Dear Artists: The Dallas Observer Is Giving Away Money

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The Dallas Observer just opened nominations for its annual Masterminds competition.

We're passing out a total of $6,000 in no-strings-attached cash to driven Dallas County residents who are making a difference through film, visual arts, dance, fashion, performance, theater and other non-music avenues of expression. We're looking for people who have an impact on the local arts so we can hand them a little cash to use how they like. There's no need to pitch a project; we just hope it makes living and making art in Dallas a little easier for the winners. After all, rent is expensive and bar tabs don't pay themselves.

If that's you or someone you know, fill out this painless submission form. The deadline is December 13 and amounts distributed vary between $1,000 and $2,000 per award. These aren't popularity contests: They're determined by a panel of Dallas Observer staffers, members of the arts community and previous Mastermind award winners. Remember: We can't give it to you if we don't know about you.

Those chosen as this year's Masterminds will be honored at Artopia, the Dallas Observer's annual celebration of all-things-artsy, happening on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

Last year's winners were: Dylan Hollingsworth, Brian K. Jones and Brian K. Scott (Chuck and George), Carolyn Sortor, Erica Felicella, Delilah Muse and Jeffrey Schmidt.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

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