Monday, February 24, 2003

Postmark Deadline: March 22, 2003 Through a grant from the Minnesota-based McKnight Foundation, the American Composers Forum announces its 2003 McKnight Composer Fellowship Program, open to Minnesota Composers, and its 2003 McKnight Visiting Composer Fellowship Program, open to composers living outside of Minnesota. The McKnight Composer Fellowship Program offers four $25,000 recognition awards to mid-career Minnesota composers. These unrestricted fellowship funds will be supplemented with an optional project grant of $5000 for fellows to pursue a community-based project of their own design. Composers are sought whose work shows consistent quality, extraordinary accomplishment, and outstanding potential in any musical genre (e.g., jazz, ambient, international, classical, ethnic, experimental, performance art, electronic, and sound art). The McKnight Visiting Composer Fellowship Program awards up to two composers $14,000 each to design and carry out their own residencies in Minnesota. Visiting composers spend at least 60 days (preferably continuous) in Minnesota working on projects with Minnesota communities (preferably not musical communities). This is not a commissioning program, although new work may be a part of the residency. Visiting composers should complete their projects within one year of receiving the award. In keeping with the Forum's commitment to promoting awareness and understanding of living composers, the program encourages interaction with a variety of venues where new music is rarely heard (e.g., rural areas, schools, and community centers) and with participants who may not have worked with a composer before. For more information about these programs, please visit the web site or contact: American Composers Forum McKnight Composer Fellowship Program 332 Minnesota Street, E-145 Saint Paul, MN 55101-1300 Tel: (651) 251-2824 Fax: (651) 291-7978 Email: Web1: Web2: