The American Society of Media Photographers Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for summer 2006 funding. The deadline for this grant cycle is May 15. Application forms, lists of past grant recipients, grant deadlines, and other information is available from the ASMP Web site at www.asmp.org/foundation.
ASMP executive director Eugene Mopsik says that twice a year, ASMP Foundation grants are awarded in support of a wide range of programs to benefit photographers and the creative community they are a part of. Grant amounts vary depending upon need, but typically do not exceed $1,500. The foundation does not offer assistance grants to individual artists. In past years, ASMP Foundation grants have helped fund university seminars, non-profit educational and arts organizations, and community education programs in the States and abroad.
Recipients of last year's summer grants included the Aperture Foundation, who received a $1,500 grant to support “Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context,” a series of panel discussions featuring the leading photographers, artists and authors of our time, and PhotoAlliance, who received a $1,500 grant to anchor this year's funding for PhotoAlliance’s ongoing Emerging Artist Lecture Series and its first annual Pacific Rim Lecture.
Another summer grant winner in 2005 was The Santa Fe Center for Photography, and the $1,500 ASMP grant helped to fund three projects: a workshop by Darius Himes and Joanna Hurley called “Publishing the Photographic Book: A Primer”; a workshop by Mary Virginia Swanson titled “Presenting Your Work to the Fine Art Market”; and a seminar called “Who’s Collecting Whom?” featuring 15 investors, curators, art directors and gallery owners, and moderated by Alison Devine Nordström, the Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House. The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of ASMP received the other grant, $1,250 to support “Achieving Balance Between Passion and Profession,” a two-day retreat for professional photographers, assistants and advanced students.
Applicants will be notified within 60 days of the deadline if their application has been accepted. All grant decisions are made on a nondiscriminatory basis.
The ASMP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with the American Society of Media Photographers, a trade association of professional photographers. The foundation supports the charitable and educational purposes of the Society, and it encourages the professional and artistic growth of photographers and the creative communities to which they belong.