FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is eligible for this fellowship?

Musicians and/or arts administrators who self-identify as female or non-binary in the classical, contemporary, or jazz industries. We do not exclude or discriminate based on citizenship status. You must be at least 18 years of age.

What does this fellowship offer?

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

  • Offering support for achieving desired goals, building connections, and identifying possible resources.

  • Providing motivation for fellows to become more active members of the creative community through introductions to 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. 

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

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

  • Women 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.

  • Women 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. We also offer two optional group workshops. If selected, there is a 4-month program commitment (September- December, 2021).

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.

Is there a fee to participate?

Yes. $225 for Individual Artists, $325 for Ensembles

 

Where are one-on-one sessions held?

Mentoring sessions are held remotely or in person at a location mutually agreed upon by the mentor and fellow. 

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)

  • 4 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

How do I apply? How does the application process work?

Applications for our Fall 2021 round will open on June 20, 2021. The upcoming Fall 2021 round is September-December, 2021. After reviewing written applications, applicants who advance to the next round will be invited to a remote interview in August. All applicants will be notified by email when a decision is available by September.

Questions?
 

Please contact our team at letsbespoken@gmail.com with any questions about the program or applications.