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Pamela Howland Independent Artist Fund

About the Program

Artists living in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County may apply for the Pamela Howland Independent Artist Fund. This fund has been launched by Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County in honor and memory of the extraordinary pianist and music educator, Pamela Howland.

Dr. Howland earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and achieved her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music. After moving to Winston-Salem, Dr. Howland held teaching positions at various universities including Wake Forest, UNCSA, UNCG and UNCSA Community Music.


The Pamela Howland Independent Artist Fund will provide annually three awards of $2,000 each, in three categories that support committed, gifted individual artists and small, unincorporated groups of collaborating artists residing in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. The award categories are visual arts, performing arts, and art that is interdisciplinary and/or innovative for the community. Pamela Howland Award recipients will showcase their work in a final tribute event.

2023 Inaugural Recipients

Michael Anderson, Performing Arts

Amy Funderburk, Innovative Arts

Rene Vasquez​​, Visual Arts


Application Dates: February 8-March 8, 2023

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 11:59 PM EST

Review of Application: March 2023

Award Notification: March 2023

Project Period: April 1-September 30, 2023​​

Final Report: Two weeks after the completion of the project. All projects must be completed by September 30, 2023.

Tentative Award Showcase: September 2023

Eligibility & Scope

The awards will help independent artists, or unincorporated groups of collaborating artists living in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, with financial support. The awards program will support a diverse range of art genres and disciplines including visual arts, performing arts, literary arts – poetry, music composition and/or performance, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts. Award funds may be used for projects, professional development, the creation of new works and artist fees. Applicants should demonstrate a significant commitment of time and effort to their work as artists.

Individuals and Artist Collectives
Individual artist and small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply. All members of a collaborating team must be North Carolina residents, live in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area, and meet the other eligibility requirements. Résumés with contact information documenting residence from all team members will be required with application.



  • Artist must reside in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and either a U.S citizen or permanent resident.


Eligible Projects and Costs

  • Completion/Presentation of a New Work — Cost of resources necessary to complete or present a significant new work (e.g., purchasing art supplies or equipment (digital may qualify) or space rental)

  • Career Promotion — Projects aimed at advertising artists’ work and/or demonstrating their skill level (e.g., websites, portfolios, audio-visual documentation, and online presentation)

  • Training — Costs to attend a class or workshop (in-person or virtual) aimed either at enhancing the artist’s skill level or professional development (e.g., a master class or workshop taught by acknowledged authorities in the applicant artist’s medium)

  • Travel — Costs of transportation, lodging, and food for training, professional conferences, or research

  • Services — Rental of equipment or facilities for presentation of a new work, recording studio space, etc.

  • Supplies — Purchase of supplies and materials necessary for the completion or production of a new work deemed by the artist to be an essential work in his/her career.

  • Artist Fee — Costs of labor, equals the time that one spends of a project. (Two ways to show a reasonable artist fee is by the hour and/or by the month)

Ineligible Projects and Costs

  • Scholarships for undergraduate- or graduate-level education

  • Projects that support or oppose a particular candidate for public office

  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group

  • Projects that do not have a direct effect on the applicant’s growth as an artist (e.g., the promotion of other artists’ work)

  • Nonprofit initiatives


All completed applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts professionals with experience in various disciplines, and evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Artistic Merit (50%): Demonstrated talent in an art form and overall excellence of the artist’s work; clear commitment to a career as a practicing professional artist

  2. Project Merit (25%): Feasibility of the proposed project, and the ability to showcase work in final event

  3. Professional Development (25%): Benefit of the proposed project to the artist’s professional growth


Applications must utilize the provided budget template:


General Questions:

Cécile Boynton

Community Grants and Services Manager

(336) 747-1431

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