Updated: Apr 17
As a non-profit, we understand deeply the benefits a grant can provide to do important cultural work. We have created this list of funding and grant opportunities that may be available to Washington State musicians. We encourage you to visit each grantor's website to learn about eligibility, how to apply, and other important information and deadlines.
Please note SMASH is not affiliated with any of the grants and funding opportunities below and cannot answer questions related to them. Please click through to learn more about each opportunity and reach out to the organizations with your questions.
Use the arrows on the left to expand and explore grant opportunities by location.
UPDATED APRIL 16, 2023
STATEWIDE, NATIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL GRANTS FOR MUSICIANS
ARTISTS TRUST Since 1986, Artist Trust has awarded more than $15 million in funding to artists across Washington State. These grants aim to invest in Washington’s art community and support art at its source. INTEGRITY: ARTS & CULTURE ASSOCIATION MINI-GRANTS Integrity: Arts & Culture Association (IACA) Mini-Grants generally average $250 and are intended to assist with such things as artistic supplies, recordings, studio time, exhibits, performances, project-related expenses, residences, etc. FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS EMERGENCY GRANT Grants range in amount from $500 to $3,000, and the average grant is now $1,900. Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who:
Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates
ALLIED ARTS GRANTS Allied Arts Foundation provides $15,000 in grant annually funding for artists living and working in Washington State. Each grant cycle has a different medium or theme. WASHINGTON STATE TEACHING ARTIST EDUCATION GRANT TAT Lab provides workshops, resources, and mentorship to arts educators across Washington State. Develop your teaching craft with a statewide community of teaching artists and arts educators through the TAT Lab Core Program! In this 7-month program, participants explore learning plan design, learning frameworks, and teaching methods. he Core Program focuses on community building, creative thinking, racial justice, and social emotional well-being for both students and educators.
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Artist Fund, a new fund designed in partnership with WESTAF’s Leaders of Color Network that provides resources to and for BIPOC artists living and working in the 16 states and jurisdictions in the WESTAF region to advance their own artistic practice and goals.
KING COUNTY GRANTS FOR MUSICIANS
4CULTURE 4CULTURE provides funding and support for cultural work in King County. SEATTLE OFFICE OF ARTS & CULTURE Seattle Office of Arts & Culture provides funding and support for cultural work in Seattle.
SEATTLE WORLD TOUR FOUNDATION’S MUSICIAN RELIEF FUND The SWT Musician Relief Fund is open to all WA state-based musicians. THE AWESOME FOUNDATION SEATTLE CHAPTER A micro-granting organization funding “awesome” ideas, The Awesome Foundation set up local chapters around the world to provide rolling grants of $1000 ($750 for Seattle) to “awesome projects.” Each chapter defines what is “awesome” for their local community, but most include arts initiatives and public or social practice art projects.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY GRANTS FOR MUSICIANS
PIERCE COUNTY GRANTS FOR MUSICIANS
The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program's (TAIP) goals are to recognize the creative expression of the artists in our community, financially assist artists in generating new work and growing their skills, and engage the broader community through free public components presented by the funded artists. Awards are $4,000.
The Community Arts Projects funding program financially supports organizations and groups producing arts-focused community projects that are inclusive, accessible, and/or address equity issues. This funding can be used for artistic presentations, activities, events, workshops, experiences, festivals, performances, or other projects that are accessible to the general public – either in-person and/or virtually.
MASON COUNTY GRANTS FOR MUSICIANS
THURSTON COUNTY GRANTS FOR MUSICIANS
OLYMPIA ARTSPACE ALLIANCE REHEARSAL SPACE GRANTS The Olympia Artspace Alliance is awarding a second round of space-related grants to local artists in Thurston County. OAA will provide ten (10) Space Grants at $500 each. Artists can use grants to cover basic costs for things like rent (living/studio), rehearsal space, storage, space repairs, utilities, ADA accommodations, etc.
KITSAP COUNTY GRANTS FOR MUSICIANS
CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION - KITSAP COUNTY The Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest adult grant program assists adults 19 years and older in developing their art skills and knowledge. The adult grant may be applied toward art education, art workshops, art supplies, and any other art-related avenues to assist adults in their artistic development. This does not include Applications are limited to adults who live in Kitsap County.
OTHER WASHINGTON STATE COUNTY & CITY GRANTS FOR MUSICIANS
Know of a grant in Washington State for musicians we haven't listed? Email us at SMASH@SMASHSeattle.org