Grant Seeking Tips for Seattle Jazz Artists

Originally published in Earshot Jazz January 2013

Happy New Year jazz artists! What will you create in 2013? How will you build on your passions, experiments, and expressions? Where will the money come from to fund your projects and pay your collaborators? Seeking grants is itself an art.

Determined to improve my success finding grants, I researched books and websites, cobbled together an approach to work for individual jazz artists, used it to apply for a 4Culture Heritage Site Specific grant and was awarded $15,000 to develop a performance piece inspired by Jamie Ford’s novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

This article shares my process then suggests tips for successful grant seeking from Miguel Guillen, Program Manager at Artist Trust.