Halstead is calling for entries to the 2020 Halstead Grant competition for new jewelry artists with a collection in silver. Applications should be postmarked by August 1, 2020 and are available to download at grant.halsteadbead.com/application. The deadline is August 1st every year. Meet our 2019 winner, Emma Elizabeth Jewelry.
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 2021 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 their business. This will be the 15th year of competition. Many of the past winners have described the grant as a turning point early in their careers. The application will guide you through the steps necessary to create a solid business plan and entrepreneurship strategy.
We are proud of our past finalists and all they have accomplished. However, we recognize that we can and must do better. In 2020, we are reaching out to leaders in our field to listen and learn. We hope to drive more diverse participation in this business development program. The jewelry world is full of opportunity for makers of every race, gender, age, and sexual orientation. We welcome a plurality of perspectives and look forward to seeing the creative impact of new voices in our field.
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, 2015
- Have not applied 3 times already
- Not have ever been convicted of a felony
- Be a U.S. Citizen
The 2020 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 Sarah Rachel Brown.