Apply for the Artist Development Fund
Adobe Artist: Gary Parker - Stocksy
Get to know the Artist Development Fund, a creative commission program from Adobe Stock established in 2021. As an expression of our commitment to inclusion, we’re looking for artists who self-identify with and expertly depict diverse communities within their work.
40 global artists will be awarded $7,500 each to bring their vision to life.
How the Artist Development Fund works
What is the Fund for?
We created the Artist Development Fund to provide meaningful financial support to help artists overcome barriers to mounting creative productions, such as:
- Renting venues
- Equipment purchase/rental
- Hiring models
- Props, makeup, costumes, materials
- Research expenses
- DP Ally expenses*
*See Amplifying Voices section below for more information
Adobe Artist: Carina Lindmeier
Adobe Artist: Adaeze Okaro
Fund recipients will be selected based on factors including:
- Project alignment with the Advocates program mission
- Resonance of their story
- Aesthetic sensibility
- Technical ability
Adobe Stock will collaborate with selected artists to execute creative productions inspired by one of the eight intersectional narrative creative briefs —or guided by their unique experiences and point of view to craft their own commission proposal.
As part of our commitment to expand accessibility and promote accurate cultural representation in stock, we’re making all content created with support from the Artist Development Fund available for licensing from the Adobe Stock free collection for one year. After that year, the content will then become part of the standard collection and artists will receive royalties when the content is licensed. Artists retain copyright of their work. See the full FAQ for complete terms and conditions.
Adobe Artist: Biruoh
Adobe Artist: Lynne Hardy
We’re prioritizing content from self-identifying artists that authentically depicts the lives and experiences of:
- Black people
- Hispanic/Latinx people
- Asian/Pacific Islander people
- Indigenous people *
- LGBTQ+ people
- Disabled people *
- Women (cis and trans inclusive)
- Veterans *
- People of different religions
- People of different ages
- People of all body and skin types
Artists will be able to take advantage of promotional opportunities to share their work, voices and personal stories with the Adobe community and our partners. Be seen and heard with Adobe Stock Advocates via Creative Cloud and Adobe Stock social channels, blogs and/or websites.
*Community members may engage a Director of Photography (DP) Ally for assistance in bringing their creative vision to life across stills or video. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
We will begin accepting artist submissions on February 22, 2022. Funded projects will be selected on a monthly basis.
Photos, vectors, illustrations, and videos.
A video stock footage clip is a 5-60 second clip that is either silent (no sound) or may have ambient natural sound. There are no voice-overs, narration or music. Video stock footage requires model releases if recognizable people are in the clips.
Yes, you need to be an Adobe Stock Contributor to apply for funding. If you don’t have an account yet, please join here for free.
Becoming an Adobe Stock Contributor is simple. If you have great photos, videos, illustrations or vector content and you own all the copyrights, you can become an Adobe Stock Contributor. You must also be at least 18 years of age and the sole owner of every file you upload for sale. If your content contains recognizable persons or protected property, you also need to attach a signed release.
More questions? Find our full FAQ page here.