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Creative Girls Rock mural
Elisheba Mrozik, Lead Artist

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Metro Arts' Thrive program connects artists and organizations with the community to create neighborhood investments and transformations. By offering funding opportunities outside of the traditional grants process, Thrive empowers artists and organizations to build, strengthen and cultivate communities in Davidson County. Read our blog post here to learn more about this year's recipients!

Thrive Community-Based Art Projects support artist-led, community-based art projects that include collaboration between artists and commu
nity partners and organizations. This category is open to individual artists, artist teams, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations. Individual artists or artist teams may apply and identify community partner organization(s), or organizations/businesses may apply and identify artists or artist teams to lead the project.

Thrive Artist Incubator Projects focus on artists who are newer to community practice and/or Metro Arts funding and are looking to bring their artistic skills to their community. This category is open only to individual artists and artist teams. Projects should include collaboration between artists and community partners or organizations. This cycle prioritizes artists who have not previously received Thrive funds and include mentoring and professional development workshops.

FY24 Thrive Grant Application - Opens Monday, January 23, 2023!

FY23 Thrive Grant Recipients
FY23 Thrive Guidelines PDF
FY23 Thrive Guidelines Training Video (~20 minutes)

Arts Vendor Short Form
W9 Form

Thrive funds:

  • artists

  • community organizations or businesses for arts projects in neighborhoods.


Who is eligible for funding?

  • Individual artists or artist teams

  • Businesses and organizations

  • Must be located in Nashville/Davidson County

  • Must be at least 18 years of age


Who is NOT eligible?

  • Employees of Metro Nashville Davidson County or Metro Nashville Public Schools 

  • Members of the Metro Arts Board of Commissioners or Public Art Committee, or applicants with immediate family or household members who are serving in these roles

  • Elected officials (including Metro Council Members) and immediate family or household members of elected officials (including Metro Council Members)

  • Nashville-Davidson County property owners who do not primarily work or reside in Nashville/Davidson County

  • Artists under contract for Metro Arts public art commissions

  • Organizations receiving funding from any grant administered by Metro Arts


Definition of Artist

For the purposes of the Thrive program, artists are defined as individuals who practice in the unique creation and public display or performance of visual arts, craft, sound and performance art, film and television (including production), theatre, dance, music or literary arts and can demonstrate at least two years of exhibition, performance or professional history.

Have questions or need more information?  Email Chuck Beard, Artist and Organizational Support Coordinator, at

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