Operating Support


Operating Support Grant

ArtsMemphis recognizes that unrestricted support is necessary to shape a dynamic and sustainable arts community. This unrestricted funding to organizations whose mission is to provide year-round arts programs and experiences 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.

Thanks to the generosity of our contributors, in FY21 and FY22 ArtsMemphis invested $900K in arts organizations through this competitive operating support grant program. Our budget for the FY23 operating support grant is based on our fundraising and will be confirmed once approved by our board in June 2022. We anticipate a minimum of $900K and hope to work towards an increase.

Organizations that are not eligible for the FY23 operating support grant are encouraged to apply for an Arts Build Communities grant, the deadline for which is July 1, 2022.

The FY23 Operating Support Grant is closed.

FY24 Operating Support Grant dates will be announced in late 2022. 

Application Information and Tips

We encourage you to:

  • Read the guidelines thoroughly, check your eligibility, and carefully complete your application.
  • Review the online application early so that you can plan ahead.
  • Communicate with ArtsMemphis about any questions you have, or to review your draft application as early as possible before the deadline. We are happy to assist, but last-minute help is limited due to timing and volume of requests.
  • Be clear and concise in your application – panelists read and evaluate two to three applications.
  • You may find it efficient to draft your narrative responses in a word processing document and then to copy and paste your responses into the online system when you have a final draft.

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
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
Overton Park Shell (formerly Levitt Shell)
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]
Bryce Goodloe, Programs & Operations Manager [email protected]
ArtsMemphis (901) 578-2787

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