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Individual Artist Fellowships

Individual Artist Fellowship Application Open:
Performing Arts and Filmmaking

The Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes exemplary work by Nebraska artists and provides support through public recognition and monetary awards of $1,000-$5,000. Applicants are adjudicated by a professional, out-of-state panel according to the merit of their work. The program rotates annually, highlighting different artistic disciplines each year.

Apply online beginning August 15. Applications due November 15.

2016-2017 Disciplines:
Music/Sound
Choreography
Filmmaking/Screenwriting
Theater/Playwriting

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be 19 years old or older and a resident of Nebraska for two years prior to the application date and remain a resident of Nebraska during the fellowship award period of one year. To receive an award, the recipient must submit proof of residency via a notarized affidavit of residency, which will be kept on file at the NAC office.
  • Applicant must not be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or certificate-granting program in the artistic field in which the application is being made.
  • Applicant must be the originator of the work, not an interpreter of the work of others.
  • All previous fellowship winners are eligible to reapply. Previous winners must have completed their grant award requirement to be eligible, submit work not previously part of an award-winning application and can only apply every three years.

Review Criteria

  • This is a competitive program based on a professional peer review process. Applicants are adjudicated according to the merit of their work by out-of-state jurors selected for their expertise as established career professionals in the artistic discipline under consideration.
  • Evaluation criteria are based on the quality of work, which includes innovation demonstrated by significant critical and aesthetic considerations explored through the art form.

Application Process & Requirements

  • The IAF application process is conducted online via SlideRoom.
  • Applicants must provide an artist statement and a resume/CV.
  • Applicants must provide detailed information and upload media as specified for particular artistic discipline. This may include video, audio and/or PDF files.
  • The Nebraska Arts Council’s SlideRoom portal offers complete instructions and technical support for submitting work.

DISCIPLINES
Music/Sound

This category accepts submissions from composers working in any and all styles of music.

  • Five audio work samples
    Format: .mp3, .wma, .ogg, .flac (30MB each) or Soundcloud, website, YouTube or Vimeo URLs
  • Three corresponding score lead sheet/notation
    Format: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf (10MB each)

Choreography
This category accepts work in all choreographic styles, including mixed-media or multi-genre performance works in which choreography and/or organized movement is primary.

  • Five video work samples
    Format: website, YouTube or Vimeo URLs
  • Written synopsis of each piece
    Format: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf (10MB each)

Filmmaking/Screenwriting
This category accepts work in video and film or any work in which video and film or video/film cinematic techniques are pivotal.

  • Five video work samples
    Format: website, YouTube or Vimeo URLs
  • Written synopsis of each piece or screenwriting examples
    Format: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf (10MB each)

Theater/Playwriting
This category accepts work in the performing arts where theater techniques are pivotal.

  • Five video work samples
    Format: website, YouTube or Vimeo URLs
  • Written synopsis of each piece or playwriting examples
    Format: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf (10MB each)

Contact: Launa Bacon // 402.595.3935

Upcoming Award Cyles
2018 -- Literature, Deadline November 15, 2017
2019 -- Visual Arts, Deadline November 15, 2018