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Individual Artist Award

Sculpture by Stephen Hendee of Baltimore City, 2017 Individual Artist Awardee
Sculpture by Rachel Marie Debuque of Prince George's County, 2017 Individual Artist Awardee

Individual Artist Award

Honoring Artistic Excellence: Individual Artist Award

Artists are at the heart of Maryland's thriving creative sector, and communities value artists for the vitality, cultural traditions and economic impact they support throughout the state.

Each year, MSAC recognizes the outstanding artistic achievements of artists from across Maryland with awards of $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000. These awards honor artists, showcasing their importance to the cultural fabric of our state, supporting their creative potential and strengthening their impact on the local level.

Through a process administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), awardees are chosen, based solely on artistic merit, by an out-of-state jury of discipline-specific experts. See lists of previous awardees here

Individual Artist Award Categories

The IAA program accepts applications in 18 categories representing a broad range of visual, literary, and performing arts disciplines. Categories rotate on a three-year schedule. Over the next three years, MSAC will accept applications in the following categories:




Non-Classical Music: Composition

Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction

Dance: Choreography

Non-Classical Music: Solo Performance

Media/Digital/Electronic Arts

Dance: Solo Performance


Theater: Solo Performance

Classical Music: Composition



Classical Music: Solo Performance


Works on Paper







World Music: Composition



World Music: Solo Performance

Applying for an Award 

For more information and to apply, click the "Maryland" tab on MAAF's website here.
2018 IAA Guidelines are available on MAAF's website and at the following links as PDF and Word documents.


Technical Assistance

A series of online videos that assist applicants in determining eligibility and preparing and submitting applications are available on the "Maryland" tab of MAAF's website here. A work sample preparation guide is also available.

In addition, MSAC and MAAF will offer two webinars to guide IAA applicants through the application process and answer questions about the program and application. Both webinars cover the same information. Advance registration is required.

Monday, May 22, 2017, 1:00-2:30 PM - Register here

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10:00-11:30 AM - Register here

Additional questions? Contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at