What We Do
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Our pioneering approach—inspired by venture-capital principles—helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $45,000, for a total commitment of up to $95,000 per project.
Since 1999, we have committed $40 million in financial and advisory support to 511 projects representing 642 artists, and our Professional Development Program has reached nearly 12,000 artists in over 600 communities.
Over the past 17 years, Creative Capital has developed a four-part approach to supporting artists:
Support the Project
Throughout the development of each project, Creative Capital provides funding at strategic moments and helps direct the project to its most successful completion. Our Artist Services staff meets regularly with awardees to chart their progress and to connect them to resources that help their projects advance.
Support the Individual
Creative Capital helps artists acquire skills that enhance their capacity for creative and professional success through access to advisors, consultants, business and financial planning and other career development opportunities offered through our Artist Services.
Through the Artist Retreat, Creative Capital brings together more than 250 artists, arts professionals and supporters for the exchange of ideas and expertise. Read more about the full program of Artist Services for our awardees.
Engage the Public
We offer our artists a range of promotional opportunities to maximize the impact and reach of their Creative Capital-supported projects. Artist news and events are featured on Creative Capital’s website and our blog, as well as in our email announcements, newsletters and Year-End Reports. Join our email list to receive news about Creative Capital and the artists’ projects we support.
In 1999, Creative Capital embarked on a mission to reinvent cultural philanthropy and to support innovative artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines. Creative Capital began as an experiment to see how artists could benefit from the kind of opportunities afforded to entrepreneurs in other sectors. Our pioneering system of supporting artists is inspired by the venture capital principles of building a long-term relationship with a project, providing funding at strategic moments, and surrounding the project with critical resources, counsel and advisory services.
In response to the National Endowment for the Arts' termination of the majority of its grant programs for individual artists, Creative Capital was founded with a fierce commitment to freedom of expression. We aim to support the latest thinking in the field and to provide early support for projects that initially have challenges receiving funding from other sources. Our open application process attracts a range of diverse artistic visions and practices, and our 642 awardees create exceptional projects that challenge cultural and aesthetic conventions and push boundaries in a range of disciplines.
Our artists have premiered their Creative Capital-supported projects at the Sundance Film Festival, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, Site Santa Fe, Art Basel Miami Beach, The Kitchen, the New Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Los Angeles Film Festival and IFC Center; they have presented their work at the Kennedy Center for the Arts, Tate Modern, the Venice Biennale, the Public Theater and on Broadway; and their literary works have been published by Knopf, Henry Holt and Co. and University of California Press, among others.
In 2003, we launched the Professional Development Program to share with a wider community of artists some of the tools and strategies for improved self-sufficiency that we initially developed for our awardees. Creative Capital has since become the leader in professional development for artists and the only national organization that has made a long-term commitment to artists’ professional development.
Furthering our commitment to supporting individual artists and enriching the cultural landscape, Creative Capital administers three affiliate programs that provide support to writers and artists: The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, The Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards and The Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP Fund).
The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Programsupports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants issued directly to individual authors. The first program of its type, it was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. The Arts Writers Grant Program issues awards for articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing projects and aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. For more information, visit www.artswriters.org.
The Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards (DDPAA), launched in Fall 2011 in partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), supports individual artists in contemporary dance, theater and jazz for extended professional and artistic development. The program is designed to empower, invest in and celebrate notable performing artists, allowing for long-term exploration and research needs unmet by traditional project support. Over the ten-year life of the program, DDPAA will select and support 200 artists through unrestricted grants and access to Creative Capital’s professional development services. Additional funds are available for audience development and to match contributions to artists’ retirement accounts. DDPAA is part of the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative, a new ten-year, $50 million program. For more information, visit www.ddpaa.org.
In 2001, Creative Capital assumed operations of the MAP Fund, which provides project-specific funding to playwrights, choreographers, directors, composers and performers experimenting in any performance tradition or discipline. Funded in partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation since 2008 and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 2010, the MAP Fund was established by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1989 and has distributed over $20 million to approximately 900 projects in 35 states. Projects have been undertaken in every region of the United States as well as internationally, and by conservative estimate have touched over two million audience members. With the exception of the National Endowment for the Arts, MAP is the largest open-access grant for performance practices, in terms of both the total number of applications reviewed and the amount of funds awarded. For more information, visit www.mapfund.org.