The National Endowment of the Arts announced in 2011 that it will henceforth hand out grants up to $200,000 to designers of video games. You may have missed this. I thought you ought to know.
I’ll be you did no know that the United States and the world need artistically certified video games.
I’ll bet you had better uses for your money. But you were not allowed to make this decision.
Here is the official announcement.
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The Arts in Media builds on the success of The Arts on Radio and Television. All project types that were previously eligible remain eligible. In addition, the expanded category now includes:
- All available media platforms such as the Internet, interactive and mobile technologies, digital games, arts content delivered via satellite, as well as on radio and television.
- Media projects that can be considered works of art.
Grants are available to support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts (e.g., visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk & traditional arts, and media arts including film, audio, animation, and digital art) and media projects that can be considered works of art.
Projects may include high profile multi-part or single television and radio programs (documentaries and dramatic narratives); media created for theatrical release; performance programs; artistic segments for use within an existing series; multi-part webisodes; installations; and interactive games. Short films, five minutes and under, will be considered in packages of three or more.
Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $200,000, based on the platform and the complexity and scope of the project.
The application deadline date is September 1, 2011, for projects that may start on May 1, 2012, or any time thereafter.