The 42-year-old filmmaker admits that the process can be rough. “It’s hard to break through; only 2% to 3% or less of those who apply to ITVS get funded. When I did Beyond Beats & Rhymes, I actually got rejected by the PBS folks twice.” He went through two years and several rewrites of his proposal. “You have to keep at it,” adds Hurt.
There are various grants, fellowships, and awards available to musicians, performing artists, writers, filmmakers, and visual artists. The Foundation Center
is a great starting point.