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Grants Program

Nashville Opera - Florencia en el AmazonasMetro Arts seeks to make creative exploration central to the lives of all Nashvillians. Each year, the Mayor & Metro Council approve funds from the general operating budget to support community arts through grants. Grants support a diverse range of artistic and cultural activities from dance to visual art, cultural festivals to opera, and everything in between!

“The investments Metro Arts makes in the community are vital,” said Jennifer Cole, Metro Arts’ executive director. “Our partners serve a growing and diverse population and drive innovation in culture and the arts throughout Davidson County. Our investments in organizations large and small ensure that all Nashvillians have access to the arts in their lives.”

In June 2015, Metro Arts announced the approval of $1,905,468.00 in grants for the 2015-2016 fiscal year in four different grant categories: Basic Operating Support, Creation, After-school Arts Projects and Arts Access. A total of 75 grants were distributed to 51 different nonprofit organizations that were successful in Metro Arts’ competitive grant review process.

2016-2017 Metro Arts Grants Guidelines Released

Metro Arts FY17 Grant Cycle will be open January 2016. A number of resources are included regarding the grants process, eligibility, important dates, and information regarding the profile requirement as well as some changes to the FY17 grants process.

2016-2017 Metro Arts Grants Guidelines

Grants Committee

Committee Members

  • Marielena Ramos, Chair
  • Paula Roberts, Co-Chair
  • Dr. Ruth Ross Edmonds
  • Laurie Eskind
  • Joseph "Pepe" Presley


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Metro Arts Internship Available

Metro Arts is proud to announce an internship opportunity. The position will assist the Community Engagement Team with the implementation of the Arts & Economic Prosperity V National Research Study.

Arts & Economic Prosperity V National Research Internship Description.

Funded in part by:

Tennessee Arts Commission