The Slants Foundation
Transforming communities around the world through the power of art
The Slants Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to changing culture using arts and activism. We are working to amplify underrepresented voices, especially those within the Asian American community and those addressing controversial and timely issues through a social justice lens.
Whether it is on the stage or on the screen, we believe in the power of art to transform the world.
All of our programs help creators dance between the worlds of art and activism. The nonprofit is entirely volunteer-driven and expenses are paid for by The Slants so 100% of funds go directly to artists and programming.
Some of our work includes:
AAMV Fest - A free bimonthly music video festival delivered through AsianAmericanMovies.com to highlight some of our community’s brightest stars.
Artist Residency & Incubator Program - A comprehensive program to allow artists to have focused time for creation, mentorship/growth, and developing a plan to help make their projects scalable and sustainable. Artists are provided their own home in one of the main hubs for arts and activism in the United States and have unparalleled access to industry leaders.
Artist Think Tank - We host a free monthly call that provides opportunities for mentorship and coaching, networking, and collaboration between musicians of Asian Pacific Islander descent.
Countering Hate with Art - During the COVID-19 crisis, we saw two trends: declining support for the arts and a massive increase in anti-Asian discrimination. We saw that as an opportunity to help fund artists who were creating works that sparked empathy and compassion.
DIY Musician Accelerator - We partner with CD Baby to provide a program that includes six months of mentorship, 1000 Digipacks, and distribution. Artists that have completed the program have multiplied their streams/following, secured major endorsement deals, and developed sustainable and scalable strategies for their careers.
Fiscal Sponsorship - We help other aspiring nonprofits pursue their work by providing administrative and financial oversight, grant opportunities, and allowing their supporters to receive tax deductions for their contributions.
The Troublemaker Scholarship - This annual, non-academic scholarship helps support unconventional approaches so addressing social issues using art and activism. It includes a cash gift of up to $1500 as well as continuous mentoring and network support.