National Endowment for the Arts
The National Medal of the Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government, and is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who “…are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.”
Nominees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have filed for naturalization and who are not ineligible to become U.S. citizens. Nominated organizations must be established or incorporated in the United States. The National Council on the Arts will only consider living candidates and organizations.
Nominations are accepted only via the online nomination form. (Because of difficulties with receipt of mail, the Arts Endowment will no longer receive nominations by mail.)
In writing your nomination, please provide concrete examples of what the nominee has accomplished that merits receiving the highest honor the U.S. Government awards to artists and arts patrons. Career highlights, not comprehensive biographies, are requested. Provide sources for the information where possible. This award is bestowed only to U.S. citizens who have made exceptional contributions to the arts; the most competitive nominees will be familiar to the reviewers. The purpose of your nomination is to remind the reviewers that your nominee should be considered.
The information requested on the “For All Nominations” section is the most important; any critical biographical material should be provided here. Please provide the source(s) of the information. Brochures, books, or music samples will not be accepted.
You can submit more than one nomination, but you must complete separate nomination forms for each nominee.
If you have additional questions, contact the NEA’s Office of the Chief of Staff at (202) 682-5434.