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Serendipity Arts Foundation announces annual grants programme and ‘Maker’s May’

Artists and creative professionals where you at? The Serendipity Arts Foundation has announced the coolest set of grants under the umbrella programme – Serendipity Arts Grants 2023-2024. This year, the non-profit organisation has announced grants that are aiming to benefit various practices like music, dance, culinary arts, and journalism in the arts and new media. Ms Smriti Rajgarhia, the Director of Serendipity Arts Foundation and Festival, while talking about the programme said, “This year we have made the offerings more relevant and contemporary, in recognition of the areas that need support and attention.” 

There are a total of 6 grants announced this year. They are:

  1. Virtual Grant: Back for a second edition, this grant focuses on digital projects across disciplines residing on the interweb as a site. It will be awarded to one collective, group, duo, or collaboration to develop a project adapted to the digital space with funding up to 1 lakh.  

Conditions: Projects have to be interdisciplinary, in it no collaborative projects which will be hosted on the Serendipity Arts domain.

Deadline: 15th of May, 2023

  1. The Serendipity Arts Classical Arts Mentorship Grant: Offers financial support to Indian classical music and dance practitioners who wish to train under a mentor for six months. The grant awards fund up to 1 lakh.  

Deadline: 15th of May, 2023

  1. The Serendipity Arts Production Grant for Independent Musicians: This grant is for all the indie music creators out there. It will help you with creating, recording, producing and releasing, and presenting new music regardless of the genre. It will be awarded to bands, duos, groups, or individual independent musicians with a grant of up to 1 lakh.

Deadline: 15th of May, 2023. 

  1. Serendipity Arts Journalism Grant: A grant announced this year, it seeks to provide support to an early or mid-career journalist or reporter in the art world. The funding is 1 lakh, and the awardee will be chosen from a pool of candidates nominated by the jury
  2. The Food Matters Grant: supporting projects that aim to contribute to the discourse around food and create a knowledge network to promote inquiry into food practices in India and South Asia. The grant amount will be up to 1 lakh and seeks to support innovative projects by individuals or collectives. 

Conditions: must examine and explore food practices specifically with regards to their contemporary relevance in India and South Asia.

Who can apply? Practitioners, researchers, professionals, and enthusiasts from across disciplines with a new or ongoing project.

Deadline: 15th of May, 2023

  1. The Dwindling Traditions Grant: a video documentation grant that is seeking to support documentation of art and craft forms, folk traditions and festivals that have been declining. The grantees will be awarded a sum of up to 2,50,000 to make a documentary.

Deadline: 15th of May, 2023 

The foundation is also conducting a series of interactive workshops called ‘Maker’s May’ throughout May. It has a plethora of multi-disciplinary options ranging from kite-making and calligraphy to opera singing and improv. You will learn about the art and craft form and communities practising them. Unleash your creative side and pick up a few skills this summer.

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