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Here's our list of curated opportunities for creatives with deadlines in May! You can find search for more on our database "for the lost creative"! Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter a the bottom of the page to get opportunities delivered to your inbox!


Visual Art

Del Ray Urban Sketchers offers a free program emphasizing storytelling through drawings completed from observations. Open to all drawers, meetings typically held outside at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub in Del Ray. Participants work on still life, figure, or architecture subjects in sketchbooks.

The Parent Grant is a four-week residency for an artist with at least one dependent child under 18. Artists can work in various studio disciplines. The grant offers a stipend, travel cost coverage, free housing, and studio access. Childcare options are available, and applicants must make arrangements. Open to international artists.

The Joshua Tree National Park Artist in Residence Program offers artists a one-month opportunity to explore and create within the park, while sharing their unique perspectives with others. Open to visual artists, musicians, writers, and performers, this program promotes a deeper appreciation of the park's natural, cultural, and historical resources. International artists are eligible, and there is no submission fee. Visit the website for more information.




In 2021, Ensemble 126 started a bi-annual call for proposals and composition competition. This year, we are again calling for submissions (written or proposed works) to our composition competition starting September 1, 2023 for seven flutes ($3,000 USD prize). The competition is partially underwritten by Flute World in addition to E126's education and outreach programs. Submission deadline May 15, 2024. Original works only, non-traditional techniques encouraged. No age limit.

The Aria Institute for Composers and Librettists provides in-depth and accessible training for writing contemporary, English-language opera. Individuals can attend a variety of institute programs to develop their writing craft and obtain valuable practical experience in revising, promoting, and showcasing their work. Applications open for June and July installments of the online Aria Institute for Composers and Librettists. No application fees. Weekly group and feedback sessions.

The 14th International Young Composers Academy will be held in Tchaikovsky-city and Moscow, featuring concerts, lectures, meetings, and masterclasses. No entry fee, provides food, accommodation, and transport in Russia. Deadline: May 31st, 2024. Applications must include bio, scores, recordings, and passport copy.


Performing Arts

The James Laughlin Award recognizes and supports a second book of poetry. Winner receives $5,000, residency in Miami Beach, Florida, and book distribution. Eligible U.S. citizens or residents. Submission deadline on May 15, 2024.

The Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence is awarded annually to one outstanding, early-career artist who is developing new works that address plants, gardens, or landscapes in the broad sense. This award is open to visual artists, literary artists, dancers, and musicians. The award includes a $10,000 individual grant and requires a 2–5 week stay at Oak Spring.

Bellevue Literary Review seeks true, personal stories on the theme "Body Politic" for a live storytelling event in NYC. Selected storytellers work with a professional coach to develop their stories for the stage. Open to all backgrounds and ages, submit a two-minute pitch via Submittable.


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