Composers: NYFA Wants YOU!

Composers: NYFA Wants YOU!

Applications open for NYFA Artists’ Fellowships in Music/Sound

‘Tis the season… for NYFA Artists’ Fellowships! Now in its 30th anniversary year, the NYFA Artists’ Fellowship Program supports individual artists with $7,000 cash awards intended to fund their creative voice.  And this year, the “voice” part is literal.

If you are a composer living and working in New York State, we want to hear from you. You can be writing in any and all styles of music including vocal and instrumental artists, soundscapes and experimental forms. To apply you’ll need to submit:

  • Work Statement – 200 words (max) explaining your artistic practice as exemplified in your work samples.
  • Technical Statement -­ (optional) 400 words (max)
    describing the relationship of the work samples to the work itself.
  • Cultural Statement – (optional) 400 words (max) describing how your work
    is rooted in a traditional and/or cultural practice if applicable.
  • Excerpt Explanation ­- (optional)  400 words 
  • Resumé/Narrative Bio ­ – (optional) 1 page PDF 
  • Work Samples –  1­-2 audio samples w/excerpts and descriptions 
  • Corresponding Scores or Fully Harmonized Lead Sheets – 1 per sample (optional)*

* If you regard your work as unscorable by nature, your Work Statement will serve in lieu of a score or
lead sheet. Work by librettists and lyricists are not reviewed in this category; librettists should apply in

We award fellowships in 16 different categories, which rotate each year. Other disciplines offered this cycle are Architecture / Environmental Structures / Design, ChoreographyPhotography, and Playwriting/Screenwriting.

How do you apply? Visit us online to start the process. Applications do not require an application fee and are open until Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST).

Any questions? Check out our How To Apply video or email us at  [email protected]. And don’t forget your architecture, choreography, photography and playwriting/screenwriting colleagues can apply this year, too!

NYFA’s Artists’ Fellowships are administered with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

Image: Bora Yoon (Fellow ‘10) Sunken Cathedral © Here Arts Center

Amy Aronoff
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