For full details about the Artists at the Center grant, please read the full guidelines.

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Information Sessions

Learn more about this opportunity and how to turn in your strongest application. We highly encourage first-time applicants to attend one of these hybrid sessions. Here's a recording of the June 1, 2023 session.

Session 1 (Hybrid)
Thursday, May 16, 4:00 - 5:20 p.m. (Pacific)
In-Person: Seattle Center Armory, Loft 4
Virtual: Webex

Session 2 (Hybrid)
Thursday, June 13, 10:00 - 11:20 a.m. (Pacific)
In-Person: Seattle Center Armory, Loft 4
Virtual: Webex


You are eligible to apply for this grant if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are an individual artist, organization, or community-based group located in, or presenting work regularly in, Seattle.
    • Organizations and individual artists representing communities most impacted by systemic oppression including low-income, people with disabilities, immigrant and refugee communities, and communities of color are encouraged to apply.
  • You have a Federal Tax ID number (Social Security Number, ITIN, or Employee Identification Number) and are based in, or have current and active programming within, the City of Seattle.
    • Groups applying are not required to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nor are they required to use a fiscal sponsor or fiscal agent.
  • You may submit only one application per year to this program.
  • Awardees from the current season (2023-2024) are not eligible to apply for the 2024-2025 season.

Your performance is eligible to be funded by this grant if it meets the following criteria:

  • Your performance will be free and open to the public.
  • You will have event insurance for the performance.
  • The performance will last 90 minutes or less.


You can apply for the following levels of funding:

  • $2,000 award (typically 1-2 performers), plus $680 in-kind production support from Seattle Center
  • $4,000 award (typically 3-5 performers), plus $1,235 in-kind production support from Seattle Center
  • $6,000 award (typically 6+ performers), plus $1,700 in-kind production support from Seattle Center

Due Date

Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 5 p.m. Pacific

Please allow ample time to complete your application; applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.


These pop-up performances are intended to be about an hour long, with some flexibility to go shorter or a bit longer. The expectation is that awardees will provide a single performance (we have budget to cover tech support for one performance). If you would like to do multiple dates you'll want to discuss with your project managers at the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) and at Seattle Center and that might be possible (especially if you don't need tech support for multiple dates.) 

The time of day for performances can vary (weekday, weekends, daytime, evening) but one hope is that some of these performances will take place prior to Climate Pledge Arena events as folks are coming onto campus. Similarly, focus will be given to booking your performance on days in which there is large activity/crowds on campus. But events don't have to happen exclusively on those days. We’ll work with you to find the best date for all parties involved.

Seattle Center will market on its website, social media channels, and campus digital signage. ARTS and community partners will also lend social media support. Artists should plan to send out invites and make promotional efforts themselves, using a toolkit provided to them. 

A photographer will be provided who will document each performance. All photos will be available for artists to use, and photos will be archived by ARTS.


You will be selected to perform in a seasonal slot: Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer. The selection committee will base the yearly schedule off of your first or second preference indicated in your application proposal. Changes to your allotted seasonal slot can sometimes be accommodated with advance conversation.  

Performance location options vary and will correlate to the space that is best for your project and which is available at the desired performance date/time. Seattle Center will work with you to identify the best available space as well as dates for your event. Typical spaces may include (but are not limited to): Seattle Center Armory Stage, Northwest Courtyard, Theatre Commons, Founders Courtyard, Artists at Play Playground, Monorail Station Platform, Fisher Pavilion Rooftop, Mural Amphitheatre.

If there is not a requirement for technical equipment there may be some flexibility. Selected artists should work with Seattle Center to confirm any limitations of where they can perform based on artists’ proposals, other events happening on campus, goals of the program and ADA requirements.

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