Presenting Subsidies Program


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The Presenting Subsidies Program is one of Alternate ROOTS’ longest running programs. For more than twenty years, it has provided fee subsidies to enable presenters in the ROOTS Region to bring ROOTS Members on the Current Artists Roster into their communities.

This program provides an opportunity to utilize the arts to encourage dialogue, foster understanding, educate audiences, and nourish cooperation and collaboration amongst Southern artists and the communities they serve across the country.


  1. The project must take place between November 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015.
  2. Events must be open and marketed to the public and dedicated to serving a wide audience.
  3. All grant recipients are required to provide accessibility for constituents with different abilities at grant funded events.

Program Policies

  1. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $2500 for the artist fee (including travel, food, and lodging) as listed in the artist contract.  The subsidy does not cover other items in the project budget such as materials, marketing, or admin.  It is to be applied to fees & support of the artist only.
  2. The minimum subsidy is $250.
  3. The artist/company is required to fully participate in the engagement.  The artist/company must also conduct or participate in any educational/outreach component of the engagement. Artist/Company must be an Alternate ROOTS dues paying General Member or Voting Member in good standing.

Evaluation Criteria
Applications will be reviewed and funding decisions made using the following criteria:

  • Artistic Merit–Is there demonstrated strength of the artist and the project?  Does the artist and/or organization have a history of delivering high-quality art? Is there a clear and strong relationship between the artist and the presenter?
  • Community Engagement–Is the community engagement plan well thought out and relevant to the communities in which it is being presented? Is the presenter innovative in the approach?
  • Documentation and Evaluation–Does the proposal have a clearly articulated documentation and evaluation plan? Do the methods for documentation and evaluation match well with the project?  How will the information collected through the evaluation process impact future work by the artist and/or the presenter?  Will information collected be shared outside the presenting organization?
  • Accessibility–Is the space in which the project is presented ADA compliant?  Is the price affordable?  Is the time of day appropriate? Are there other accommodations to be considered for the audience (large-print programs, translation, interpreters)?
  • Budget–Is the budget clear and accurate? Does the presenter provide a source for the matching funds? Are the artist fees appropriate for the engagement?

The staff liaison to the Presenting Subsidies Program is Ashley Davis,, 404-577-1079.

Click here to view our Fall 2014 Application Deadlines Overview & Training.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible to apply for a Subsidy?

  1. A ROOTS member in good standing that is on the Current Artists Roster living in the *ROOTS region.
  2. A non-profit or government entity presenter that wants to present a ROOTS member in good standing and on the Current Artists Roster.

* To be on the Current Artists Roster, you may fill out this form.

Is there a special list of Alternate ROOTS artists that are eligible for Touring Subsidies?
Yes, the Current Artists Roster.
* To be on the Current Artists Roster, you may fill out this form.

Can an artist/company apply on their own behalf?
Yes, an artist/company can apply to support their own presentation by a presenter.

Does the presenter have to be a non-profit organization?
Yes, the presenter applying to receive a subsidy must be a non-profit organization or a government entity.

How do I know if a presenter is a non-profit organization?
Nonprofit and governmental presenting organizations for example are schools, universities, libraries, theaters and dance presenters. To be sure, ask the nonprofit organizations for their 501-c-3 status letter.
Presenting organizations must have not-for-profit, tax-exempt status or be an official unit of local, county or state government. ROOTS requests proof of status from non-profit organizations . Government entities do not need to provide proof.


What is the minimum amount for a subsidy request?

What is the maximum amount for a subsidy request?

Does the presenter have to match the subsidy?
No the presenter does not have to match the subsidy.


When must the residency take place?
The project must take place between November 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015. 


Where can the subsidy take place?
Eligible projects must take place in Alternate ROOTS’ fourteen-state region or at specially designated Ford Diverse Arts Spaces. *ROOTS’ fourteen-state region in the U.S. South (defined as AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV and Washington D.C.)


Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.