Artpreneur Launch Grants

Artpreneur

Artpreneur Launch Grants

UNCSA celebrates the creative work of its alumni, whether alongside or outside of the art form studied at UNCSA. Creativity knows no bounds, and our alumni demonstrate that. In the ever-changing artistic landscape of the 21st century, we are proud to be able to offer support for creative start-ups and creative projects that our emerging alumni are developing with the recently established Artpreneur Launch Grants. Seven Artpreneur Launch Grants are available annually for $5,000 each.

UNCSA defines an Artpreneur as an artist who reaches beyond existing disciplines, technologies, constructs and processes to effect change they wish to see in the world, through their creative practice. 2022 applications are now closed.

The Artpreneur Initiative is administered and supported by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, with additional support from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and Margaret Scales and Graydon Pleasants. For more information, email Erin Edge at artpreneur@uncsa.edu(opens in new tab).

Requirements

  • Applicants must be UNCSA alumni who are 1-5 years post-graduation or departure from the school. UNCSA alumni who are 6+ years post-graduation or departure from the school, or who have already established a creative enterprise, or whose proposed creative project has already been publicly produced are ineligible.
  • Completed online application
  • A basic budget with projected expenses and revenue (contributed/earned/in-kind)
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s artistic work.
  • Demonstrated examples of work in any medium
    • Can show ideation or could be from another work, but needs to be relevant to application. Videos should be no more than two minutes in length
    • Should demonstrate what applicant is capable of
    • Can be from time when applicant was a student at UNCSA

Grant Awards

Artpreneur grant funding may be spent on expenses directly attributable to the development of a creative enterprise or project.

Examples of eligible expenses:

  • Artist fees
  • Venue costs
  • Discipline-specific equipment or software 
  • Professional services

Examples of ineligible expenses:

  • General expenses of transitioning from college to career
  • Personal living expenses (rent, transportation, food)
  • Career development expenses (headshots, classes, etc.)
  • Student loan repayments

For more information, email Erin Edge at artpreneur@uncsa.edu.

Recipients

Jackson Baker
Jackson Baker
2022 Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
"Arcadia" web series
Emily DeForest
Emily DeForest
2022 Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
"Angry Belly" auto-fictional short film
Tij D'oyen
Tij D'oyen
2022 Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
"Nepo, Baby!" short film

Tramaine Rapheal Gray
Tramaine Rapheal Gray
2022 Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
Live Art Experience, ever-evolving Black Queer storytelling
Nile Harris
Nile Harris
2022 Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
"this house is not a home" improvised choreographic happening
Asia Jones
Asia Jones
2022 Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
"Nakita: Legend of the Ancient Ones" animated kids' show
Alex Avril Klein
Alex Avril Klein
2022 Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
Grrrl Gaze Film School, an easily accessible e-learning platform
Hannah Myers
Hannah Myers
2022 Artpreneur Launch Grant Recipient
"DADDY" feature documentary