2020 Halstead Grant Call for Entries

Deadline: Postmark August 1, 2020

Download an application now for eligibility requirements and complete details

The health of the jewelry industry depends on the continuous flow of new talent and design creativity. It is critical that new artists also hone their business skills in order to effectively manage their small businesses in today's global market. Each summer Halstead awards a grant to a new jewelry designer working primarily in silver. The grant consists of $7,500 in start-up capital and $1,000 in merchandise as well as recognition in the industry. Please check out our Application and eligibility details.

The Halstead Grant started in 2006 and has helped many talented jewelry artists gain a foothold in this challenging field. Past winners agree that receiving the award was a turning point early in their careers when they were wavering on whether or not the jewelry studio was the right place for them. Being singled out by the grant program affirmed their choices and gave them a push to make their business dreams a reality. We hear that the money helps a little bit too!

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Meet the Halstead Grant Judges:

Halstead Grant judging takes a full month every year. These submissions are far more than just portfolio photos. Applicants submit folders or binders full of written essay questions and analysis. Judges go through multiple rounds of scoring and discussion to narrow down the field. Once the field is narrowed down to a certain level, our guest judge for the year joins us in prescott, az for a final intense week of deliberations. special thanks to each of these jurors who invest so much time and care in the process each year.

Hilary Halstead Scott

Hilary founded the Halstead Grant program in 2006 after returning to the family business in 2002. The grant was inspired by her experiences while pursuing her MBA and Masters in International Management. Business plan competitions and consulting projects are common in graduate business schools across the country. She saw the benefit of the business plan approach in pushing entrepreneurs to prepare for the launch of a start-up. So, the concept of a business development award and program for jewelry designers was born. Hilary often heard her parents lament the struggles of talented jewelry artist clients trying to tackle the business side of their studio practices. She thought a grant competition would be an ideal way to give back to the jewelry making community while also inspiring jewelers to take the time out of their busy schedules to prioritize business strategy. Hilary is passionate about encouraging small businesses owners to succeed. She is available as a speaker on the Halstead Grant and business development for small jewelry businesses.

Halstead Grant Judge Tom & Suzie Halstead

Tom & Suzie Halstead

Tom & Suzie Halstead founded Halstead Bead, Inc. in 1973. The business evolved from their jewelry making hobby into a findings and supply mail order catalog company. The company was founded on beads but is now a full-service jewelry studio supplier. Halstead has grown over the years and changed with the times to become an ecommerce wholesale supplier to thousands of small jewelry businesses around the world. Tom & Suzie are now retired but remain active on the Halstead Board of Directors and the Halstead Grant program.

Halstead Grant Judge Kelli Greene

Kelli Greene

Kelli Greene is the Business Development Specialist at Halstead. She works closely with our large accounts to consult on sourcing needs and business issues. She is also a part of our Marketing team where she specializes in digital media and promotional campaigns. Kelli and her husband are metalsmiths who operated their own independent jewelry studio for many years. She knows first-hand about the challenge of running a small jewelry business while creating a collection at the bench. She has operated a jewelry website, a retail store and participated in craft shows to sell her work.




Meet the Guest Judge:

Each year Halstead brings in an industry professional to help the judging process. Our guest judge joins Hilary Halstead Scott, Tom & Suzie Halstead, and Kelli Greene on the jury panel. We are grateful to each of these volunteers for their time and contributions. Visit our past judge profiles to read about their insights on the process.

2019 Halstead Grant Guest Judge - Liz Kantner

Liz Kantner is heavily involved in the jewelry world. She consults upcoming jewelry designers and curates trade shows. From content creation and social media planning to press outreach and industry networking Kantner is the marketing guru for new jewelry designers. Liz and her partner Chris own and operate a tattoo shop and gallery in West Asheville, North Carolina. Liz carries a small selection of independent jewelry designers.

Past Judges:

2018 - Michael David Sturlin 2017 - Marthe Le Van 2016 - Cathleen McCarthy
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