DJSF Instructions and Guidelines
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Instructions and guidelines
The Dame Joan Sutherland Fund offers small grants from $500 up to $5,000 for emerging Australian or American artists to assist in their professional development. Before you submit an application, please ensure you read all the instructions and eligibility requirements.
The standard of our applicants is very high and we are not able to fund all applicants. Please note that you may not apply for the same course or project more than once.
For the purpose of these guidelines, all applicants will be referred to as ‘the artist’.

Submission period 2015

Grants from the Fund are reviewed on a three-round basis by the Association's staff in consultation with the Cultural Committee. 
Applications are due at midnight Eastern Standard time (New York time). Please note that the Application Form will only be available from the Application Open date for each round.

Applicants are notified of the outcome of their application approximately 7 weeks after the submission deadline. 


Round 1

Applications Open - 16 March 2015
Applications Close - 6 April 2015

Round 2

Applications Open - 15 June 2015
Applications Close - 6 July 2015

Round 3

Applications Open - 21 September 2015
Applications Close - 12 October 2015


Application categories

1 - Theater, Dance, Film & Television
2 - Music
3 - Literary Arts
4 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design 
Application process
 Step 1
Please read all eligibility requirements, view the application form to prepare your answers (forms cannot be saved for later completion), and prepare supporting documents for online submission.

 Step 2
Fill in the online DJSF Application Form
  • You will be prompted to register as a ‘site user’.
  • Only complete applications will be accepted. Applications will not be returned.
  • Artist statement of project/purpose for the grant may be no longer than 500 words.
  • Late applications cannot be accepted (see deadlines above).
 Step 3

After submitting your online application, you will receive a confirmation email within a few days acknowledging receipt of your application, together with instructions on how to submit your resume and supporting documents.
 Step 4
Upload your supporting documents to Dropbox, as per instructed in your confirmation email.

Ensure each document is labeled clearly as indicated in bold below.
 Step 5
You will be notified of the results of your application by email 5-6 weeks after the deadline, at which time successful applicants will receive further instruction.

Required supporting documents

All applicants are required to include the following supporting materials to their application:

1. Artist Statement: please outline your purpose for applying to the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund (no more than 500 words).
2. Artist resume of no more than 1 x A4 or U.S. Letter sized page in length.

3. A budget outlining costs for the proposal, detailing other funding sources. Please provide confirmation letters of any confirmed pledges from other funding sources. 

4. A letter of confirmation from educational organization or nominated host body/ mentor (where a formal program of study, internship or mentorship is being undertaken);

5. Proof of citizenship/residency status (scanned photo page of your passport)

 Two professional references (scanned signed originals only).
Additional supporting materials for Visual Artists:
· Visual artists/designers must submit 8 images of their work (maximum 2MB each image) or a video (maximum 50 MB) and/or a moving image as an MP4 file (maximum 50MB). A live link to your video(s) will also be accepted. Include an accompanying image list including your name, artwork title, year, media and dimensions of each work.
· Art writers must submit a sample of an essay or article (minimum 500 words).
· Applications for assistance to exhibit at a notable public gallery space - A written agreement from the exhibiting venue must accompany the application in order for the request for funding to be considered.


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