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FAQ

This FAQ will be updated regularly as we learn from applicants throughout this initiative.

About

What is the COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund?

Organized by Treefort Music Fest, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and the Boise City Department of Arts & History, the COVID Cultural Commissioning (CCC) Fund is a one-time award program with the goal of providing $1,000 in funding, for a to-be-determined number of artists, for the creation of individual works exploring, documenting and/or reflecting on personal experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our community.

How is the COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund funded?

The COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund is funded through private donations and individual commitments. No City of Boise monies were contributed to this initiative.

Who will be administering the funds?

Boise State University’s Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts will be distributing the funds and collecting applicants’ financial and U.S. tax information. Treefort Music Fest and the Boise City Department of Arts & History will be facilitating the application process with a group of national and local panelists.

How long will this initiative run?

April 29, 2020 – Application opens
May 7, 2020 – Deadline for questions or clarifications
May 8, 2020, 11:59pm MT – Application closes
May 18, 2020 – Recipients announced
May 25-June 1, 2020 – Funds disbursed
September 2020 – Final Reports due, works delivered
TBD – Sharing of work produced through award program

Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply?
To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Individual creators of any discipline, able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience;
  • Focused on an act of creation being inspired by and/or undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 18 years of age and live in the Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem or Owyhee Counties of Idaho;
  • Not a full-time employee, board member, director or officer of any of the supporting organizations. If you are currently receiving a paycheck from Boise State University, you are not eligible to apply.
  • Provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)—we will collect this information after you’ve been notified of your selection.

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Are arts collectives, performing ensembles, and other groups eligible to apply?

One or more individuals may apply together for a single award if work is collaborative but would receive the same financial commissioning amount as an individual recipient.

Are local arts organizations eligible to apply?

No, local arts organizations are not eligible to apply.

  • Past grantees of the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation are encouraged to contact the MCEF for assistance.
  • Local arts organizations are encouraged to consider applying for a grant through the Boise City Department of Arts & History Grant Fund (opens June 1, 2020). More at: www.boiseartsandhistory.org/grants

How many times can I apply?

Individual applicants may only apply once for a single work or body of work. Separate applications for the same work, and multiple applications by a single individual, will not be considered.

Which disciplines are eligible for this award?

Disciplines include, but are not limited to:

  • Art conservation
  • Craft (ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metals, textiles, etc.)
  • Dance
  • Education (teaching artist, teacher, professor)
  • Film
  • Graphic Design
  • History, research and other scholarly work
  • Media, multimedia and digital media
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Traditional art
  • Visual art (drawing, painting, printmaking, new media, photography etc.)
  • Writing or literature

Application & Selection

How can I apply?

If eligible, you can apply here, via Google forms. If you have any technical issues, please contact covidculturalcommissions@gmail.com. The application deadline is 11:59pm MT on May 8, 2020.

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How will the CCC Fund ensure that people whose first language is not English or needing an accommodation are involved?

The supporting organizations strongly encourage persons with disabilities and those who require language assistance to consider applying. If you anticipate needing an accommodation, please contact covidculturalcommissions@gmail.com.

What should I expect when I start the application process?

The application form is easy to navigate, allows you to save your progress, and has no time limit. You will be asked to submit a statement about the impact of COVID-19, a statement about your creative practice and what you propose for the commission, and up to 3 samples of your creative work.

Is there an application fee?

There is no cost or fee to apply.

How will applications be selected for funding?

To support a full creative life for all, Treefort Music Fest, the Morrison Center and the Boise City Department of Arts & History are committed to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable nation. Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including, but not limited to, those who have been historically underrepresented based on race or ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented. Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts sector. The prominent presence of creatives challenges inequities and encourages alternatives.

Selection Criteria:

Financial Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic        10%
Artist Statement/Proposal                                      60%
Experience/Work Samples                                      30%

Will I retain copyright of my work?

Selected individuals retain their copyright with limited license agreements for sharing the work built into the contract.

Who will be reviewing my work?

Applications will be reviewed by an Evaluation Panel consisting of local community stakeholders and national arts experts.

How will I be notified?

We will notify all applicants via email. If you are selected for funding, we will follow up with the information required to disburse the award.

What happens to my work if I am selected?

Treefort Music Fest and the Morrison Center will facilitate community sharing of commissioned works through online and in-person platforms when conditions allow. All works commissioned will be gifted (in visual, written, and/or digital form) to the Boise City Department of Arts & History and accessioned into the permanent historical archive for posterity.

Who do I contact if I require clarifications or have additional questions?

Any questions or clarifications must be submitted by or before May 7, 2020 at 3:00 PM MT to covidculturalcommissions@gmail.com

Timeline

April 29, 2020 – Application opens
May 7, 2020 – Deadline for questions or clarifications
May 8, 2020, 11:59pm MT – Application closes
May 18, 2020 – Recipients announced
May 25-June 1, 2020 – Funds disbursed
September 2020 – Final Reports due, works delivered
TBD – Sharing of work produced through award program

The COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund is generously supported by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, and Extramile Arena. The initiative will also be funded by support from the Treasure Valley community at large.

The community is encouraged to support the CCC Fund by contributing via The Treefort Community Fund on Cauze. All gifts contributed via Cauze will be matched by a generous gift from the Rolph Charitable Fund. To learn more and make a contribution, click here.

Can I support the CCC Fund? If so, are donations tax-deductible?
Yes, you can support the fund with a monetary donation here. All donations are fully tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Can I designate my donation to a specific discipline or artist?
No, all CCC Fund donations are unrestricted.

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For gifts over $1,000, please contact lkendall@boisestate.edu.

Resources

Artists have been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to the dangers posed by the pandemic itself, many in our community face unemployment, the loss of freelance income, and unexpected expenses. In addition to financial support, we are assembling resources and information to assist artists in the difficult times. To view the ongoing list of resources available, please click here.