Rhode Island Foundation offering $25,000 grants to composers


Rhode Island composers who dream of spending a year working on their music have until Sept. 5 to apply for $25,000 fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation. 

Established in 2003, the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund makes up to three grants a year, rotating among composers, writers and visual artists on a three-year cycle. The fellowships are considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached awards available to composers in the United States.

The grants 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. Over the years, MacColl Johnson has awarded 27 fellowships totaling $675,000.

“Our financial support enables local composers to spend their time making art rather than making ends meet. That honors the importance that the MacColl Johnsons placed on the role of composers in the community,” said Daniel Kertzner, the Foundation’s vice president for grant programs.

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

Applications will be judged on the quality of the work samples, artistic development and the creative contribution to the field of music composition, as well as the potential of the fellowship to advance the career of emerging to mid-career composers. Applications will be accepted from composers creating new original work in any genre.

For more information about applying for a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, visit www.rifoundation.org/maccolljohnson.


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