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Arts Commission

THRIVE Eligibility and Guidelines

Individual artists, businesses and organizations that reside or conduct programming in Davidson County are eligible to apply. Individuals requesting or receiving funds must be at least 18 years of age. An artist or organization applying in the Public Art Category can receive up to $8,000 in funding, Community Co-design and Collaboration category can receive up to $4,000 in funding, and those applying in the Community Sharing and Celebration category can receive up to $3,000 in funding. Applicants in either category can receive funds within one fiscal year and will not be eligible to receive THRIVE funds for another 12 months.

Organizations that receive funding from any grant administered by Metro Arts in the same fiscal year are not eligible to apply for THRIVE funds.

Applicants (and immediate family members) cannot serve as a member of the Metro Arts Board of Commissioners, nor can they be employed by the Metro Nashville Davidson County Government or Metro Nashville Public Schools.


For the purposes of the THRIVE program, artists are defined as individuals who practice in the unique creation and public display or performance of visual arts, craft, sound and performance art, film and television (including production), theatre, dance, music or literary arts and can demonstrate at least two years of exhibition, performance or professional history.


FY18 Funding Guidelines