United States Artists site

This site may be of interest to you all: http://www.facebook.com/pages/United-States-Artists/159364887438126 or http://www.unitedstatesartists.org

“The Los Angeles-based United States Artists was founded in 2005 with a mission to invest in America’s finest artists and illuminate their value to society. Prompted by a pivotal Urban Institute study showing that while 96% of Americans appreciate the arts, only 27% believe that artists contribute to the good of society, four leading foundations—Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Prudential Foundation, and the Rasmuson Foundation—contributed $22 million to establish USA as a sustainable nationwide funding source for living artists.

Through the USA Fellows program, which annually awards 50 unrestricted grants of $50,000 to outstanding performing, visual, media, and literary artists across the country, USA has put $12.5 million in the hands of artists in just five years.”

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