Pitch Competition for Creatives

Submitted by NCCART on Mon, 12/17/2018 - 1:33pm

Competition Information

$3,000 minimum prize pool to be distributed at judges discretion between finalists
Applicants will be able to select the amount of funding they are requesting: $100, $250, $500, and $1,000. 
The competition is geared towards creatives in the visual, performing, literary, and media arts.  Past winners have included photographers, theater producers, multi-media artists, event managers, and more. This year, participants are able to select a specified amount of funding for something specific rather than pitch an entire business or business concept. 

The competition is open to all students who are enrolled in at least one course at the undergraduate or graduate level during the 2018-19 academic year. *High School students are also eligible to enter but must also have a letter of endorsement from a teacher or administrator.
You do not have to have started a business to enter. Your pitch can be for funding for an idea that you have. 
There should be some arts/creative component to the work that the funding would go towards supporting. 

Entry deadline: January 31st, 2019


Submission Process:

On-line form completed and submitted by midnight CST on January 31st, 2019. (Please note that you will receive a confirmation screen and confirmation email. If you do not receive these, you're application did not go through.) High schools student submissions should have letters of endorsement emailed to info@selfemploymentinthearts.com by the deadline too.



Up to 20 finalists will be chosen to present his/her pitch at the 19th Annual SEA Conference which will be held February 23rd & 24th, 2019 at 2112 / Fort Knox Studios in Chicago, IL. Pitches will take place on Sunday, February 24th. Finalists must be present to win. Winners will be announced during the closing session on Sunday. Anyone winning funding must submit a W-9 to SEA so that we can process your prize. FINALISTS WILL BE NOTIFIED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 8TH, 2019 BY 11:59 PM CST. Please note that finalists must be registered for the 19th Annual SEA Conference to participate.



Online applications will be reviewed with up to 20 finalists selected. On-site the finalists will present in front of a panel of judges and also answer questions. This will be done in a board room to a small audience. The 90 second pitch will be followed by 3 minutes of Q&A from the judges. Based on the application, live pitch, and answers in the Q&A time they will decide how to distribute the prize pool. 


On-Site Workshops:

There will be two workshops on Saturday. Finalists are encouraged to attend.


Submission Process:

  • All submissions require a faculty or administrator contact at your school. We strongly encourage you to work closely with them on your submission. High school submissions also require a letter of support from a teacher or administrator. This letter should be emailed to info@selfemploymentinthearts.com

  • For more resources, please see the additional links on this page. 

  • If any of the judges have a question on your submission, we will email you at the email you have provided on your online application.

  • If you have any questions regarding any aspect of this competition, please contact the SEA Director at aerogers@noctrl.edu or 630-637-5468

Basic Info
Deadline Type: 
Deadline or Post Expiration: 
Friday, February 1, 2019
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Amy Rogers
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone Number: 
Contact Address: 
30 N. Brainard St.
Naperville  Illinois  60540
United States