ART WORKS Guidelines: Media Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts offers grants to support the development, production, and distribution of innovative projects that demonstrate media as art and media about the arts (e.g., visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk & traditional arts, and media arts including animation and digital art).

Media arts, as defined by the National Endowment for the Arts, includes screen-based  projects presented via film, television, radio, audio, video, the Internet, interactive and mobile technologies, video games, and transmedia storytelling, as well as media-related printed books, catalogues, and journals.

Deadlines

Art Works applications will be accepted under two deadlines: February 18, 2016, and July 14, 2016. Apply under the deadline with the project example that most closely corresponds to the primary focus of your proposed project.
An organization may submit more than one application under the Art Works category through the Media Arts discipline under the July 14, 2016, deadline. (All organizations must apply directly on their own behalf. Applications through a fiscal sponsor are not allowed.)

First Art Works Deadline:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov February 18, 2016
Step 2 - Submit Materials to NEA-GO February 25, 2016 to March 3, 2016
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection November 2016
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance January 1, 2017
  • Film/video/audio/multimedia festivals that include media artists, critics, and/or scholars, and are open to the general public.
  • Curated exhibition and/or touring programs of media art including the production of program notes and commentary by visiting artists, scholars, and critics.
  • Regional, national, or international distribution of media as art.
  • Preservation, restoration, or archiving of media art works, and services that support preservation, restoration, or archiving efforts.
  • Media arts exhibitions, festivals, and other activities in public spaces that are intended to foster community interaction and/or enhance the unique characteristics of a community.

Second Art Works Deadline:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov July 14, 2016
Step 2 - Submit Materials to NEA-GO July 21, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2017
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance June 1, 2017
  • Media art productions: Projects may include films, high-profile multi-part or single television and radio programs (documentaries and dramatic narratives); experimental, animated, transmedia, or interactive work; performance programs; arts-related segments for use within an existing series; apps for mobile or tablets (projects must be developed and made available for both iOS and Android devices); multi-part webisodes; installations; and video games. All phases of a project are eligible for support including research and development, production, and completion costs. Productions where the primary purpose is instructional, journalistic (except arts journalism), or promotional will not be considered.
  • Services to the field including activities that provide media artists and organizations with resources that are essential for artistic growth and development.
  • Facilities access that makes production and post-production equipment available to media artists.
  • Publications on issues pertinent to the media arts field, both practical and aesthetic, and both digital and in print.
  • The development of web portals, hubs, mobile and tablet apps (developed and made available for both iOS and Android devices), or other innovative uses of technology or new models to provide audiences with access to media artists and art works.
  • Programs for the media field including workshops/residencies/conferences that are designed for media artists, critics, scholars, and are open to the general public.
  • Education and related activities for youth, adults, intergenerational groups, and schools. (If your project is for youth, see "Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects" to help you in your discipline selection.)