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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Arts Managers for Professional Development

Global Arts Management Fellowship

GrantWatch ID# 165405
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
DeVos Institute of Arts Management, University of Maryland
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/09/23 12:00 PM EST

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International arts managers for professional development activities at an American institute. The purpose of the opportunity is to improve managers' organizational skills and to support endeavors including marketing, planning, and fundraising. Fellows attend a four-week residency in Washington, DC in July for three consecutive years and engage in mentoring and cohort-based activities between residencies.

Applicants are encouraged to apply from a wide range of institutions. The DeVos Institute has served more than 1,000 organizations from over 80 countries encompassing ‘traditional’ discipline producing and presenting organizations (in the fields of dance, music, theater, opera); museums and galleries; public festivals; community-based cultural centers; non-profit film and media practitioners; arts education providers and arts schools; historical societies and properties; libraries; public art agencies; and other non-profit adjacent activities such as botanical gardens, literary organizations, etc.

Designed for individuals who have dedicated themselves to management, rather than artistic leadership, the program supports leaders in positions of decision-making authority in developing, implementing, and refining organizational strategies over a three-year, cohort-based engagement.

The program emphasizes critical organizational capacities in long-term artistic planning, marketing, fundraising, board development, and financial management; while provoking broader questions of mission, relevance, impact, and the role of art – and the dialogue it provokes – as an instrument of peace.

Individuals typically engage in the Fellowship at point of inflection in their career, where an infusion of strategic training, mentorship, peer learning, and reflection is necessary to advance both their work in the organization and their role as a leader in their field. Past Fellows have come from a range of backgrounds – many are founders and executive directors of their own organizations which they have grown to a point of maturity, while others are new or established leaders within iconic institutions or contemporary platforms. All Fellows share a deep commitment to the role of arts, culture, and creative practice in their respective societies and an inquisitiveness that drives them to engage deeply in the immersive and collaborative environment. On average, Fellows bring 10-20 years of professional experience to reflect upon.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The application is open to arts managers working in the United States and around the world.

- Currently serve as the executive director (or equivalent) or the head of a major department within an arts or cultural organization in a paid, permanent capacity. The applicant’s organization must have at least three full-time staff members, five years of consistent programming history, and an operating budget of at least the equivalent of $250,000 USD/ €225,000 EUR.
- Excellent business English, orally and written.
- Able to commit to the full term of the Fellowship (Washington D.C. residency dates are June 26 – July 21, 2023; July 1 – July 26, 2024; and June 30 – July 25, 2025. Fellows receive mentoring and participate in select virtual activities in between residencies).

Arts managers working in administrative roles in campus-based organizations are eligible. Professors, lecturers, or program directors of academic programs are not eligible.

Artistic and production directors who do not also have executive jurisdiction are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information
The fellowship application process includes a Letter of Intent (LOI) followed by a Full Application for selected finalists.

- Letters of Intent will be reviewed on a rolling basis based on submission date beginning November 14. Select candidates will be invited to submit a full application and will be notified 1-2 weeks after submitting their LOI. Full applications will be due in late January.

- To begin the application process, please submit a brief Letter of Intent by January 9, 2023 at 12:00 PM EST.

- Full applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Select candidates will be invited to interview with Institute leadership via video conference between February and April 2023. Final application decisions will be made no later than May 2023. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified as soon as possible following each phase.

About the fellowships:

Number of Grants
The Institute invites approximately five to eight new Fellows each year.

Estimated Size of Grant
Fellows receive:
- Air and ground transportation between Washington, D.C. and their state or country of residence
- Lodging during the Fellowship
- Per diem to cover living expenses during the Fellowship
- Visa sponsorship (for international applicants)
- Program materials

Term of Contract
Washington D.C. residency dates are June 26 – July 21, 2023; July 1 – July 26, 2024; and June 30 – July 25, 2025. Fellows receive mentoring and participate in select virtual activities in between residencies.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For additional questions, please email

DeVos Institute of Arts Management
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20004

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