Apply Now | NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Music/Sound

Apply Now | NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Music/Sound

Pointers for Music/Sound artists who are applying for a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship.

Artists living in New York State and/or Indian Nations located in New York State are encouraged to apply for a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design, Choreography, Music/Sound, Photography, or Playwriting/Screenwriting. The $7,000 cash awards are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of their level of artistic development. 

The Music/Sound category accepts submissions from composers working in any and all styles of music, including vocal and instrumental artists, soundscapes, and experimental forms. As of this year, Music/Sound applications are pre-reviewed, giving the panel more time to review applicants’ time-based Work Samples.

Quick Tips for Music/Sound Applicants:

  • Applicants can upload up to two Longer Audio Work Samples and two 2-minute excerpts. Use your strongest works, and if applicable, consider uploading two different projects to demonstrate the range within your practice.
  • The first 30 seconds of your 2-minute excerpts are the most important, as it introduces your work to the panel. Begin your excerpts from exactly where you would like the panel to start listening.
  • You have the option to submit corresponding score sheets with your Work Samples. If you choose to do so, note where your excerpts begin and end on the score sheets to help orient the panel.
  • If you’re an artist working in durational sound installation or conceptual sound art, describe this in one to two sentences in the “Additional Information” section in the metadata. This section appears after a Work Sample file has been uploaded.

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:

Anthony G. Coleman, Music/Sound ’16
Bora Yoon, Music/Sound ’10
Du Yun, Music/Sound ’16

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: Lisa Park (Fellow in Digital/Electronic Arts ’14), Eunoia, 2013, Multi-Media/Performance

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