APPLICATION GUIDE FOR ARTISTS AT RISK

The Artistic Freedom Initiative is currently accepting applications from at-risk artists in the United States and around the world for temporary and permanent residence in the US. Additionally, for at-risk artists already located in the United States, AFI is accepting applications from artists who fear persecution in their home countries and are seeking asylum in the US.

WHO CAN APPLY? 

  • Artists who are threatened or persecuted for expressing their opinions or ideas through their art. 
  • Artists who are being censored by the government in their home countries.   

WHO ARE CONSIDERED ARTISTS?  

 AFI construes the term artist broadly.  This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Writers 

  • Fiction writers 

  • Non-fiction writers 

  • Poets  

  • Playwrights  

  • Journalists 

  • Visual Artists 

  • Painters 

  • Photographers 

  • Filmmakers 

  • Cartoonists  

  • Performance Artists  

  • New media art  

  • Actors 

  • Musicians and Composers 

  • Publishers of Art

 

WHAT IS REQUIRED? 

(1) Artistic production 

At-risk artists must be able to demonstrate a record of artistic production or performance 

(2) Persecution and Censorship 

Applicants must demonstrate that they are either: 

  • At risk of persecution as a direct consequence of their art – this can be shown through a past history of physical harm, fear of future physical harm, incarceration, or prosecution; 

  • Unable to express themselves freely through their art due to censorship by the government. 

How do I apply? 

To apply, at-risk artists are required to complete our Application FormAFI makes an overall assessment of each applicant’s needs. To enable us to assess your application properly, please provide all the information and documentation requested in the application form. All information will be treated confidentially. You will be contacted and informed of the result of the assessment as soon as the application has been processed.