GBCA to give $120,000 to artists in 2014

The Rubys

In 2014 the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance will give away $120,000 to Baltimore-area artists through a grant program called The Rubys. The first application deadline is February 2nd, and includes grants in the media and performing arts (see below for a detailed description of each discipline).

The application requires all artists to be at least 21 years of age and live in Baltimore or one of the five surrounding counties. Organizations and full-time students in degree earning programs are ineligible for a grant. Soon-to-be graduates are encouraged to apply for next year’s grant cycle.

Each artist can apply for up to $10,000 in funding for a specific project which is required to incorporate a public component within their work, to be displayed and shared with the Baltimore-area community.

The Rubys are loosely modeled after Creative Capital, a national organization that has invested millions in individual artist projects and broad-based professional development for artists. Baltimore’s own Matt Porterfield, Eric Dyer and MICA Artist in Residence, Paul Rucker are amongst those who have received Creative Capital grants.

The Deutsch Foundation has provided seed funding for The Rubys but is hopeful that other funders will step in to support the program and its dedication to the Baltimore region’s art community.



  • Performing Arts and Media Arts
  • Call for entry is open.
  • Submission deadline is Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 11:59PM EST.
  • Applications will be accepted online here.

Performing Arts includes but is not limited to: dance; music; theater; musical theater; opera; puppetry; performance art; playwriting; spoken word; storytelling; traditional/folk art; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.

Media Arts includes but is not limited to: film; audio and video projects; animation; computer graphics; sound art; digital arts; screenplay; teleplay; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.

A complete application requires the following: project proposal; project timeline; project budget; artist resume/CV; artwork samples in digital form (images, video files, audio files, or documents).

Download the full grant guidelines here: GBCA Grant Project guidelines_Fall 2013

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