Emergent Seed seeks to support emerging creative artists in the DC Metro area with
$500 microgrants and the opportunity to broadcast their work in virtual events.
Our goals are to address the immediate financial stress caused by coronavirus closures, as well as invest in the virtual infrastructure for the performing arts. We want to help the local creative community keep going, creating, and sharing, even as the pandemic has shuttered performance venues. Ultimately, we aspire to be a social enterprise. We seek to be a financially self-sustaining vehicle - raising money to give out microgrants beyond the initial funding raised - while also being fair to the artists we're serving. For example, if Emergent Seed holds a fundraising broadcast event, those applicants whose videos are selected for broadcast would share in a royalty pool of the net proceeds to Emergent Seed if used in a specific fundraising event (see the Licensing Agreement in the Application).
The name “Emergent Seed” reflects both the "emergency" coronavirus situation we are living in, as well as both who we help –- “emerging” artists –- and how we help -- with “seed” funding and short video performances.
what we're looking for
Original work. ORIGINAL work. O.r.I.g.i.N.a.L w.O.r.K.
We at Emergent Seed only have expertise in certain genres, and in order to move quickly, we felt we had to limit ourselves to the categories we felt comfortable reviewing immediately. As a result, we are focusing, at least in this first round, on the following breakdown of genres.
Our goal is to support DC Metro area creatives who perform, recite, or read aloud what they make since audiences can’t gather in-person at this time, and possibly for many months. Applicants must submit a single 2-5 minute video of a complete performance with a natural ending. The underlying content of this performance must be unpublished/un-produced work, and not under any form of agreement or payment, in one of the following 4 Creative Categories:
Poetry - includes Spoken Word
Storytelling - micro Fiction or Nonfiction. Includes performance storytelling, short stories, personal essays and micro Plays
Song & Lyric - Folk/Americana, Indie Rock, A capella and Musical Theatre (either a song in musical theatre style or even a micro Musical!)
Instrumental - Classical and Jazz
4 Creative Categories
In the first phase, screeners will review up to 60 videos in each of the 4 Creative Categories. Submissions will be reviewed by practicing artists in their fields. Winners will receive a $500 microgrant and also have the opportunity to have their original work broadcast in virtual events. Some applicants may be chosen to participate in the broadcast even if not selected for the microgrant.
These microgrants, combined with the virtual community-building and broadcast events, will serve as an investment in the local creative economy.