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MacColl Johnson Fellowships | How to Apply

Rhode Island Foundation

The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund, established at the Rhode Island Foundation in 2003, provides up to three $25,000 artist fellowships each year, rotating among composers, writers, and visual artists on a three-year cycle.

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIPS

ELIGIBILITY

HOW TO APPLY

AWARDEES

APPLICATION PROCESS

THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE 2017 MACCOLL JOHNSON FELLOWSHIP IN COMPOSITION IS NOW CLOSED.

The Rhode Island Foundation is employing the Alliance of Artists Communities, an independent international association, to manage applications and the jury process for The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowships.

Applicants should review and understand the following guidelines before starting the application process.

Bevin Kelley - 2014 MacColl Johnson Fellowship awardee for composers

TIMELINE

Application available

July 5, 2017

Application deadline

September 5, 2017 (11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time)*

Notification

January, 2018 (Announcement made in March 2018)

Fellowship period

January - December 2018

*Please note: The application will close electronically at this time and no applications will be accepted after this deadline. We will be unavailable to answer questions after 5:00 pm on the day of the deadline.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants will be evaluated on:

(1) quality of work, artistic development, and creative contribution to the field of music composition; and

(2) ability to demonstrate that the fellowship will advance the artist’s career, benefit his/her work, and enable the artist to achieve artistic goals otherwise not financially feasible.

A national panel of qualified writing professionals will undertake a comprehensive process of reviewing applications and will then recommend Fellowship candidates to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

AWARDS

  • Three MacColl Johnson Fellowship Awardees: $25,000 each

HOW TO APPLY

For an application to be considered for review, all sections of the online application must be complete and required supporting work samples submitted by the deadline. 

(1) Review the application in the online platform Submittable
All applications must be submitted online through Submittable; paper applications and physical copies of work samples will not be accepted. A link to the application will appear below when the period opens. Click the APPLY button.

(2) Prepare your application
Download a preview of the online application to assist in preparing the below items. Note: no written applications will be accepted. Eligible applicants may only apply online at the link at the bottom of this page.

  • Statement of purpose
  • Educational background
  • List of awards, grants, fellowships, and other honors
  • Resume/CV
  • Work samples
  • Work sample index

(3) Prepare your work samples
The review panel will rely on the submitted information you provide to inform their recommendations. You are encouraged to submit your strongest work created within the past five years. You may submit a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 work samples. [Please note: We are only accepting audio/video work samples and no longer require the submission of scores]

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • You may submit any combination of the following of recent, relevant work, not to exceed 5 total work samples:
        • Audio: 3-5 work samples (mp3, m4a, wav, ogg, aac, flac, aiff, wma)
        • Video: 3-5 work samples (mp4, mov, avi, mpg, flv, webm, wmv, mkv, m4v)
  • To include links to video files online, include a direct URL to the work sample (not a link to a general website or portfolio) on your "Work Sample Index". Direct links to work samples count toward maximum allowable files.
  • If submitting video, please note: no more than 10 minutes will be reviewed. You may submit edited selections and note them as such on your "Work Sample Index".
  • Label each file with your last name and first initial and title of the piece (for example: SmithJ-MySong.mp3)
    Eligible musical genres/disciplines include:
    • concert music: chamber and/or orchestral
    • concert music: choral
    • electronic
    • experimental
    • film music
    • folk/traditional
    • jazz
    • singer/songwriter
    • musical theater
    • opera
    • popular

Please note: You may submit 3-5 separate files (including videos) as long as they do not exceed 5 work samples in total. As an example, you may choose to submit 3 MP3 files, and 2 MOV video files - for a total of 5 separate files uploaded as work samples.

:: THE APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED ::

For technical support with Submittable, follow the “Help” instructions on the Submittable site.

QUESTIONS? Application and selection are managed by the Alliance of Artists Communities. Questions about eligibility, guidelines, applications, and other details should be directed to the Alliance at grants@artistcommunities.org or 401-351-4320.

Learn more about the Rhode Island Foundation's MacColl Johnson Fellowships and past Fellowship winners at www.rifoundation.org