Apart from being a rapper and producer, Swizz Beatz is also an art collector. Under his Dean Collection, an initiative he set up with his wife Alicia Keys, Beatz (real name Kasseem Dean) set up an art grant for artists across the world.
In announcing the initiative called Dean Collection St(art)ups, Beatz said that the artist would keep all the money from the show they create.
ATTENTION Deadline May 31st ‼️ There are so many amazing artists out there, but it’s hard to break through. For all my creatives, it’s time to take your career into your own hands! Today, @thedeancollection is launching a new initiative called “The Dean Collection St(Art)ups”. We want to give 20 people $5,000‼️ each to put on their own art show . Any theme. Any medium. You keep 100% of what you sell. This is a Global project !! Link in bio for more information ⬆ @thedeancollection ⚡️⚡️⚡️Fyi #nocommission LA is still going down!! By the artist for the artist with the people !!!!!!! Please spread the word! #TDC20
The $100,000 art grant was to be shared among 20 artists, four of whom are from Africa.
According to Beatz, the grant is unrestricted but a winner can also earn $25,000 based on what they will do with the grant.
Scroll through to learn more about the African artists who won $5,000 each.