Artistik Approach at Artspace Lofts
photo: Alyssa Kelley

We drive support in ways that make the greatest impact.

ArtsMemphis awards over 160 grants per year in a variety of different categories, including support for organizations and individual artists.  

In addition to the grant programs we administer directly, ArtsMemphis serves as an advisor and steward for charitable giving by external partners – including businesses, government agencies, and family foundations.  We work in concert with these partners to help them achieve their philanthropic goals by drawing from our expansive knowledge of local arts organizations.  Use the links in this section to learn more about these areas of giving.

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Artist Emergency Fund

ArtsMemphis has established an Artist Emergency Fund to help self-employed artists of all arts disciplines (visual art, literary arts, film, dance, music, theater) and artists employed/contracted by nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Shelby County recover from lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or opportunities (such as a commission, performance, contract, etc.), or due to layoff or furlough due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.  Thanks to the generosity of the Kresge Foundation, we are able to extend the Artist Emergency Fund grant opportunity.  This funding builds on initial support from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis COVID-19 Regional Response FundAssisi Foundation, Crosstown Arts, Hyde Family Foundation, and many individual donors. 

Learn more and apply here. 



All grant applications, with exception of the Arts Build Communities grant, will be submitted through our online grant application platform. Please click here to go to our grant application platform page.



You can download the general grant opportunities information session presentation here



Please Note: Dates are subject to change. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on our grant schedule. 


  • Grant Opens - April 1, 2020 
  • Grant Deadline - June 15, 2020


Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact our Grants and Initiatives Department:

Tracy Lauritzen Wright, Chief Operating Officer [email protected]

Colleen McCartney, Grants and Initiatives Manager [email protected]

ArtsMemphis (901) 578-2787


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