Apply Now | NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Choreography

Apply Now | NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Choreography

Quick tips for interested applicants, plus a change in how Choreography applications will be reviewed for this year’s award cycle.

For more than 30 years, NYFA has awarded fellowships of $7,000 to individual originating artists living in New York State and/or Indian Nations located in New York State. The 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship award cycle is open, and artists who meet the eligibility requirements are invited to apply in up to two of the following categories: Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design, Choreography, Music/Sound, Photography, and Playwriting/Screenwriting.

The Choreography category accepts work in all choreographic styles, including mixed-media or multi-genre performance works in which choreography and/or organized movement is primary. As of this year, Choreography applications are now pre-reviewed, giving the panel more time to review applicants’ time-based Work Samples.

Quick Tips for Choreography Applicants:

  • For this category, applicants can upload up to two Longer Video Work Samples (up to 30 minutes each) and two excerpts at two-minutes each. Use your strongest works, and if applicable, consider uploading works that demonstrate the range within your practice.
  • Your excerpts should be two minutes of continuous footage taken directly from your Longer Video Work Samples. Avoid submitting compilation videos, as they tend to be distracting and confusing during the panel process. 
  • The first 30 seconds of your two-minute excerpt is the most important, as it is the introduction of your work to the panel. Begin your excerpts from exactly where you would like the panel to start watching.

Apply Now

Visit NYFA’s Submittable page to start your application.

For more information about the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, visit our website, view our Fellowships FAQ, and download the application guidelines.

Applications close Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM (EST).

Past Fellows

Recent distinguished NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows who have been recognized in this award category include:

Okwui Okpokwasili, Choreography ’13
Annie-B Parson, Choreography ’00, ’06, ’13
Justin Peck, Choreography ’13

Visit our website for a full list of Past Fellows.


NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are administered with leadership support from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: André M. Zachery (Choreography ’16)

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