What to Expect Upon Receiving a BRC Honorarium Grant

Significant Dates for 2023 Honoraria Artists

  • Early March: 2023 Honoraria selected and notified
  • Early March: 2023 Honoraria public announcement
  • Mid-March: Deadline for Honoraria artists to fill out the Art Installation Questionnaire via custom link
  • March: Kick-off Meeting (weekdays during business hours, one hour time commitment)
  • March/April: Contracts signed. First payment is issued after the contract is signed.
  • May/June: Fire Safety Meeting (if applicable)
  • June 1: Art Support Services (ASS) Resource Request due
  • July 1: Crew members finalized, names for tickets and early arrivals submitted
  • Sunday, August 27, Sunrise: All Honoraria art projects are fully installed
  • Sunday, August 27, 6pm: Burning Man event officially begins
  • Monday, September 4: Burning Man event officially ends, Honoraria projects begin deinstallation and clean up
  • October 1: Final report and high-resolution images due
  • November 15: Performance Deposit checks sent
(Click to enlarge the “Road to the Playa” image)


Burning Man makes certain on-playa resources available for purchase by Honoraria artists. These items are requested pre-event, confirmed by Art Support Services, and delivered at the event. All on-playa resources will be subtracted from the project’s performance deposit. A tracking of on-playa resource use will be shared post-event.

Questionnaires and Contract

  • Artists selected to receive funding from Burning Man must also submit an Art Installation Questionnaire and coordinate and comply with all ARTery requirements for on-playa art. Burning Man Arts and its appointees will be the governing agency for placement, production, and coordination of support services, and the ARTery and its appointees will serve as the point of contact for project leads regarding all issues of safety and playa art management.
  • Participating groups will be required to sign a written agreement (i.e., a contract) with Burning Man which establishes terms for the management and execution of the project from conception through installation, deinstallation, and clean up. The contract also outlines the support services and coordination that will (and will not) be provided by Burning Man Project. Note that Burning Man Project must report Honorarium payments to the IRS with form 1099-misc. Artists receiving an honorarium, particularly for larger projects, may wish to consider the tax and other financial implications of receiving this grant money. Some projects choose to form an LLC or other organization. Burning Man Project cannot give specific legal or tax advice, and encourages artists to seek professional counsel.
  • Art groups not planning on being part of a theme camp but wishing to camp closer to the Esplanade than G Street are required to fill out a Placement Questionnaire to register for an Art Support Camp. An Art Support Camp does not require artists to have the interactivity of a theme camp since the art installation is the gift. Registering for an Art Support Camp notifies Burning Man’s Placement Team that an artist group will be on playa before the gates open and will want their camp to be placed. The Placement Questionnaire is available via Burner Profiles and typically closes on the last Thursday in April.


Being a Black Rock City Honoraria artist requires a significant time investment, including several mandatory meetings. Below is a list of the mandatory meetings, the team members that should be involved, and the estimated time requirement. Please note there may be additional meetings required. Meetings will take place via phone/video conferencing.

Meeting Purpose Role(s) Attending Estimated Time
Kick-off Meeting (March) Review of submitted info team size, arrival dates, materials, etc. Project Lead(s), Fire Safety Lead (if applicable) 1 hour
Fire Safety Meeting (if applicable) (May/June) Fire-specific information review Fire Safety Lead, Perimeter Leads 30 – 45 minutes

Other Expectations

  • Early Arrival: As a funded project, you are required to have your installation completed by sunrise on the Sunday that the event begins. Your build crew must be available to arrive on-playa during the week prior to the event (or sometimes earlier, if your project is very large/complex). In our kick-off meeting we will determine an exact date and number of work access passes (which allow for arrival before the gates open) for your project.
  • DepartureHonoraria artists are expected to keep their projects installed until the final Monday of the event, when the event ends. Exceptional circumstances may allow for a negotiation of an earlier deinstallation date, but expect that the standard is to start teardown on Monday and no sooner.
  • Timeliness and Deadlines: Our deadlines are firm; we do not operate on “playa time.” We will be requesting things throughout the season (i.e., response to emails, signing up for meeting dates, crew lists for tickets/early arrivals) and we ask that you respect our deadlines and be as prompt as possible in responding to our requests. We know that some deadlines can seem early in your installation’s development, but these deliverables affect other teams and other timelines as well. We will make sure to communicate clearly the deadlines for each deliverable. If you cannot make a deadline let us know as quickly as possible; it may be possible to negotiate a slightly different date.
  • Significant Changes: If you want to make any significant changes to your art project from what we have agreed to fund, you must contact us in writing and receive our approval in writing prior to June 1st (and preferably earlier). We know there are changes and evolutions to installations as they move from concept to reality, and we want to make sure we are in the loop about your requested changes. The worst thing is for us not to be informed. This can impact your deposit, and could even result in our asking for return of the honorarium funds.

Required Reading

As you begin planning for your art project, we ask that you read the information found here: