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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. Panelists review all submitted application materials online, attend required orientation and review meetings, and score each grant application. 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 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

Panelists are needed in the spring and summer. Nominees will be contacted in early 2016.

***Self-nominations are welcome.