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Removing financial barriers for creatives, so you can break the Internet—not the bank.

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About the Elevate Creatives Fund

The 100,000 USD Elevate Creatives Fund is designed to remove financial barriers for creatives, so they can break the Internet—not the bank. Five recipients will each receive:

Eligible applicants include independent creators and freelance creatives and consultants in the US and Canada. The recipients will be selected based on the quality of their work, creative ambitions, and contribution to their communities.

Applications are open between now and September 15, 2023, the FINAL deadline is September 15th. Submit your application now through this one-page form!

Application Requirements

Judging Criteria

A special judge panel from the Shorty Awards' judging community - the Real Time Academy - will be reviewing the applications and the recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

Jury members include:


Key Dates and Fees

Wave will cover the application fee for anyone with a Wave account (it's free to sign up!). After signing up, simply check the box confirming you have an account and enter the same business name registered with Wave. Signing up isn’t a requirement to apply, nor a condition to receive the fund.

Fund Distribution

The total of $100,000 cash fund will be distributed to the five recipients at $20,000 each by December 31, 2023. Payment will be made directly to the bank account provided by each of the eligible recipients. The bank account must be associated with the individual applicant or their registered business. The recipients may be asked to provide proof of identity or their registered business, such as tax forms from the previous year. The Elevate Creatives Fund, the Shorty Awards, and Wave accept no responsibility for any tax implications. Applicants must seek their own independent financial advice.


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