OVERVIEW: The Cintas foundation prioritizes grantmaking for creative artists with Cuban citizenship or who have a Cuban parent or grandparent. Its funding areas include architecture and design, music composition, the visual arts, and writing.
IP TAKE: Cintas is a niche funder with very specific requirements for funding. Its fellowships are ideal for Cuban citizens or Cuban-American artists seeking funding for their project.
PROFILE: Founded in 1957, the Cintas Foundation was created from the estate of Oscar B. Cintas, patron of the arts and former Cuban ambassador to the United States. The foundation seeks “to encourage artistic expression and appreciation by offering grants to artists, architects, composers and creative writers of Cuban descent, and by making their art available to the public.” It provides fellowships to artists with Cuban citizenship or of direct lineage, ie. having a Cuban parent or grandparent. Cintas supports composers through its Music Composition Fellowship.
Cintas fellowships award $20,000. In order to apply, grant seekers must submit 3 to 5 recordings which should be accompanied by scores. Cintas accepts applications written in either English or Spanish.
In order to better understand which projects receive funding, new grant seekers should look over the list of past grantees.
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