Application

2021 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship

Applicants are asked to provide information in the application that demonstrates their artistic merit, including their dedication to and artistic accomplishments thus far, the potential impact of a fellowship on their careers and their artistic field, their readiness and alignment with Jerome’s values (diversity, innovation/risk and humility).

Application materials include:

  • Responses to questions which you may answer in writing or via video. Recommended maximum word/time lengths are given for each question and artists are strongly urged to not exceed the maximum.
  • Work samples (specific instructions provided in discipline-specific guidelines) accompanied by additional contextual and factual information. Work created while enrolled in a degree-granting program is not eligible.
  • Resume or CV

The Foundation recognizes the time necessary to create an application. Applicants are not, therefore, asked to provide fellowship plans or budgets at the time of application. Jerome staff will provide guidance around developing Fellowship plans and budgets in a day-long orientation session with selected Fellows in February 2021.

Panelists consider all elements of the application and only those elements. They do not visit websites or social media channels, or consider materials beyond those submitted by the applicant, even though they may bring their personal experience to bear if they have attended/read/experienced public presentations/publications/exhibitions of work by the artist.

Except in special cases, applications are only accepted via Submittable, an online platform. Applicants without online access or with specific challenges should contact Andrea Brown (abrown@jeromefdn.org or 651-925-5615) by April 15, 2020 regarding alternative means of applying.  

Artists may apply either as an individual or as part of an ensemble/collective/collaborative—but not both. Artists may submit or be part of only one application: any individual named in more than one application will be ruled ineligible, and all applications in which that individual is named will be removed from consideration.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

Artists are asked to apply in one of the six disciplines. Select the field that best aligns with your work. Consider which discipline-specific panelists are best positioned to appreciate your work. Panels include artists and arts leaders with the experience and capacity to review multidisciplinary work and the breadth of genres, forms and styles within the applicant pool.

Antonio Duke: "Ashes of Moons" as part of The Naked Stages Fellowship at Pillsbury House Theatre (2018)

Jerome Hill Artist Fellow Antonio Duke. Photo by Bruce Silcox.

Fellowships are offered in six fields:

  • Dance
  • Media:  Film/Video (animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative) and New Media
  • Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry)
  • Music
  • Theater/Spoken Word/Performance Art
  • Visual Arts
  • Individual
  • Ensemble/Collective/Collaborative

or Name of Ensemble, Collective, Collaborative (and list of members applying)

  • He, him, his
  • She her hers
  • They them theirs
  • Sie, hir, hirs
  • Pronoun Flexible
  • Prefer to self-identify

Artists are asked to share in their own words how they describe their work. Some examples include but are not limited to:

  • Dance: hip hop, post-modern, contemporary forms, radical tap, etc.
  • Film: participatory documentary, stop-motion animation, dystopian noire, docudrama, surreal narrative, episodic digital, etc.
  • Media: web-based, computer game, interactive, etc.
  • Literature: memoir, speculative fiction, magical realism, prose-poetry hybrid
  • Music: experimental, jazz, noise, contemporary classical, deep funk, electroacoustic, drone, etc.
  • Theater: narrative, absurdist, durational, immersive, diasporic, performance art, spoken word, etc.
    • Visual Arts: experimental sculpture, oil painting, abstract photography, social practice installation, pen and ink drawing, sculptural textiles, collagraph & lithograph printmaking, site-specific installation, etc.

Artistic Merit

Artistic merit, evaluated in terms of achievement as well as potential, is the highest priority criterion. This is assessed by the panel based on your work samples and responses to questions. Inspired by the Foundation’s core value of innovation and risk, this Fellowship supports bold, innovative and risk-taking artists with distinctive vision and voice, and inspiring imagination.

 

Work Samples

Each discipline has its own set of requirements around the work samples. See the Discipline-Specific Guidelines for details on format, maximum time/page requirements, etc.

To meet eligibility requirements, you must have 2 work samples of completed and publicly presented works that you have conceived, generated and publicly delivered as a generative artist. Use your most recent and strongest work. Panels prefer work created within the last 3 years. If your samples are older than this, please provide an explanation in the “work sample context” field. Work created and presented while in a degree-granting program is not eligible. You may submit a third work sample of a work-in-progress, especially if this is a project you would be pursuing during your Fellowship.

In looking at work samples, panelists consider whether the creative work is and/or has the potential to be:

  • Compelling—offering distinctive vision and authentic voice;
  • Deeply considered, imaginative, and executed with attention to craft and with technical proficiency, providing artistic experiences that communicate unique perspective/s, and invite viewers to question, discover, explore new ideas in new ways;
  • Innovative and risk-taking—engaging, questioning, experimenting with or re-imagining conventional artistic forms.

Applicants are asked to respond to each question below—either in text or via video.* Each question has a recommended length of 250 words/2 minutes of video.

In looking at the work samples in combination with your answers to the questions, the panel will assess if there an alignment between the aims of the work and how that is demonstrated in the work.

Impact

Impact is assessed by the panel based on your responses to questions on the potential impact of the Fellowship on your artistic career and development as well as your artistic field(s) and/or your intended communities/participants/audience(s). Inspired by the Foundation’s value around humility, this Fellowship supports artists who embrace their roles as part of a larger community of artists and citizens, and consciously works with a sense of purpose, whether aesthetic, social or both.

Respond to each question below—either in text or via video.* Each question has a recommended maximum length of 250 words/2 minutes of video.

Impact Questions

Please note this is not a request for a project plan. This is not “What will you do?” but more “What do you hope to figure out?” What are your creative goals? What are you excited to learn or experience? Are you looking to expand or learn new technical skills, research/engage with new ways of practicing your work, explore new aesthetics styles or creative content? At the end of the end of the two-year fellowship, what will do you hope to have achieved? What will be different?

How does your work influence or demonstrate the potential to influence the arts field in which you are working?

Readiness

Readiness is assessed by the panel’s review of your resume/CV and your responses to the readiness question. They will assess whether you have the flexibility and openness of schedule to take advantage of this opportunity and whether it is coming at an optimal point in your artistic development. The Foundation’s intention is that Fellowship funds will provide artists with more time and resources for their creative pursuits, but all schedule and work arrangements are determined by the artist (i.e., there is no expectation that anyone will take a leave of absence from their job/s).

 

Resume/CV

To meet eligibility requirements, you must have at least 1 work on your resume/CV that has been supported by a presenting organization or funder (for a project grant from either a foundation or a federal, state or local arts agency). Work that has been self-presented or created and presented while in a degree-granting program may not be used to establish this eligibility requirement.

Ensembles/Collectives/Collaboratives must provide a resume of their collective work as well as individual resumes for each of the artists applying.

In reviewing the resume/CV, panelists will evaluate how your artistic background demonstrates development over time, dedication to the field, ongoing motivation in the creation of new, original work in your artistic field over a multi-year period and your readiness for a two-year fellowship.

Applicants are asked to respond to each question below—either in text or via video.* Each question has a recommended length of 250 words/2 minutes of video.

Additional Questions

If your experience as an artist extends beyond 10 years and you have discussed eligibility in advance of submitting an application with Jerome staff and received approval to apply, please explain the circumstances (whether personal or geographic) or the specific creative practice considerations (i.e., the scale of work and/or extended creative cycles necessary to complete a single work) that position you as early career. Recommended maximum length: 200 words.

Parameters for this program’s definition of early career artist are provided in the Discipline-Specific Guidelines. In general, early career artists are typically in their 2nd to 10th year of creative practice, post-degree-granting program (if applicable). This spectrum is framed by artists with some track record of creating and presenting full work (not beginning artists), and artists who are NOT at a point in their careers where they receive consistent development and production opportunities and significant recognition, awards, and acclaim (not mid-career or established artists).

Please list such projects, ongoing representation or other opportunities that are not on your resume/CV if relevant. Do not include opportunities you have applied for but which are not confirmed. Recommended maximum length: 200 words.

Examples may include: I am currently signed to Record Label A. I have a 3 film contract with Production Studio A. I have a web series contract with Streaming Service B. Yes, I am a staff writer on Serial Drama A on for Network B. I have been hired to choreograph for the international tour of Production A. I am represented by Gallery B. I have a book publication contract with Publisher A. I have a contract for application development with Studio A. I am represented by Agent Pat Smith for sale and presentation of my work.

Do individuals within your group have set roles, wear multiple hats or change roles depending on the project? What is your typical timeline for developing your work? Recommended maximum length: 200 words.

All artists have needs for time, money and resources. We discourage using this to make an appeal based on need. Recommended maximum length: 200 words.

Demographic & Contact Information

Jerome Foundation seeks to be inclusive and accessible to all individuals and serve a diverse range of artists. For this reason, we request information about your identity to help us know whether this program is achieving its objectives.

We have checkbox questions around race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity and age. This gives us broad categories of information that help us understand who our applicants are compared to the data available for the geographic areas in which we fund. We ask for your participation in completing the checkboxes.

Beyond this, we know there is so much more information about you that survey data does not capture. We invite you to share the words you use to more fully communicate who you are and your experiences, including but not limited to how you position yourself in terms of cultural, socio-political, geographic, class, education, health, citizenship, immigration/refugee, ideological, language, parental status, marital status, rural/urban, and/or spiritual/religious background.

Recommended maximum length: 100 words

If you do not wish to share this information, you are welcome to skip this question or enter “Decline to state.”

  • Multi-racial or Multi-ethnic descent
  • Native American, Alaskan Native or Indigenous peoples
  • African descent/Diaspora
  • Southern African descent
  • Central African descent
  • East African descent
  • North African descent
  • West African descent
  • Caribbean descent
  • North American descent
  • Central American descent
  • South American descent
  • Central Asian descent
  • East Asian descent
  • South Asian descent
  • Southeast Asian descent
  • Middle Eastern /Southwest Asian descent
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Island descent
  • Latinx descent
  • European descent
  • Decline to state
  • Prefer to self-identify

Examples: Dakota-Shakopee Mdewakanton, Honduran, Azeri/Persian, Puerto Rican, Nigerian, Hmong, Thai, Scots-Irish, Russian Jewish descent, Laotian, Chicano, Italian, Rural/Remote resident, Yupik, Haitian and Creole, Norwegian, decline to state, I don’t know, etc.)

  • Female
  • Gender non-confirming/non-binary
  • Gender fluid
  • Male
  • Two Spirit
  • Decline to State
  • Prefer to self-identify
  • Heterosexual or straight
  • Gay
  • Queer
  • Lesbian
  • Pansexual
  • Bisexual
  • Demisexual
  • Asexual
  • Same Gender-Loving
  • Decline to state
  • Prefer to self-identify
  • Under 25
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55-64
  • 65-74
  • 75 or older
  • Decline to state

This will be used to verify your eligibility. Your legal residence is defined by the address you use when filing your federal taxes.

 

  • Google or other web search
  • Jerome email or website
  • Jerome staff or in-person event
  • Referral from other website
  • Referral from a colleague
  • Social media
  • Other (please specify)

By submitting this application, I am affirming the following:

  • I (nor any of the named members in the ensemble/collective/collaborative’s application, if applicable) am currently not a student or will not be a student between May 2021 and April 30, 2023. I am a legal resident in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City and have been in residence since May 6, 2019 and plan to maintain residency for the two-year fellowship period.
  • All information in this application is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge.
  • I hold the intellectual property rights for the work samples provided in the application. If applying as a member of a collective/ensemble/collaborative, I am authorized to submit the work samples provided.
  • If applying as an ensemble/collective/collaborative, I acknowledge that the full ensemble/collective/collaborative has reviewed and affirmed the accuracy of all answers describing the group’s creative process and the role the applicants play both within the collective as a general rule and in the submitted work samples in particular.

Please note that all correspondence regarding your application’s status will be done via Submittable, using the email address connected to your Submittable account.

About the Application Process

Jerome Foundation staff will pre-screen applications for eligibility. Any applicant who does not clearly establish eligibility will be eliminated for further consideration at the prescreening stage.

Applications are reviewed by panels of experts, with each discipline evaluated by a separate panel. Panelists are charged with recommending a slate of grantees and alternates to the Jerome Foundation Board of Directors, which retains sole authority to authorize or decline grants.

All applicants will be notified of their application status no later than January 31, 2021.

* Answering via text or video

You may choose to respond to the criteria questions via text or video. We urge you to use the format where you feel you can make the strongest and most authentic case for your application. In both cases, the core questions to be answered remain the same, and an attempt has been made to ensure that the limits on words or on time give all applicants roughly equal opportunities. Whether responding in writing or by video, please make sure you address all the questions for each topic.

Text responses have a recommended maximum length. We strongly urge you to not exceed this. We suggest that you write your responses in a program like Google Docs or Microsoft Word, check the word count there, and paste it into the Submittable form.

Video responses have a recommended maximum length. We strongly urge you not exceed it. Those using video must, however, speak directly to the camera: this is not an opportunity to provide voiceovers to additional work samples or expand the panel’s exposure to other works beyond the work samples. The best way to submit a video is to use your webcam or phone to take a simple video and upload that file to Submittable.