In addition to the general terms and conditions, the following terms and conditions apply to Artist Start:

Higher visual arts education and working practice
• Applications may be submitted by artists who have completed at least 3 years of higher professional education (HBO) with a visual arts curriculum and have been working as visual artists for at least one year afterwards.
• Applications can be submitted up to 4 years after completing your studies. The date of the diploma or degree, or the date you ended your studies if you did not graduate, is taken into account. Artists who have been practicing professionally for 4 or more years can apply for an Artist Basic grant.
• Visual artists who have completed a master’s degree programme may apply up to 4 years after the date of their degree or, if no degree was obtained, the date of leaving that programme, provided that they followed it consecutively after receiving a bachelor’s degree. This is counted from the date stated on the diploma (or declaration) of the first higher education programme. If there is a period of time between obtaining the bachelor’s degree and starting the master’s programme, this interim period will be deducted from the four-year limit. The interim period is considered part of the professional art practice.
• Visual artists who have followed a master in visual arts programme without a bachelor in visual arts beforehand can apply up to 2 years after leaving the master’s programme. The date of the degree or diploma will be taken into consideration.
• Participation in a post-academic or post-graduate programme, such as the Rijksakademie, de Ateliers, the Jan van Eyck Academy, BAK or Sundaymorning@EKWC, is considered part of the professional art practice.
• Periods during which the applicant is studying do not count towards the duration of the professional practice. An exception to this is participation in post-academic or post-graduate programmes: these periods are considered as professional practice.
• An Artist Start grant cannot be used to fund a course of study. The grant may not be used while attending educational institutions, such as bachelor, master, post-academic or post-graduate programmes.
• To be eligible for a grant, you must be artistically and substantively active and embedded in the professional visual arts in the Netherlands.

If no higher arts education has been followed:
• The applicant must then have a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 4 years of professional practice as a visual artist. The moment when the artist first presents his or her work within the professional visual arts circuit is considered the start of the professional practice. A recent (less than 3 months old) registration extract from the Kamer van Koophandel (KvK, Chamber of Commerce) or comparable foreign organization must be included to confirm that you are registered as a visual artist.

Taxable income
• The taxable income of an Artist Start applicant must not exceed € 35,000 in the period for which the grant would apply.
• The level of the combined income is checked beforehand on the basis of the income tax return for the preceding calendar year. For applications submitted between 1 January and 1 October, the aggregate income from the year before that can be substituted. If the applicant did not file an income tax return in either of the years mentioned, we will ask for a statement of your income, a statement of the reason why you did not file a tax return and/or proof from the tax authorities that you did not have to file a tax return.

Previous applications
– Only one Artist Start grant is awarded to any artist.
– An artist who has previously been rejected on the grounds of artistic performance may not apply for an Artist Start grant within 12 months after the first application date.
– An Artist Start grant may not be applied for during the term of any other financial support from the Mondriaan Fund if the board believes that the contribution could cover the same costs.