The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Creative Capital


After the termination of the National Endowment for the Arts' individual grants for artists in the mid-1990s, the Andy Warhol Foundation joined forces with members of the philanthropic community to establish Creative Capital as a means of providing direct support to artists. The Creative Capital model was heavily inspired by venture philanthropy concepts used to support entrepreneurs in other sectors, in particular the ideas of providing infusions of funding at key moments in an artist’s project, surrounding artists with mentors and access to a network of experts, and hosting retreats and gatherings for artists to express what they need to a broader audience of cultural stakeholders. The was and continues to be a unique model in the arts. Since 1999, Creative Capital has committed $45 million in financial and advisory support to 561 projects representing 700 artists. Creative Capital’s community of artists and partners grows each year and has formed into a thriving national network that generates new connections, collaborations and career-building opportunities for artists.

For comprehensive artist opportunities and detailed activities of Creative Capital, please visit their website.