2017 Van Lier Fellowships in Music Performance and Composition
Program Guidelines and Application
The Asian American Arts Alliance is pleased to administer, with support from the New York Community Trust, the 2017 Van Lier Fellowships. This year, in its second iteration of a three-part cycle of fellowships, the Alliance will be recognizing music artists in the categories of Music Performance and Music Composition.
The Alliance will grant eight-month fellowships to one early-career Asian American musician and one early-career Asian American composer, age 30 or younger, whose work shows outstanding promise, who may benefit from further professional artistic development, and who is of limited financial means.
The Fellowship recipients will each receive an unrestricted cash stipend of $12,000 and an eight-month fellowship tailored to respond to the unique needs of each Fellow. The fellowship includes artistic mentorship with an established mid-career music professional, career coaching, and a range of technical support.
The Alliance’s mission is to strengthen Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. In line with these efforts, it is the aim of the Alliance’s Van Lier Fellowships to develop early-career individual Asian American artists living in New York City.
Created by the will of Sally Van Lier, the Trust carries out Edward and Sally Van Liers’ legacy of arts appreciation by supporting arts groups and training programs to provide education, training, or other support.
The Alliance will be administering an open application process for this year's fellowships.
VIEW GUIDELINES AND APPLY ONLINE HERE.
Submissions are due by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, April 17th, 2017.
Asian American Arts Alliance Van Lier Fellowships will include:
*Unrestricted cash grant of $12,000 per Fellow during the fellowship cycle
*Eight-month fellowship (July 2017 - February 2018) with the Alliance, which will include a career/leadership coaching series, artistic mentorship with a mid-career music professional, and professional technical resources
*Fellows will have their individual profiles featured on the Alliance website.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
The applicant MUST:
WHO IS INELIGIBLE
*Previous or current recipients of any Van Lier fellowships
*Undergraduate or graduate students who are currently enrolled in any degree program or who plan to matriculate in any degree program from the year 2017 through 2018
*Alliance board members and staff
CRITERIA BY WHICH APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED
Current Alliance staff, board members, and review panelists are not eligible. Immediate family of board members and review panelists are not eligible.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
Mid-February 2017 Public announcement of open call
April 17, 2017 Submissions close by 11:59pm EST
May 2017 Artistic review period
Mid-June 2017 Winners announced
Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm EST on Monday, April 17, 2017.
VAN LIER FELLOWSHIP INFO SESSION HAS PASSED.
Info Session Handout: VLInfo%20Session%20Handout2017%20.pdf
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who were the Van Liers?
Throughout their lives, Sally Van Lier and her husband Edward were avid visitors to the City’s museums, concerts, and plays, and introduced many young people to the arts. Sally was a theatrical performer in the New York Theater in the 1920s and appeared in the original production of Showboat. To learn more, visit here.
How do you define “outstanding promise”?
The ideal applicant is an early-career music artist who shows both extraordinary clarity of artistic voice and innovation in their practice and will realize greater achievement with additional professional development support.
Do I have to be a member of the Asian American Arts Alliance in order to apply?
No, you do not have to be an Alliance member in order to apply.
What does a good work sample look like?
Good work samples are of high quality (audio and video), and demonstrate clearly how the applicant meets the criteria outlined for each award.
Can I apply as a singer in the performance category?
Instrumental and vocal performance are both acceptable (as well as hybrid performers, etc.).
I perform in an ensemble. Can I apply with my ensemble?
You may only apply as an individual. The fellowship is not given to groups. However, performance examples with others (concertos, chamber music, combos, collaborations, mixed-genres, etc.) will be acceptable as examples of accomplishment in music performance.
If I am both a composer and a performer, in which category can I apply in? Should I apply for both?
You may only apply to one category even if you are eligible to apply for both. You will be judged based upon the criteria outlined in the category for which you apply.
If you both compose and perform, wouldn’t that be considered breadth of work?
By breadth of work, we mean versatility within the given category.
Can composers submit an arrangement of a music piece in the public domain?
Composers can use a known tune as a basis for a large-scale composition, but not just present an "arrangement" of a previously written piece.
How are the Van Lier Music Fellows selected?
The Fellows will be selected through an open call and jury process. Submitted applications will be reviewed by a jury composed of industry professionals. Current board and staff members of the Alliance will not participate in the review process.
When will the 2017 Van Lier Fellows be announced?
The Fellows will be announced in June 2017.
What if I have more questions?
You are welcome to inquire further by contacting Interim Director of Public Programs Ariel Estrada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Van Lier Fellowships are made possible through a grant from the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust.