Nomination Instructions & Frequently Asked
April 5, 2013
How do I submit a nomination?
Please complete the nomination form (which asks for a one page biography
of the nominee's accomplishments) by April 5, 2013. Because of difficulties
with receipt of mail, the Endowment will no longer receive nominations
Who is eligible to receive the National Medal of Arts?
Any U.S. citizen or group who, in the President's judgment, "...are deserving of
special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the
excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States."
[U.S.C. Sec. 955b (b) (1)]
Nominees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have filed for
naturalization and who are not ineligible to become U.S. citizens. Nominated
organizations must be established or incorporated in the United States. The National Council on the Arts will only consider living candidates and organizations.
Can I submit more than one nomination?
Yes, but you must complete separate nomination forms for each nominee.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers, 2008 National Medal of Arts recipients, performed at the awards ceremony in the White House.
Where do I find detailed information about my nominee?
If you do not personally know the nominee (or wish to keep your nomination a
surprise), you may find information at your local library in the reference
section. Who's Who in America and other biographic reference books are
often good sources of information. Internet searches may also turn up relevant
material. Ask your librarian for other suggestions.
What information must I submit for my nomination?
In writing your nomination, please provide concrete examples of what the nominee has accomplished that merits receiving the highest honor the U.S. Government awards to artists and arts patrons. Career highlights, not comprehensive biographies, are requested. Provide sources for the information where possible. This award is bestowed only to U.S. citizens who have made exceptional contributions to the arts; the most competitive nominees will be familiar to the reviewers. The purpose of your nomination is to remind the reviewers that your nominee should be considered.
The information requested on the "For All Nominations" section is the most important; any critical biographical material should be provided here. Please provide the source(s) of the information. Brochures, books, or music samples will not be accepted.
Has my nominee already won this award?
Please check the lists of previous
winners. For your convenience, the lists is available in both chronological and alphabetical order. Individuals and groups may receive the medal only once.
I'm not sure if my nominee is a U.S. citizen.
Your nominee must be a citizen or in the process of being naturalized in order to be considered for the Nationaql Medla of Arts. You may
be able to get this information through the nominee's business contacts.
How does the nomination process work?
Nominations are accepted until the deadline of April 5, 2013. The National
Council on the Arts reviews nominations and sends recommendations to
the President of the United States, who determines the honorees. The White
House will schedule the announcement and presentation ceremony, which typically takes place in the fall.
I nominated someone last year. Do I have to submit a new nomination form?
Yes. The nomination process is not automatically renewable.
I'd like to nominate someone posthumously.
Posthumous nominations are not accepted.
Will my nomination be acknowledged by the Arts Endowment?
Receipt of nominations will be acknowledged online.
Where do I mail my completed nomination?
Because of difficulty with mail in and out of federal agencies, we do not accept nominations by mail. We accept online nominations only.
What if I have additional questions?
Contact the NEA's Office of the Chief of Staff at (202) 682-5434.
How do I learn who the 2013 National Medal of Arts winners are?
As soon as the White House announces the winners, the names will be posted
on the Endowment's website.
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