Monday, November 7, 2011

Calling all L.A.-based arts organizations!


This is an open call for applications to the third iteration of the Los Angeles-based project Artist Bailout! If your organization is chosen, you will have the opportunity to present a proposal to a live, voting audience for the chance to win an instant micro-grant to provide operational support or to help turn a new idea into a reality.

What is the Artist Bailout?
The Artist Bailout is a collectively organized public meal designed to solicit community-driven financial support and democratically fund new work by emerging artists. This experimental philanthropic model literally brings patrons and artists (or in this case, arts organizations) together around the table. During the course of a meal, participants present proposals for projects and/or spaces in need of funding to community members who have each made a small donation to attend the dinner. The dinner-goers then choose their favorite presentations and, at the end of the night, the two participants with the most votes receive a cash grant—sweet!  Even if you don’t get chosen, this is a great way to share your project with a large and diverse community.

When & where does the next Artist Bailout happen?
The next Artist Bailout takes place on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Human Resources in Chinatown, Los Angeles.

How do I qualify?
If you are an arts organization that presents the artworks of local, national or international artists, works with communities to develop community-based artworks, or runs a gallery, experimental center, performance space, or telethon out of your home, please apply! You DO NOT need to be a 501c3 organization to qualify for participation in the December 10th Artist Bailout.

Submit a proposal!
If you’d like to participate as a presenting arts organization at the upcoming Artist Bailout (and we hope you do!) please send us your proposal by Sunday, November 20th.  We will be notifying selected presenters by Thursday, December 1st. For your proposal, please email the Artist Bailout team at with the following:
  • 300 words (or less) about your organization and why it needs funding. This proposal can simply include information about your organization and its existing programs and/or it can be about a specific project, idea, or exhibition that your organization would like to support through an Artist Bailout grant.
  • (optional) Attach any supplementary materials such as images, videos and links you would like to share which pertain to your organization and/or proposed special project.
How are participants selected?
If more than six proposals are received, they will all be reviewed by the Artist Bailout collective which is comprised of a rotating cast of volunteer organizers. Selected organizations will be asked to prepare and deliver presentations at the December 10th Artist Bailout!

Where can I find out more about the Artist Bailout?
You can read all about the Artist Bailout project as well as check out photos and view an archive of past events, participants and grantees on our website:  For the latest news and updates, join the Artist Bailout community page on facebook:

The Artist Bailout is also a proud member of Sunday Soup, an international network of meal-based micro-granting initiatives.

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