Work Sample Submission Policy

Online Submissions

There is only 25MB of bandwidth available for each grant application and reviewers will be accessing work samples provided with online applications 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 no longer be accepted due to the inability to share the work online with the review panel.
  • No digital music files (mp3, aiff) or video files (mp4, avi, mov) will be accepted because application software has limited bandwidth and reviewers may not have the ability to 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 viewable within a browser without use of special software or plug-ins.
  • Mentor 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.
  • Grant applications may include digital images of past playbills, programs, newspaper clippings, posters, flyers etc. as support documentation in optional attachments.

2-D & 3-D Visual Art or Artisan Crafts

  • Artists may submit up to 10 images of their work with their application or may provide a link to up to 10 images on Dropbox or a similar file sharing site.
  • If more than 10 images are submitted, the first 10 images will be selected. If fewer than 5 images are submitted, the grant will be ineligible. Images may be submitted in .jpeg or pdf. Each image should be no larger than 1 MB.
  • 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 submit no fewer than 5 and no more than 10 images of a mentor’s work to Dropbox or a similar file sharing site.

Literary Arts

  • 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. If fewer than 5 pages are submitted, the grant will be ineligible.
  • 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.

Performing Arts

  • For applications involving the performing arts such as music, theater, dance, or film: Applicants submit up to three relevant links to Vimeo, YouTube or similar file sharing site showing approximately 2-4 minutes of the artists’ work per link.
  • For applications involving theater: Up to 10 images of a past production may be submitted in cases where copyright has prohibited videotaping.
  • For applications involving music: Applicants may submit up to 3 pieces of 4 minutes or less via links to a file sharing site such as SoundCloud or Dropbox.