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THRIVE Program Frequently Asked Questions

How is my proposal scored?
Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by Metro Arts staff using the THRIVE Score Sheet. Staff will then make recommendations to Metro Arts Commissioners who will vote to approve or deny staff recommendations. To receive a copy of your proposal’s scores and reviewer comments, email

Can more than one (1) artist be involved in the project?
Yes, collaboration is encouraged.

Is there a deadline for proposal submission?
Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, year round with the exception of June and July. However, we recommend that you submit proposals at least TWO (2) months prior to the beginning of your proposed project. See Timelines & Awards Process page for pre-approval and final proposal submission deadlines. Each proposal must be approved by Metro Arts Commissioners, who meet once a month on the third Thursday of the month. Quorum must present in order to vote. On occasion, there may not be enough voting members present at Commission meetings to approve projects. In this case, approval will be postponed until the following month or the next meeting where quorum is met.

I want feedback on my project idea. Who can I talk to?
Contact for general questions about your project idea. Note that all proposals must be pre-approved by Metro Arts staff. To submit for pre-approval, email us your COMPLETED pre-approval worksheet and budget form. View monthly deadlines on the Timeline and Awards Process page.

Who may apply?
Individual artists, organizations (that are not currently being funded by Metro Arts), or small businesses may apply for THRIVE funding. For further details and restrictions, read THRIVE Guidelines.

How much money can I apply for?
A community collaboration project may apply for up to $4,000 and community activation projects may apply for up to $2,500.

If my project is selected, will I get all of the money I applied for?
Only some projects will be funded at 100%. Many projects will be partially funded and some will not be funded at all. The funding decisions of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission are final.

I was awarded funding, now what?

Approved projects may request up to 80% of the award up front via invoice. The remaining 20% will be paid upon project completion and submission of Final Report.

What happens if I didn’t receive the full funding amount?
You will complete & submit a Revised Project Description & Budget Form

Can I apply more than once?
Applicants whose proposals are selected for funding may not apply again for 12 months after their project completion date. If your proposal was not approved for funding, you may apply again, however before doing so we recommend that you reach out to Metro Arts for guidance on how to strengthen your application.

Will I need to submit records of my personal/organizational/business's finances?
We will not request your personal/organizational/business financial information. However, your proposal does require demonstration of the project/event's expected expenses and income. Furthermore, a portion of the scoring criteria is Project Feasibility, which considers whether the proposal has a realistic budget and timeline.

I was a collaborating artist in a funded THRIVE project, can I submit my own proposal?
Provided that you were not the applicant in the originally funded project, you may submit a proposal for a new THRIVE project.

Where can I find the Metro Arts logo to include in my promotional materials?
You can download the Metro Arts and THRIVE logos from the Tools & Resources page.

Where do I find my Metro Council District?
Enter a physical address in the district finder to determine your district.

How do I create a free profile on’s Artist Directory?
View the Artist Directory Set-Up Guide.

If my project is awarded funding, when can I expect payment?
You can expect to receive payment within 30 days of invoicing Metro Arts.

Who can I contact if I need help installing/completing my project?
Final projects are the sole responsibility of the proposal. Metro Arts is not responsible for installation, maintenance, or removal of a project.

What happens if I do not complete my project?
Projects that do not adhere to the Proposal Terms (i.e. incompletion, misuse of funds, etc.) may be subject to returning all THRIVE funding.

Glossary of Terms

Curriculum Vitae (CV): a brief account of a person's education, qualifications, and previous experience, typically sent with a job proposal.

Federal Tax ID Number (EIN): An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity so that they can easily be identified by the Internal Revenue Service. Generally, businesses need an EIN. The Employer Identification Number is commonly used by employers for the purpose of reporting taxes.Also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number. When it is used to identify a corporation for tax purposes, it is commonly referred to as a Tax Identification Number.

Fiscal Year: any 12 month period used for financial record keeping and reporting suited to the organization’s operating cycle or programming season.

Match: the amount of cash and/or non-cash expenses and revenues that may be combined with THRIVE funds in project budget.

Non-cash Expenses (in-kind donations): expenses you would normally pay cash for, but which are being donated.

Public Domain: the state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, and therefore not subject to copyright.

Quorum: the minimum number of members of an assembly or society that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid. There are currently fifteen (15) Metro Arts Commissioners. To meet quorum, there must be eight (8) Commissioners physically present in the meeting to vote.

Underinvested Populations: People who genuinely lack access to arts programs, services, or resources for geographic, economic, cultural, social, or other demonstrable reasons.