$25K Grants For Local Songwriters

(9.5) The deadline for applications — Tuesday, September 5 — is fast approaching. The Rhode Island Foundation will award $25,000 grants to as many as three songwriters through its Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund. The awards are intended to free composers to concentrate time on the creative process, focus on personal or professional development, expand their body of work, and explore new directions.

Applicants must have been legal residents of Rhode Island for at least 12 months prior to the Sept. 5 deadline. High school students, college and graduate students who are enrolled in a degree-granting program and artists who have advanced levels of career achievement are not eligible.

The recipients will be selected by a panel of four out-of-state jurors who are recognized practicing artists and arts professionals.

Established in 2003, the MacColl Johnson fellowships rotate among composers, writers and visual artists on a three-year cycle. Over the years, the Foundation has awarded 36 fellowships totaling $900,000.

Previous recipients of the music fellowships include Bevin Kelley (a.k.a. Blevin Blectum), who used her award to compose and perform several new works; and Daniel Schleifer, a founder of The What Cheer? Brigade, an award-winning 20-piece ensemble that has performed internationally.

Big thanks to the MacColl Family. For a musician $25,000 can be life changing. And that means more music for the rest of us.

Application Deadline: The deadline for this year’s MacColl Johnson Fellowship is September 5, 2017, (11:59pm EST). Please note: The application will close electronically at this time and no applications will be accepted after this deadline. No one will be available to answer questions after 5pm on the day of the deadline.

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