MacColl Composer Grants

(9.14) Rhode Island composers who dream of having the resources to push their craft to the next level have until September 14th to apply for $25,000 fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation. Grants will be awarded to as many as three emerging or mid-career composers through its MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund. The awards are intended to free them to concentrate time on the creative process, focus on personal or professional development, expand their body of work and explore new directions.

Previous recipients of composing fellowships include Jeff Prystowsky, is the co-founder of the popular local folk/indie band The Low Anthem; Jacob Richman, whose creative work focuses on unique performance settings and mixtures of composition for live performers, media arts, and site-specific installations; and Kirsten Volness, whose musical style integrates complex contrapuntal textures, drones, resonance and organic development of ideas with strong influences from indie rock, electronic music and jazz idioms.

Applicants must have been legal residents of Rhode Island for at least 12 months prior to the September 14 deadline. High school students, college and graduate students who are enrolled in a degree-granting program and writers who have advanced levels of career achievement are not eligible.

Although the fellowships are unrestricted, recipients are expected to devote concentrated time to their art and to engage in activities that further their artistic growth. Examples include creating new work, training in technologies or techniques, purchasing equipment, travel, research and developing artistic endeavors.

Go to the MacColl Johnson Fellowship program for all the details.

The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund, established at the Rhode Island Foundation in 2003, provides up to three $25,000 artist fellowships each year, rotating among composers, writers, and visual artists on a three-year cycle.

The 2021 Fellowships will be awarded to writers, and the 2022 Fellowships will be awarded to visual artists.

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