Opportunities for Artists

Artist Fellowship

Deadline: Closed for 2019-2020 | Guidelines

Applications Will Be Available: TBA 

The purpose of the Santa Monica Artist Fellowship program is to nourish and stimulate the creation of new work by Santa Monica artists, recognize excellence, and reinforce our community’s high regard for creativity and innovation. Five Fellowships are awarded annually: two fellowships of $20,000 by means of a nomination process, and three $4,200 Project Fellowships are awarded by application.

Artist fellows from 2010-2019


Professional artists who create, rather than interpret, original work, and who either reside in the City or maintain a studio and business license in the city, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have met the residency requirements for at least one year. (Five years for nominated Fellows.)

Artist Residencies

Residency programs promote a diverse variety of artistic endeavors in Santa Monica, provide fresh interpretations of this "city like no other," and open avenues of discourse between artists and their and their communities. Santa Monica strives to cultivate not only local artists, but also artists from other areas. Our Artist Residency programs help to welcome other artists, and therefore other experiences and perspectives. We offer many types of residencies at both the Annenberg Community Beach House and the Camera Obscura Art Lab.

Fall and Spring Writer Residency

Deadline: TBA

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House

Applications Will Be Available: Annually in July

Eligible: LA County Residents

Length: 9 Weeks per Residency | Fall is October - December | Spring is January - March

Required: Public Events | Office Hours | Blog Posts

Public Practice Immersion Residency: Out of the Blue

Deadline: TBA 

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House

Applications Will Be Available: Biennially in February

Eligible: LA County Residents

Length: 1 - 7 Weeks | July and/or August

Required: Site Sensitive Public Oriented Work | Public Practice | Blog Posts

Choreographer Residency

Deadline: 12 p.m. (Noon), March 27, 2019 | Guidelines

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House

Applications Will Be Available: Posted Biennially in January

Eligible: LA County Residents

Length: ~3 Months Planning and 3 Weeks in September and/or October

Required: Site Sensitive Public Oriented Work | Public Practice | Blog Posts

Studio Residency

Deadline: TBA 

Where: Camera Obscura Art Lab

Applications Will Be Available: August

Eligible: LA County Residents

Length: 14 Weeks in January, April, August

Required: Weekly Workshops | Blog Posts

Jazz on the Lawn Performance Opportunity

Deadline: Rolling, Closing Mid-April Annually 

Where: Gandara Park

To Apply: Email name of band, brief 3-5 word genre description (ex. Ragtime, New Orleans Jazz), 2-3 sentences description of band (including the number of musicians and style of music), website link, link to an online video to:  Allison Ostrovsky, Cultural Affairs Supervisor. Notifications will be sent by June 1. 

Eligible: Professional Jazz and Jazz-Related Bands Based in Southern California

Length: Single Performance During Event Series. Events Are Every Sunday in August 5pm-7pm

Gallery Group Exhibits

Deadline: TBA

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House

Applications Will Be Available: Late Summer

Eligible: Greater Southern California Residents 

Length: Exhibits on Display for 2-4 Months

Required: 3 or More Artists Per Show | Artwork Ready to Hang | Curatorial Statement 

Artist Roster | Rolling Call for Qualifications

Deadline: Reviewed quarterly | Application 

Applications: The next deadline for applications is March 29, 2019, by 10:59 PM PST

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs invites local, regional, national and international artists/teams to submit qualifications for a prequalified artists roster. The Artist Roster, a curated shortlist of artists, will enable us to connect amazing qualified artists to projects and opportunities in Santa Monica. Cultural Affairs believes artwork is labor, and will ensure that funding is allocated in project budgets to pay artists for their time. All entities using the Santa Monica Cultura Affairs' prequalified roster will be strongly encouraged to budget artists' fees when planning potential projects.