Saturday, April 7, 2012

Open Call for Artists / Artist Groups to Participate in the Next Artist Bailout

This is an open call for applications to the fourth iteration of the Los Angeles- based project Artist Bailout! If your application 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 help turn your idea into a reality.

What is the Artist Bailout? The Artist Bailout is a public meal designed to solicit community-driven financial support and democratically fund new work by emerging artists in Los Angeles. This experimental philanthropic model literally brings together artists and patrons around the table. During the course of a meal, artists present proposals for projects in need of funding to members of the community who have each made a small donation to attend the dinner. The dinner-goers then vote for their favorite ideas and at the end of the night, two (or more) participating artists win cash grants for their projects comprised of the donations raised at the door. Remember, even if your project isn’t chosen for a grant, presenting at the Artist Bailout 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, May 26, 2012 at The Last Bookstore in Downtown L.A.

How do I qualify? If you are an artist, part of an artistic collaboration or collective, or you just have a great idea for a project that you would love to get funding for, please apply!

Submit a proposal! To participate as a presenting artist / artist group at the upcoming Artist Bailout please send us your proposal no later than Saturday, April 28th. We will notify selected participants by Monday, May 7th. Selected artists will be asked to prepare and deliver presentations at the May 26th Artist Bailout! For your proposal, please email the Artist Bailout team at with the following information:

1. Name of artist/s or artist group (first and last names / groups, please indicate a main contact person)
2. Project title & description (100 words or less)
3. Breakdown of how you’ll use an Artist Bailout grant to realize your project (60 words or less)
4. Please attach up to 6 images, a video that helps illustrate your idea and a website if you have one.

Note: Text and images from your proposal will be reproduced and made available at the Artist Bailout event as well as published on our website.

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.

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