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Creative Girls Rock mural
Elisheba Mrozik, Lead Artist

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.

FY23 Thrive Application via Submittable (deadline is August 29, 2022 at 12:00pm CDT)
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? Consultations with Metro Arts are available! They will be held between July 25-August 19, 2022. Email Chuck Beard, Artist and Organizational Support Coordinator, at Chuck.Beard@nashville.gov.

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