Halstead Jewelry Grant

Halstead Grant Call for Entries

Deadline August 1, 2016

PRESCOTT, AZ (March 2016): New metal jewelry artists are invited to apply for the newly increased 11th annual Halstead Grant, which places equal emphasis on jewelry design excellence and business strategy acumen.

The 2016 Halstead Grant Winner will receive an increased prize of $7500 in cash, $1000 in supplies and a feature article in a new, annual grant publication. The top prize also includes a trip to Prescott, Arizona; signature trophy; feature profile and jewelry showcase in catalog; extensive coverage on the Halstead website and social media channels; press release to industry and local media; and a feedback report from the judging committee.

New for 2016, Halstead Grant Finalists will receive $500 cash for Top 5 placement or $250 for Top 10 placement. Finalist awards also include: Coverage in the new annual grant publication; signature Grant Finalist trophy; blog profile; media exposure; press release assistance; and a feedback report from the judging committee.

Qualified applicants should be US jewelers who have recently launched independent metal jewelry lines with the intention of selling to a national audience. To apply, candidates must submit a portfolio and answers to specific business questions. The application is designed to encourage strategic planning and sound management practices amongst new jewelers.

2015 Halstead Grant Winner Samantha Skelton says, “Prior to the application process, I had been working towards small goals. But, being able to see a big picture has really helped me take the next steps forward." Halstead President Hilary Halstead Scott says, “The application answers should show a holistic approach to developing a brand and managing production to meet changing demand as the business grows.”

For more information on eligibility and to download an application, please visit www.halsteadbead.com/grant. Watch a grant retrospective video and find links to past winners and finalists.

About The Halstead Grant

The Halstead Grant competition began in 2006 to inspire the pursuit of excellence in design and business practices in the jewelry arts community. Halstead Scott says, “The health of the jewelry industry depends on the continuous flow of new talent and design creativity. The Grant has helped talented jewelry artists gain a foothold in this challenging field.”

Applicants must submit a design portfolio in addition to elements of a successful business plan including marketing strategy, production capacity and financial analysis. Past winners include well-known brands such as Belle Brooke Designs and Ananda Khalsa. 10 Finalists are also recognized each year.

Halstead's mission is to support jewelry entrepreneurs with quality jewelry supplies and great service. The company was founded 40 years ago and is now managed by the second generation of the Halstead family. Visit HalsteadBead.com to learn more, connect on social media and see videos of the team in action.

The Halstead Grant is an annual jewelry grant that began in 2006. If you are interested in applying please see our grant application, FAQ and grant information pages. Click here for hints & tips articles on starting a jewelry business. We also offer a list of links and small business resources for the industry. Click here for past Halstead Grant winners, finalists and press coverage. The award is sponsored by Halstead Bead, Inc a wholesaler of jewelry supplies since 1973.
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