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Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

The Investing in Artists grants program was established by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) in 2007 to enhance the working lives of, and strengthen the creative support system for, California artists working in all disciplines. Since that time, with the support of The James Irvine Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CCI has awarded over $2 million to 284 diverse artists working in various disciplines across the state.

Through the continued support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CCI is pleased to offer an additional three rounds of funding (2021-2023) for the Investing in Artists program for Bay Area Performing Arts and Media Arts artists.

Program Information

The Investing in Artists grants program is designed to support diverse working artists in the Bay Area in the performing arts and media arts, which includes the disciplines of dance, music, musical theatre, opera, theatre, video, film, and animation, to name a few. As such, applicants representing a wide range of cultural expressions and artistic practices in the performing arts and media arts are encouraged to apply.

The 2020 cycle is closed.

Please check back in May 2021 for information about the next application period!

For your reference, below please find 2020 cycle ephemera. These items are for reference only and may be modified in future award cycles. 


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If you have questions about the program or application process, contact CCI at with the subject heading, "Investing in Artists."



To browse profiles of past grantees use the search form here. You can also See Past Awards Press Releases.


CCI Investing in Artists grants program is made available, in part, by funding from: