The Midburn event will take place from May 28 to June 2, 2017 in Southern Israel.

The Midburn association set itself a goal: to ensure an event filled with unique and multidisciplinary art and therefore to motivate the artists to create unconventional arts, without limits or boundaries – breakthrough art that is not affected by social norms or commercial considerations and brings forth the artist’s point of view without any other influences.

For more details, please visit – Midburn’s art page.

Midburn annually allocates a portion of its proceeds from the event to support the arts, in addition to the budget that comes from fundraising for the arts throughout the year in various channels. In order to distribute the financial resources in a controlled manner that is both intelligent and transparent, and given that the foundation’s financial resources for the event are limited, we established an art fund that aims to assist and support the artists who wish to participate in the event.

This year, the application process for art presentations at the event will be done through a system that was created especially for this and was tested at the Midburnerot event and the Swedish burn event – the Dreams Platform (a link to the system - In order to facilitate the process for artists, many resources were invested in order to significantly consolidate and simplify it. When applying, it is necessary to provide details as part of the process for the grant request.  

The system will open for registration on Jan. 11, 2017 and final submission has to be done before Feb. 11, 2017. Answers will be given no later than Feb. 25, 2017.

This year, the community will have the choice of deciding how 10% of the fund’s money will be divided. After the foundation awards its grants according to the criteria listed below, an additional 50,000 NIS will be allocated for distribution within the Dreams Platform, and every community member will be given the opportunity to vote for the art installations they want to support.

 The creation’s attributes:

1.Concept (15 pts)

2. Visibility (10 pts)

3. Interactive capability (10 pts)

4. Continuity of the work (10 pts)

5. Theme (5 pts)

Execution potential

6. Technical specifications (15 pts)

7. Budget (10 pts)

8. Execution potential (10 pts)

9. Financial management (5 pts)

In addition, this year there will be another criterion that examines the quality of the overall application:

10. Application quality (10 pts)

Here are the criteria in the same order they appear in the application form in the Dreams Platform, in order to simplify the application process, it should be noted that there is no perfect overlap between the application sections and the criteria, and the application is examined as a whole.

1. Concept (15 pts) – the Midburn fund encourages original installations with a vision. Priority will be given to installations that combine various creative disciplines, different materials, interesting techniques and a general artistic statement. Installations that show an interesting philosophy and a deep thought behind them will receive a higher score.

2. Technical specifications (15 pts) examination of the level of depth and thought that were given to the technical aspect of the creation, such as the materials used or the llevel of detail in the sketches. The artists will be requested to provide clear drawings and diagrams of the installation, including its dimensions. 3D drawings are highly welcome. The drawings should also include the scaling (preferably adding a human figure along the drawing in order to show the scale).

3. Interactivity (10 pts) the Midburn event encourages active participation of all its participants in order to enhance the personal experience and create interaction between participants. An interactive installation is one that the participants can affect the way it’s presented or take an active part in it. An installation will also be counted as interactive if it affects the participants through a message that stimulates discussion or a significantly big installation that can be a focal point to the event’s participants. We also encourage big installation that use the unique platform created by the desert.

4. Visibility (10 pts) – there are at least 2 different show times in the Midburn experience – day and night, each with their own set of rules. The installation needs to take into account how it looks and how it contributes the Playa, both during the day (in sunlight) and during the night (with lights and illumination).

5. Continuity of the work (10 pts) we seek to put more focus on artworks that think outside of the limited Midburn event and community. Throughout the entire process – by collaborating with groups outside the community during the creation process or places the installation can be presented in besides the Midburn event. This criterion examines the project’s/creation’s ability to be relevant in the public space as well as emphasizing the continuity and the ability to expand the work’s impact.

6. Budget (10 pts) – the artist/s will be asked to submit a detailed budget after receiving quotes from vendors. The budget should be split between an essential minimum budget (the baseline that without it the installation can’t be created) and a regular budget. The budget needs to be realistic and to correspond with technical specifications that were submitted. A project without a detailed budget that wasn’t created by the budget format will not be reviewed. Please leave out the following: the artist’s or craftsmen’s salaries, daily expenses, tools (you can add consumables such as – drills, hacksaws, etc.), food for the team, swag for the team or for the fundraising/parties, rental of work areas.

7. Financial management (5 pts) – financial management means examining how much the team understands and accepts the financial significance of bringing an installation to the Playa. This section will examine the team’s ability to raise the necessary funds for creating an installation, both in terms of budget liquidity (if a grant is given, it will only be received two months after the event and after compliance with all the conditions) and in the ability to raise more funds, since the fund only supports up to 50% of the installation’s costs, depending on the available resources (last year the fund only supported up to 40% of the installations’ costs and most installations got a 30% support). The fund will also examine the use of recycled materials and effective methods of resource utilization.

8. Execution potential (5 pts) – This section examines two aspects. One is an examination of the specific abilities of the team (and relevant backgrounds of team members) to create the installation. It should be noted that in the first phase the application, it is acceptable if a team lacks some abilities, as long as they state their abilities and lack thereof along with their recruitment plans. The other aspect relates to the financial plan — how the project idea will become a finished installation and then transported to the desert area. The depth of the plan will be examined, along with project construction, transport, dismantling and MOOP handling.

9. Gantt (5 pts) – the project’s schedule – the Midburn event has specific timelines and it’s important for us that the art teams stay on schedule. A team that knows in advance their tasks and when each task should be carried out is a team whose installation has a much higher chance of getting to the event and to the city’s art area (Playa).

10. Theme (5 pts) –  Each year the Midburn event has a theme that frames it, accompanies the event and also refers to the creation process of the community and the event. These are the Midburn themes by their year – it should be stated how the project/creation refer to the theme (if it does at all).

2014 – Genesis

2015 – Transcendence

2016 – Abracadabra

2017 – Lucid dream

11. Application quality (10 pts) – The criterion seeks to prioritize applications that are organized, detailed, comprehensible, with apparent depth of thought and meaningful work.

  • If an installation is changed, merged with another or the artist decides to opt out of participation in Midburn, the artist is obligated to inform the Fund promptly.
  • The final date for grant applications is Feb 11, 2017, at 11:59 PM. The Fund will notify the artists on their grant win no later than Feb 25, 2017.
  • It should be clarified that getting the grant is conditioned upon signing the grant receival appendix and submitting it by Mar 25, as well as committing to the criteria set by the fund.
  • It should be clarified that an artist who does not submit a safety portfolio to the art department on time and does not complete their registration in the department will not receive a grant.
  • In order to receive the grant, the artists must fill a summary report and submit it by July 15, 2017. In the summary repor,t the artists will be requested to present 6 HD photos of the installation (3 from daytime and 3 from nighttime) as well as the details of the final budget. You have to make sure you take photos of the installation during the day and the night. Installations that do not meet all the requirements of the summary report will not receive a grant.
  • Grants will be given after the event, until Sept 1, 2017, and only after meeting all of the above criteria.


This year the grant applications are submitted in parallel to the project applications through a wonderful system – the Dream system.

The system will open for applications on Jan 11, 2017 and will close on Feb 11, 2017. It should be noted that application editing or dream creation will be available after Feb 11, but the fund will only consider applications that were fully completed by that day (including a detailed budget, sketches, drawings and every detail that is required for the application).

If you need assistance with filling out the applications, go the the art guild group on Facebook.


The Dreams platform is a system built by the Swedish community of Burning Man and was embraced, translated and adapted to our needs. The purpose of this platform is to make the dreams and ideas of the creators more accessible as well as to enable the creators to submit their dreams to the Midburn art fund and art department and to share with the community.

This year, it was decided that the community will take part in the fund’s distribution of resources.The fund is creating a pilot for the distribution of resources by the community through the Dreams platform. The fund will allocate 50,000 NIS for distribution, using the Dreams platform, to exhibits that choose to participate in the “hearts distribution”.

Every Midburn profile owner receives 10 hearts to distribute to exhibits, and money will be allocated to exhibits based on the hearts they collect. This money will be in addition to the assistance from the art fund. The value of each heart will be decided based on the total amount of hearts distributed by the community. As a calculation guideline, each heart will be worth One NIS (New Israeli Shekel). “Hearts distribution” will be available starting March 1st and will be held for two weeks.

First of all, grab a towel and don’t panic! Please take into account that the majority of details required are worth contemplating now if you really want to bring art to the Midburn event. It’s OK if you still don’t have the answers to everything–we are aware that most projects are still in their early stages. We recommend coming to one of the Open Days. Artists’ Open

Day will held by the art department on January 6th, or Milgaton (scholarship hackathon) on February 3rd. All details are available on the FB page or through email.   

Artist should purchase tickets during the general sales. The art fund does not have tickets allocated for artists. Projects that encounter some difficulties can apeal to the Exceptions

Committee through the art department. More details can be found here.

Like other art funds, the teams will get the support money at the end of the project, after it is fully removed from the playa and after the final report is submitted. In the final report, the artists will be asked to present 3 high quality day pictures and 3 high quality night pictures of their  art project, as well as a detailed actual budget (money actually used) compared to the initial budget that was filed to the fund. After completing these terms, the fund will transfer the scholarship to the account indicated in the request no later than September 1st, 2017.

The Midburn art fund is a unique one, however we do not restrict projects from applying for other funds. Apply to as many funds as you can find! In addition, we would love to connect with “sister” funds.

The Midburn art fund receives all the applications for art projects, processes them and budgets them according to the available resources and in comparison to other projects.

The Midburn art department keeps in touch with the different projects during the creation process and the event while offering support (personal, technical and logistical) to the teams and determining the location of each project on the playa (the art zone of the Midburn event).

The fund provides support in the range of 500 to 40,000 NIS (on special occasions). Last year, the fund was able to give at most 40% of the budget needed for each project and 30% of the budget on average. We speculate that this year the scope of support will decrease due to the increase in the number of projects asking for support. Sometimes great art does not require great funds, sometimes the role of the artist is as an alchemist (turning rubbish into gold).

This is great!

However, the fund only supports projects to be presented on the playa – the open field at the heart on the Midburn city. The fund will not support art in, or adjacent to, camps in order to support artists that do not have the backing of a theme camp, and due to the fact that the fund was not meant to support camp activities or decor, which are intended to be the giftings of the camp to other burners.

The fund will try to support as many projects as possible, as long as such projects meet the guidelines and considering the extent of resources. There is no limit on the number of projects which can receive support.

For Example –

In 2016 – 109 projects were submitted to the fund, of which we supported 70 projects and the fund gave a total of 328,000 NIS.

In 2015 – 79 projects were submitted. Out of these, 33 received the full grant, 20 received a partial grant, and 26 projects announced they decided not to go ahead with the work during the buildup towards the event. In total, the fund gave 287,720 NIS that  were divided into 140,400 NIS and 254 recognition tickets to the art teams.

In 2014 – 43 applications were submitted and all of them received a grant. All the applications that were submitted were eligible to get a ticket, and 22 projects were presented in the event. The artists received a total of 78 tickets and the total amount of grants given was 45,300 NIS.

The fund’s resources come from the event’s ticket sales and from the annual gala event arranged by the art fund and the Midburn association. In addition, there are more efforts throughout the year to produce various fundraising events, apart from the fundraising efforts of institutions.

This year, the fund has 390,000 NIS for installation distribution, 50,000 of which will be distributed through the Dream system.

The fund has 7 members – the election committee’s members are – Ori Golad, Avital Lahat and Rei Dishon (the fund’s chairman), and the ongoing operations (meetings, emails, excel sheets, transfers, coordinations and more) is done by Tal Shavit (the fund’s CEO), Dalia Frank and Adi Druker.

After we get all the applications, each member of the fund goes over them personally and then we meet for a couple of days to go over the projects and rate them according to the guidelines (relying on parallel contemporary art funds, the Burning Man’s fund and other regional events in the community). According to this rating, we divide the fund’s resources while doing the best we can to support and balance between the different projects and their different needs.

The grant amount is determined by each project’s minimal and maximal cost, the application quality, the character and quality of the creation, impression of the project’s execution possibility, and all in comparison to the other projects that were submitted this year.

Yes, projects at a large scale sometimes have a bigger impact, and this is also one of Midburn’s advantages – the ability to contain large installations that wouldn’t go through the door in regular galleries. But we also know that sometimes a small flower or a “gem” in the middle of a desert can have as much impact as a big installation.


The grant covers raw materials, different suppliers and transport. The fund does not cover the artist’s daily expenses and salaries.