What is ArtsZone?

ArtsZone is the AutoZone arts funding program administered by ArtsMemphis. ArtsZone strengthens the Memphis community by combining AutoZone’s commitment to excellence and enrichment in the arts with ArtsMemphis’ grantmaking support and knowledge. Funding generally supports programs or program operations. Funding is determined by a grant panel composed of AutoZone representatives.

Note: Capital campaigns are not supported through ArtsZone funding. Please refer to the AutoZone Greater Memphis Area Grant Application on AutoZone.com/CommunityRelations

Who is eligible for ArtsZone funding?

501(c)(3) organizations in the Greater Memphis area with an arts focus, a minimum three-year history of presenting quality arts projects and an active Board of Directors.

What should I apply for?

Typically ArtsZone grants range from $5,000 - $15,000.  

How to Apply

Submit responses via this online form.  Please be sure to save your responses in a separate word document for your records, as the application file will not be accessible to you after submitting.

  • Project Name
  • Request Amount
  • Project Budget
  • Timeframe for Project  (The current application cycle is for projects occurring October 2017-August 2018. If the project you are requesting support for begins before October 15, 2017, please contact Tracy Lauritzen wright to discuss prior to submitting a Letter of Intent.)
  • Current Operating Budget
  • Names of any AutoZoners (AutoZone Employees) involved with your organization.   
  • Description of project – 2 pages maximum.

Contact: Tracy Lauritzen Wright (901-578-2787, tlauritzenwright [at] artsmemphis [dot] org)

Important Dates

  • Monday, April 17 (5:00 pm): Letter of Intent deadline
  • Wednesday, April 26: Organizations will be notified regarding invitation to submit a full application
  • Wednesday, May 10 (5:00 pm): WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth.org profile completed or updated for applicants invited to submit full proposal.

If your organization is not on WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth.org, please visit this page to register for a “How to Build a WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth.org Profile Session.”

If your organization has started a profile but needs help, please visit this page to register for “WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth.org Technical Training.”

If you have other questions about WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth.org profiles, please contact Olivia Wilmot, Profile Coach at the Community Foundation for Greater Memphis (owilmot [at] cfgm [dot] org or 901-722-0028).

  • Friday, May 26 (5:00 pm): Full application deadline
  • September: Funding announcements made

What if I have a capital campaign request?

Visit AutoZone.com/CommunityRelations

2016 ArtsZone Grantees

ArtsMemphis  |  General Operating Support

Ballet Memphis Corporation  |  Ballet Memphis 2016-2017 Season

Beale Street Caravan  |  Season 21 of Beale Street Caravan

The Blues Foundation  |  International Blues Challenge Supporter

Circuit Playhouse, Inc.  |  Theatre Education Super Sponsor

Collage Dance Collective  |  Collage Ballet Conservatory

Dixon Gallery and Gardens  |  Dixon Discoveries

Hattiloo Theatre  |  Season 11 Artist Development Sponsorship

Indie Memphis  |  Indie Memphis Film Festival

IRIS ORCHESTRA   |  IRIS Community Outreach and Engagement programs

Levitt Shell  |  50 Free concerts Series

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art  |  General Operating Support

Memphis College of Art  |  ArtsZone Sculpture Garden

Memphis Development Foundation  |  The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and The Hare Orpheum Student and Family Series Show

New Ballet Ensemble & School  |  NBE Scholarships- Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

New Day Children's Theatre  |  2016-2017 Season: Sensory Friendly Performances

Opera Memphis  |  30 Days of Opera

PRIZM Ensemble  |  PRIZM Music Camp 2017

RiverArtsFest, Inc.  |  Sponsorship of Arts Zone, the artist market

Theatre Memphis  |  A Christmas Carol

Urban Art Commission  |  General Operating Support

Visible Music College  |  Visible Christmas