ArtsMemphis Awards $1.34 Million to Arts Organizations

MEMPHIS, TN (September 5, 2019) – ArtsMemphis is proud to announce $1.34 million in Operating Support Grants has been awarded to 45 arts organizations throughout Memphis and Shelby County for the year 2020. This is double the number of arts organizations impacted by Operating Support Grants since 2016.

Recognizing that unrestricted support is necessary to shape a dynamic and sustainable arts community, ArtsMemphis has expanded this cornerstone Operating Support Grant initiative to include any organization in Shelby County with an arts-based mission, regardless of its history, genre or budget size. The change in eligibility and decision making practice has enabled ArtsMemphis to have a broader and deeper impact on the organizations and their audiences.

ArtsMemphis is a leader in moving Memphis forward by supporting the organizations that sustain and expand the artistic legacy which shapes our city’s modern character. Grant decisions are made by a team of 35 grant panelists comprised of members of the ArtsMemphis Board of Directors and community volunteers. 

Operating Support is just one grant opportunity available through ArtsMemphis. Other opportunities include grants for project and program support and grants to individual visual artists.  

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of local individuals, foundations and corporations and the Tennessee Arts Commission, ArtsMemphis invests nearly $2.5 million in our community through 164 grants to 72 arts groups and artists, supporting 2.5 million arts experiences including 550,000 experiences for youth and 200,000 experiences for people with disabilities.

The complete list of 2020 Operating Support Grantees can be found on
Information on the variety of grants available from ArtsMemphis can be found on

About ArtsMemphis:

For more than 55 years, ArtsMemphis has worked to sustain Memphis's world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. ArtsMemphis achieves this mission by amplifying awareness, driving support, and building capacity and connections of artists and organizations through grants and services.  ArtsMemphis distributes more than 160 grants per year, to more than 70 local arts groups and artists, totaling more than $2.5 million in annual funding. For more information, visit

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