Policies and Practices: Composer / Sound Artist Fellowship

Jerome Composer / Sound Artist Fellowship Program grants are made to emerging professional composers and sound artists in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City.  You do not need a fiscal sponsor to apply to this program.

Applicants must:

  • Live in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City at the time of application and have lived in that location at least one year prior to the application deadline.
  • Have completed training, formal or informal, and be active professional artists.
  • Comply with all application requirements, including precise formatting requirements for work samples.  Fax and email submissions are not permitted.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  Applications may be submitted online via the Foundation’s website.
  • Submit no more than one proposal.
  • Have completed and filed a final report if a previous Jerome grant recipient.
  • Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are not eligible.

A composer or sound artist may not receive a fellowship and a project grant for the same work(s) from Jerome Foundation.

The age of the artist is not a consideration. Established artists who have chosen to switch artistic disciplines are not eligible.

Emerging artists show significant potential; have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and are recognized as emerging artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators. If you need more information on eligibility, please contact Foundation staff.

This program supports individuals not organizations.  A composer or sound artist whose principal body of work has been created in collaboration is not able to apply as an individual unless there is a significant body of recent independent work. Work samples and resume should clearly support this.

All applications must be submitted online.  Applicants will receive emails acknowledging receipt of the application. If there are questions about your application, a Foundation staff person will contact you. The Foundation will send notification letters once the Jerome Board of Directors reviews and confirms the panel's recommendations. No information on the panels' recommendations will be provided prior to the letter of notification.

An independent emerging artist funded through the General Program who has completed three to six grant sequences of support and is no longer eligible to apply directly to the Foundation is not eligible for this fellowship program.

Fellowship funds may not be used for tuition at degree-granting institutions to complete an academic degree.

Grants of $20,000 will be awarded to five recipients.

In order to receive payment, recipients are required to sign a fellowship agreement with Jerome Foundation.  Fellowship funds are taxable income. Jerome Foundation's annual tax return, which is a public document and is posted on the Foundation's website, will contain the names and addresses of fellowship recipients in its listing of grants made during the year.  For more information on public access to the tax returns of foundations, please contact Foundation staff. 

A recipient agrees, by contract, to file a narrative report and documentation of any works created, within one month of completion of the fellowship program.  Recipients who do not submit final reports are ineligible for future funding.

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