North Carolina Arts Council Foundation
The North Carolina Arts Council Foundation is a nonprofit charitable corporation incorporated in 2013 to foster and promote the growth, progress and general welfare of the North Carolina Arts Council and to receive and administer donations for such purpose. Contributions may be made without restriction to support the work of the foundation, or may be designated to any of these special funds:

A+ Schools
African American Heritage Commission
SmART Initiative
Mary B. Regan Community Artist Residency

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National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.


South Arts
South Arts was founded in 1975 to build on the Souths unique heritage and to enhance the public value of the arts. With funding from the NEA, we strive to represent, support, and showcase Southern communities, arts and artists through our current programming. This programming includes: ArtsReady, the Performing Arts Exchange, Southern Circuit, Regional Touring Grants and the Dance Touring Initiative, as well as professional development, folk/traditional arts programs and special initiatives.



National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 states and jurisdictions has created an agency comparable to the North Carolina Arts Council to support excellence in and access to the arts.


Statewide Service Organizations

Across North Carolina, organizations provide programs and services to their members, artists and arts organizations, as well as the broader arts community. Below are links to organizations that are resources for the arts industry in the state:

Arts Access, Inc.
Arts Access is a non-profit dedicated to enabling North Carolinians with disabilities to have full access to arts programs and facilities, and to encourage them to participate fully in the rich cultural and artistic life throughout the state.

Classical Voice of North Carolina
An online arts journal covering performing and visual arts events throughout North Carolina.

Music Maker Relief Foundation
The Music Maker Relief Foundation was founded in 1994 to preserve the musical traditions of the South by direct support to musicians who make music, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. Music Maker has assisted and partnered with over 300 artists, issued over 150 CDs and reached over a million people with live performance in over 40 states and 17 countries around the globe.

North Carolina Dance Alliance
The North Carolina Dance Alliance is a nonprofit organization established in 1982 to serve and support the development of dance in North Carolina. NCDA offers a variety of programs and services to serve the dance community.

North Carolina Dance Festival
Established in 1991, the North Carolina Dance Festival is an annual showcase of North Carolina dance artists that travels to five communities across the state. Eight different companies are selected by a jury of dance professionals to tour each city and perform alongside local artists, making the annual concert a mix of local and statewide artists.

North Carolina Folklife Institute
Since 1974 the North Carolina Folklife Institute has supported programs and projects that recognize, document and present traditional culture in North Carolina.

North Carolina Presenters Consortium
The consortium advances the performing arts through collaboration, shared resources and professional development.

North Carolina Theatre Conference
The North Carolina Theatre Conference works to improve and enhance the environment for quality theatre in North Carolina through service, leadership and advocacy.

North Carolina Writers’ Network
A nonprofit literary arts service organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. The network sponsors a variety of conferences featuring workshops, intensive courses and national recognized speakers.

Southern Documentary Fund
The Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) cultivates documentary projects made in or about the American South. Inspired by the belief that documentaries have the power to change lives and communities, SDF serves as a leading advocate for powerful southern storytelling, providing filmmakers and artists with professional support, filmmaking grants, and fiscal sponsorship. Since its founding in 2002, SDF has sponsored over one hundred projects that have screened all over the world, won critical acclaim and prestigious awards, and inspired audiences with authentic stories that matter.