A unique round of funding from the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Mac Miller Fund will benefit a large number of artists. The fund, which was founded in 2018 by the late rapper’s family, will provide $1,000 grants to 75 artists who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color. Artists from Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Mercer, Lawrence, Somerset, Venango, Washington, and Westmoreland counties are eligible to apply through the foundation’s website, which is open now through July 23. The grants will also be practice-based, allowing winners to use their money toward whatever they like.
In a statement, Kelly Uranker, vice president of the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy, said, “The BIPOC Artist Micro-Grant program is a way for the foundation to carry forward Mac Miller’s creative and artistic legacy and his family’s vision for helping artists, particularly younger artists, recognize their full potential.”
The announcement comes more than two years after the Mac Miller Fund presented $50,000 grants to its first two recipients. The winners were from the East Liberty Presbyterian Church’s Hope Academy of Music and the Arts after-school arts education outreach program and MusiCares, a California-based organization of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.