Arts Venture Competition

This competition will next be held for the 2018 NFA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

The biennial Arts Venture Competition is designed to reward new thinking and viable, innovative ideas with a $2,000 project grant. The competition seeks projects that approach performance and education in a new way (often through collaboration with communities or other genres or media). Examples of projects that are well suited for the Arts Venture Competition include, but are not limited to, collaboration with community arts organizations, an online course, a series of performances, an outreach program, etc. Finalists' projects will demonstrate creativity, added value to the flute, and greater musical communities, as well as potential for long-term success.

Arts Venture Competition entrants may be individuals or teams of up to three people. Teams must include at least one flutist. Entrants are expected to submit multimedia materials that display the full scope of the project, including what has already been accomplished as well as projected goals and successes. Submitted materials may include video (no more than three minutes in length), audio, informational graphics, and documents. All entries must include a current and projected budget, and indication of any outside grant sources or awards.

Four finalists will attend the NFA Convention to give a 15-minute presentation summarizing their proposed project to a panel of judges. Finalists will be expected to present a budget and supporting materials on the first day of the convention for the judges to study in advance of their presentations. All finalists will receive a certificate and the winner or winning team will receive a $2,000 project grant. The winner must submit a report documenting how the grant funds were allocated. The winner will also be required to present a report of their project at the following year's convention as part of the Career and Artistic Development Committee's MiniConference.

Morgann E. Davis