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Native Artist Opportunity Fund 2022 Application Guidelines
Submission deadline: The last day of every month, 5:00 pm PST, beginning February 28, 2022. When the last day of the month falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm PST on the following Monday. AIP will announce Opportunity Fund Awards on the 15th day of every month. When the 15th falls on a weekend, WAA will make announcements on the following Monday.


The Native Artist Opportunity Fund is a financial assistance award program to aid US-based Indigenous touring performing artists with short-term needs related to the promotion and development of their work or practice. Opportunity Fund grants are not intended to support travel costs associated with a tour or performance, but all other proposed uses will be considered. Applicants may request up to $750 and may not reapply within one year of receiving an Opportunity Fund award.


There will be up to 12 monthly funding cycles for the Native Artist Opportunity Fund awards annually, based on Fund balance. Announced award amounts will represent maximum reimbursable expenses based on the cost of products and services at the time of application submission. The annual budget for the Opportunity Fund is currently $15,000. The number of awards available depends upon the number and amount of proposals received.


Eligibility Requirements
Qualified applicants must:
· Be US-based professional performing artists at any stage in their career;
· Be US citizens or have permanent resident status, and reside in the US;
· Be planning to tour work within the coming three years; and
· Self-identify as Indigenous. AIP defines Indigenous (or Native) as, Member or descendant of a Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian nation or community, including the US Territories of Amelika Sāmoa (American Samoa), Guahan (Guam), Saipan, Tinian, Rota (Northern Mariana Islands), Borikén (Puerto Rico), and the US Virgin Islands.

The program is open to any performing arts discipline suitable for touring. Membership with Western Arts Alliance is not a requirement for applicants.
Please see the full Opportunity Fund Guidelines for additional information. For application support and questions, please contact AIP Program Manager Ed Bourgeois at ebourgeois@westarts.org.


The Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) program is made possible by a lead grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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