Film Production Guide: Support Services

Seattle Area and Washington

101 Prefontaine Place South
Seattle WA 98104

(206) 296.7580

Facebook: 4Culture
Twitter: 4Culture
Instagram: kc4culture

4Culture is a support agency for the arts in King County. 4Culture offers opportunities for all kinds of cultural funding and support in King County, with deadlines rolling out throughout the year.
It also offers project consulting services.  (See also Film Production Guide: Business & Legal, Support Services)

Artist Trust
1835 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122-2437

(206) 467-8734

Founded in 1986, Artist Trust helps Washington State artists of all disciplines thrive. Since then, Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in Washington State artists through funding, trainings, and resources and has provided programs that meet the changing needs of artists. Artist Trust helps artists establish and maintain careers through direct support, connections, and advocacy.

  • Support – AT directly supports artists with: grants that invest in artists at crucial points in their careers; classes and webinars teach the business of being an artist, from financial management to marketing and social media; and online resources provide information specifically for artists about employment, healthcare, and housing, among other vital needs.
  • Connect – AT helps artists connect with other artists, gatekeepers, and supporters through events and networking opportunities, and give them the tools to create community and build audience in the Northwest and beyond.
  • Advocate –AT listens to what artists need and advocate with them locally and nationally. An annual artist survey and town halls help AT discover and make visible current issues impacting the livelihoods of working artists across Washington State.

Arts Northwest
104 N. Laurel Street, Suite 116
Port Angeles, WA 98362

(360) 457-9290

Arts Northwest is a unique partnership organization that has been serving presenters and artists in WA, OR, ID and beyond for more than years. Arts Northwest features an annual booking conference originally supported by the Idaho, Washington, and Oregon Arts Commissions. As a result, the conference started rotating between the three states to a variety of cities.

Arts NW serves a growing membership of more than 500 organizations and individuals from 10 of the western states, and increasing participation by artists and agents from most of the nation and several countries. Arts NW services range from technical support and publications, mentoring and professional development programs and of course, the annual convening of the Arts Northwest Booking Conference.

Check website for member benefits.

Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
PO Box 94748
Seattle, WA 98124-4748

(206) 684-7171

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the city's public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, LANGSTON (formerly the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute), and The Creative Advantage initiative. Its work fosters a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. In alignment with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative, it works to eliminate institutional racism in its programs, policies and practices.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs maintains a website of listings for grants, arts jobs, arts news and educational and networking events. (See also Film Production Guide: Support Services)

Washington State Arts Alliance Foundation
6114 12th Ave NE
Seattle WA 98115

206) 437-3784

Washington State Arts Alliance, the statewide arts advocacy organization, works to promote public funding, legislation, and policy favorable to the arts. Washington State Arts Alliance Foundation works to increase knowledge, understanding, appreciation and practice of the arts through communication and education. A dedicated board runs the Arts Alliance and Foundation, and works with arts advocates around the state.

Washington State Arts Commission
Mailing Address:
PO Box 42675
Olympia, WA 98504-2675

711 Capitol Way S., Suite 600
Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 753-3860

ArtsWA is the Washington State Arts Commission, a state government agency established in 1961. ArtsWA offers grants aimed at conserving and developing the state’s arts resources. ArtsWA programs and funding opportunities include grants to K-12 education, partners, special projects, and organizations.

ArtsWA is committed to values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and creative expression. It believes in diverse forms of artistic expression, and in access to arts and arts education for all individuals in our state.

Portland and Oregon

Northwest Film Center
Classes and Offices
934 SW Salmon Street
Portland, Oregon 97205

Portland Art Museum
Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205

(503) 221-1156

Contact: Consult the Staff Directory

Established in 1971, the Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence. NWFC provides a variety of film and video exhibition, education, and information programs primarily directed to the residents of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.

The NWFC conducts an active year-round exhibition program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works that showcase a wide array of regional, national, and international cinema and video art. Several annual festivals, thematic series, special retrospectives, visiting artist programs, and free screenings of new world cinema for high school classes also highlight contributions to the art form.

The NWFC’s education programs provide classes, workshops, studios, and camps to working and aspiring video storytellers, and youth in 4th-12th grades.

Other services NWFC offers filmmakers include: administering the Media Arts Fellowship, serving as a fiscal agent for independent producers in need of non-profit sponsorship, and offering low-cost equipment access to community producers.

Oregon Arts Commission Media Arts Fellowship
775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, Oregon 97301-1280

(503) 986-0082
(800) 735-2900

The Oregon arts Commission support the arts in the State of Oregon. OAC awards grants to individual artists and arts organizations, offers business and legal advice, manages a call-board for jobs, and lobbies on behalf of the arts in the State of Oregon.

The Oregon Media Arts Fellowship(s) provide financial and other support for production expenses to enable Oregon film or video artists to create or complete new work or works in progress. The Media Arts Fellowship(s) recognize and assist media artists whose work shows exceptional promise and who have demonstrated a commitment to film or video art.

Search page for local arts councils in Oregon: To encourage and enable community building and information exchange, the Arts Commission has compiled a list of almost 50 arts associations and organizations from all regions of the state. Get contact and website information by searching by agency name or city.

Oregon Cultural Trust
775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200
Salem, Oregon 97301

(503) 986-0088

The Oregon Cultural Trust supports the arts in the State of Oregon.

The Oregon Cultural Trust champions and invests in the statewide cultural exchange and creative expression that make Oregon uniquely Oregon. OCT awards grants to individual artists and organizations and offers webinars on how to write an effective grant.

Regional Arts & Culture Council
108 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97209-3318

(503) 823-5111

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) receives funding from a variety of public and private partners to serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.

RACC awards grants to individual artists and organizations; manages a grant search engine for regional, national and international grants; manages a call-board for jobs and auditions; hosts an online resource directory of research publications, businesses and organizations that support the arts, available workspace and housing, and upcoming workshops and lectures; and lobbies on behalf of the arts in the State of Oregon and Washington D.C.

* Also see Theatre Production Guide: Support Services.