Description

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.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

The applicant MUST:

  • Be 30 years of age or younger (born June 15, 1987 or later)
  • Not be currently enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a degree-granting program  between June 30th, 2017 and February 2018.
  • Be a resident of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, or Staten Island)
  • Be a U.S. citizen 
  • Be available to participate in the fellowship orientation and career coaching sessions in summer 2017 (exact dates TBD)

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

 Application Components

Music Performance:

●      Online Application

●      Letter of Recommendation (from an educator or music industry professional experienced with the applicant’s work)

●      Resume or CV

●      A 750-word (maximum) statement identifying the applicant’s approach to music, innovation within the genre of music, the applicant’s stage in their professional and artistic development, and how the Fellowship will enable them to move to the next stage of artistic achievement.

●      A 250-word (maximum) statement articulating how the applicant hopes to make an impact on the Asian American artistic community (within the community, within music, or as a part of the greater society) through their work.

●      A 500-word (maximum) statement describing the applicant’s annual income and expenses and how the funds would be utilized if chosen as a Fellow.

●      Three contrasting work samples, formatted as follows:

o      2 audio only samples (Upload MP3, WMA, or WAV; maximum 3 minutes per work sample, please share a time stamp for where to start in the audio sample)

o      1 video sample (link to Youtube/Vimeo); maximum 3 minutes; if the sample exceeds 3 minutes, please indicate start and end times of the selection

o      A brief (less than 150 words total) description of each sample submitted and why it was chosen.

 

Samples should show breadth and ability of the performer. The strongest applicants will be able to demonstrate clarity, imagination, uniqueness, and innovative ability through the samples.

 

Music Composition:

●      Online Application

●      Letter of Recommendation (from an educator or professional experienced with the applicant’s work)

●      Resume or CV

●      A chronological list of compositions (including instrumentation, length, and performance history if applicable, for each).

●      A 750-word (maximum) statement identifying the applicant’s approach to music composition, innovation within the genre of music, the applicant’s stage of professional and artistic development, and how the Fellowship will enable them to move to the next stage of artistic achievement.  

●      A 250-word (maximum) statement articulating how the applicant hopes to make an impact on the Asian American artistic community (within the community, within music, or as part of the greater society) through their work.

●      A 500-word (maximum) statement describing the applicant’s annual income and expenses and how the funds would be utilized if chosen as a Fellow.

●      Three work samples of original compositions, formatted as follows:

o      Audio or Video of performances of three different works (link to Youtube/Vimeo or an upload of a MP3, WAV, WMA). Each sample should be no longer than three minutes long. Please indicate start and end timestamps for each selection. Audio/Video recordings must be of three different works. Recordings of all three works is recommended.

o      Written scores of all three works as PDF files

o      A brief (less than 250 words each) description of each sample submitted and why it was chosen.

 

Samples should demonstrate the unique voice of the composer. The strongest applicants will be able to demonstrate clarity, imagination, and innovative ability through the samples.

CRITERIA BY WHICH APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED

  • Artistic Merit: Clarity, imaginativeness, and uniqueness based upon body of work and work samples submitted. Demonstrated ability to artistically innovate within the genre of music (examples of this could include original compositions, arrangements, diverse repertoire, new techniques, etc.)
  • Community Impact: Articulation of interest or hopes to make a significant impact on the Asian American arts community. This can be within the community, within the larger field of music, or society-at-large. Direct narrative addressing this criteria is recommended.
  • Potential for Growth: Extent to which the Fellowship will have a positive impact on the applicant’s goals and career.
  • Financial Need: Demonstrated need for financial support based upon applicant’s explanation of annual income and expenses. Finalists may be asked to provide further financial documentation.

 Current Alliance staff, board members, and review panelists are not eligible. Immediate family of board members and review panelists are not eligible. 

PLEASE NOTE THE MUSIC COMPOSITION APPLICATION PROCESS IS A BLIND SUBMISSION PROCESS. NO UPLOADED MATERIALS OR VIDEO FILE SHOULD INCLUDE THE NAME OF THE APPLICANT.

Eligibility
The applicant MUST:
●Be 30 years of age or younger (born June 15, 1987 or later)
●Not be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a degree-granting program from July 1, 2017 through February 29, 2018
●Be a resident of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, or Staten Island)
●Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
●Be available to participate in the fellowship orientation and career coaching sessions in summer 2017 (exact dates TBD)

Online Application Components
●Letter of Recommendation (from an educator or professional experienced with the applicant’s work)
●Resume or CV
●A chronological list of compositions (including instrumentation, length, and performance history if applicable, for each).
●A 750-word (maximum) statement identifying the applicant’s approach to music composition, innovation within the genre of music, the applicant's stage of professional and artistic development, and how the Fellowship will enable them to move to the next stage of artistic achievement.
●A 250-word (maximum) statement articulating how the applicant hopes to make an impact on the Asian American artistic community (within the community, within music, or as part of the greater society) through their work.
●A 500-word (maximum) statement describing the applicant’s annual income and expenses and how the funds would be utilized if chosen as a Fellow.
●Three work samples of original compositions, formatted as follows:
     oAudio or Video of performances of three different works (link to Youtube/Vimeo or uploading an MP3, WAV, MOV). Each sample should be no longer than three minutes long. Please indicate start and end timestamps for each selection. Audio/Video recordings must be of three different works.
Recordings of all three works is recommended. In the final round, the review panel may listen past the three minute mark.
    oWritten scores of all three works as PDF files
    o A brief (less than 250 words each) description of each sample submitted and why it was chosen.

Samples should demonstrate the unique voice of the composer. The strongest applicants will be able to demonstrate clarity, imagination, and innovative ability through the samples.

Eligibility

The applicant MUST:

●      Be 30 years of age or younger (born June 15, 1987 or later)

●      Not be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a degree-granting program from July 1, 2017 through February 29, 2018

●      Be a resident of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, or Staten Island)

●      Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

●      Be available to participate in the fellowship orientation and career coaching sessions in summer 2017 (exact dates TBD)

 

Selection Criteria

·      Artistic Merit: Clarity, imaginativeness, and uniqueness based upon body of work and work samples submitted. Demonstrated ability to artistically innovate within the genre of music (examples of this could include original compositions, arrangements, diverse repertoire, new techniques, etc.)

·      Community Impact: Articulation of interest or hopes to make a significant impact on the Asian American arts community. This can be within the community, within the larger field of music, or society-at-large. Direct narrative addressing this criteria is recommended.

·      Potential for Growth: Extent to which the Fellowship will have a positive impact on the applicant’s goals and career.

·      Financial Need: Demonstrated need for financial support based upon applicant’s explanation of annual income and expenses. Finalists may be asked to provide further financial documentation.

 

Current Alliance staff, board members, and review panelists are not eligible. Immediate family of staff, board members and review panelists are not eligible.

 

Application Components

Music Performance:

●      Online Application

●      Letter of Recommendation (from an educator or music industry professional experienced with the applicant’s work)

●      Resume or CV

●      A 750-word (maximum) statement identifying the applicant’s approach to music, innovation within the genre of music, the applicant’s stage in their professional and artistic development, and how the Fellowship will enable them to move to the next stage of artistic achievement.

●      A 250-word (maximum) statement articulating how the applicant hopes to make an impact on the Asian American artistic community (within the community, within music, or as a part of the greater society) through their work.

●      A 500-word (maximum) statement describing the applicant’s annual income and expenses and how the funds would be utilized if chosen as a Fellow.

●      Three contrasting work samples, formatted as follows:

o      2 audio only samples, (link to Soundcloud or Youtube, or Vimeo; maximum 3 minutes per work sample, please share a time stamp for where to start)

o      1 video sample (link to Youtube/Vimeo); maximum 3 minutes; if the sample exceeds 3 minutes, please indicate start and end times of the selection

o      A brief (less than 150 words total) description of each sample submitted and why it was chosen.

 

Samples should show breadth and ability of the performer. The strongest applicants will be able to demonstrate clarity, imagination, uniqueness, and innovative ability through the samples.