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. 

Description

The Asian American Arts Alliance is pleased to administer, with support from the New York Community Trust, the 2017 Jadin Wong Award for Emerging Asian American Choreographer. Previous awardees include: 

Daisuke Omiya
2014 Jadin Wong Award for Emerging Asian American Dancer

Takehiro Ueyama
2015 Jadin Wong Award for Emerging Asian American Choreographer 

Jesse Obremski
2016 Jadin Wong Award for Emerging Asian American Dancer

This award is a tribute to the life and work of renowned Chinese American actress, dancer, and comedienne Jadin Wong. Since her teenage years, Ms. Wong had been a pioneer and innovator of Asian American performing arts.

This year’s award is intended to recognize an emerging Asian American choreographer whose work shows strong potential for greater achievement, who hopes to make a significant impact on the New York City artistic community. The award aims to recognize exemplary work that will continue to inspire young artists and the Asian American community for years to come. The awardee will receive a cash award of $4,500 to provide educational assistance, training and support with limited financial means to help them pursue their career as a choreographer.

This cash award is to be used for “Professional Development” (see below), but not for undergraduate or graduate tuition fees. 


Eligibility

The applicant MUST:

  • Be of Asian descent. Ethnic origins include Central Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Middle Eastern and Multi-regional
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Be based in any of the five boroughs in New York City
  • Have at least five years of experience in presented choreography
  • Hope to make a significant impact on the New York City artistic community through their work
  • Show potential for greater future artistic achievement in choreography
  • Be a U.S. citizen

Current Alliance staff, board members and review panel, as well as their immediate family members are not eligible.


Timeline

Award Guidelines and Online Application open via Submittable:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

For guidelines and to apply: bit.ly/jadinwong2017

Information Session at the Asian American Arts Alliance:

Monday, April 24, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

To register to attend: jadinwonginfo2017.eventbrite.com


Submission Deadline

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Application forms must be submitted electronically via Submittable by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Award Announcement

The winner will be publicly announced via the Alliance website and social media channels on or around Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Application Materials

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • CV/Resume
  • Three essay questions
  • 2 required video samples no more than 4 minutes each


Work Samples

T
otal cannot exceed 8 minutes.

For work samples, please include a link and passcode to view the video. Please share, if necessary, the timestamp of the sample to view. A sample should not be longer than 4 minutes.

A third optional sample will not be viewed unless one is a finalist.
  • Video Work Sample 1
  • Video Work Sample 2
  • Video Work Sample 3 (optional)


Statement of Purpose
  1. Why is this award meaningful to you as an Asian American choreographer in New York City? (750 word limit)

  2. The purpose of this award is to help an emerging Asian American choreographer build his/her career in New York City. If you were to be the awardee, how would you use the cash award to further your career? (650 word limit)

    Please be as detailed as possible in outlining approximate expenses for Professional Development. The 2017 Jadin Wong Award is not intended to be used for undergraduate or graduate tuition fees.

    - Professional Development can include, but is not limited to:
    - Undertaking creative research for a piece of choreography
    - Participation in master classes, workshops, intensives, dance conferences, etc
    - Mentorship

  3. How do you hope to make an impact on the New York City arts community as a whole? (500 word limit)


The Selection Process


The awardee will be selected through an open call and jury process. A jury composed of established choreographers/dancers, arts presenters, arts administrators, and educators will evaluate the submitted applications, based on the following criteria:

  1. Artistic Quality
    Technical skill, performance quality, and expression will all be evaluated. (Applicants will be asked to submit two video samples that total up to and no more than 8 minutes. They may upload videos to YouTube or Vimeo and share a timestamp of what to view. A third video sample is optional and would mean the three samples total no more than 12 minutes).

  2. Community Impact
    Articulation of interest or hopes to make a significant impact on the New York City artistic community as a whole. (Applicants must be able to articulate this in the essay question).

  3. Professional Development
    How funds will be utilized to further educational assistance, training, and support, and one letter of recommendation from a previous or current dancer or choreographer experienced with said choreographer’s work.


Frequently Asked Questions


Who is Jadin Wong?

Jadin Wong (1913‐2010) is a Chinese American actress, dancer and comedienne. She performed at San Francisco’s legendary all‐Asian nightclub, Forbidden City, and toured throughout America, Europe and Asia. In 1960, Ms. Wong moved to New York City. She appeared in Broadway shows and founded Jadin Wong Management in hopes of helping more Asian American talent to be cast in significant roles in theater, film, and television. Ms. Wong’s final performance was on October 11, 1997, at a gala benefit for a new national Chinese American museum.


Can dancers apply?

Yes. However, the dancer must be actively choreographing for himself/herself, or other dancers, and have a demonstrated history of producing choreography.


What constitutes an “emerging choreographer”?

For the purpose of this year’s award, an emerging dancer is one who is between 18 and 30 years of age and shows potential for great artistic achievement in dance. An emerging, early-career choreographer can be, for example: 

  • A choreographer active in a conservatory program
  • A choreographer who performs his/her own work

What are some examples of “Professional Development”?

The purpose of this award is to support and nurture an emerging Asian American choreographer for Professional Development. “Professional Development” can include, but is not limited to: 

  • Undertaking of creative research for a new choreographic work
  • Participation in master classes, workshops, intensives, dance conferences, etc.
  • Mentorship for professional development

The 2017 Jadin Wong Award is not intended to be used for undergraduate or graduate tuition fees.

What constitutes a strong video work sample?

Each video sample should represent 3 to 4 minutes of the applicant’s best choreography. The quality of the video should not detract from the dance itself and the lighting must be so that the dancer and choreography is visible enough for the viewer to fairly evaluate. Samples should demonstrate the applicant’s skills, craft and unique qualities.
 

What if I have more questions?

Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ariel Estrada, Interim Director of Public Programs, at aestrada@aaartsalliance.org. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Information Session for the 2017 Jadin Wong Award for Emerging Asian American Choreographer on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Facilitated by Asian American Arts Alliance Interim Director of Public Programs, Ariel Estrada. The 1.5-hour information session will include background and logistics of the awards process and pointers on preparing a strong application.

To register to attend: jadinwonginfo2017.eventbrite.com.