Operating Support

Artistik Approach at Artspace Lofts
photo: Alyssa Kelley

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 and the Tennessee Arts Commission, in FY20 ArtsMemphis invested $1.34M 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 FY21 Operating Support Grant will open January 17, 2020.


To download a PDF of the FY21 Operating Support timeline, eligibility, guidelines, criteria for evaluation and application information, please click here or find the information below. 



Join us for an information session to learn more about our Operating Support grant opportunity!

Attendance at an information session is not required, but is encouraged, especially for first-time applicants. Multiple representatives from one organization are welcome, and you are welcome to attend more than one session if you wish.

The same information will be delivered at each information session. Information Sessions are scheduled for:

  • January 9, 2020 at 9:00am - ArtsMemphis, 575 S. Mendenhall,  Memphis, TN 38117
  • January 14, 2020 at 4:30pm -Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
  • January 21, 2020 at 4:00pm - Lipscomb & Pitts Conference Center 2670 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38112 
  • February 4, 2020  at 1:00pm - Phone Call, number to be provided upon registration.

Please RSVP here.

To download the Information Session Presentation, please click here

If you would like some individualized application help or help using the online grant application platform, Application Help Sessions are scheduled for:

  • January 23, 2020 at 3:00pm
  • February 4, 2020 at 9:30am
  • February 11, 2020 1:00pm

Please RSVP here.




2020 Operating Support Grantees

2019 Operating Support Grantees

2019 Operating Support Grantees

Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival, Inc.
Angel Street, Inc.
Ballet Memphis
Beale Street Caravan
Beethoven Club
Blues City Cultural Center
Carpenter Art Garden (CAG)
Circuit Playhouse, Inc.
Collage Dance Collective
Creative Aging Memphis
Germantown Community Theatre
Hattiloo Theatre
Indie Memphis
IRIS Orchestra, Inc.
Levitt Shell
Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Inc.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul, Inc.
Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Metal Museum
Music Export Memphis
New Ballet Ensemble and School
New Day Children's Theatre
Opera Memphis
Orpheum Theatre Group
Playback Memphis
PRIZM Ensemble
RiverArtsFest, Inc.
River City Community Band dba Memphis Wind Symphony
Tennessee Shakespeare Company
The Blues Foundation
The Collective The CLTV Inc
The Soulsville Foundation
The Withers Collection
Theatre Memphis
UrbanArt Commission
Voices of the South

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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