Apply for the Artist Development Fund
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.
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
The fund also ensures artists are compensated for their work. We will be awarding funding of $12,500 each to a total of 40 global artists on a rolling basis during 2021. Artist Development Fund recipients will also gain unique opportunities, including having their work and stories featured across Adobe social and editorial channels to help promote accurate and inclusive cultural representation within the creative industry.
Adobe Artist: Adam Perez
Adobe Artist: Juan Moyano – Stocksy
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: Addictive Creatives –Stocksy
Adobe Artist: Cesar Santillán
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)
- People of different religions
- People of different ages
- People of all body and skin types
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.
We will begin accepting artist submissions on November 16, 2020. Funded projects will be selected on a monthly basis.
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.
More questions? Find our full FAQ page here.