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  • 2019 SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge

SAVVY Scholarships

Part of our value is helping participants develop strategies to increase earned revenue. Unfortunately, many independent artists who could benefit most from our program do not have institutional support or the financial means to invest in professional development.

To address this concern, we've introduced a powerful business model innovation. For every tuition-paying participant, we offer a tuition scholarship to a creative artist who could not otherwise afford to attend.


Scholarship Applicants

  • Eligibility:
    • For independent performing/visual artists or educators (all genres/levels)
    • Should have a demonstrated financial need
    • Do not have a position with an organization that supports professional development
  • Competitive scholarships; 35 slots maximum
  • The earlier you apply, the larger the scholarship and greater chance of acceptance
  • Scholarship rates for accepted applicants:
    • 100% tuition scholarship ($0 due); Application submitted before December 5, 2018
    • 95% tuition scholarship ($62.50 due); Application submitted between December 6, 2018 and January 23, 2019
    • 90% tuition scholarship ($125 due); Application submitted between January 24 and February 13, 2019
    • 85% tuition scholarship ($187.50 due); Application submitted between February 14 and March 6, 2019
  • Other fees:
    • Application fee (required; $40)
    • Meals/supplies* (required; $350)
    • Housing** (optional; $50/night, single dorm room)
    • Bonus day (optional; $175/person; $300/2 people)

To complete the SAVVY scholarship application, you need:

  • Scholarship application fee receipt number (will be emailed to you)
  • Personal information (contact, background info, etc.)
  • 50-word professional bio
  • Essay: Describe why you are fabulous, what value you bring to our community, and what you’d like to take from the SAVVY experience (400-words max)
  • Video (link): Include a personal introduction and elevator pitch for an entrepreneurial arts-based business idea (75-seconds maximum). Get more information.

Application Process

  1. Pay application fee
  2. Complete and submit scholarship application form
  3. Wait for results
  4. Secure spot by paying meals/supplies fee within 2 weeks of acceptance
  5. Remaining fees due by March 1, 2019

* Meals/supplies fee includes Happy Hour, 15 meals, coffee/drink service, snacks, variety of supplies needed throughout the week. Vegetarian options available at all meals.

** Housing includes single room dorm with shared bath and wifi access; walking distance from all events.