Artist Funding

Funding Austin’s Performing Artists

For many emerging artists and organizations, the most hindering expense is the venue.  The Creative Fund’s goal is to help cover a portion, if not all, of that burden. We are partnering with a variety of Austin venues to facilitate an easy application and funding process.

Q Rental Subsidy Grant Program

“Q” is a catchy name inspired by performers taking their cue and reminding Austinites it’s their cue to support local arts. The purpose of the Q Rental Subsidy Grant Program is to put money back into the Austin performing arts community.

Artists in need of funding for an upcoming show or project can apply online here

If your work is:
● Something that must be performed
● Created by and/or showcasing Austin artists
● Interesting and Cutting Edge
Then we encourage you to submit an application!

Judging Panel and Criteria

We understand that there is not a “one shoe fits all” for emerging artists or organizations, so there are no rules to our criteria. Instead, we are looking to support like-minded, arts-focused, passionate individuals and organizations who are looking to elevate Austin arts and have a strong plan of how they will contribute to this effort.

Three times a year, applications will be reviewed by a panel, selected based on their experience in the field and the types of applications received. The review panel is comprised of:

  • Subject Matter Experts
  • A Creative Fund Board Member
  • A Creative Fund Program Committee Member
  • A Creative Fund Member at Large

Judging Rubric:

  • Project details display a well thought out and achievable project
  • Cohesive and effective marketing plan
  • Community interest
  • The work supports The Creative Fund’s mission. (e.g. interesting, cutting edge, enlightening and/or life changing)


Artists receive funding for performances at any venue in Austin. Our goal is to provide artists with a location to showcase their work, take care of all the steps necessary to get the word out and share their innovative work with the community.

Our first awards were given on April 2, 2012 for a total sum of $8,750.

Upcoming Deadlines and Key Dates

The next deadlines for application submissions are:

September 2021

Application Deadline: September 1st, 2021 (For events showing on or after September 15th, 2021.)

Grants are announced September 15th, 2021.

During the Covid19 pandemic, we are accepting applications for both live in person performances and virtual performance programming. Grants for virtual performance programming will be paid to the awarded organization.