2019 McKnight Fellowships for Composers (Minnesota Composers)

The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce the 2019 McKnight
Fellowships for Composers. This program is made possible by the generous support of
The McKnight Foundation.

The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in
the country. Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual,
unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in ten areas.
Eight arts organizations oversee the administration of the fellowships and structure their
own program to respond to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines:
ceramic arts, choreography, dance, media arts, music performance, playwriting and
theater arts, visual arts, and writers; administered respectively by the Northern Clay
Center, The Cowles Center, FILMN°RTH, MacPhail Center for Music, The Playwrights’
Center, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and The Loft Literary Center.

• Minnesota Residency
o You have or maintain Minnesota residency for at least one year prior to
application and for the duration of the fellowship year. You must have a US
Social Security Number or US Tax ID.

• Midcareer Artist
o You are midcareer with a body of work that demonstrates a sustained level of
accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence.

• Exclusive Application
o You can only apply to one McKnight Artist Fellowship artistic discipline within a

• Sit Out Period is Five Years for All Disciplines
o You have not been a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship within any artistic
discipline in the last five years.

• Prior Recipients Must Demonstrate a New Body of Work Since Last Fellowship
o You must demonstrate growth and on going artistry since your most recent
McKnight Artist Fellowship.

• No Conflict of Interest
o You are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or the
American Composers Forum.

• No Full-Time Student Status
o You may not be enrolled full-time in an academic program.

The intent of this program is to recognize and support midcareer artists living and
working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment,
commitment, and artistic excellence.

The McKnight Fellowships provide recognition and financial support for midcareer
composers working in any musical genre. The program is designed to award
composers whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial
body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage that is beyond

• Four fellowships of $25,000 in unrestricted funds will be awarded. Awards are
subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.
• Fellows also have an opportunity to work for one month in one of five artist
residency communities partnering with the American Composers Forum OR fellows
can create a self-designed professional development project in lieu of participating
in one of the five artist residency communities. Each project or residency will be
planned in consultation with ACF’s Vice President of Programs. ACF will allot
planning for this residency occurs during the fellowship year, and Fellows have up
to two years to implement the plan. The budget for the residency or self-designed
professional development project is up to $2,500 and up to $500 in travel. These
funds will go directly to the residency program.
• Between 2019 – 2020 ACF will produce the first McKnight Composer Fellows
Biennial Festival. The biennial festival will be an intensive full day event designed to
connect Fellows more directly with audiences, collaborating artists, and McKnight
Fellows from other disciplines. ACF will present a curated event for the cohort of the
2018 and 2019 McKnight Composer Fellows on a single stage over the course of an
entire day. The 2018 and 2019 Composer Fellows will have an opportunity to
feature their music and share their artistic stories in one of the two separate salon
style concerts during the one-day event. Each of the 2018 & 2019 McKnight
Composer Fellows will be given a budget up to $2,000 to hire musicians and/or
defray cost for the presentation of their work. These funds will go directly to the
hired artists or production cost specifically for the Fellow’s programed work. ACF’s
Vice President of Programs in consultation with the 2018 & 2019 Composer Fellows
will hire all musicians and coordinate the production of the one-day McKnight
Composer Fellows Biennial Festival.

For complete guidelines and application, visit https://composersforum.org/programs/mcknight-composer-fellowships/

22 Mar 2019
U.S. Dollar (USD)