Trampled By Turtles and Homegrown Present a Grant Opportunity for Twin Ports Musicians!

Trampled by Turtles and the Homegrown Music Festival are happy to present to you the Palomino Grant—available to musicians in the Twin Ports of Duluth, MN and Superior, WI.

The award is $5000 to be used in your battle against artistic mediocrity (recording, gear, touring—they’re all fair game). Our friends at the legendary Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls have also donated two days at their studio to the winner as a bonus.

The award winner will also be given the opening slot at the Trampled by Turtles + Jenny Lewis show at Bayfront Park in Duluth on July 8, 2023. To qualify as an individual, you must reside within twenty miles of either Duluth, MN or Superior, WI. To qualify as a band, at least half of your members must reside in that area.

Fit the bill? Complete and submit this application by May 11, 2023.

Thank you for making this little part of the world so beautiful.


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2023 Field Guide Artist: Amy Abts

I got involved in the arts by drawing a lot as a kid, then selling pieces door to door for quarters when I was 8. This was in the 80’s obviously. And then i fell into the mime cult. But that’s another story. I admire an artist that is honest and does the work. I admire an artist who is able to stay offline. I admire anyone who creates something and shares it.

People can find me on all the socials, specifically instagram. I got hacked a year ago and lost my account. But if you search #byamyabts a lot will come up. My website is being updated but it’s still up. You can friend request me on facebook. You can buy prints on etsy.

Instagram: amyabtsart
My greatest accomplishment? Hopefully yet to come . . . I don’t know, this is pretty cool. I always get a thrill seeing my work on the cover of a record. Words of wisdom? everyone is on their own path so try not to compare. If you can dream it, do it.

2023 T-Shirt Artist: Jillian Dollars

This is our spotlight on this years t-shirt artist, Jillian Dollars.

1. How did you get involved in the arts?
I was born into a family of artists.  Drawing and painting and making things are innate for me and they are what makes me the happiest.
2. Who are artists that you admire?
So so many!  I admire so many of my fellow illustrators and painters and mixed media artists and tattooers locally and across the country and world.  I follow and am inspired by so many.  Right now, I am very enamored with the work of Bisa Butler (@bisabutler).  She creates large scale super vibrant portraits from a variety of fabrics that she cuts and layers and stitches.  They are astonishing.  You must see them!
3. Where can people find your art and more about you?
You can see my tattoo work and other artwork on Insta @jilliandollarsink and I just started a new account of just artwork @oddlyjillustrated.  Any art shows or sales that I have coming up will be posted there.  You can also visit  Thanks!
4. What is your greatest accomplishment so far in your career?
My greatest accomplishment is truly loving what I do and making people happy through my art.  I love tattooing and making art more now than I ever have.  Also, making a living off of making art is pretty cool.
5. Do you have any words of wisdom for those starting off in the art world?
Whatever your medium is, do it as much as you can.  You can only get better by practicing your art.  Seek out other artists for support and collaboration and inspiration.  You should always have a motley crew of fellow creative weirdos around you.