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Grants Program

Photo Credit: Hunter Armistead, Nashville Arts Magazine - Southern WordMetro Arts seeks to make creative exploration central to the lives of all Nashvillians. Each year, the Mayor & Metro Council approve funds from the general operating budget to support community arts through grants.  Grants support a diverse range of artistic and cultural activities from theatrical, dance and musical productions, visual arts activities and exhibits, neighborhood festivals, film, after-school arts education and more.

All grants are required to demonstrate alignment with three of the Commission's impact areas:

  • Increasing Availability & Participation in Creative Activities
  • Enhancing Creative Quality and Innovation
  • Expanding & Improving the Creative Workforce

Potential grantees must have strong organizational foundation and be committed to demonstrable community results.  Metro Arts will fund grants in four categories: Basic Operating Support, Creation, After-school Arts Projects and Arts Access.

Grants Committee

Committee Members

  • Laurie Eskind, Chair
  • Dr. Ruth Ross Edmonds
  • Matt Fischer
  • Marielena Ramos
  • Meg MacFadyen
  • Paula Roberts

Staff