MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is an innovative support model that gives artists a range of financial and professional development tools to help them achieve greater business success and financial independence. Launched in 2008, the Assets for Artists program has now served hundreds of creative entrepreneurs in five states.
With the 2017 North Adams Project, Assets for Artists is seeking artists interested in relocating to North Adams in 2017. Home to a vibrant cultural scene anchored by MASS MoCA, and with some of the most affordable housing/studio space in the northeast, North Adams is a ripe site for artistic production. The A4A North Adams Project provides incentives for artists to relocate their creative practice to North Adams.
Creative entrepreneurs selected to participate in the North Adams Project will benefit from the following opportunities: (1) a “matched savings” program providing $4,000 in seed capital to be invested in the artist’s North Adams-based creative business; (2) artist-focused professional development services, including financial and business workshops with peer artists, and one-on-one coaching; (3) $500 to assist with the cost of relocating to North Adams; (4) $250 in matching funds to help jumpstart retirement savings or an emergency fund; and (5) free 1-year membership to MASS MoCA.
Artist couples are eligible to apply individually and each receive the benefits listed above.
Application Deadline: April 17, 2017, 11:59pm. No application fees or tuition fees.
Eligibility for the North Adams Project: We are currently accepting applications from artists eager to move their residence and/or studio to North Adams, MA. To receive the financial benefits, selected applicants will be required to have re-located to North Adams with an executed lease agreement for studio space and/or housing with a minimum 1-year rental (or documentation of a completed home purchase in North Adams) by December 31, 2017.
Eligible applicants include artists in all disciplines — artisans, designers, performers, visual artists, photographers, etc. — whose practice would greatly benefit from the opportunity to receive seed funds and improve their financial and business skills to grow an arts-based business that will further strengthen North Adams as a hub for the creative economy.
Artists in all financial circumstances may apply. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of artistic strength, readiness to make a commitment to North Adams and benefit from the program services, and financial need. No income restrictions apply.