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MAIA Freedom Fund for West Midlands-based Black Artists: Applications Now Open

Thu 20 August 2020
Credit: #ArtbyJaeTallawah - MAIA Freedom Fund

MAC is delighted to support the MAIA Freedom Fund for Black artists living full-time in the West Midlands, alongside arts and culture organisations across the region.

14 x £500 bursaries will be made available for Black artists from the West Midlands, along with access to a wellbeing resource pack and the opportunity to have work spotlighted on MAIA socials.

"The Freedom Fund exists because arts and culture organisations across the West Midlands recognised they could be doing more to support black artists. Micro pots of money are often distributed to individual artists with lots of criteria and high expectations, which can lead to artists feeling burnt out and devalued. 

"We got together with Culture Central to come up with a way to support artists that would be the most meaningful. We didn’t want to run a temporary development scheme that would only scratch the surface of the complex needs of Black artists. 

"So, we decided to create a fund that does exactly what it says on the tin - give artists the freedom to decide how and what they invest in with no strings attached, no compulsory outcome and no evaluation!" - MAIA

  • All ages welcome
  • All career stages welcome
  • All artforms welcome

"The fund will be used to respond to Black Artists’ individual self-identified immediate needs. MAIA, an artist-led cultural organisation; a platform for creative practice, critical thinking and social change, will use their expertise to manage and distribute the funds." - Culture Central

To apply for the fund or to find out more, please visit the MAIA website here.

Deadline for applications: 31 August 2020


MAC supports the More Than A Moment: Action for and with Black creatives campaign led by Culture Central, which aims to radically transform the West Midlands' arts and culture sector. See the full programme for More Than A Moment here.