The Franklin Furnace Fund application for 2013-14 has closed. The application will open again for 2014-15 in January of 2014.
GUIDELINES FOR THE FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND, 2013-2014
This season is the 28th anniversary of the Franklin Furnace Fund. Initiated in 1985 with the support of Jerome Foundation, Franklin Furnace has annually awarded grants to emerging artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to prepare major performance art works. Events are presented in partnership with collegial venues, online, or, in the city environment.
Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000 based on the peer review panel allocation of funding received by Franklin Furnace. Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply; however, artists supported by funding from Jerome Foundation must live in the five boroughs of New York. Full-time students are ineligible.
Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. We believe this peer panel system allows all kinds of artists from all over the world an equal shot at presenting their work. Every year the panel changes, as do the definitions of "emerging artist" and "performance art." So if at first you don't succeed, please try again.
Since 1985, the Fund has helped launch the careers of Jo Andres, Tanya Barfield, Jibz Cameron aka Dynasty Handbag, Lenora Champagne, Patty Chang, Papo Colo, Brody Condon, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Karen Finley, John Fleck, Coco Fusco, Kate Gilmore, Pablo Helguera, Donna Henes, Murray Hill, Holly Hughes, Liz Magic Laser, Taylor Mac, Robbie McCauley, Jennifer Miller, Naeem Mohaiemen, Rashaad Newsome, Clifford Owens, Pope.L, Dread Scott, Pamela Sneed, Fiona Templeton and Diane Torr, among 241 other fund recipients.
Deadline: April 1, 2013 (postmark date)
Please apply to the Franklin Furnace Fund 2013-2014 using our online form. Once you sign up for an account you may log in to apply to the Franklin Furnace Fund. Your information will be saved so that it may be completed in multiple sessions before you submit it.
If you have any technical problems with the online application form, please contact email@example.com and the software application providers can help address your question. For other questions, please contact Jenny Korns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Microsoft Excel form is still available but please only use it if the online form gives you difficulty. If you can’t use the online form, then download the Excel Application and email it to email@example.com after it has been completed. Write "Proposal 13-14" in the subject line.
Our application process is meant to be as accommodating as possible to everyone. If you are unable to submit materials electronically, we will also accept analog applications. If you have any questions about this please feel free to contact the Program Coordinator, Jenny Korns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 - Contact Information, Required
Please provide the contact information requested. Please also let us know if your email address or home address changes during the course of this process so we can keep in touch with you.
2 - Proposal Information, Required
Brief Proposal (required)
A 100-word summary proposal. The summary is a critical component of your application; it is the first piece of information that the selection panel reviews and it is a definitive factor in their deliberations. Therefore, be sure that the summary is clear, concise and only 100 words long.
Long Description (optional)
A full description of the proposed work. Please limit to 1000 words.
Specify planned expenses. If you have other funding sources for your project please indicate this in your budget. Please limit to 200 words.
A website may be used as a supplement to other application material.
3 - Video, Required
You may submit up to two ten minute videos. Please make sure each one illuminates your proposal by either being video of your proposed project as a work in progress (“Proposed Work”) or a past project that gives an idea of the kind of work you do (“Support Material”). You may submit a 100-word description, which may include a cue time for each video from where the panel should start watching. You may either submit your videos through our online form, or mail them in on a disc to be played on a DVD player or as digital files. Video submitted online must be 300 MB or under.
Video will be projected on a standard definition projector so when you compress them please make sure their appearance is of relatively good quality. For good instructions on how to do this, it's highly recommended that you check out this website: http://vimeo.com/help/compression. If after following these instructions, your file is still too big for the online form then try lowering the data rate. Also, the dimensions for HD video should be no bigger than 1280x720. Since our projector only projects Standard Definition there should be no loss in quality from using this dimension.
The above paragraph describes the preferred format of video we'd like to receive, but if you are unable to meet these guidelines for any reason at all, then we are open to whatever you have: slides, videotapes, audio cds, etc. If you have any questions about this please feel free to contact the Program Coordinator, Jenny Korns at email@example.com.
4 - Images, Optional
You may submit up to ten images with descriptions. These can be uploaded through the online form or mailed in on a disc. Images submitted through the online form must be 500 KB or under in size.
5 - Mailing Options, Required
Application Return (required)
Please select one of the following options for returning your application materials after the selection process:
a. SASE: Please submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) large enough to return all of your materials. Use postage stamps. Do not use meter strip postage for your SASE as they expire the same day they are issued. If you apply from another country, do not use foreign stamps. Instead, please include international vouchers for the postage required.
b. Pick-Up: After receiving a notification letter, please schedule a suitable time with us to pick up your application materials. After October 1, 2013, all application materials will become the property of Franklin Furnace.
c. Do not return. You may choose not to have your materials returned.
Although the greatest care is taken in handling your application, we are not responsible for accidental loss or damage to your material. We cannot return your application materials unless you provide a SASE with sufficient postage.
Supplementary Materials (optional)
You may also submit your resume, a description list for your images and video, and up to 2 reviews of previous work/press. The video and images may be submitted through the online form, but all the other items (press and resume) must be mailed in.
Please write your name on every object you mail in! This should be the same name used on the application. Please don't put sticker labels on your discs as this may jam the computer.
Due to space limitations, please try to submit your application materials in one 9” x 12” or smaller envelope.
Send your application to:
Franklin Furnace Archive Inc.
80 Arts – The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place #301
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506
You may deliver your application in person by leaving it at the lobby desk at 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn from 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. If you prefer to give it to us directly at our office please call first to make sure that someone will be available to receive it.
April 1, 2013- Deadline to submit all application materials. During the following two months artists receive an e-mail notification acknowledging that their application package has been received.
June/July, 2013- A Selection Panel meets to review applications and select artists to receive the grants. The panel consists of five artists who meet for three consecutive days at Franklin Furnace. Every year the panel is composed of new members. Franklin Furnace staff acts as moderators but does not make any decisions. Franklin Furnace does not record the panel’s discussion and cannot give feedback.
Late July/early August, 2013- Artists receive a letter by regular mail informing them of the panel’s decision. After this letter is sent, applications that have included a SASE are returned to the artists. Artists who have chosen to pick up their application may do so no later than October 1, 2013.
Late August, 2013- After Franklin Furnace receives the completed Release Form, Honorarium Form, Bio and Project Description Form from the selected artists, a check for 50% of the grant is sent.
September, 2013- Official announcement of selected artists is posted at Franklin Furnace website and in a Special Goings On, Franklin Furnace’s weekly electronic newsletter.
September, 2013-July, 2014- Ideally the artist will present their piece within a year. Five weeks before the performance the artist meets with Franklin Furnace staff to discuss documentation plans and publicity, whereupon the second check for 40% of the grant is issued. The artist receives a third and final check for 10% of the grant after completion of their project, if and only if Franklin Furnace receives: 1) visual documentation provided on portable media suitable for general viewing; 2) completed Final Report form with factual information and a final description of the event; 3) program or printed material crediting the Franklin Furnace Fund and its supporters.
Unless otherwise specified herein, Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. will not disseminate personal information obtained from donors, members, artists, visitors and others without their permission. Donors' names and donation levels will be publicized, although donors will be given the option to make their donations anonymous. As a condition of funding, recipients of funding from Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. must permit Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. to publicize their names and the amount of funding they received.
FOR QUESTIONS CONTACT JENNY KORNS, FRANKLIN FURNACE'S PROGRAM COORDINATOR, at jenny[at]franklinfurnace.org.