amount upon selection, the second half upon completion. Artists must provide at the time of contract execution a W-9 and completed and signed contract document. Amplify Arts will prep the surface of the shipping containers to be painted, as well as seal the completed murals. Artists are responsible for purchasing and providing materials to complete the artwork including but not limited to: brushes, buckets, paint, projector (if applicable), tape, drop cloths, ladders, and step stools.

For any questions related to eligibility or the expectations of the project please contact Amplify Arts staff at info@amplifyarts.org.

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