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’ grant-making experience 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.

Who is eligible for ArtsZone funding?

501c3 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.

AutoZone considers the following when reviewing requests for funding: 

Engages the Memphis community 

  • Diverse areas of Memphis have access to and participate in the activity, program or action 
  • Actively promotes Memphis as a place to live, work and play 
  • Broad base of community support and participation 

Exemplifies AutoZone Values and company culture 

  • Puts customers first, cares about people, strives for exceptional performance, energizes others, embraces diversity, helps teams succeed 
  • Organization operates efficiently and adapts to changing financial conditions 

Financial stability and diverse sources of support 

Sustainable partnerships and collaboration with other organizations 

Organization has a clearly defined purpose and the capacity to carry out its mission 

Project goals and measurement tools are clearly defined 

Alignment w/ AutoZone priorities: education, social services, economic development, community vitality 

AutoZoner involvement (AutoZoner=employees of AutoZone); opportunities for AutoZoner and/ or AutoZone customer participation 

Prior year accomplishments 

  • Successful fulfillment of prior grants 
  • History of successful and quality execution 
  • Organization has the capacity to execute grant 

Proactive and timely program/ project communication and partner recognition 

FY18 Application Deadline and Information Available Spring 2017

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How to Apply:

Submit a Letter of Intent (no more than two pages, emailed as a PDF to tlauritzenwright [at] artsmemphis [dot] org that includes:

  • Description of the project.
  • Description of how the project will strengthen the organization’s mission.
  • Overview of how the project will engage and impact the greater Memphis area.
  • Measures of success, both qualitative and quantitative.
  • Amount of funding requested and project budget amount.
  • Timeframe for the project. (The current application cycle is for projects occurring October 2016-August 2017. ::If the project you are requesting support for begins before October 15, 2016, please contact Tracy Lauritzen-Wright (901-578-2787, tlauritzenwright [at] artsmemphis [dot] org) to discuss prior to submitting a Letter of Intent.
  • Current operating budget amount.
  • Names of any AutoZoners (AutoZone Employees) involved with your organization.   

Important Dates:

  • Friday, April 8 (5:00 pm): Letter of Intent deadline
  • Week of April 18: Organizations will be notified regarding invitation to submit a full application
  • Friday, May 27 (5:00 pm): Full application deadline
  • September: Funding announcements made

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

What if I don’t qualify or have a capital campaign request?

Visit AutoZone.com/CommunityRelations

2016 ArtsZone Grants

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