Grants and fiscal Sponsorships

2018 Artist Grants

Listen UP!

Listen UP! Music by Women: is a cross-genre competition for new works by women composers and songwriters and is the first opportunity of its kind in Washington State.  Women have been historically and systemically disadvantaged in the fields of music composition and songwriting, often receiving far fewer opportunities and resources to create new musical work than their male peers. Listen UP! Music by Women presents an opportunity for community dialogue, expression and support for the significant female talent in Washington.

Allied Arts Foundation is calling for submissions of new music by women and people who identify as woman composers and songwriters residing in Washington State.

• At least $15,000 in funds will be awarded. The amount and number of awards will be determined based on the applicant pool and the jury discretion.
• There is no application fee.
• The application requires submitting up to two recordings of original, new work, a short statement about each recording, a statement about how awarded funds will be used, and a resume showing education and musical experience. Written scores are not accepted.
• Participants involved in the production of submitted material, such as musicians, vocalists, engineers and so on, do not have to be female.
• Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2018 8:00 PM PST

The grant application is through Google Forms:
CLICK HERE for full details on applying for Listen UP! Music by Women.


SUPPORT Listen UP! Music by Women

 Click here to make a 100% tax deductible donation to Listen UP! Music by Women.

2017 Artist Grants

Last year (2017) Allied Arts Foundation made grants to 2D emerging artists living in Western Washington.  Here are the winners of our 2017 Emerging Arts Grant Awards. (Click on any name to visit their website):

$5,000 – Clare Johnson, Seattle

$2,500 – Elizabeth Arzani, Seattle
$2,500 – Christopher Hartshorne, Bellingham

$1,000 – Joy Hagen, Kirkland
$1,000 – Faith Hagenhofer, Tenino
$1,000 – Janet Nechama Miller, Seattle
$1,000 – Minae Lee, Bellingham
$1,000 – Junko Yamamoto, Seattle

Image: pen & ink drawing

“now entirely disappeared” (detail) by Clare Johnson, 2017 Emerging Artist Grant Award winner

Below are just a few of the artists who have received Allied Arts Foundation awards in the past for their work:

  • “In Between Raindrops”, video production of Seattle Jazz Artists
  • “Mini-Mart City Park”, environmentally themed art installation
  • “Singing for Seniors”, musicians honoraria
  • Audio Description Services in the NW, descriptions of plays for the blind
  • Black Hat Orchestra, recording
  • Center on Contemporary Art, various exhibits
  • D-9 Dance, new choreography
  • David Mahler, new music composition
  • Etiene Cakpo, African dance ensemble
  • Pat Graney, new choreography
  • Raven Chronicles, Native American literary journal
  • Reflex Magazine, writers’ honoraria
  • St. Helens String Quartet, commission new composition

For more information about artist grants, please contact

Fiscal Sponsorship Program

Fiscal sponsorship means that you can hold fund raisers for your arts project and donations to your project are tax deductible for the donors.  (This is a benefit that Kickstarter can NOT provide!)  The money you receive is still considered income by the IRS and must be reported on your annual tax return.  Allied Arts Foundation charges a 10% fee of all funds raised, and also deducts any credit card fees, Paypal fees, or other bank fees before distributing your funds.  By making donations to YOUR project tax deductible, this is a great way to raise money.

Allied Arts Foundation uses its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt and tax-deductible status to provide fiscal sponsorship support to artists and arts organizations, enabling them to benefit from donations made to them while under the AAF umbrella.

Donations to AAF for a sponsored project in the form of money, goods and services are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, which provides incentive for donors to give generously, and helps the sponsored artist gain greater access to much needed resources. The Foundation provides umbrella support for artists seeking long-term sponsorship, for those requiring it only for the duration of a particular project, and for those seeking a sponsorship bridge between the time they apply for and receive their own 501(c)(3) status.

  • AAF acts an “umbrella”, passing through funds donated to its sponsored projects from its own account; we charge a small fee for management services.
  • AAF does NOT have a pool of donors to fund your project. You must reach out to your community and seek donations on your own.
  • AAF has been honored to serve a wide variety of artists through the years, and currently supports some 35 artists, arts organizations, and specific arts projects.

You can download our current Sponsorship Application Guidelines here.

Click here to see the full list of current and past projects sponsored by Allied Arts Foundation with links to their websites.

For more information about our sponsorship program, please contact