There are so many great organizations, programs and funding opportunities for creatives. Here we curate resources in Advertising, Arts, Film, Photography, Technology and Start-ups, with a focus on serving women and people of color as they are underrepresented in our industries. Get hooked up and let us know of your favorite resources to add to the list.
The mission of The 3% Conference is to build the business case for diversity by championing female creative talent and leadership by offering content, community and professional development. I attended in 2014, it was awesome.
ADCOLOR champions diversity and inclusion in creative industries. They also have a program called ADCOLOR Futures that provides training, mentorship and empowerment for young professionals
Since 1973, MAIP has introduced over 2,400 diverse professionals to the world of advertising through a ten-week, paid professional development internship. Over 100 interns are placed at more than 70 agencies nationwide to learn fundamental, transferable skills, that will prepare them for the industry.
ARTS & Creativity
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. They have awarded $35 million to 579 groundbreaking artists nationwide through funding, counsel and career development services.
CreativeLive offers free online seminars and classes. If you decided you want to purchase the class afterwards for future reference, you can do that from their site as well. They list each class and you can sign up for as many as you want for free.
California Lawyers for the Arts empowers the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution.
The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission to advance California through the arts and creativity.
Artists For Humanity’s mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts.
READING FOR CREATIVES
"The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life.
"How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow" by Maria Popova, Brain Picking
FILM & VIDEO
Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women non-fiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.
Women In Film (WIF) focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community.
National non-profit feminist media arts organization whose multicultural programs provide resources for both users and producers of media by women.
Students of the World (SOW) supports a national network of university students and emerging filmmakers produce media that inspires positive change.
female:pressure is an international network of over 1400 female artists from 65 countries in the wider fields of electronic music. This blog was inspired by Bjork's Pitchfork article in January 2015 where she notes the lack of photographic documentation of women at work. This blog offers a visual catalogue of female producers, DJ’s, media artists and electronic music performers at work.
The Siskind Foundation’s Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant is awarded to artists working with photography or photo-based art. With this specific grant you must be 21 years or older and a U.S. citizen.
The Alexia Foundation provides grants and scholarships to photojournalists whose mission focuses on fostering cultural understanding and exposing social injustice. The Alexia Foundation awards multiple grants including a professional and student grant and a Women’s Initiative Grant.
The Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant is provided to aid in the continuation of a photographer’s personal project, whether a documentary project or one of a more artistic aesthetic.
The Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award is presented to photojournalists from around the world who want to pursue a long-term reportage project on a specific theme. Themes can range from focusing on an internal conflict, advocations of peace or social justice, or highlighting a gradual change within a nation.
Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies supports the documentary arts with more than 50 events throughout the year, as well as awards, programs and grants.
CENTER’s Project Launch Grant is awarded to talented photographers working with a fine art series or a documentary project. The $5,000 cash award is intended to help photographers complete their respective projects and provide opportunities for professional development, press and the ability to disseminate their project. In addition to the cash award, the winner will be featured in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary arts, receive a Lenscratch publication and more.
In partnership with Lean In, an organization whose mission is to empower and support women through community, education and group circles, Getty Images provides a $10,000 grant to a photographer whose work depicts a story of women or girls achieving their goals within their communities or personal lives.
This grant, open only to photographers self-publishing on fotovisura.com, recognizes both outstanding personal projects and outstanding student projects. Judges look for photographers with powerful images and a strong dedication and commitment to their story – especially if that story is meant to affect positive change in society.
Established by the members of Magnum Photos, the annual Inge Morath award is presented to a female photographer under thirty who shows exemplary prowess in the documentary photography field. The award is a means to fund a long term documentary project and is awarded each July.
Presented annually to emerging photographers that demonstrate artistic commitment in artistic photography. The award is between $5,000-$10,000 and sometimes presented to multiple photographers. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen and nominated based on your professional accomplishments.
The Magnum Foundation champions in-depth, independent documentary photography that fosters empathy, engagement, and positive social change. The Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund sustains in-depth coverage of social and political issues through its support and mentoring of independent photographers.
This grant enables documentary photographers and filmmakers to receive funding for their projects. The cash award is $5,000 for non-fiction works based on social issues such as health, poverty, oppression, war, famine or religious/political persecution.
A unique program that provides between $2,000 and $5,000, to adventure, ancient world, animal, environment, society and culture, and space photographers. To be eligible, you must be between 18 and 25 with the desire to pursue research, conservation and exploration-based projects.
An annual competition to provide grants to photographers, editors or online photojournalists. This contest explores all dimensions of photojournalism, from still photographs to video, multimedia and photo/video editing. Each category is presented with a separate award. The categories include contemporary issues, environment, feature, international news, portrait and personality and more.
Awarding grants to both individuals and organizations, Open Society’s Documentary Photography Project supports photography to mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights. In contrast to many photography funders, they offer support of projects beyond documentary photography and encourage projects also around civic engagement, education, media attention, advocacy and reform.
The W. Eugene Smith Grant is awarded in honor of the late prolific photo essayist, Eugene Smith. The award is to recognize exemplary talent and vision in documentary photography that highlights the human condition. The 2013 recipient was Robin Hammond, a New Zealand-based freelance photojournalist. Hammond is a consistent contributor to National Geographic, Time Magazine, NYT and Polka Magazine.
Founded by House of Appreciation, we are a collective of female producers in the Bay Area. We host a monthly meet-up called "Producer Therapy" to network, share resources and opportunities, and elevate each other's success.
Founded in 1972, by a small group of television commercial production companies concerned with a single issue, today's AICP has grown to represent exclusively, the interests of companies that specialize in producing commercials on various media - film, video, digital - for advertisers and agencies. AICP members account for 85 percent of all domestic commercials aired nationally, whether produced for traditional broadcast channels or non-traditional use.
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of over over 6,500 member producers in film, television and new media. The PGA works to facilitate members health benefits, encourage enforcement of workplace labor laws, as well as other education and advocacy efforts.
START-UPS & ENTREPRENEURS
Have you ever wondered if you have the talents to start and grow a successful business? Gallup's EP10 assessment will help you discover & understand your unique combination of entrepreneurial talents.
NewME’s mission is to accelerate, educate, and empower underrepresented tech entrepreneurs around the world. Their NewME Accelerator is an intimate and intensive 12 week residential program that launches minority and women-led startups. NewME’s vision is to make the technology industry and its wealth creating opportunities accessible to everyone.
Equita is committed to creating an ecosystem enabling female leadership and gender-balanced entrepreneurial teams to thrive. Equita provides education, network, environment and funding for female entrepreneurs. Based in San Francisco.
The Girl Effect Accelerator is an international accelerator dedicated exclusively to scaling up ventures that are measurably benefiting girls in poverty. This program is a partnership between the Nike Foundation and Unreasonable Group.
The mission of Women’s startup Lab is to empower female founders to be strong leaders, to create powerful startups and to influence and shape the world though their companies, using collaboration, community and innovation. They equip women founders with the skills they need to thrive in the macho tech industry, which has made it difficult for women to build and fund startups.
Co-founded by a woman, Tech Wildcatters is a mentor-driven seed fund and technology accelerator that invests money and resources in promising B2B startups. Our world-class mentors are successful entrepreneurs that offer their experience to guide startups as they craft their vision.
WeWork is a platform for creators. They provide the space, community, and services for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Women in Technology (WIT) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of advancing women in technology - from the classroom to the boardroom - by providing advocacy, leadership development, networking, mentoring and technology education. With nearly 1000 members in the Washington, D.C.-area, WIT strives to meet its vision of being the premier organization empowering women to be architects of change in the technology industry.
Black Girls Code empowers young women of color ages 7-17 to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders + creators.
Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors.
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship. We focus on the promotion, growth and success of entrepreneurial and innovative women in the technology space.
NCWIT is a community of more than 300 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in information technology (IT).
Women Interactive is a technology education company with a focus on empowering women and women of color to be actively involved in the tech industry. Women Interactive produces tech based classes, workshops and the Women Interactive Creative Technology Festival. A social enterprise, a portion of Women Interactive’s proceeds benefits tech based education programs for girls.
WHITE HOUSE RESOURCES FOR WOMEN IN STEM
Tech Women (U.S. Department of State)
Women & Girls in STEM Mentoring Program (U.S. Department of Energy)
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (National Science Foundation)
STEM Mentoring Toolkit (Corporation for National and Community Service)
NASA GIRLS (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Women@Energy (U.S. Department of Energy)
Women@NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
SISTER - Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Women's economic EMPOWERMENT
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READING LIST for women in the workplace
Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You're Worth by Mika Brzezinski
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
"The Confidence Gap" by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, The Atlantic Magazine
"Want to Be a Better Leader? Put Yourself First" by Carrie Kerpen, INC Magazine
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