Operating Support


Operating Support Grant

Providing operating funds to arts organizations has been a cornerstone of ArtsMemphis since its founding in 1963. ArtsMemphis recognizes that unrestricted support is necessary to shape a dynamic and sustainable arts community. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of local individuals, foundations and corporations, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, in FY21 ArtsMemphis invested $896K in arts organizations through this competitive operating support grant program.

This unrestricted funding is intended to advance ArtsMemphis’ mission of sustaining Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthening local communities through the arts.  These investments should supplement other revenue, both earned and contributed, generated by the organization.

The FY23 Operating Support Grant will be announced early 2022. 



2022 Operating Support Grantees

2021 Operating Support Grantees

2021 Operating Support Grantees

AngelStreet Inc
Arrow Creative
Artist For Community Transformation Intl., Inc. / Youth Artist Development Academy
Ballet Memphis
Ballet On Wheels Dance School & Company
Beale Street Caravan
Blues City Cultural Center
Carpenter Art Garden
Children's Ballet Theatre
Circuit Playhouse, Inc.
Collage Dance Collective
Creative Aging Memphis
Germantown Community Theatre
Harmonic South String Orchestra
Hattiloo Theatre
Indie Memphis
IRIS Orchestra
Levitt Shell
Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Inc.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Memphis Jazz Workshop
Memphis Music Initiative
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul, Inc.
Memphis Slim Collaboratory
Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Memphis Youth Symphony Program
Metal Museum, Inc.
Music Export Memphis
New Ballet Ensemble & School
New Day Children's Theatre
On Location: Memphis
Opera Memphis Inc
Orpheum Theatre Group
Perfecting Gifts Incorporated
Playback Memphis
PRIZM Ensemble
RiverArtsFest, Inc.
Soulsville Foundation
SubRoy Movement
Tennessee Shakespeare Company
The Blues Foundation
Theatre Memphis
Tone (formerly The CLTV)
UrbanArt Commission
Young Actors Guild

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact our Grants and Initiatives Department:
Tracy Lauritzen Wright, Chief Operating Officer [email protected]
ArtsMemphis (901) 578-2787

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