RISCA Announces Grants Management Fellowship Opportunity

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts announces a new Grants Management Fellowship program. This program is a career-focused, paid public-sector internship for graduate students, emerging professionals or second stage career seekers. During this 2 year program the Fellow will work on real-world projects that serve the arts and cultural sector of Rhode Island.  The program also includes career-focused development opportunities that give you the tools needed to launch a public sector career.


Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Grants Management Fellow oversees Grants Management and performs a wide range of key functions necessary to the grant making process.

This is a 2 year part-time fellowship. Average 10 hrs per week with occasional periods of more in-office time required.

Review and process assigned applications, grants, cooperative agreements and follow all applications through the Council’s complete process from application to Final Report.

  • Be knowledgeable about the eligibility requirements and processes for all funding categories
  • Maintain grants management database for all funding categories
  • Ensure use of standardized processes for all funding categories from application to award dispensation
  • Manage financial records of each funding cycle
  • Prepare materials for review panels for all funding categories
  • Prepare reports for each funding cycle
  • Monitor field research and regularly brief team on best practices and trends in public funding and grantmaking


Required Qualifications

  • Computer literacy, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite and basic internet search skills
  • Detail Oriented
  • Can work both independently and as a team
  • Ability to operate independently, organizing and processing detailed tasks to meet deadlines in an environment of changing priorities and frequent interruptions, with minimal direction.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and contribute as a member of the team toward the goals of the agency

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced skills and comfort with Microsoft Excel
  • Knowledge of grants databases
  • Experience working with artists and arts organizations
  • Proficiency in creating and maintaining standardized programs and systems
  • Understanding of finances and budgeting

Application Process

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference via email by no later than August 15, 2019 to Randall.Rosenbaum@arts.ri.gov
  • Questions can be submitted prior to the deadline to Mr. Rosenbaum at the above email address
  • No phone calls, please
  • Incomplete applications, or applications received after the deadline date will be disqualified

Fellowship Award Amount

  • The Grants Management Fellowship Award is $22,000 per year, to be paid monthly
  • Fellowship awards are taxable under federal law, and the recipient is responsible for all tax obligations
  • This Fellowship is subject to cancellation due to non-performance or other factors


2020 Fellowship Announcement

RISCA is pleased to announce the first 14 RISCA Fellows and Merit Fellows of 2020! At the April 1st cycle, we award fellowships in: Three Dimensional Art; Crafts; Fiction; Film & Video; Photography; Play & Screenwriting; and Poetry.

Fellowships are unrestricted awards that encourage the creative development of artists by enabling them to set aside time to pursue their work and achieve specific creative and career goals. One $5,000 fellowship and one $1,000 merit are awarded in each of 13 disciplines each year. Fellowship and Merit awards are based solely on artistic merit, and are highly competitive. Awards are selected through an anonymous panel review of submitted work samples. You can see some of the pieces recipients in Three Dimensional Art, Crafts, and Photography submitted here.

Three Dimensional Art
Fellowship: James Drain
Merit: Johnny Adimando

Fellowship: Borris Bally
Merit: Jocelyn Prince

Fellowship: Darcie Dennigan
Merit: Matthew Kramer

Film & Video
Fellowship: Luli Heintz
Merit: Jan Carlos Terrero Rodriguez (aka Slitty Wrists)

Fellowship: Mara Trachtenberg
Merit: Tina Tryforos

Play & Screenwriting
Fellowship: Lawrence Goodman
Merit: Aashish Edakadampil (aka Ash Adams)

Fellowship: Carrie Oeding
Merit: Laura Brown-Lavoie

The Music Mansion Artist In Residence Application Now Open

The Friends of The Music Mansion invites composers and musicians residing in Rhode Island to apply for their 2020 Artist-in-Residence program. The Artist-in-Residence will curate, organize, and produce five concerts of the First Fridays concert series at The Music Mansion in Providence, RI.

• To place The Music Mansion squarely in the center of Providence’s vibrant concert music scene.
• To attract new audience members to The Music Mansion.
• To increase the visibility of, and support for, physical upgrades at The Music Mansion.

“First Fridays” is an annual series of chamber music concerts at The Music Mansion, curated by a different artist each year, and showcasing local and regional musicians. Evening concerts are held on the first Friday of the month, February through June (February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, 2019) with a suggested donation for admission. Composers and performers are encouraged to present their own work/collaborations as well as a variety of “good music,” in support of The Music Mansion’s mission. In order to attract new audience members and supporters, and to provide freedom of artistic vision for the curator, the series is open to a diversity of musical styles. First Friday performances should focus on contemporary classical, jazz, folk, or electronic/multimedia works and may include multimedia and/or historical works as well (NB: We do not have video capabilities at this time). Strong proposals will have specific programming details and an overall curatorial vision/theme/arc for the series.

The Artist-in-Residence is responsible for programming, hiring and/or rehearsing musicians, and serving other performance-related administrative duties.

One of the features most attractive to creative musicians is the space itself. In its current state, The Music Mansion offers two quality pianos, an intimate and welcoming performance/recording space, and reception area. The first floor is available for the Artist-in-Residence to reserve for rehearsals, performances, and recording sessions, whenever the space is unused for other events.

The Artist-In-Residence will receive a $2500 stipend, to be paid monthly in $500 increments at each concert. Performers at each concert will receive a $500 stipend (total).

Applications due July 31, 2019. For more information, visit The Music Mansion’s website or the application form.