‘Harmony’ Grant Call for Visual & Performing Artists

Call For Proposals: 

The St. Petersburg Opera Company of St. Petersburg, FL invites performing and visual artists to submit grant proposals for work focused on tolerance and acceptance. 

SPO will award grants to support performance art that highlights clear themes of tolerance and acceptance. Artists can be of any background or pedigree, so long as the quality of their work is commensurate with SPO’s high standard of artistic achievement. Special consideration is given to applicants whose work will prove innovative, insightful, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and honest. Those chosen will display their art at Harmony: a better world through art and acceptance, a gala hosted by SPO on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30pm. 

 Area Of Focus: 

The evening will be devoted to using performance art to open a dialogue about tolerance and acceptance—what it truly is, what it truly costs, what the world can be like with or without it, why the world has yet to achieve it, and more. As this is an artistic grant, we encourage all mediums of performing and visual art to apply provided they meet application criteria and satisfy the overarching theme.  

This can be a reading of the speeches of Frederick Douglass, a short film on the Suffragettes, a scene from a new musical based on the life of Sylvester, personal poetry, a retelling of an old story, a completely new story, dance, vocal music, instrumental music, or any combination of these elements. For the purposes of this grant, the proposal artists must use their various mediums to bring the audience to more complete understanding of tolerance and acceptance. SPO also recognizes that February is Black History Month, and we highly encourage applications from native black artists/American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS). 

SPO seeks grant proposals to fund performing artists who use their respective mediums to explore, understand, promote, and achieve tolerance and acceptance in our society. Proposals can focus on any issues of relevance to the core theme. 

 Topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • History/struggles of native black Americans 
  • Gender inequality 
  • Queer visibility 
  • Multiculturalism/Diversity 
  • Religious Tolerance
  • Bullying  
  • Mental Illness 
  • Seeking treatment or counseling 

 Proposals on other topics are welcome, and will be considered so long as they focus on tolerance and acceptance through art. SPO is looking for creative and insightful—not to mention quality—projects that will nourish our minds and souls simultaneously. Artists are encouraged to work in whatever environment is best for them, whether solo or in collaboration. 

 Proposal Submissions: 

Proposals must be submitted via email to davidleesmithtenor@gmail.com, and include the following: 

  • Name 
  • Email Address
  • Project description (500-word limit) including project significance, target audience, and intended impact 
  • Projected budget including the amount of SPO funding requested, and main purpose of funds 
  • Video link to comparable work (YouTube, Drobox, etc.) as an audition measure. (Note: this submission does not have to be new, but it has to be of you, clear and understandable, and showcase you performing using the same medium you will use in the final show—singing, dancing, acting, etc.) 


  • Project proposals should be written in English; but performance does not have to be in English 
  • Projects do not have to be entirely original, but rights to copyrighted material must be obtained by 12/31/2019 
  • Projects should be 5-30 minutes in duration 
  • Projects should be high-quality and center on the theme of the evening
  • Proposals must be submitted by 11/30/2019, decisions will be made by 12/4/2019, notifications and contracts will be delivered by 12/15/2019, and contracts must be returned by 12/31/2019  

SPO is providing:  

  • $3500 in grant money to split between grant recipients: up to $1000 or 50% of the total cost per project (Note: Grant funds will be available at the event, not before) 
  • Venue — Opera Central will act as a performance venue and rehearsal space  
  • Marketing —SPO will handle all promotion, sales, and event planning
  • Artists performing at the event will each receive one (1) comp ticket. Comp ticket requests should be in by 02/01/2020 .

Grant Application Form: