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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Independent Artist Award

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Independent Artist Award

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Independent Artist Award - Honoring Artistic Achievement by Maryland Artists

Maryland State Arts Council’s Independent Artist Awards recognizes achievement by Maryland artists making work independent of an institution or organization. The awards are accompanied by unrestricted grants that encourage artistic growth and sustained practice. 

Applying for an Award

The 2020 Independent Artist Award applications are now available through Smart Simple. The deadline to apply for the 2020 Independent Artist Awards is Friday, November 15, 2019 at 5:00pm. 

The full guidelines for the Independent Artist Award can be accessed here.

New in 2020! Artistic categories will rotate in a three-year cycle:
 
FY2020: Performance 
FY2021: Visual/Media
FY2022: Literary
 
 

Panelists

What does a panelist do?
Panelists play a vital role in the Maryland State Arts Council’s Independent Artists Awards. Panelists will: 
  • Review and score each applicant’s submission based on a rubric
  • Panelists attend one regional review meeting, and select panelists may also attend one state award review meeting during the winter of 2020
The average commitment of hours varies based on the number of applicants per region. The majority of work happens on the panelists’ own time over the course of 2-3 months.
 
Who can be a panelist? 
This year’s Independent Artist Awards will be focused on Performance. We will rely on the wide array of experts and enthusiasts in the Performing Arts from across the state of Maryland to serve as panelists. Panelists are selected with a focus on diversity of experiences and diversity of location. Regardless of your connection to the arts, we encourage you to apply. 
 
 
The Independent Artist Awards' panel meetings are open to the public to attend or call in and listen. Each meeting will take place the Maryland State Arts Council offices located at 175 W. Ostend Street, Suite E, Baltimore, MD 21230; and there is a call option that is listed below each meeting date.
 

Panel Meetings

 
Eastern/Southern/Western Panel Meeting
(reviewing Eastern/Southern/Western area applications)
Tuesday, February 11, 9:00AM
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Meeting ID: 181 219 355
Password: 564460

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Baltimore Metro Panel Meeting
(reviewing Washington Metro area applications)
Thursday, February 20, 8:00AM
 
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Meeting ID: 556 421 162
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Washington Metro Panel Meeting
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Monday, February 24, 8:00AM
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Independent Artist Award's State Panel Meeting
Friday, March 13, 8:00AM

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Meeting ID: 298 988 220
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