The Halstead Grant is a powerful way to take your jewelry business to the next level…even if you don’t win! Find the application, resources, An Inside Look and more at Grant.Halsteadbead.com. Applications must be postmarked by August 1st.
The application assumes that you already have outstanding jewelry designs. The questions are designed to introduce emerging jewelers to the concept of a business plan. The winner and finalists receive an invaluable feedback report from the judges, along with their other prizes.
Many winners and finalists applied for the grant in years prior to receiving the award. By going through the process, they were able to make changes to their jewelry businesses and refine their winning applications.
2017 Halstead Grant Winner Kristen Baird says, “While it will take a lot of time and your brain will probably hurt at some point, this experience is valuable and the time spent is an investment in your business. You and your business are worth it.”
Download the application and give yourself some time to really focus on the business side of your jewelry career. Usually, jewelers are so busy getting the work done that there is not of lot of time or energy put toward business planning. 2017 Finalist Emily Shaffer says, “The process allows you to reflect on your present business and what you must to do make it a successful brand in the future. It’s like a business plan template!”
2017 Finalist Alexandra Lozier says, “Filling out the grant application was one of the most challenging yet rewarding things I have ever done for my business! The questions are really hard, and the application was very time consuming, but it was overall an invaluable experience! It was eye-opening for me to crunch the numbers to see what it would take for my business to create a viable long term plan and provide me with a comfortable lifestyle.”
2017 Halstead Grant Finalists
Informed by craft and tradition, every piece of Alexandra Scarlett Jewelry is 100% handcrafted in San Diego, California, with the idea of creating desirable, long lasting pieces for confident and independent women.
Alexandra says, “I create unique jewelry for badass babes. I am committed to empowering women through individuality and personal style. Whether it is a statement necklace or simple everyday ring, my minimal, sculptural, and unique designs allow you to stand out of the crowd without breaking the bank.
Kelsey says, “By pairing intricate hand-twisted filigree work with simple yet thoughtful framework design, I am able to bring the focus to the alluring texture created by using the filigree wire while maintaining a clean modern aesthetic that fits effortlessly into any wardrobe.
Hilary Halstead-Scott says, “Stacy’s innovative look is something entirely new in jewelry. Her layered, hand-pierced forms are striking yet somehow familiar, like exotic creatures from tropical seas or another galaxy perhaps.”
Emily says, “Going to art school within short distances of New York City and Philadelphia exposed me to contemporary art and fashion. Living in rural Maine inspires by sense of resourcefulness and independence, and my drive to create.”
Lucia says that she approaches her work as a problem-solver, fabricating prototypes out of raw materials and incorporating clever mechanisms in her designs that encourage the wearer to interact with the piece in more ways than one.
Madeline says, “I am beyond thrilled and excited for what this means for my career. The process of applying for the Halstead award has been incredibly beneficial for me as I start my business.”
Vanessa says, “Growing up as a choral singer and concert violinist, it’s no surprise that my first collection, HARMONY, has been inspired by my love of music. In Harmony, I explore visual, wearable musical elements. Harmony is also stylistically influenced by the California mid-century design aesthetic.
Tenzabelle has a bold, edgy, artistic aesthetic. As Hilary Halstead-Scott says, “Tezabelle offers a huge selection of bohemian baubles with a celestial touch.” Savannah says, “It is important to me that my brand has a heart. It is amuletic adornment with stringent ethical sourcing made by hand with Fairmined metal.”
2018 Halstead Grant
As 2017 Finalist Madeline Michael says, “Anyone who is considering pursuing the Halstead Grant should stop questioning it and just start! I have told all my peers to at least download the application and review the questions. Even if they don’t end up submitting the application, they will know where to focus their attention and what information is important to consider.”
Madeline’s advice is to take advantage of as many resources as possible for research and initial feedback. She encourages applicants to, “Feel excited about the progress you’re about to make, start early, read the questions over and over again (you’ll think of something new to add each time), push yourself to dive deep, and think of it as a fun creative project, not an intimidating business plan.”
Ready to take the next step for your jewelry business? Download the application at Grant.Halsteadbead.com. Applications must be postmarked by August 1st.
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