Madonna Announces Art For Freedom Grants Program

October 02, 2013
Madonna has announced a grants program in coordination with Art For Freedom, the global digital initiative designed to fuel free speech, to address, respond and protest persecution around the world.

Madonna kicked off Art For Freedom on September 24, 2013 by posting Secretprojectrevolution, a 17-minute video she created with Steven Klein. The film - 'a call to action' - originally premiered on Vice and remains downloadable on Bit Torrent. Artists are encouraged to submit their own work on in the form of video, music, poetry or photography to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution.

As part of the Art For Freedom initiative, Madonna has launched a grants program to support individuals and organizations working to advance social justice. Over the course of the next year she will select one artist each month whose creative expression helps fight oppression, intolerance and complacency. Madonna will award $10,000 to a nonprofit organization or project of the winning artist's choice. All projects must be focused on a social justice issue and exemplify the values of Art For Freedom.

Madonna will select the winning submission each month with the help of a guest curator beginning with Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

"I want to help give a creative voice to those who have been silenced and denied their human rights. Art for Freedom is a platform that gives artists a chance to define freedom through their art. We have already received many incredible submissions. I am inviting all people to express their thoughts on the subject of freedom whether it's describing specific persecution they have experienced, sharing how their rights have been violated and / or sharing their ideas creatively regarding fighting injustice," commented Madonna.

Art For Freedom, launched in partnership with Vice, received over 1000 submissions in the first 48 hours of its inception. These submissions and the ones that follow will become part of the Art For Freedom platform and will be eligible for the Arts For Freedom grants program. Contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork at or tagging original posts #artforfreedom.
October 03, 2013 posted by rabbitbunny
Art for Freedom-Her Best Achievement!
Madonna, I must say this may be your finest achievement of your life!-Let's all fight for freedom in the names of Love and Art! Peace! Shanti!-Rabbitbunny from outside of Baltimore! Love you Madonna!
October 02, 2013 posted by LaIslaMaria
way to go M....
i knew there would be more great things she would do after #secretproject was revealed-and more to come.......
October 02, 2013 posted by Antara
Art For Freedom
A great person, Madonna is, and always will be...
October 02, 2013 posted by Antaeus
Good idea!
Madonna, hello! That's a good idea. What freedom means to me? It's very clear. I think Freedom is a conscience and responsibility. It's an inner, sometimes hard, work. Start with yourself and then it will be reflected positively on the surrounding reality. Freedom is a sincere respect for the rights of others. Thank you, Madonna. You encourage people to think about. But, I hope, a revolution of love is not aggression? Best regards. I'm with you. Always. And I appreciate that I live with you at one time.
October 02, 2013 posted by johnnymerendino
I just love that The Material Girl knows that just because they think we should look as we present ourselves,despite this,we are not them.I would love too be in a position one month from now,a new artist because I am creating the most daring,bold,provocative piece of artistry,too shove it back at all who ignored my loss,the loos of my soulmate,husband,and lover,Mark Stewart Oliver,a reason too lLve to Tell.
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