Here are some answers to your potential questions! Check out the info for partners, for artists, and for everyone.

For Partners

How can I help?
Thanks for asking! We are currently seeking help raising funds for our grants, securing gear and services to offer to our grantees, and looking for folks to volunteer. Please email us here and let us know how you’d like to become an Ally!

How can I donate?
Become an Ally now! Every dollar counts. Click here to make your tax-deductible donation to Allies in Arts. Thank you!

How can I volunteer?
Come hang out! Fill out this form to let us know where you are, when you’re available to help out, and what you’re interested in doing. We would love to meet you and would be so grateful to have you on board.

What if I have gear I can offer but no money to donate?
Gear is just as helpful as cash! There are two ways you can offer gear to our grantees:

Gear donation:
If you have a camera (or a lighting kit, a projector, a pair of speakers, or… anything that could be used to make artwork!) that you no longer use, please fill out this form and let us know what you’re able to donate. We are building up a stable of gear to offer our grantees and would very much appreciate your generosity. Your trash just might be our treasure -- and your in-kind donation of gear is tax deductible!

Gear loans:
If you have a camera (or a lighting kit, a projector, a pair of speakers, or… anything that could be used to make artwork!) that you would like to offer for a certain period of time or for regular periods of time every year, please fill out this form and let us know what you’re able to loan. We can match you with a grantee who needs just what you have to offer -- and your in-kind donation of gear rental is tax deductible!

What if I have a professional service to offer but no money to donate?
Services are just as useful as cash and gear! If you are able to offer a professional service - like mixing a record, lighting a scene, creating a website, leading a publicity campaign, designing a set, or writing up legal contracts - please email us here and let us know what you do and how/when you would like to offer your professional services to our grantees. We can match you with a grantee who needs just what you have to offer - and your in-kind donation of professional services is tax deductible!

What kind of gear/equipment/professional services can I donate?
Anything and everything that could help a person make art! This includes, but is certainly not limited to:

  • Art supplies - paint, canvas, brushes, tools, etc
  • Books - Art books, reference books, exhibition catalogues, etc
  • Cameras - still and motion picture, new/used/vintage
  • Computers
  • Grip & Electric
  • Lighting - professional photography and motion picture lighting
  • Mixing equipment/Mix stage
  • Musical Instruments
  • Recording equipment
  • Access to space - a stage, a rehearsal space, recording studio, shooting location, event location, arts studio space, dance studio, workshop access, kiln space, storage space, etc

How am I/my gear protected?
All gear rentals are protected by our insurance policy. For professional service grants, we use a basic contract that clearly outlines what services are being offered with very simple terms for both the service provider and the grantee.

For Artists

Who is eligible for an Allies in Arts grant?All female-identified artists are eligible to apply! Allies in Arts emphasizes support of women of color and LGBTQQIA2S identified artists. We are especially interested in assisting artists with their first or second large-scale project - ie feature film, solo exhibition, publication, performance, tour, record, play, etc.

What kinds of grants do Allies in Arts provide?
Allies in Arts provides three kinds of grants: access to gear, access to services, and access to stipends. Do you need a camera for a pick up shoot? Access to a recording studio for your new record? Advice from a lawyer on your feature film contracts? Access to a rehearsal space to prepare for a performance? A professional mixer or designer or publicist? Or do you need a stipend to cover the cost of framing for your upcoming exhibition? Or to cover travel costs for a big shoot? Let us know exactly what you need to make your work.

What kinds of projects are Allies looking for?
Since Allies in Arts is a non-profit, we don’t care at all whether a project is “commercially viable” or not. We are simply interested in supporting artists who we believe are making ground-breaking work.

Allies in Arts are interested in supporting early and mid-career artists who are working on their first or second large-scale project -  ie feature film, solo exhibition, publication, performance, tour, record, play, etc. - or who are embarking on a new medium/exciting new phase in their career. We look for artists who are pushing boundaries, developing new forms, and/or making use of traditional forms to tell stories the world has not ever heard.

May I submit multiple projects/multiple grant applications?
Yes!

What is required of grantees?
Grantees are required to keep Allies in Arts posted regarding the progress of the work for which they were awarded a grant and to notify AIA at the time of release or exhibition. Allies in Arts will spread the good news and proudly display images of the work on our website and social media.

How can I give back?
We ask grantees to give back, if at all possible. There are many ways to give back! Allies in Arts alums can lead workshops for new grantees, serve as mentors to new grantees, or offer their own gear/professional services.

For Everyone

How can I get involved with Allies in Arts?Thanks for asking! We are currently seeking help raising funds for our grants, securing gear and services to offer to our grantees, and looking for folks to volunteer. Please email us here and let us know how you’d like to become an Ally!

How can I support women, LGBTQ and POC identified artists?
Become an Ally now! When you donate money, time, gear or professional services to Allies in Arts, you directly benefit an artist.

Here’s another easy way to support:
Buy artwork made by women!
Buy artwork made by women of color!
Buy artwork made by LGBTQ-identified artists!

Next time you go to a museum or gallery show, ask the curator or gallerist which artworks were made by women, women of color and queer women. Pay attention to those artworks. Pay attention to those artists. Buy their catalogues or prints if you can’t afford an original. If you work in the artworld, mention their work to curators and gallerists who could offer them exhibitions. Or, better yet, curate their work yourself!

Next time you go to a film festival, ask the programmer which films were directed, written, or produced by women, women of color and queer women. Buy tickets to those films. Watch them and, if you enjoy them, tell the director. Ask a question at the Q&A. Follow their stories to see if the films make it out into the market. If they receive a theatrical release, buy tickets! Help them prove their value with box office numbers. If they show up on Netflix (or Amazon, et al), watch it again! Help them prove their value with views. If you work in the film industry, talk about their film to people who have the power to hire them. Or, better yet, hire them yourself!

  1. Go watch women play music.
  2. Go watch women-directed theater.
  3. Go watch women-choreographed dance performances.
  4. Read books written by women.
  5. Repeat.

How can I help spread the word about Allies in Arts?
Thanks for asking! We would be honored if you would share our work with your friends, family, and anyone you think could help us make a difference.

We think the best way to spread the word is to invite your loved ones to appreciate the work of a female artist and then tell them all about Allies in Arts while you take in the show or over a slice of pie after the concert or film.

Also please do all the internet things:

  1. Email, post, or tweet this link to our website.
  2. Follow us on twitter. Like us on facebook. Join our newsletter. Then tell all your friends and followers to do the same =)
  3. Share our posts. Retweet our tweets. Forward our newsletter. Then tell all your friends and followers to do the same.
  4. Repeat. Regularly.

Thank you!!