Deadline: December 23, 2024
Special Interests: Massachusetts
Accepts Submissions of: Musicals / Plays /



“I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist.”
– President John F. Kennedy, 1963, Amherst College

There are few places in America as rich in arts and culture as Massachusetts, and artists are at the center of this vibrant creative life. Through color, form, language, sound, and movement, artists help interpret our past, understand the present, and envision our future. Their work breaks down barriers and helps us appreciate what it means to be human. Holly Lynton (Photography Fellow ’13), Les, Amber, Honeybees, Honeybees, New Mexico (2008).

In a time when many sources of direct funding for individual artists have been reduced or eliminated, the Massachusetts Cultural Council is proud to provide unrestricted grants for artists to promote the further development of their talents.

MCC’s Artist Fellowships recognize exceptional work by Massachusetts artists across a range of disciplines. These highly competitive awards provide artists crucial validation among their peers and the public. They catalyze artistic advancement and pave the way for creative innovation of enduring cultural value. Read about some of the most prominent fellows in the program’s history.

Studio of Stephanie Chubbuck (Crafts Fellow ’15), photo by Scott Erb of Erb Photography.MCC publicizes its artist awards through the Gallery@MCC, an online showcase of finalists and winners, and on the ArtSake blog. For information on applying for an Artist Fellowship, please see the program guidelines.

In addition to fellowships, MCC supports artists through its other funding programs and services. Grants through MCC’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, Local Cultural Council, STARS Residencies, Cultural Investment Portfolio, YouthReach, SerHacer, and Adams Arts programs all help provide employment for thousands of artists throughout the state.

Comments from NMI Staff:

Must be a legal resident of Massachusetts for the last two years. 18+

Complete the online application for Drawing & Printmaking, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting by 11:59pm (ET) on January 24, 2022. (Application opens: December 15, 2021 [expected])


As of January 2023, they are pausing their contest. It seems as if they are going to revise their program and open it up in January of 2024.


Updating for 2024 prediction,  no solid info yet.

        Massachusetts Cultural Council
        Don Blask
        10 St James Ave, Fl 3
        Boston, MA 02116
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