2019 McKnight Visiting Composer Residency Program

The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce the 2019 McKnight Visiting
Composers Residency Program. This program is made possible by the generous support of The McKnight Foundation.
ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 22, 2019 (11:59 PM Central)

ELIGIBILITY
• Composers working in any style are encouraged to apply.
• You must be living outside Minnesota.
• You must have a US Social Security Number or US Tax ID.
• You are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or the
American Composers Forum.
• You may not be enrolled full-time in an academic program.
• Recipients of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 McKnight Visiting Composer Residency and/or McKnight Fellowships in any discipline are not eligible.
• Composers do not have to be members of the American Composers Forum to apply.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
• The American Composers Forum will select up to two composers to design and
produce their own residencies in Minnesota.
• Visiting composers should expect to spend approximately 40 days in Minnesota,
working on projects with a Minnesota ensemble and/or community—or communities—of their choosing.
• Visiting composers are expected to complete their projects within 18 months of receiving the award.
• This is not a commissioning program, although new work may be part of the residency. In keeping with the Forum’s commitment to promoting awareness and understanding of living composers, this program encourages interaction with a variety
of venues which will help promote composers’ role in society.

AWARDS
Up to two residencies of $10,000 will be awarded. All funds are distributed directly to
the selected composer across four installments. Awards are subject to state and federal
income tax guidelines.

SELECTION CRITERIA
The American Composers Forum encourages applicants from the full range of
musical styles, and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists whose
work demonstrates strong artistic merit. Accordingly, awards for our programs
will represent, as far as possible, artists and projects that are diverse in genre,
gender, race, ethnicity and geography.

A panel of three composers from outside Minnesota chosen for their familiarity with diverse genres of new music will review applications and, in consultation with ACF staff,
will select residency recipients.

Panelists will assess the:
• Creative potential, imagination, and effectiveness of the proposed project.
• Consistent high quality of applicant’s previous work.
• Anticipated value of the residency project for the composer’s career and ensemble
and/or designated community.
Specific partner organizations do not have to be identified at the time of application,
although that is strongly encouraged. The panel is more interested in project designs
that are promising while still being feasible. Selected composers will be asked to develop their plans prior to beginning the residency.

NOTIFICATION
The panel’s decision will be announced in mid June, 2019. Results will be posted on
ACF’s website and applicants will be notified by email. After the 2019 McKnight Fellowships for Composers and Visiting Composer Residencies are announced, all applicants
will have the opportunity to setup a phone appointment with ACF’s vice president of
programs for feedback from the panelists.

For complete guidelines and to apply, visit https://composersforum.org/programs/mcknight-visiting-composer-residencies/

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