There is only 25MB of bandwidth available for each grant application and reviewers will be accessing the samples from their personal computers running a myriad of different operating systems and software. Therefore we must limit the number of samples artists and organizations are allowed to provide, and the file size (1 MB) and formats (jpg, pdf) of those samples.
- Work samples are meant to show high artistic quality, and support the artistic merit of the project.
- CDs and DVDs will not be accepted due to the inability to share the work online with the review panel, with the exception of Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants.
- No digital music files (mp3, aiff, wav) or video files (mp4, avi, mov) will be accepted because application software has limited bandwidth and reviewers may not have the ability to see/listen to samples in these formats. Performing artists will need to provide links to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, SoundCloud or similar file sharing sites. All links must be able to be viewed by any browser without use of a subscription, password, special software, or plug-ins.
- Mentor/Instructor samples will need to be shared as a link to the mentor’s website or a link to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, SoundCloud or similar file sharing site.
- No print or digital news, or social media reviews/reports (e.g. Lakeland Public television, Bemidji Pioneer, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) will be accepted as work samples. These can be included as supplemental information on the grant application or included with final reports.
- An organization or individual will only use work samples that are evidence of their own artistic creativity or capacity. If the organization or individual was a collaborator in the activity depicted, credit must be given to all collaborators/originators of the activity on the work sample description page.
- Grant-applicants and grantees assume full responsibility for properly licensing any intellectual property that they are using or intend on using as part of their submissions and/or arts performances, exhibitions, publications, displays or presentations. Further, The Region 2 Arts Council shall be held indemnified from any liability, by any grant-applicant or grant-funded individual or organization with regard to intellectual property laws.
2-D & 3-D Visual Art or Artisan Crafts
- Artists may submit samples of their work only up to the maximum number allowed for the grant program they are applying for or may provide a link to no more than the maximum number allowed via Dropbox or a similar file sharing site.
- If more than the maximum number of images are submitted, any excess images will be deleted by the grants manager prior to review. Any applicant that fails to submit the minimum number of work samples jeopardizes the eligibility of their grant application. Images may be submitted in .jpg. Each image should be no larger than 1 MB. We recommend 72 dpi or screen resolution.
- Submission of actual original artwork (books, paintings, photographs) is only allowed for Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant applications.
- Links to online portfolios may appear on your artist’s resume, but may not be used as a work sample submission.
- 2&3 Dimensional Visual Artists applying to work with a mentor must either provide a link to the mentor’s website, or provide a link to
- to Dropbox or a similar file sharing site to a gallery/folder with no fewer than 5 and no more than 10 images of the mentor’s work.
- Multiple Artists or Artist/Craft Groups must provide 2-5 work samples (.jpg) per artist, or per group if the group works together to create a single work of art. If a proposed project will have more than 5 artists working on it, choose the top five artists (groups) and provide 2 work samples from each artist or group.
- Literary artists may upload up to 10 pages of poetry or prose as a pdf. If more than 10 pages are submitted, only the first 10 will be shared with the review panel. Any applicant that fails to submit the minimum number of work samples jeopardizes the eligibility of their grant application.
- Literary artists applying to work with a mentor must provide up to ten pages of a mentor artist’s poetry or prose. If more than 10 pages are submitted, only the first 10 will be shared with the review panel.
- Multiple Literary Artists or Literary Groups must provide 3-5 pages of writing (.pdf) per artist/group. If a proposed project will have more than 3 artists working on it, choose the top 3 artists/groups and provide at least three pages of writing for each.
- For applications involving the performing arts such as music, theater, dance, or film: Applicants submit up to three relevant links to Vimeo, YouTube or other website showing approximately 2-4 minutes of the artists’
- For applications involving theater: Images of a past production may be submitted in cases where copyright has prohibited video/sound recording.
- For applications involving music: Applicants may submit up to 3 pieces of 4 minutes or less via links to a site that stores sound such as SoundCloud.
- Performing Artists or Musicians provide 1-3 links to work samples of 2-4 minutes each per artist/group. If a proposed project will have more than 3 performing artists or groups, pick your top three with one sample of each.
- Multimedia or Multidisciplinary Artists may provide a combination of links and/or uploads as best suits the work, but cannot exceed the maximum number of work samples. Note: Each photo, each page of writing, each video or audio link equals one work sample.
- If a proposed project will be utilizing artists from multiple disciplines include samples from each arts discipline if possible without exceeding the maximum number of work samples. Note: Each photo, each page of writing, each video or audio link equals one work sample.