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Nominate a Panelist to Review Grants

Nominate yourself or someone else to serve as a volunteer grant review panelist

Metro Arts seeks volunteers to serve as grant application reviewers. No experience required. We provide sufficient orientation so all panelists may serve confidently. However, because all reviewing is done online, panelists should be comfortable using computers and the internet. Panelists review all submitted application materials online, attend required orientation and review meetings, and anonymously score each application online. Scores are averaged and used to help Metro Arts determine grant awards.

The time commitment is reasonable, with only two required meetings and ample time to review the applications on your own. Panelists must attend one panelist orientation and one panel review meeting per year (Panelists are encouraged but not required to attend the grantee workshops to become more familiar with the grant programs – view grants calendar). Metro Arts provides technical assistance to panelists to assist with the online review process. Panelists serve one year terms, subject to annual reappointment, up to a maximum of three consecutive years.

Panelist Eligibility Criteria

Every Metro Arts panelist must work or live in Davidson County, have a keen interest in the arts (as an artist, participant, audience member, donor, educator, etc.), and must not be an employee of Metro government (including MNPS) or any applicant organization. All panelists must declare real or perceived conflicts of interests in advance.

When Metro Arts assembles a review panel, we:

  1. seek to achieve diversity among panelists in age, race/cultural identity, council district residency, physical abilities, personal and professional interests, expertise, etc.;
  2. trust all panelists to honestly declare all applicant-related real or perceived conflicts as soon as they become aware that a conflict exists;
  3. expect all panelists to take the review process seriously and honor their commitment to serve as instructed;
  4. recruit panel members who truly care about the arts in our community, as non-artists or artists.

Upcoming Panel Meetings

Every panelist must choose and attend ONE orientation meeting. Our staff will assign each panelist to ONE panel. If any scheduling conflicts exist for the nominee, please make note of them on the nomination form. Panel assignments will be confirmed by late February, and panelists may the opportunity to opt out or change panels if necessary prior to the orientation.

Panelist Meetings
Date Time Event
Wednesday, April 15th 1-2:30pm PANELIST ORIENTATION TRAINING: Option 1
Friday, April 17th 8:30-10am PANELIST ORIENTATION TRAINING: Option 2
Friday, April 17th 11:30am-1pm PANELIST ORIENTATION TRAINING: Option 3
Wednesday, May 6th 10am** PANEL MEETING: Creation Project Support
Thursday, May 7th 10am** PANEL MEETING: Arts Access Project Support (#1)
Friday, May 8th 10am** PANEL MEETING: Arts Access Project Support (#2, if needed)
Monday, May 11th 10am** PANEL MEETING: Basic 3 Operating Support
Wednesday, May 13th 10am** PANEL MEETING: Basic 4 Operating Support
Friday, May 15th 10am** PANEL MEETING: After-School Arts Project Support

**Panel review meetings last three to six hours. Lunch is provided for panelists.

Self-nominations are welcome! Please email Leigh Patton or call (615) 862-6744 with any questions.