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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 have a reasonable level of comfort 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 – download the FY15 Grants Program 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 nonartists or artists.

2014 Panel Meetings:

Panelist assignments will be finalized in early February. Each panelist will be assigned to ONE panel, and must attend ONE orientation meeting. All panelists will have the opportunity to opt out or change panels if necessary. The entire program calendar is posted here.

*All panel meetings begin at 10:00 a.m., and last three to six hours. Lunch is provided to panelists. 

Date Time Panel Meeting Description
April 3, 2014
2:30-4:30pm
Mandatory Panelist Orientation Meeting (option 1)
April 4, 2014
8:30-10:30am
Mandatory Panelist Orientation Meeting (option 2)
April 11, 2014 8am-5pm Panelist Technical Assistance Session (optional; open house)
April 23, 2014   
10am-?* After-School Arts Project Support Review Panel Meeting
April 25, 2014
10am-?* Arts Access Project Support Review Panel Meeting
April 29, 2014
10am-?* Basic Operating Support 3 Review Panel Meeting
April 30, 2014
10am-?* Basic Operating Support 4 Review Panel Meeting
May 2, 2014
10am-?* Creation Project Support Review Panel Meeting

Nominations must be submitted online. If chosen to serve on a panel, nominees will be notified in advance about the date of assigned panel meeting and will have the opportunity to opt out or change panels if necessary.

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