Artist Resources – Funding Opportunities
Calls for Artists
Head to these websites for lists of local and regional calls for artists, calls for submissions, etc.
Utah Symphony – Auditions
Apply to be a musician for the Utah Symphony. Highly qualified applicants should submit their resume using the audition application link on the Utah Symphony website. Please be sure to include all required information including current mailing address, email address, and telephone number.
Utah Opera Chorus – Auditions
The acclaimed Utah Opera Chorus is an ensemble of local singers who provide the energetic choral voice of Utah Opera’s productions. The ensemble fluctuates in size, depending on the requirements of each season. Core singers participate in all productions involving chorus, and additional singers may participate in as few as one production per year.
The dedicated members of the Utah Opera Chorus represent a broad spectrum of professions, including attorneys, teachers, homemakers, business professionals and college music students. The singers are highly trained, with many holding advanced degrees in music performance, and they bring a wealth of stage experience to their performances.
Utah Symphony Chorus – Auditions
The Utah Symphony Chorus is an audition-only group composed of professional singers from the Salt Lake City area. For information about the Utah Symphony Chorus contact the chorus manager Lance Jensen at 801-869-9006.
The Bee hosts lovingly competitive storytelling on the 2nd Thursday of each month with the occasional curated show and storytelling workshop in between. They believe that stories matter, that we are all storytellers and that everyone has stories to tell. As they continue to grow and evolve, they’re striving to cultivate meaningful community gatherings for storytellers and listeners alike, which contribute to the progression of culture, and where we can be ourselves, together.
RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public, hosted by Kevin Allison of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe, The State.
Salt Lake City Public Library – Art Exhibit Call for Entries
The City Library hosts art exhibitions at all of their locations to expose residents to new art forms and ideas, to foster creativity and inspire curiosity, and to provide exhibition opportunities for the artistic community. Exhibits are chosen by a staff committee according to the needs and interests of the community, the variety of shows, the artistic quality of the works, and the suitability of format for each Library’s physical space. If you wish for your art to be considered for exhibition at one of the libraries, please submit your portfolio by physical or electronic application. Submissions are accepted twice annually: during the two-week periods prior to April 10 and October 10.
Downtown SLC Farmers Market – Art and Craft Market
Sell your work at the Downtown SLC Farmers Market! For additional information about the Art & Craft Market please contact Meagan Plummer, email@example.com
Saturday Booth Fees: Full Season (17-20 weeks): $700.00 and Part Time Vendors (1-16 weeks): $50.00/date. Holiday Booth Fees: $50 per week
Utah Division of Arts and Museums – Public Art Opportunities
Check this page regularly for a list of public art opportunities in Utah.
Utah Division of Arts and Museums – Art Ops
ArtOps is dedicated to bringing art opportunities to Utah artists. Opportunities are from local, national and international sources, and include exhibitions, residencies, funding, and professional development. The opportunities are listed as a service and are not administered by Utah Arts & Museums.
Art Access – Gallery
Art Access Gallery serves as an access point through which emerging artists, artists with disabilities, and others with limited access to the arts can enter and thrive in the local arts community. They do so by exhibiting their artwork with that of more-established Utah artists and by taking part in professional development activities. In doing so, Art Access Gallery celebrates and cultivates the talents of diverse artists while educating the community to understand the artistic skills of Utahns of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Each year Art Access curates exhibits from emerging and established artists.
We believe in the vital importance of access to the arts. Art Access galleries display stimulating exhibitions in an inclusive and cost-free setting by artists from all backgrounds and with all points-of-view. Art Access has two galleries available for exhibits: the main Art Access Gallery for larger exhibitions; and Access II Gallery, a smaller display space.
Finch Lane Gallery
The Salt Lake City Arts Council programs visual arts exhibits year-round in the Finch Lane Gallery. Artist are invited to apply for exhibits annually. Typically, the applications are made available in January and due back to the Arts Council in March.
The exhibition program is designed to give local artists an opportunity to show their current body of work. The application process includes a thorough and competitive review by the Visual Arts Committee of the Salt Lake City Arts Council, with members from the board of directors and visual artists from the community.
Both one-person shows and group exhibits are considered. The quality of work, as evidenced by images of previous work submitted with the application, a range of styles and media, and a balanced exhibition season are among the criteria considered in the application review process.
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Community announcement regarding the visual arts in Utah, including calls for entry, employment opportunities, equipment for sale, studio space, etc.
Urban Arts Gallery
The Urban Arts Gallery is a non-profit art venue of the Utah Arts Alliance, conveniently located at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City since February 2013. The gallery showcases contemporary works by over 100 emerging and established Utah artists in the broad spectrum of street art to fine modern art, encouraging the appreciation of city life, cultural diversity, and diverse art mediums. In the boutique, you can find locally produced and handmade gifts including jewelry, t-shirts, prints, and more.
The space is also available to rent for private and community cultural events.
Art at the Main
Art at the Main is a co-operative art gallery showcasing the work of some of Utah’s best local artists. In addition to providing promising artists a venue to show and sell art, Art at the Main hosts informative and educational art events for the public, including featured artist receptions, art demonstrations, and classes for children.
Art at the Main believes that an educated public will appreciate fine art and support a thriving arts community, which will make Utah an even better place to visit, live,and work.
They are continuously looking for prospective member artists working in these mediums: mixed media, watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, pen and ink, pencil, prints (etchings, monotype, silkscreen, lithographs), hangable fiber art, small 3D sculpture, glasswork, and pottery.
Salt Lake Film Society – MAST
MAST builds artists into artist-entrepreneurs. We are, all of us, defined by our stories. They are the stuff of our empathy, our hope, our ambitions. Our evolution. They give us our consciousness, our soul. We tell these stories, we all do; we all should. And some few can show them, conjure them visually through language, art, and motion. The tools and techniques for doing this are wildly different today than they were twenty years ago, or even ten. And they call for a new kind of artist: the artist-entrepreneur, the artist technologist.
MAST exists to discover artists, then connect, nurture, and empower them, grow them into tech-savvy artist entrepreneurs. These artist entrepreneurs will then be better equipped to create their art from where they are, raising a diaspora of accessible art in every city across the globe. A diverse and democratic art. A free art.
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art – Projects Gallery
THE PROJECTS GALLERY is Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s initiative to promote local artists as they engage the contemporary art world locally and nationally. Situated at the front of UMOCA, the Projects Gallery is the first exhibition room that visitors encounter when entering the building. The Projects Gallery exhibits proposals entirely from Utah artists, providing them with a professional exhibition environment, prominent exposure to UMOCA visitors, and through UMOCA’s increasing national ties, the possibility of greater exposure around the country.
Applicants for the Projects Gallery should have a clear proposal for a compelling and feasible project that will fit appropriately in the space of the gallery. Artists may propose an exhibition of their own work, or a curated exhibition of artists living in Utah. We are looking for artwork that is contemporary, professionally-produced, and would be appropriate for the diverse demographic of visitors that UMOCA enjoys. Preference will be given to proposals that engage the conceptual and material concerns of the Contemporary Art movement from approximately 1970 forward. In order to give applicants more time and flexibility in submitting their exhibition proposals, Projects Gallery submissions have a rolling deadline.
Utah Arts Alliance – Connect
Utah Arts Alliance invites visual artists to bring their original work to their gallery and compete for a spot on their wall. But it’s not ALL about competition. In fact, they encourage artists to think of Connect as a testing ground for the real art world — where you can learn how to accept success & defeat gracefully and push yourselves to interact with other creative people.
Connect @ Urban Arts Gallery // 2nd Friday, 6:30-9pm // February-November // 116 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Connect @ Draw Inc. Gallery // 4th Friday, 6:30-9pm // March-October // 752 6th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Grants and Funding Opportunities
Get your next project funded! Browse these sites to find an opportunity that’s right for you.
Salt Lake County – ZAP
The mission of the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program is to enhance Salt Lake County resident and visitor experiences through art, cultural, and recreational offerings. For each purchase in Salt Lake County that includes sales tax, one (1) penny of every $10 spent goes to providing grants to over 200 nonprofit organizations in the community. ZAP primarily offers three categories of grant funding to art, cultural and botanical organizations: Tier I, Tier II, and Zoological. Each application is reviewed by the corresponding ZAP Advisory Board using a specific set of scoring criteria.
ZAP is also dedicated to the advancement of Local Arts Agencies and Recreation projects in Salt Lake County.
The Arts, Culture, and Events Fund (previously Signature Events Fund) is a funding opportunity administered by the Mayor’s Office to promote and support neighborhood and community events in Salt Lake City. Since its inception in 2012, approximately $170,000 per year, increased to $200,000 annually in 2018, has been awarded to help establish and grow unique events in the city. With awards ranging from $100 to $10,000, both large and small events are encouraged to apply!
Events supported by ACE help support the city’s goals and vision, including:
- Supporting city-wide economic development,
- Bringing arts, education, and technology opportunities to all communities,
- Promoting diversity, inclusion, and cultural identity,
- Protecting the local environment and building a sustainable city,
- Creating neighborhood and community unity,
- Supporting the health and wellness of city residents
Utah Film Center – Fiscal Sponsorship Grant
The Utah Film Center Fiscal Sponsorship program was established to assist independent filmmakers in gaining access to funds to make the best independent film and documentaries. It is important to them that the films they sponsor fit within their mission and are of the highest caliber. The Utah Film Center accepts applications throughout the year. All applications will be reviewed by the Fiscal Sponsorship Committee to determine if they fit into their mission and meet their standards. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application via email within 3-4 weeks of receipt.
Salt Lake City Arts Council – City Art Grants
The City Arts Grants program is designed to provide financial support for arts programs and projects in Salt Lake City that merit public funding. There are five City Arts Grants Categories, each with eligibility standards, guidelines, and review criteria. The Salt Lake City Arts Council Board places a priority on those programs that best reflect the Arts Council’s mission. City Arts Grants can support only those programs and projects which take place within Salt Lake City limits. The City Arts Grants program is competitive and includes a rigorous application review process. A newly completed application must be submitted each year and a grant award in one year does not guarantee an award for the following year. The award of City Arts Grant funds is made at the sole discretion of the Salt Lake City Arts Council and the decision of the board is final.
Utah Division of Arts and Museums – Grants
Utah Arts & Museums awards over $1.6 million dollars in grants to assist arts organizations, museums, schools, educators, local arts councils, cultural organizations, and folk artists across the state of Utah. Grants are competitive and reviewed by community panels. Grant funding is provided by the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. Bring us your great ideas!
Festivals are a major hub for opportunities. Keep an eye on these festivals for calls for artists, vendors, volunteers, entertainers and more.
Utah Arts Festival
The mission of the Utah Arts Festival is to promote the arts and enhance the quality of life in Utah through the production of an annual outdoor, multi-disciplinary event in downtown Salt Lake City. They strive to maintain the highest artistic quality in our production and programming, represent excellence among a range of artistic mediums, and promote an appreciation for fine art while encouraging innovation in the field, and supporting non-traditional, contemporary works. The annual Festival takes place the 4th weekend of June each summer and is held downtown in Salt Lake City at Library and Washington Squares.
The Utah Arts Festival is the largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event in Utah with attendance hovering over 70,000 each summer. Having garnered numerous awards internationally, nationally and locally, the event remains one of the premiere events that kicks off the summer in Utah each June.
Living Traditions Festival
The Salt Lake City Arts Council presents the Living Traditions Festival – a free, three-day cultural celebration that presents the traditional music, dance, foods, and crafts of the cultural communities that make Salt Lake City their home.
Utah Pride Festival
A program of The Utah Pride Center, The Utah Pride Festival is a community event which features a broad spectrum of activities and entertainment. From its humble beginnings in 1974 as an informal gathering in the park, the Utah Pride Festival has come a long way. It is now a major Salt Lake City event that grows bolder and brighter every year. The Festival empowers the LGBTQ+ community of Salt Lake, as well as the state of Utah as a whole, to come together and celebrate. The Festival is now attended by more than 50,000 people and continues to grow each year. In 2017, the Pride Parade attracted 50,000 spectators. A broad spectrum of people can be found at all these events, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, their family members and allies.
Alt Press Fest
Alt Press Fest showcases Utah’s vibrant alternative-press community. Featuring over forty zine creators, unique printing demonstrations, and creative activities for the whole family. Alt Press Fest is an annual celebration of zines, all forms of alternative press, and the awesome people who create in Salt Lake City. Besides browsing the creator booths, you can also pick up a zine with the CWC’s Zine Vending Machine, see demonstrations of gelatin printing, steamroller printing, and try out different creative activities.
Alt Press is freedom, creativity, expression, and a little bit of anarchy. It’s DIY publishing, where creators have total control of their work from concept to production.
Grid Zine Fest
Grid is a zine and comix fest in Salt Lake City that hosts zine-related events, workshops, and readings, culminating in an annual exhibitor expo each April. They want to bring together folks from all across the city and state (and beyond!) to highlight the diversity of ideas and experiences of zine makers and to provide a space for this to happen.
Urban Arts Festival
Urban Arts Festival, produced by the Utah Arts Alliance, is the largest free community art event in Utah. The festival showcases hundreds of artists, performers, and musicians.. It is a two-day celebration of Salt Lake’s urban and artistic culture for the community, art lovers, and families. The festival features artists, music, dance performance, automotive arts, projection art, virtual reality and new media arts, street basketball league, fashion, live street art, and mural painting displays and much more.
Craft Lake City – DIY Festival
Craft Lake City facilitates local arts and crafts programming throughout the year, providing artisans of all mediums with the chance to promote themselves and their work, as well as educating the community on the local DIY culture through workshops, demonstrations, community partnerships, gallery shows and fundraisers. They promote regional spending and encourage the public to shop locally and support independent artisans whose crafts are handmade. Craft Lake City exists not only to support makers but also to inspire future makers and empower individuals to realize their creative potential.
Craft Lake City’s DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Festival® is Utah’s largest local-centric, three-day arts festival, with over 300 local exhibitors—artisans, DIY engineers, vintage vendors and craft food creators—a STEM Building, two stages of music and dance performances, local food vendors, food trucks, a kids’ area, DIY workshops areas, artisan demonstrations, a parenting lounge, a VIP lounge and approximately 20,000 attendees.
Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth
Utah Film Center’s Tumbleweeds Film Festival is an annual film festival for children and youth, ages 4 and up, providing opportunities for film lovers of all ages to engage their creative spirit, and bridge cultures by experiencing films whose stories transcend geographic, cultural, and political boundaries.
Tumbleweeds highlights stories and young protagonists from around the world, providing opportunities for Utah families to enjoy films from China, France, Germany, and Cuba (among many others) in an effort to cultivate an early appreciation for the arts. Families can also enjoy hands-on arts, crafts, media, and technology activities between films. Tumbleweeds is the preeminent cinematic festival for young audiences in the Mountain West, and encourages curiosity about our beautifully diverse and nuanced world.
• Films from around the world
• Film-related workshops by professional artists
• Free, hands-on, creative activities for the whole family
ILLUMINATE SALT LAKE Festival
The ILLUMINATE SALT LAKE Festival is a free two-day community art event and a celebration of innovation and imagination for the community, art lovers, and families. The festival features installations by more than 30 artists, live music and performances, kids activities, a kid’s short film fest, interactive light art demonstrations, virtual reality arts displays, food trucks, local brews & spirits and much more! Artists working with technology and using light as their medium will use the city as their canvas and create projection mapped artwork, light art displays and exhibits for the community to enjoy and experience a first of its kind experience.
This event invites the community to explore our city in entirely new ways and to see it in a whole new light, by illuminating our culture and community through art and technology.
Salt Lake Greek Festival
The Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake is delighted to present the Salt Lake Greek Festival. This annual three-day event gives the Salt Lake Greek Community the opportunity to share their deep-rooted culture with the great people of the state of Utah. The annual Salt Lake Greek Festival has evolved from its humble beginnings as a bazaar in the basement of the Church showcasing handcrafted items into one of the country’s finest and largest Greek festivals. The Salt Lake Greek Festival has also become a Salt Lake community fundraiser, with a large percentage of the proceeds being distributed each year to local charities and community outreach programs.
Made in Utah Festival
Made in Utah Festival celebrates local artisans, product makers, artists, musicians, businesses, and entrepreneurs. They are affiliated with Utah Stories Magazine. Their goal is to give exposure to these small local businesses and talented individuals as well as to make Utahans aware of the benefits and economic impact of shopping and supporting local.
Festa Italiana SLC
Festa Italiana SLC is Salt Lake City’s own Italian Street Festival where you can experience the tastes, sounds, and culture of Italy. Through their unique offering of 15 authentic Italian Restaurants from around the Salt Lake Valley and wine hand-selected from Italy, patrons can experience the Italian culinary experience all while being entertained by the art and music of Italy. Live music is on tap both days at the festival culminating with headlining bands.
Festa Italiana SLC is a non-profit, Italian Festival in Salt Lake City sponsored by Alfa Romeo of Salt Lake City put on by 501(c)3 organizations the Italian American Civic League and Italian Club of Salt Lake. Proceeds from the festival will support local and national non-profit charitable organizations supported by the Italian-American Civic League of Utah.
SLC Busker Fest
Regent Street and Block 70 are transformed into SLC’s Busker Festival. Once home to a thriving Vaudeville scene, this festival celebrates the city’s history by bringing the living tradition of busking and street theatre to downtown. Appropriate for all ages, Busker Fest will thrill audiences with musicians, dancers, hula-hoopers, jugglers, and comedy. This event is free and open to the public. Performers will accept donations.
Utah Blues Festival
The Utah Blues Festival is the only Festival in Utah solely dedicated to increasing awareness of a uniquely American musical/cultural art form – Blues music. This festival connects Utahns to a musical genre that has used the American experience as its voice – the Blues! By showcasing national and local Blues artists, as well as a Youth Showcase and Workshops, the UBF will provide a unique experience for Utahns to meet and connect around this culturally important musical art form, the foundation of all other American music to follow.
The Annual Utah Blues Festival is the signature fundraising event for the 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Utah Blues Society. It is held at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City.
Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival
The Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival is a multi-day performing arts festival in the heart of Downtown SLC, where artists from Utah and beyond come together to tell their stories. The shows encompass theatre, dance, music, magic, comedy, and more. The Great Salt Lake Fringe is uncensored, unadjudicated, and unrestricted. Artists hold the power and have the opportunity to create art that matters to them.
The Fringe is focused on the performing arts and 100 percent of the ticket sales go directly to the artists. Shows involve theatre, dance, music, aerial arts, magic, and over 95 percent of shows are world premieres or original works. Shows must be less than one hour long. The Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival has one goal in mind: to provide an accessible opportunity for performing artists and audiences to connect and collaborate with one another. The definition of “performance” is growing and changing and we want to be a part of that change.
Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival
The Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival features world-class performance art — live and in person — with works from respected local and international artists. Presented in partnership with Utah Arts & Museums, National Endowment for the Arts, and Salt Lake City Arts Council.
Native American Celebration in the Park Contest Powwow & Festival
NACIP is an event sharing the Native American culture through song, music, dance and drums and cultural preservation. They ask the Native American tribes and communities to support their venue in the midst of the State of Utah pioneer day celebrations. They advocate Native American presence through a united effort and welcome you and your family to celebrate their cultures as first Utahns or indigenous people of this continent. They are not affiliated with the Days of 47 festivities or any pioneer related activities.
The Days of ’47
By remembering those 1847 pioneers and all those who followed, The Days of ’47 seeks to make their accomplishments and hardships live today through a variety of activities and celebrations each year. They believe the example of past and present pioneers’ courage creates a vision for a combined future that everyone can follow as our new journey of hope!
The Days of ’47, Inc. is a private, nonprofit, all-volunteer, charitable corporation to honor Utah’s early and modern pioneers and to keep their pioneering spirit alive.
Residencies and Fellowships
These programs invite artists, academicians and/or curators to create a body of work and/or study outside of their normal setting by residing within the premises of an institution.
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art – AIR Program
The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s long-term artist-in-residence program is designed expressly to meet the needs of artists living and working in Utah.
UMOCA supports its residents by offering studio space within the museum, exclusive workshops with national artists and art professionals, and career-building opportunities. At the end of their residencies, artists have the opportunity to showcase the culmination of their work in a museum setting through a gallery dedicated to UMOCA’s artists-in-residence, the AIR Space.
Utah Opera – Resident Artists Program
Utah Opera’s Resident Artists Program for singers and pianists provides an integral step between graduate studies and a career. Participants spend nine months with Utah Opera developing professional skills through mainstage performances with Utah Opera and Utah Symphony, coachings, workshops, and masterclass sessions. Resident Artists also travel throughout the state to perform in-school presentations and teach students about the art of opera.
Learn more about Resident Artists Program.
Utah Division of Arts and Museums – Visual Arts Fellowship
Each year, two $10,000 Fellowships are awarded to individual visual artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Artists practicing in a variety of media – such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, craft, and new genres – are eligible. Fellowship awards do not require matching funds. Applying artists must demonstrate professionalism in their practice through quality images and documentation. Artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program.
Ririe-Woodbury – Residencies
Ririe-Woodbury offers several residencies for teachers, including Kids In Motion, touring, and high school choreography.
Art Access – Artist Residencies for Adults
This fully participatory program provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to be creatively engaged and to have direct access to professionals in the arts. Residencies are conducted year-round for groups of adults at community partner venues where adults with disabilities live or gather, such as rehabilitation centers, care centers, senior centers and other disability service organizations.