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Timeline

Proposals will be accepted year-round, but Metro Arts recommends submitting your proposal at least two months before your proposed project/event. Projects must be completed within the fiscal year in which the funds were requested (Currently July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017). All 2016/2017 projects must be completed by June 29 with final close-out completed by June 29, 2016. Proposals will be reviewed monthly by Metro Arts staff and approved for funding by Metro Nashville Arts Commission on the third Thursday of every month.

To submit for pre-approval, email your completed Proposal Worksheet and Budget Form to lauren.fitzgerald@nashville.gov. See chart below for monthly deadlines.

THRIVE Submission Deadlines

Commission Meeting Approval If Pre-approved, Final Proposals Submitted in Online Form by 9am on Pre-approval Worksheet & Budget Submitted via Email by 4:30pm on
Thursday,
July 21, 2016
Thursday,
June 30, 2016
Wednesday,
June 15, 2016
Thursday,
August 18, 2016
Friday,
July 29, 2016
Friday,
July 15, 2016
Thursday,
September 15, 2016
Wednesday,
August 31, 2016
Monday,
August 15, 2016
Thursday,
October 20, 2016
Friday,
September 30, 2016
Thursday,
September 15, 2016
Thursday,
November 17, 2016
Monday,
October 31, 2016
Monday,
October 17, 2016
Thursday,
December 15, 2016
Wednesday,
November 30, 2016
Tuesday,
November 15, 2016
Thursday,
January 19, 2017
Friday,
December 30, 2016
Thursday,
December 15, 2016
Thursday,
February 16, 2017
Tuesday,
January 31, 2017
Monday,
January 16, 2017
Thursday,
March 16, 2017
Friday,
February 28, 2017
Friday,
February 15, 2017
Thursday,
April 20, 2017
Friday,
March 31, 2017
Thursday,
March 15, 2017
Thursday,
May 18, 2017
Friday,
April 28, 2017
Monday,
April 17, 2017

Awards Process

Applicants will be notified via email of the status of their proposal. If a project is funded the applicant/artists can expect to receive payment within 30 days of invoicing Metro Arts. Furthermore, the applicant agrees to the following terms:

  1. Recipient will use funds to pay for artist fees and/or purchase supplies and materials that support the project described in the proposal.
  2. Recipient will obtain all permits, licenses, and permissions necessary for the project.
  3. Recipient will comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
  4. In all publicity, promotions and/or printed materials related to the project, the recipient will credit Metro Arts according to the Credit and Logo Usage Guidelines.
  5. Within thirty days of project completion recipient will submit a final project report including the following items:
    • Completed Final Report Form
    • Invoice for remaining balance of funds owed
    • One piece of promotional material showing required credit to Metro Arts credit. (can be email, poster, social media screenshot, etc.)
    • Provide high-resolution photos and/or videos of the project

Scoring Criteria/System for Feedback

  1. Artistic Excellence (Maximum of 30 points): The artists involved and/or the project itself drives innovation and/or uses the arts in a distinct way. The artists involved have displayed why they are the best artists for the job. The applicant clearly talks about the artistic practices and methods for creation.
  2. Neighborhood Placemaking/Activation (Maximum of 30 points): The project activates the neighborhood, connecting neighborhoods, and/or the larger Nashville community. The project reimagines a space or activates it artistically. The project addresses a cultural, social, or economic need.
  3. Community Engagement/Participation* (Maximum of 30 points): The community is clearly defined in this project. The project is inclusive of the whole community but provides targeted arts opportunities for citizens whose opportunities might be limited because of geography, economics, ability, age, race or cultural background. The project welcomes the community into the art form. The community and artist are engaged in a creative exchange, as the community informs the art-making, performance, and decision making process. The art making activities or performances are accessible to the public.
  4. Project Feasibility and Logistics (Maximum of 10 points)
    The proposal demonstrates an ability to carry out the proposed project. It has a realistic budget and timeline. The individuals, organizations, and entities that the applicant is partnering with to execute the project have been identified. The partners are invested in the project and will ensure its success.