Miami Individual Artists (MIA) Stipend Program Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is the Miami Individual Artists (MIA) Stipend Program?
A: The Miami Individual Artists (MIA) Stipend Program provides professional artists with artistic fees or stipends for the production of performances, presentations, exhibitions, workshops, research, and/or the creation of artwork.

Q: How much can I request?
A: Stipends may be awarded up to $5,000.

Q: If I receive a MIA Stipend, can I spend the award on living expenses?
A: MIA Stipend Awards are artistic fees paid to artists for their work on a project. As long as the project occurs, artists may use the funds for any expenses that facilitate their work. The entire payment will be made directly to the awarded artist.

Q: Do I need a Submittable account to apply?
A: Yes, you need an account with the application platform, Submittable (it’s free to register and use) in order to apply. If you don’t have an account already, you can sign up here: https://artinpublicplaces.submittable.com/signup?ReturnUrl=%2Fsubmit%2F211031%2Fmiami-individual-artists-mia-stipends-program

Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: Professional artists residing in Miami-Dade County for at least one year are eligible to apply including, but not limited to, visual artists, media artists, composers, choreographers, playwrights, poets, actors, musicians, dancers, singers, performance artists, artisans, ceramicists, sculptors. In addition, artists must be over 18 years of age. Please review the guidelines for more eligibility criteria.

Q: Who is NOT eligible to apply?
A: Professionals who work directly with individual artists - such as curators, arts administrators, producers, or presenters; students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, non-professionals who engage in the arts as a hobby; or employees and advisory board members of Miami-Dade County and their immediate families are not eligible.

Q: How will the applications be evaluated?
A: Applications to the MIA Program will be evaluated based on the evaluation criteria listed in the guidelines. Application materials (such as resume/CV/bio, work samples and support documents) should substantiate your work as a professional artist.

Q: I am an artist who is part of a dance company, theater production or artist collective. Am I eligible to apply as an individual artist?
A: Yes, all individual artists that meet the eligibility criteria are eligible to apply.

Q: Is this grants program only for visual artists?
A: No, all art forms and disciplines are welcome to apply including Dance, Film, Video, Media Arts, Folk/Traditional Arts, Multidisciplinary, Literary Arts, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.

Q: Do I need to produce or present a project if I receive MIA funding?
A: Yes, artists who receive a stipend or artistic fees through the MIA Program are required to carry out, produce or present a project from March 1 – September 30, 2022. Eligible projects include: performances, presentations, exhibitions, workshops, documented research and/or the creation of artwork.

Q: What should I include in my Artist Statement?
A: An artist statement summarizes your artistic practice, work, medium, influences and unique creative pursuits. Simply put, what you do as an artist, in 200 words or less. Need more help? Try this: https://grantspace.org/resources/knowledge-base/artists-statements.

Q: What type of work samples am I required to provide as part of the application?
A: Work sample requirements vary by discipline. Please refer to page 4 of the MIA Stipend Program guidelines for instructions. 

Q: The Work Samples section on the application has a space for files and a space for links. Can I submit files AND links?
A: Yes, you can submit a combination of files and links. However, please note the requirements based on your discipline.

Q: What file formats are accepted for the work samples?
A: Acceptable file types include: pdf, jpg, jpeg, mp3, mp4, m4a, wav, mov, avi, mpg, 3gp, flv, webm, wmv, ogg, aac, flac, aiff, wma, mkv, m4v. Links are also acceptable.

Q: What can I submit as work samples?
A: Work samples should provide evidence of your work as a professional artist and may include still images, short videos; audio or dynamic media files; writing samples (e.g., excerpt of poem, script or play), etc. Applicants may also submit images/videos related to the proposed project.

Q: What file formats are accepted for support documents?
A: Acceptable file types: pdf, jpg, jpeg, mp3, mp4, m4a, wav, mov, avi, mpg, 3gp, flv, webm, wmv, ogg, aac, flac, aiff, wma, mkv, m4v. Links are also acceptable.

Q: What can I submit as support documents?
A: Support documents are optional; however, you may submit up to 3. Support documents should provide confirmation of your work as a professional artist and may include catalogues, program books/playbills, postcards or flyers, news articles, letters of support, artist website, etc.

Q: If selected, what will I need to submit as proof of residency?
A: Upon selection, artists will receive an email notifying them of their award. At which point, they may be asked to submit one of the following as proof of residency: property tax record; lease agreement; voter’s registration; or IRS income tax return 2019. Artists must have resided in Miami-Dade County for one year at the time of application.

Q. Do I need to match the funds with additional funding?

A: No, the MIA Stipend Program does not require matching funds as it is not a grant.

Q. What are the reporting requirements?
A: Selected artists will report on the implementation of the project, uploading documents/images/videos and a brief narrative that describes its execution. The reporting deadline will be established after the selection process.

Q. May I apply with a project that is already receiving funding support?
A: Yes. If this is the case, simply explain the need for additional funding from the MIA program.

Q. Can a project have begun before March 1, 2022?
A: Yes, as long as there are project activities that occur between March 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?  Email your question to Gilda Mooney, Chief of Grant Services, at gilda.mooney@miamidade.govQuestions will be answered during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM).

The Frequently Asked Questions are continually being updated. Click here to visit the Miami Individual Artists (MIA) Stipend Program page.

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