Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong

FAQ


  1. Am I considered a “professional” artist if I don’t make my living from my art?
  2. Are early-career or established applicants more likely to receive funding?


Proposals

  1. I was under the impression that ACC only supported travel to the U.S. only. Can I apply for travel to another Asian country?
  2. Is there a limit on how many countries I can visit?
  3. I have been admitted to a residency program in San Francisco, can I submit an application for travel grant to support my return airfare from HK to SF?
  4. My dance company was invited to participate in a major arts festival in Minneapolis. Can I submit an organisational grant to support airfare and accommodation of the key participating artist?
  5. I am a graduate student in a local university and I need to conduct field work abroad for my dissertation research. Is my research proposal eligible for a Graduate Scholarship?
  6. The New York Fellowship Program was recommended to me by several ACC alumni, but they had greater flexibility to customize their itineraries than I see in the guidelines. For example, one had a four-month fellowship, and another split a six-month fellowship into two trips. Because I have work commitments in 2018, I would like to apply for two separate trips totaling five months. Is this possible?
  7. What do you mean by “process not production”?
  8. I have been accepted to a studio residency program and need funding to participate. Is this eligible?
  9. May I submit my application in a language other than English?
  10. I have submitted my online applications and provided the emails of my 2 referees. However, I very much like to know whether the referees have submitted their reference letters. How can I find this out?


Funding

  1. I am planning to begin my project as soon as the funding period begins. If my application is successful, how soon will the grant be paid?


Other Questions

  1. My question hasn’t been answered here. How can I contact ACC with specific questions about the application or my proposal?


1. Am I considered a “professional” artist if I don’t make my living from my art?

To be considered a professional artist, you must show evidence of sustained commitment to your practice, whether or not you are able to support yourself from your art.

2. Are early-career or established applicants more likely to receive funding?

ACC does not privilege either early-career or established applicants. Most importantly, an ACC grant is not an award for previous work, and a candidate who has achieved renown will not be competitive if his or her proposal does not meet ACC’s criteria for cultural engagement and impact. However, a recent graduate who has produced little work is also not likely to be competitive. Past grant recipients range in age from their 20s to their 80s, and there are no age restrictions.



Proposals

3. I was under the impression that ACC only supported travel to the U.S. only. Can I apply for travel to another Asian country?

Yes, ACC supports intra-Asia exchange under the category of Individual Fellowship Program. You are also welcome to read a featured article on the ACC website, which is about a recent Intra-Asia exchange report by one of our recent fellow. Please read report via here.

4. Is there a limit on how many countries I can visit?

There is no limit on the number of countries you may visit on your fellowship, but because cultural immersion and deep engagement are priorities, proposals for short trips to a number of different countries may be less competitive. A strong case should be made for why it is necessary to visit each country to carry out the proposed project.

5. I have been admitted to a residency program in San Francisco, can I submit an application for travel grant to support my return airfare from HK to SF?

Because 2018 will be a year of strategic planning to enhance the ACC program, applications will be limited to three categories in this funding cycle, namely the New York Fellowship Program, the Individual Fellowship Program and Graduate Scholarships. During this period, we will not be accepting applications for Travel Grants, nor for Organisation and Project Grants.

6. My dance company was invited to participate in a major arts festival in Minneapolis. Can I submit an organisational grant to support airfare and accommodation of the key participating artist?

Because 2018 will be a year of strategic planning to enhance the ACC program, applications will be limited to three categories in this funding cycle, namely the New York Fellowship Program, the Individual Fellowship Program and Graduate Scholarships. During this period, we will not be accepting applications for Travel Grants, nor for Organisation and Project Grants.

7. I am a graduate student in a local university and I need to conduct field work abroad for my dissertation research. Is my research proposal eligible for a Graduate Scholarship?

Graduate Scholarships are for students pursuing a graduate degree at a U.S. institution. If you are enrolled in a graduate program in China/Hong Kong/Macau and you are seeking funding for your field research in the U.S. and/or Asia, you may apply in the Individual Fellowship category.

8. The New York Fellowship Program was recommended to me by several ACC alumni, but they had greater flexibility to customize their itineraries than I see in the guidelines. For example, one had a four-month fellowship, and another split a six-month fellowship into two trips. Because I have work commitments in 2018, I would like to apply for two separate trips totaling five months. Is this possible?

The New York Fellowship Program aims to provide cultural immersion and cross-cultural exchange for an extended period in New York City. In 2018, we can only accept applications for a single six-month period in this program, which includes ACC accommodations in New York. For a more self-directed program or a shorter stay, you should apply for an Individual Fellowship. Please refer to the guidelines here.

9. What do you mean by “process not production”?

Because ACC’s mission is focused first and foremost on cultural exchange, fellowships are primarily made to support travel that results in cultural immersion; meaningful engagement; significant contributions to greater cross-cultural understanding; and peer-to- peer dialogue, relationship-building, or exchange of best practices. ACC does not support touring, performance, exhibition, or other types of travel focused on the production of work or audience-driven outcomes. This does not mean that you cannot have an end-goal of creating or showing new work. However, successful proposals will show a strong commitment to engaging in a process of discovery.

10. I have been accepted to a studio residency program and need funding to participate. Is this eligible?

If your studio residency is focused on the creation of new work which may not provide opportunities for engagement outside the studio, these types of proposals tend to be less competitive, though they are not ineligible.

11. May I submit my application in a language other than English?

All applications must be submitted in English. Applicants from China/Hong Kong/Macau may choose to complete a dual-language application in both Chinese and English, but it is not required.

12. I have submitted my online applications and provided the emails of my 2 referees. However, I very much like to know whether the referees have submitted their reference letters. How can I find this out?

When you give your referees’ email addresses in the application, they will automatically receive an email with instructions about how to upload the letters of recommendation online. As soon as each letter is uploaded, you will receive an automated email confirmation. Applicants and referees should check their spam folders for emails from the application system, or add the sending email address (application@accny.org) to their safe sender list. If you have not received a confirmation, you are welcome to contact our office and we will double check whether we have received the recommendation letters for you.



Funding

13. I am planning to begin my project as soon as the funding period begins. If my application is successful, how soon will the grant be paid?

After grant notification, additional time is required to administer the grant agreement and process payment requests. While applicants are free to begin their projects as early as June 1, it is advisable to plan for a later start if project planning cannot take place prior to securing funding, or if the money must be received before activities can begin.



Other Questions

14. My question hasn’t been answered here. How can I contact ACC with specific questions about the application or my proposal?

Contact information for ACC’s five offices can be found on the contact page.