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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is eligible for this fellowship?

Musicians and/or arts administrators who self-identify as women, non-binary, trans, or gender non-conforming in the classical, contemporary, or jazz industries and are between the ages of 22-35 at the time of application. 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. 

  • 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 and an optional quarterly group workshop. If selected, there is a 3-month minimum requirement. The upcoming spring quarter dates are February - April, 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)

  • 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 projects

  • Quarterly group workshop with bespoken fellows

  • 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 $50 monthly program fee for individuals and $75 for ensembles. Partial scholarships and work-study are available to qualified applicants. 
 

How do I apply?

Applications are now open. The upcoming deadline to apply for the next quarter (October - December, 2019) is Tuesday, October 1, 2019 5pm EST.
 

Questions?
 

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