Fine Arts Funding Board

The Fine Arts Funding Board (FAFB) is a student-run umbrella organization. Annually, FAFB allocates student funds to support its member entities:

  • ECU Gospel Choir
  • ECU Marching Pirates
  • ECU/Loessin Playhouse
  • Student Forum for Musical Organizations (SFMO)
  • Wellington B. Gray Gallery
  • Visual Arts Forum (which funds and governs 15 student guilds)
    • Art History
    • Animation/Interactive Design
    • Art Education
    • Film and Video Production
    • Ceramics
    • Design Associates
    • Discovering Arts
    • Graduate Arts Forum
    • Illustration
    • Metals
    • Painting
    • Photography
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture
    • Textiles


Seven students comprise the Fine Arts Funding Board (one representative per organization plus a president). In addition to allocating funds to the member organizations, the FAFB is charged with equitably allocating an emergency fund.


Emergency funding can be requested of the FAFB by any member organization and/or by an individual student affiliated with a member organization. Requests are often granted to support projects and situations that are novel, could not have been included in an organization’s budget due to timing, that reflect honorably on the institution, and/or warrant special consideration because of merit. Examples of previous support include funding to send the ECU Chamber Singers to win an international competition and hotel support for four actors invited to a national audition.


Meetings are held throughout the academic year and are set by the FAFB president.


To submit a proposal, contact advisor Michael Crane ( or 252-328-5386).

If you represent a member organization and are requesting the release of funds, use the portal below.



How the money works:

Once a member organization allocates funds in support of a project (grants permission), the project leader must use the FAFB portal (to request the processing of funds according to ECU guidelines). FAFB funds are primarily used to make restricted purchases, pay guest artist honoraria and support elements of student travel.


Retaining a guest artist

Only select ECU employees are permitted to enter into contracts. If you seek the services of a guest artist, you will be asked to provide certain details, as follows, so that a contract can be extended:

  • Full name of the artist
  • Artist website
  • Full contact information including active email, phone number and mailing address
  • A succinct statement explaining, in terms that the general public will understand, why the artist is worthy of engagement.
  • A schedule of proposed activities on campus, including the date, time and location of each event, anticipated audience size, and description of the audience (student, public, etc.).
  • The artist fee. The fee may include travel expenses. Contact Kelley Kirk (, 252-328-5325) to discuss lodging options, state allowable mileage reimbursement rates, and more. The fee will likely be subjected to a four percent North Carolina withholding tax. Additional complications can arise in attempting to engage artists that do not have a U.S. Tax Identification Number or Social Security Number. Contact Ms. Kirk months in advance to discuss the possibilities.


Six week rule:

FAFB money isn’t ATM money. At a minimum, it takes three weeks to generate a payment in our system, assuming that all requested information is on hand and nothing goes wrong. Member organizations that request funding for an activity that will take place in fewer than 30 business days may be denied.