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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ArtsMemphis is engaged in a multi-year process of realigning our arts investment programs. In keeping with the needs of our community and trends in our field, we continue to develop strategies to better support the variety of arts in Shelby County, to base arts investments on organizations’ current work and progress in addressing the needs of communities, and to establish goals for diversity and inclusion for our staff, board and partners. As we work through this process, we will continue to communicate with and invite input from all artists and arts organizations – those that have previously received funds from ArtsMemphis as well as those that have not – to ensure this process is open and transparent, and the needs and perspectives of the full arts spectrum of Shelby County are integrated into our process. Our guidelines, criteria and funding totals continue to evolve and we will continue to distribute information and host conversations about our programs to ensure all current and potential grant recipients are well informed of our funding opportunities.
For reference, the papers linked below provide information and context on similar work happening across the country, examining arts funding trends and the need for more equitable funds distribution.
Grantmakers in the Arts: Recalculating the Formula for Success
Helicon Collaborative: Not Just Money
Memphis Music Initiative: Disruptive Philanthropy