The Sundance Institute has unveiled two new grant schemes aimed at BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of colour) artists and organisations.
Under its Outreach and Inclusion Program, the Institute’s Uprise Grant Fund will provide $100,000 to support up to 25 emerging US-based BIPOC artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding will support “personal livelihoods and creative projects,” said Sundance, and the fund is already open for applications.
The Arts Organizations Grant, set to launch in the spring, will provide another $100,000 to eight to ten US-based BIPOC-led arts organisations working in film, theatre and emerging media. The fund continues the Institute’s Respond and Reimagine Plan to foster a “vibrant ecosystem of organisations dedicated to serving BIPOC artist communities.”
The Institute’s director of outreach and inclusion Karim Ahmad commented: “These funds intend to address the deeply disproportionate effects the pandemic and racial terror have had on artists of colour. With Uprise, our goal is to provide unrestricted financial support to those artists at key moments in their career development with the sole aim of combating the erasure of these important voices from our culture and society.”