Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

477 Melwood Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 681-5449 ext. 220
Website: www.pfpca.org

Kelly Bogel
Grants and Artist Services Manager

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 1971
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 1972
Number of sponsored projects: 50

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
$35 application fee and 7% of funds raised.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission/values: Must be an Artist/Access Member in good standing at PF/PCA. Project must be noncommercial work.­­

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Arts and culture
  • Other: Independent artist face genuine obstacles when seeking the funding necessary to continue and complete their work. Often they are hindered by the absence of legal status for the project as many corporate funders and foundations restrict grant making to fully tax-exempt organizations. PF/PCA uses fiscal sponsorship to overcome these obstacles and meet the needs of individual artist. PF/PCA’s Conduiting Program provides artist projects in media-based disciplines with the ability to apply for funding and other resources available only to organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. To apply for the program, an applicant must be a PF/PCA artist in good standing. PF/PCA requires an applicant to complete and send in an application accompanied by a project proposal, which includes a detailed description/treatment of the project, fundraising and distribution plan, resumes of key personnel, a list of project advisors (as applies), a budget and a sample reel or portfolio of past work. The proposal will be reviewed by a PF/PCA screening committee. Once a project is accepted into the Conduiting Program, PF/PCA will administer and turn over all funding raised by the artist after deducting a 5% administration fee.

Services we offer projects:

  • Other: Various artist service support and access to equipment and facilities.

Organization description:
PF/PCA is a nonprofit corporation designed to encourage the creation, understanding, and exhibition of arts and media. PF/PCA offers a curriculum of courses in film, video, and photography to university and independent students, a photography and filmmaking intensive program for adults, media arts education for children and youth, and studio arts education for children and adults. PF/PCA exhibits the work of prominent photographers and filmmakers in its galleries and three screening rooms in Pittsburgh: Melwood Screening Room, Regent Square Theater, and Harris Theater. A key component of PF/PCA’s mission is to provide services for independent artists, including access to equipment, facilities, and professional development opportunities. PF/PCA also fosters a vibrant contemporary arts scene in southwestern Pennsylvania by promoting creativity and accessibility to all forms of visual art. In addition to its studio arts programming, PF/PCA exhibits work by contemporary regional artists in its Shadyside galleries. PF/PCA also supports, promotes, and sells artists’ work to the public and offers a variety of arts education programs to schools and community organizations in the surrounding Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA) were founded in 1971 and 1945 respectively. The two organizations merged in early 2006 to forge a new entity and have been dedicated to serving artists and the community with arts education programming, contemporary arts exhibition, and artist resources for the past decade. PF/PCA is committed to the artist and the advancement of artistic excellence in visual arts.