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Rethinking the Grant Panel

Tuesday, October 8, 11:10am – 12:10pm

Commonwealth B, Second Floor

Organized and presented by Ian David Moss, Research Director, Fractured Atlas.

Moderated by Daniel Reid, Editorial Consultant, Createquity. Presented by Edward Harsh, President and CEO, New Music USA.

Thanks to historically inexpensive production and distribution technology, artistic endeavors can reach more people more easily than ever before. Yet the Internet has not solved the problem of artists (and their champions) needing money. There is growing evidence to suggest that the traditional in-person grant panel and funding docket models are ill-equipped to handle the coming explosion of requests for support, with some “open-access” grant opportunities now receiving applications numbering in the thousands. How can grantmakers choose responsibly among an ever-increasing pool of funding opportunities? How can we pursue efforts to increase efficiency without leaving deserving candidates behind? What will the grant panel of the 21st century look like?

Ian David Moss and Daniel Reid, “Audiences at the Gate: Reinventing Arts Philanthropy through Guided Crowdsourcing,” GIA Reader, Vol 23, No 2 (Summer 2012).