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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, Amplify Arts seeks 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.


Our Public Impact Grant is a $10,000 award granted by an external jury of artists and arts professionals to an individual artist or organizer, collaborative duo, or collective working to realize an ambitious, well-researched, and community-centered project. Strong proposals will identify a systemic issue or issues that directly impact the community or communities with which the artist or organizer closely identifies. Proposals will also articulate a response to those concerns with a project that has potential to affect positive change through design thinking, collaboration, and expanded art practices. Systemic issues that impact a community might include social inequity, climate change, income inequality, etc. More localized concerns that result might include lack of access to education, food deserts, and failing infrastructure. While we acknowledge that resolving the root causes of systemic issues and cultivating meaningful and lasting change can take years, proposals that outline benchmarks of measurable success, which can be achieved within the grant period of one year and with the allotted budget of $10,000, will be favored. 


Artists and organizers working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. We seek to be expansive and inclusive in our definition of “community,” by extending it to encompass geographic areas, shared identities, social groups working toward a common goal, etc. Artists and organizers must demonstrate a thorough commitment to their community and an understanding of potential hurdles that may present challenges from both within and outside of that community. Successful proposals will also identify neighborhood associations, community boards, municipal bodies, businesses, individual partners, and other stakeholders or entities as potential collaborators; effective proposals will also establish a project timeline and budget. Selected artists and organizers will receive financial support and special recognition through marketing announcements on social media, Amplify’s website, and in email newsletters. They will also be required to account for all expenses in a final report due at the end of the grant period.


Eligibility

Any artist, organizer, collaborative duo, or collective maintaining a residence within the Omaha Metro Area including Washington, Douglas, 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. Organizations with 501(c)3 non-profit status are not eligible for this award. 


Amplify Arts' Public Impact Grant is open to artists and organizers of all disciplines regardless of race, national origin, religious background, differing abilities, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Artists who have received past support from Amplify Arts in the form of an Artist Support Grant or Public Impact Grant must wait one year after their grant term has ended to reapply. This does not include Micro, Emergency, or Generator Grant recipients or Artists who have participated in Artist INC, Working Artist Wednesdays, Work in Progress, or other Amplify Arts programs.


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 by 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 Artist Statement or Statement of Purpose
  • Strength and feasibility of the proposed project, timeline and project budget
  • Strength of existing or past work 
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively at the community level


Application Requirements

  • Artist Statement or Statement of Purpose
  • Project Proposal
  • Project Timeline
  • Project Budget
  • Letter(s) of Support
  • Work Sample
  • Works Cited Page
  • CV or Resume


Please note: All applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with Amplify Arts staff to review their application before submitting. Please contact Peter Fankhauser (peter@amplifyarts.org) to schedule a review session.


A panel of local arts professionals and community members will review the applications and select the award winner by June 10, 2019.


If selected, artists must complete a contract with Amplify Arts and attend periodic meetings with Amplify staff to assess benchmarks and evaluate progress. Artists will receive the full grant amount upon selection and are required to account for all funds spent by July 31, 2020, in a final report.  Artists must provide, at the time of contract execution, a W-9 and completed and signed contract document.

Sobre el subvención


Amplify Arts promueve la unidad, la innovación y el progreso en las artes para construir comunidades fuertes y vibrantes. Nuestro programa de subvenciones está diseñado para brindar una plataforma a los artistas para experimentar, crear nuevos trabajos, desarrollar nuevas audiencias y exhibir fuera de los sistemas institucionales más grandes. Al reconocer y otorgar apoyo financiero a artistas excepcionales en la región, Amplify Arts busca amplificar las voces de los artistas, avanzar en sus carreras y diversificar el paisaje cultural de Omaha, mejorando el perfil de la ciudad como un lugar donde los artistas pueden vivir, trabajar y acceder a un apoyo significativo.


Nuestra Subvención de Impacto Público es un premio de $10,000 otorgado por un jurado externo de artistas y profesionales de las artes a un artista u organizador individual, un dúo colaborativo o un colectivo que trabaja para realizar un proyecto ambicioso, bien investigado y centrado en la comunidad. Las propuestas sólidas identificarán un problema sistémico o problemas que impactan directamente en la comunidad o comunidades con las cuales el artista u organizador se identifica de cerca. Las propuestas también identificarán una respuesta a esas inquietudes con un proyecto que tiene potencial para afectar un cambio positivo a través del pensamiento de diseño, la colaboración y las prácticas de arte expandidas. Los problemas sistémicos que afectan a una comunidad pueden incluir la inequidad social, el cambio climático, la desigualdad de ingresos, etc. Las preocupaciones más localizadas que resulten podrían incluir la falta de acceso a la educación, los desiertos de alimentos y la infraestructura deficiente. Si bien reconocemos que la resolución de las causas fundamentales de los problemas sistémicos y el cultivo de un cambio significativo y duradero pueden llevar años, se favorecerán las propuestas que describan los puntos de referencia del éxito medible, que se puede lograr dentro del periodo de concesión de un año con los $10,000 otorgados.


Artistas y organizadores que trabajan en todas las disciplinas se les anima a aplicar. Buscamos ser expansivos e inclusivos en nuestra definición de “comunidad”, extendiéndola para abarcar áreas geográficas, identidades compartidas, grupos sociales que trabajan hacia un objetivo común, etc. Los artistas y organizadores deben demonstrar un compromiso profundo con su comunidad y un entendimiento de posibles obstáculos que pueden presentar desafíos tanto dentro como fuera de esa comunidad. Las propuestas exitosas también identificarán a las asociaciones de vecinos, juntas comunitarias, organismos municipales, empresas, socios individuales y otras partes interesadas o entidades como posibles colaboradores y propondrán un cronograma y presupuesto para el proyecto. Los artistas y organizadores seleccionados recibirán apoyo financiar y un reconocimiento especial a través de anuncios de mercadotecnia en las redes sociales, el sitio web de Amplify y boletines por correo electrónico. También se les pedirá que tengan en cuenta todos los gastos en un informe final que se debe entregar al final del período de concesión 


Elegibilidad


Cualquier artista, organizador, dúo colaborativo o colectivo que mantenga una residencia dentro del área metro de Omaha, incluidos los condados de Washington, Douglas, Sarpy y Saunders en Nebraska, y los condados de Pottawattamie, Mills y Harrison en Iowa, ese legible para postularse. Los solicitantes deben tener al menos 21 años de edad. No se requiere un título universitario o de posgrado para solicitar esta subvención. 

La Subvención de Impacto Público de Amplify Arts está abierta a artistas y organizadores de todas las disciplinas, independientemente de la raza, el origen nacional, los antecedentes religiosos, las diferentes habilidades, el sexo, la orientación sexual o la identidad de género. Los artistas que hayan recibido el apoyo de Amplify Arts en la forma de una Subvención de Apoyo para artistas o una Subvención de Impacto Publico deben esperar un año después de que finalice su periodo de concesión para volver a aplicar. Esto no incluye a los beneficiarios de Micro, Emergency, o Generator Grant recipientes o Artistas que han participado en Artist INC, Working Artist Wednesday, Work in Progress y otros programas de Amplify Arts.
  

Para grupos colaborativos:

Los colectivos de artistas, grupos de colaboración y dúos son elegibles si:

  • Todos los miembros del grupo cumplen con los requisitos de elegibilidad descritos anteriormente.
  • La salida de creatividad principal de cada miembro del grupo se genera dentro del grupo, no como un individuo.
  • Los miembros del grupo están comprometidos a trabajar en un nivel de colaboración profundo para avanzar en los objetivos del grupo, en lugar de los individuos dentro del grupo.
  • El grupo no está incorporado a una organización sin fines de lucro 501 (c) 3.

Los grupos de colaboración deben enviar un resumen del grupo y discutir la naturaleza y la duración de colaboración en la declaración de artista.
 

Criterios de Selección

  • Fuerza de la Declaración de Artista o Declaración de Propósito
  • Fuerza y viabilidad del proyecto propuesto, línea de tiempo y presupuesto del proyecto
  • Fuerza del trabajo existente o pasado
  • Compromiso demostrado para trabajar en colaboración a nivel comunitario

 

Requerimientos de Aplicación

  • Declaración de Artista o Declaración de Propósito
  • Propuesta de Proyecto
  • Línea de Tiempo del Proyecto
  • Presupuesto del Proyecto
  • Carta(s) de Apoyo
  • Muestra de Trabajo
  • Página de Trabajos Citados
  • CV o Resumen


Tome en cuenta: Se recomienda a todos los solicitantes reunirse con el personal de Amplify para revisar su aplicación antes de someter. Póngase en contacto con Peter Fankhauser (peter@amplifyarts.org) para programar una sesión de revisión.


Un panel de profesionales de las artes locales y miembros de la comunidad revisarán las aplicaciones y seleccionarán un ganador del premio el 10 de Junio de 2019. 

Si se seleccionan, los artistas deben completar un contrato con Amplify Arts y reuniones periódicas con el personal de Amplify para evaluar puntos de referencia y evaluar el progreso. Los artistas recibirán el monto total de la subvención al momento de la selección y se requiere que contabilice todos los fondos gastados hasta el 31 de Julio de 2020 en un reporte final. Los artistas deben proporcionar en el momento de la ejecución del contrato un W-9 y un contrato completado y documento firmado.

About


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. Projects that are connected to or in partnership with other institutions will not be considered. These grants are designated for individual artists, collaborative duos, and artist collectives for work outside of an institutional context.

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 March 31, 2019 (from April 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 asked to 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. 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.

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