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On-Ramp Career Accelerator

Opportunity for Indiana Artists to Participate
in a Professional Development Program

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Indiana Arts Commission (IAC)

Deadline Date:

01/16/20 4:30 PM ET


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Opportunity for Indiana individual artists in a range of disciplines to participate in a professional development program. The program is intended to offer artists the tools to strengthen their business acumen, make new connections, and receive guidance about developing their artistic careers. While any artist or creative who meets the eligibility requirements may apply, early-career or emerging artists (roughly up to seven years of artistic experience) who have generated enough works to articulate their own creative voice and practice will get the most out of this experience.

For a list of eligible disciplines, see:

On-Ramp includes:

  • The Course: A three-day intensive business skills and entrepreneurship training course.
  • The Certificate: Proof to investors that you're ready to make things happen.
  • The Coaching: One-on-one coaching with an arts business pro.

Eligible participants will be self-motivated, committed to and ready for a creative career in or more of the eligible disciplines, and be open-minded about how their creative skills can be applied. Further, the committee will use these priorities to create a cohort that has:

  • Variety of artistic career experience
  • Statewide representation
  • Variety of creative disciplines
  • Diverse racial/ethnic representation
  • Representation of underserved populations

On-Ramp 2020 Creative Entrepreneur Course participants who receive a Certificate of Completion are eligible and encouraged to apply for the On-Ramp Fellowship 2020. The Fellowship is a pilot funding opportunity to take what you've just learned in the On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Course and put it to use for your career development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187718

Number of Grants:

Up to 35 participants will be selected

Estimated Size of Grant:

While there is no cost to participate, this experience is valued at $1,000 per person.

A private hotel room in Greater Lafayette for the nights of Thursday, May 7, Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, 2020, plus meals throughout the weekend are provided.

On-Ramp Fellowship: Applicants may request up to $2,000 for a project.

Term of Contract:

The On-Ramp Accelerator takes place over the weekend of Thursday, May 7 - Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be an individual. Organizations may not apply
- Must be 18 years or older
- Must be a US citizen
- Must be an Indiana resident and remain a full-time Indiana resident through the end of the fellowship period
- May not have been a past On-Ramp participant

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by January 16, 2020, 4:30 p.m. eastern time.

If invited to participate, you must confirm your commitment by completing an online RSVP by March 26, 2020.

- Applications due: January 16, 2020, 4:30 PM Eastern Time
- Applicants notified: Week of March 26, 2020
- RSVP Form due: March 27, 2020, 4:30 PM Eastern Time
- Creative Entrepreneur Course: May 8-10 2020
- Fellowship application due (optional): June 4, 2020, 4:30 PM Eastern Time
- Fellowship period (optional): August 1, 2020 - July 31, 2021

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Program Contact:
Anna Tragesser, Artist and Community Services Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana