Apply for the Artist Development Fund

Blue and purple abstract image of tropical plants

Adobe Artist: Wizemark - Stocksy

Introducing the Artist Development Fund, a new $500,000 creative commission program from Adobe Stock. 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.

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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

We will be awarding funding up to $12,500 each to a total of 40 global artists on a rolling basis during 2021.

Latinx man and woman, hispanic couple

Adobe Artist: Adam Perez

Hand painted with rainbow, bright pink contemporary background

Adobe Artist: Juan Moyano – Stocksy

Selection criteria

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.

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Image of cool black man in suit dancing with pink and black background

Adobe Artist: Addictive Creatives –Stocksy

Illustration of beautiful black young woman with afro, pink hair, pink gradient background, turquoise tank top

Adobe Artist: Cesar Santillán

Amplifying voices

We’re prioritizing content from self-identifying artists that authentically depicts the lives and experiences of:

  • Black 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

Explore the creative briefs


How do I apply for the Artist Development Fund?

If you identify as part of an underrepresented community, you can apply to become a candidate for the Artist Development Fund through the Adobe Creative Residency Program. Applications open November 16, 2020. You must be an existing Adobe Stock Contributor to apply for the Artist Development Fund. You can join for free here.

When will the Artist Development Fund open for submissions? When will selected projects begin?

We will begin accepting artist submissions on November 16, 2020. Funded projects will be selected on a monthly basis.

What types of assets will the Artist Development Fund commission?
Photos, vectors, illustrations, and videos.
How much will artists receive from the Artist Development Fund?
The fund provides a flat amount of $12,500 per artist.
What is the asset volume to be produced with the funding?
20,000 assets will be created through this program.
How many creative assets will the selected artists produce with support from the Artist Development Fund?
Selected artists will deliver 250 video assets, or 500 photo, vector, or illustration assets.
Do I have to be an Adobe Stock Contributor to apply for the Artist Development Fund?

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 vectors 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.

What is the difference between the Artist Development Fund and the Creative Residency Fund?
Both the Artist Development Fund and the Creative Residency Fund are Adobe programs dedicated to supporting artists. Learn more about the difference between these programs here
If I'm not accepted for the Artist Development Fund, can I still submit my content of underrepresented communities?
Yes! We encourage you to submit your content and hope that the Advocates program creative briefs are helpful and inspirational. Submit work responding to creative briefs directly to Adobe Stock for the standard collection

More questions? Find our full FAQ page here.



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