Application deadline extended through March 17.

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Santa Maria Arts Council

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If you are having trouble submitting this form, use this alternate Google Form
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Visual Artists
Performing Artists
SMAC Application Form

Individual Grants in the Arts Application


I am applying in the category of: enter either Dance, Drama, Music, or Visual Arts

My medium/instrument is:
(ie. Ballet, Musical Theatre, Violin, Voice, Drawing, Animation, etc.)
Date of Birth:
Last 4 Digits of your Social Security #:
Mailing Address:
Zip Code:
Residence Address if different
Zip Code:
Cell Phone:
Social media address where we can reach you:

B. RESIDENCY / ELIGIBILITY - Fill out one of the next 2 sections
I resided in northern Santa Barbara County for at least 2 years dating from
I successfully completed these 4 classes over a two-year period, in either dance, drama, music, or the visual arts, in the Santa Maria area. (Public and private schools, youth arts programs at Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, and local private teachers all qualify.)
Course Title (ie. Drawing 1) School and instructor Semester/Year

C. PROFESSIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS to be filled out by recommender at Please identify the 3 people you have asked for a recommendation, then give them the web address and ask them to follow through promptly.
Name Position / Title Email

Please be concise and answer each question in 120 words or less.

D. What is your artistic training and experience?
E. Where do you see yourself in 5 years and how do you plan to get there?
F. How would you spend this grant?

What is the hightest level of education you have received:

How much average annual income have you generated from your artistic work in the last 2 years? Please explain
Have you ever been accepted into a national society or professional show related to your art?

If yes, please list. Visual artists, also list any galleries or shows where you have shown your work in the last 2 years.
If you are a filmmaker or animator list YouTube links where your submissions can be seen.


Completed Application
Required file uploads for your category
Mentor Recommendations filed by 3 mentors
..send your recommenders this link

Note any unavoidable morning/early afternoon audition time constraints for Saturday April 6

Visual Artists: After clicking the "submit" button, upload a headshot and 12 digital images of your work created witin the last 12 months or 2 semesters that you will be presenting in the audition. Identify each high quality jpg image of work as Lastname_Firstinitial_1 (i.e., Smith_A_10)

If you are a visual artists submitting film or animation, submit YouTube links to your submissions.

Performing Artists : submit a headshot after clicking on "submit" name the jpg image Lastname_Firstname - also if your accompaniment is in an mp3 format, upload that now as well.
Winners in the performing arts categories requiring accompaniment will need to submit their music - if different from their audition - at least one week before the Showcase.

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, March 15

View these helpful information pages
Visual Artists
Performing Artists


By submitting this form, you agree:

  • To hold the Santa Maria Arts Council, its officers, members, and all others involved in the program harmless from any liability that may result from your participation in this competition.

  • You understand that this grant may only be used for the purposes stated, and that you will be required to participate in the Grants Showcase and awards presentation on Monday, May 6, 2019, and to perform at an Arts Council event such as the Grants Showcase or other event within the next five years.

  • You certify that you hold a valid SS#, work permit, Green Card, or other proof of legal residency.

Make A Donation
  1. General Fund
  2. Showcase Event
  3. Grants Fund
  4. Student Art
  5. L.B. Hayes Fund
  6. Fundraiser
The Santa Maria Arts Council is a 501c3 non-profit. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Tax ID # 23-7011595

Santa Maria Arts Council
P.O. Box 5
Santa Maria, CA