Who is eligible for this fellowship?

Musicians and/or arts administrators who self-identify as female, non-binary, or trans-woman in the classical, contemporary, or jazz industries. We do not exclude or discriminate based on citizenship status. 

What does this fellowship offer?

  • It guides fellows with the skills building tools to develop successful projects, ideas, or career goals through professional workshops and one-on-one mentoring.

  • It offers support for achieving desired goals, builds connections, and identifies possible resources.

  • It provides motivation for fellows to become more active members of the community through connections to and familiarity with an array of projects, organizations, and institutions.

  • Perspective and advice.

Who should apply? Who is this opportunity meant for?

Bespoken appeals to ambitious women in the classical, contemporary, and jazz industries who are interested in charting their own path and entering or looking to advance their musical career. 

  • Womxn who seek support transitioning from student to professional in the music industry. 

  • Womxn who want to grow their skills, project ideas, and network to reach their full potential and feel confident in any situation. 

  • Womxn with a project idea or musical initiative either in the beginning stages or those ready to take their project ideas and goals to the next level.

  • Womxn who are interested in being part of a supportive community  of colleagues, mentors, and experts in the field.  

What is required of me to participate?

Bespoken requires fellows to participate in one mentoring session each month remotely or in person and an optional quarterly group workshop. If selected, there is a 3-month minimum requirement. The upcoming Fall Round 3-month quarter dates are October - December, 2020.

Successful past fellows allotted a minimum of five hours each month to work individually on their projects and short and long term goals during the duration of the program and also felt confident in reaching out to their mentor with questions by phone or email over the course of the month to ask for advice.

If selected for the program, what will I get out of this experience?

If selected as a fellow, you will receive customized coaching to help you develop your brand, grow your professional network, have access to a dedicated mentor, and be part of a supportive community of peers.

  • One-on-one monthly mentoring sessions (in-person or remotely) to develop your skills, support your artistic visions, and set career goals (one one-hour session per month)

  • 3 monthly group workshops with participating fellows 

  • Website, biography, and resume oversight

  • Marketing and branding oversight

  • Creative project development such as releasing an album, starting a concert series, starting a non-profit, or commissioning project

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

Is there a fee to participate in this program?

There is no fee to apply. If selected, there is a $150 monthly program fee for individuals and $225 for ensembles. Partial scholarships and work-study are available to qualified applicants. 

How do I apply?

Applications for our Fall 2020 round are now closed. The upcoming Fall 2020 3-month round is October-December, 2020. Applicants who advance to the next round will be invited to an interview in August. All applicants will be notified by email when a decision is available in September.

How does the application process work?

The upcoming Fall 2020 3-month quarter is from October through December 2020. After reviewing written applications, applicants who advance to the next round will be invited to a video interview in August. After bespoken completes the interview round, final decision notifications will be sent via email to all candidates by Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 5PM ET.


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