Halstead is calling for entries to the 2019 Halstead Grant competition for new jewelry artists with a collection in silver. Applications should be postmarked by August 1, 2019 and are available to download at grant.halsteadbead.com/application. The deadline is August 1st every year. Learn about our 2018 winner, Emily Shaffer Studio.
About the Halstead Grant
Each year, the Halstead Grant awards $7,500 in start-up capital, $1,000 in merchandise, a trip to Halstead headquarters in Prescott, AZ and recognition in the jewelry industry. In addition, the winner receives help with press strategies, the cover and feature spread in the annual grant publication Reveal and a showcase in the 2020 Halstead Catalog. Finalists in the Top 10 receive $500 while finalists in the Top 5 receive $250. All awardees also receive a trophy.
Hilary Halstead Scott and the Halstead team started the program in 2006 as a way to encourage new jewelry business owners to take a step back from their bench and seriously look at their plans and goals for the future of their business. This will be the 14th year of competition. Many of the past winners have described the grant as a turning point early in their career. The application will guide you through the steps necessary to create a solid business plan and entrepreneurship strategy.
To be eligible for the grant, you must:
- Be a student or professional jewelry designer
- Intend to pursue a full-time career in metal jewelry design
- Have a cohesive collection of metal jewelry for resale
- Have a line that includes significant sterling or fine silver elements
- Intend to sell at a national level
- Have started selling jewelry after January 1, 2016
- Not have ever been convicted of a felony
- Be a U.S. Citizen
The 2019 judging committee consists of Halstead President - Hilary Halstead Scott and Marketing Project Manager - Kelli Vanyek Greene. They will be joined this year by guest judge Liz Kantner.