Guidelines for Business Accelerator Fellowships
Our next call for Fellowship applications will take place in September 2018, to select the working artists who will join CHF's 2019-2020 Accelerator Program.
Who Should Apply?
Professional painters, sculptors, and artists working on paper who:
- Primarily employ traditional media (NOT photography, film, or video)
- Have had their work published and/or exhibited professionally
- Are pursuing specific opportunities or projects for which CHF's expertise and support would make a substantial difference in their business prospects
- Are United States citizens or permanent residents
- Have not previously been awarded a Fellowship from CHF
- Already earn or want to earn their living from the sale of their artwork
CHF does not give preference to any particular art movement, style, or trend. All painters, sculptors, and artists working on paper are eligible. The fund does not support performance, literary, or commercial work.
How to Qualify for Year One of the Business Accelerator Program
CHF will choose 20 artists to participate in our Business Accelerator Program based on:
- The content of an artist’s complete application
- A demonstrable commitment to actively managing his/her business
How to Qualify for Year Two of the Business Accelerator Program
A subset of artists from among the program’s first-year participants will be selected to continue with the program's second year, based on the following criteria:
- Compliance with CHF's participation and reporting requirements (see below)
- The strength of the Investment-Grade Proposals that participants build during year one of the Accelerator
CHF partners with CallforEntry.org (CaFÉ) to manage the application process. Artists must register with CaFÉ to view our application, and they must also do the following:
- Complete the entire online application (All questions are mandatory unless otherwise indicated.)
- Pay the $30 application fee by credit card through CaFÉ
- Provide a resume/CV and up to ten images of their work (OPTIONAL: Artists may also submit supporting materials, if relevant---e.g., letter of intent from a gallery, commission statement, referrals, references, etc.)
- Designate two work samples for potential use in a CHF bio, press materials, and online catalogue (CHF will determine which artists are included in the latter.)
- Submit the application by midnight MDT on the date of the deadline. (Applications that are incomplete, late, or submitted without work samples will not be reviewed.)
Participation and Reporting Requirements
Accelerator participants will receive an agreement letter explaining the terms and conditions of the program, which include:
- Attending and actively participating in the year-long web-based workshop course
- Offering feedback on the course via online post-workshop surveys
- Participating in CHF’s interview program (which is done by phone/web)
- Providing CHF with a high-resolution headshot
- Sending the CHF team regular updates on their work and upcoming exhibitions/events
This agreement letter must be signed, and all participation and reporting requirements must be completed, before a participant is considered to have successfully completed year one of our Business Accelerator Program.
Those participants who are chosen to continue with year two will be asked to sign an agreement that outlines any additional participating and reporting requirements they must meet.
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