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Encouraging and supporting women to "bespoken" about their career path, ideas, and creative projects while developing their individual voice.

Applications are now closed for individual and ensemble fellowships.

 

Applications are closed for our 2023-24 fellowship which runs September 2023–May, 2024 (not including January). After reviewing initial written applications, individuals and ensembles who advance to the second round will be invited to an interview via Zoom in July. After bespoken completes the interview round, final decision notifications will be sent by email to all candidates.

Program fee: $750 for Individual Artists and/or Ensembles. There is no fee to apply.

 

2023-24 Program Timeline:

June 14, 2023: Applications Open

July 10, 2023: Applications Close

July 17-23, 2023: Interview Round 

September 12, 2023: Fellowship Begins

May 31, 2023: Fellowship Ends

AS AN INDIVIDUAL, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY IF YOU ARE:

  • A musician, composer, and/or administrator who self-identifies as female or non-binary artist.

  • Able to make a commitment to one mentoring session per month (1 hour each) for the duration of the fellowship.

  • Working in the classical, contemporary, and/or jazz industries and passionate about building your career and developing your artistic projects.

  • The goals of the fellowship is to support individuals at a crucial time in their career development and to help them navigate an increasingly demanding cultural landscape.

AS AN ENSEMBLE, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY IF YOU ARE:

  • A small ensemble or band consisting of 2-10 musicians who self-identifies as 50% female or non-binary artists.

  • Able to make a commitment to one mentoring session per month with 50% of the ensemble members (1 hour each) for the duration of the fellowship.

  • Working in the classical, contemporary, and/or jazz industries and passionate about building your career and developing your artistic projects.

  • The goals of the ensemble fellowship are to support ensembles at a crucial time in their career development and to help them navigate an increasingly demanding cultural landscape.

THROUGH THE FELLOWSHIP, YOU’LL GET:

  • Monthly mentoring sessions (remote) to develop your skills, support your artistic visions, and set career goals (one-hour sessions each month, not including January).

    • Note, individuals meet one-on-one each month and ensembles meet as a group each month.

  • Three group workshops with participating cohort members led by industry professionals.

  • Website, biography, and/or resume oversight.

  • Marketing and branding oversight.

  • Creative project or ensemble development such as releasing an album, starting a concert series, or commissioning projects.

  • Performance opportunities.

  • Remote access to your mentor to ask questions by phone or email.

BENEFITS:

  • To develop business skills and artistic projects critical to your artistic development.

  • To learn how a business mindset translates to a better balance of artistic development.

  • To feel confident in advocating for your art.

  • To share ideas and ask questions regarding the music industry and projects.

  • To join a community of professional and aspiring musicians.

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