Boulanger Initiative Mentorship Program

About the Program

Announcing Boulanger Initiative’s Elizabeth Henriksen Mentorship Program.

Lack of access to a gender-marginalized composition mentor is one of the biggest barriers keeping young women composers from being successful in their field. We founded this program to enable composers of marginalized genders to be mentored by established figures in the field of composition on the career skills and professional development elements that are often overlooked and left out of many composition degree programs, so they may be better equipped for building a successful career in composition.

Over the course of the mentorship program, mentees will meet virtually with their mentor for a total of 10 sessions. Sessions with the mentor will focus on skills pertaining to career and professional development, as opposed to composition lessons. Each mentee will participate in three virtual composition masterclasses, one with each mentor, and three virtual professional development workshops.

Mentees accepted into the program will be paired with a composer-mentor of their choice for a 6-month period with whom they will meet regularly and build professional development skills to help them succeed in the industry. One applicant will be selected for each mentor to receive personal mentorship and advice via virtual, one-on-one sessions.

Participating mentors this cycle are Alexandra Gardner, Nina C. Young, and inti figgis-vizueta. Applicants may only apply for one mentor of their choosing based on their individual needs.

The mentees will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops to learn how to get ahead in the industry. There is no application fee, and the cost of tuition, valued at $2,500 per mentee, is covered by Boulanger Initiative for each mentee selected.

This opportunity is open to women and composers of marginalized genders at any stage in their career, ages 22 and older, from anywhere in the world. Boulanger Initiative exists to create social change and more inclusion in the arts industry, and any artist who is underrepresented is especially encouraged to apply.

Boulanger Initiative is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and especially equal access to the arts. If there is anything that we can do to support you in this process and application, please feel free to reach out.

For any questions, please email Grace Roepke, grace@boulangerinitiative.org

Application

Boulanger Initiative is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and especially equal access to the arts. If there is anything that we can do to support you in this process and application, please feel free to reach out.

For any questions, please email Grace, grace@boulangerinitiative.org

Applications close May 10th, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET.

Fill out the application to work with Alexandra Gardner.

Fill out the application to work with Nina C. Young.

Fill out the application to work with inti-figgis vizueta.

Interviews will be held on the following dates

  • inti figgis-vizueta: May 24th, 4-5 PM ET

  • Nina C. Young: May 24th, 4:30-5:30 PM ET

  • Alexandra Gardner: May 25th, 5:00-6:00 PM ET

If you are not available at this time, email Grace, grace@boulangerinitiative.org

Prospective mentees must be available at the following time for orientation:

  • May 28th, 2:30-4:30 PM ET

FAQs

Is there an application fee?

  • No, the application is completely free. If there is any part of the application that you cannot complete, please email Grace, grace@boulangerinitiative.org to let us know, and we can work to lift any barriers.

What is the tuition fee for the program?

  • There is no tuition fee for Mentees. The value of the program is $2,500 and is covered in full by Boulanger Initiative.

Who can apply?

  • This opportunity is open to women and composers of marginalized genders at any stage in their career, ages 22 and older, from anywhere in the world.

Am I allowed to apply to more than one mentor?

  • No, you may only apply for one mentor of your choosing.

Who are the mentors?

What does the program entail?

  • Over the course of the mentorship program, mentees will meet virtually with their mentor for a total of 10 sessions. Schedule will be determined between selected mentees and mentor pairs

  • The program focuses on skills pertaining to career development, not composition technique

  • The program includes three virtual composition masterclasses for all mentees, one with each mentor

  • The program includes three virtual professional development workshops (topics TBD)

What are the dates of the program?

  • The mentorship program will begin in late May and end in early November.

What is the application process like?

  • Applicants will be asked to submit a short artistic statement, a short video addressing their goals of the mentorship, and an option to submit a digital representation of their work.

  • There is no application fee and the participation in the program is free.

  • No recommendation letters required

  • Selected applicants will have an interview with the mentor they applied for and members of the Boulanger Initiative team.

Is this program in-person or virtual?

  • The program is completely virtual

When is the application due?

  • The application is due on May 10th, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET.

When will mentees be notified of their acceptance?

  • May 25th, 2021

Interviews will be held on the following dates:

  • inti figgis-vizueta: May 24th, 4-5 PM ET

  • Nina C. Young: May 24th, 4:30-5:30 PM ET

  • Alexandra Gardner: May 25th, 5:00-6:00 PM ET

If you are not available at this time, email Grace, grace@boulangerinitiative.org

Prospective mentees must be available at the following time for Orientation in case they are selected:

  • May 28th, 2:30-4:30 PM ET