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MSAC Individual Artist Award

Honoring Artistic Excellence: Individual Artist Award

Artists are at the heart of Maryland's thriving creative sector, and communities value artists for the vitality, cultural traditions and economic impact they support throughout the state.

Each year, MSAC recognizes the outstanding artistic achievements of artists from across Maryland with awards of $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000. These awards honor artists, showcasing their importance to the cultural fabric of our state, supporting their creative potential and strengthening their impact on the local level.

Through a process administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), awardees are chosen, based solely on artistic merit, by an out-of-state jury of discipline-specific experts. See lists of previous awardees here.

Individual Artist Award Categories

The IAA program accepts applications in 18 categories representing a broad range of visual, literary, and performing arts disciplines. Categories rotate on a three-year schedule. Over the next three years, MSAC will accept applications in the following categories:




Creative Non-Fiction/FictionDance ChoreographyNon-Classical Music Composition

Digital/Electronic ArtsDance Solo PerformanceNon-Classical Music Solo Performance

Theater Solo PerformanceClassical Music CompositionPlaywriting

PaintingClassical Music Solo PerformanceCrafts

Works on PaperPoetryPhotography


World Music Composition

World Music Solo Performance

Applying for an Award


For more information and to apply, click the "Maryland" tab on MAAF's website here.

For more details about the program and to ascertain your eligibility, please review the program guidelines carefully PRIOR to submitting an application. Applications which do not adhere to all guideline requirements are subject to disqualification.

For your convenience, guidelines are available in PDF format below.
MSAC IAA 2019 Guidelines (PDF)

Technical Assistance

A series of online videos that assist applicants in determining eligibility and preparing and submitting applications are available on the "Maryland" tab of MAAF's website here. A work sample preparation guide is also available.

In addition, MSAC and MAAF will offer two webinars to guide IAA applicants through the application process and answer questions about the program and application. Both webinars cover the same information. Advance registration is required.

Webinar #1
May 31, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Register online here.

Webinar #2
July 7, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Register online here.

Additional questions? Contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at [email protected]


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