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The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce the 2020 McKnight Visiting Composers Residency Program. This program is made possible by the generous support of The McKnight Foundation.

2020 Participants

2020 panelists were composers Carolina Heredia (Columbia, MO), Donovan Mixon (Evanston, IL), and Beth Wiemann (Maynard, MA).

Nathan Hall Photo by Sten Melin
Nathan Hall
Angélica Negrón  Photo by Catalina Kulczar
Angélica Negrón
Nathan Hall photo by Sten Melin; Angélica Negrón photo by Catalina Kulczar

 

Program Description

  • ACF will select two music creators for an artistic residency in Minnesota.
  • Artists work with the ACF team to design and produce a residency that integrates with the Minnesota community in a unique way.
  • Visiting composers spend approximately 30 days in Minnesota over an 18-month period, building relationships and working on projects.
  • New work may be part of the residency, but the focus is on the exploration of an artist within a Minnesota community. ACF believes in the power of music creators to be storytellers, connectors, or catalysts through their art. This program invites artists to respond to or reflect on the unique qualities of people and communities in our home state.

Awards

  • Up to two residencies of $10,000 will be awarded. All funds are distributed directly to the selected music creator across four installments. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.
  • Consultation, time, and resources from the ACF.

 

2021 McKnight Visiting Composer Residency Application Guidelines

ACF is intentional in its interchangeable use of the terms artist, music creator, and composer as we recognize not everyone identifies themselves by one of these terms.

Download a PDF of the complete guidelines, HERE.

The American Composers Forum (ACF) is pleased to announce the 2021 McKnight Visiting Composers Residency Program. This program is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation.

ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 19, 2021 (11:59 PM Central)   

Program Description

  • ACF will select two music creators for an artistic residency in Minnesota.
  • Artists work with the ACF team to design and produce a residency that integrates with the Minnesota community in a unique way.
  • Visiting composers spend approximately 30 days in Minnesota over an 18-month period, building relationships and working on projects.
  • New work may be part of the residency, but the focus is on the exploration of an artist within a Minnesota community. ACF believes in the power of music creators to be storytellers, connectors, or catalysts through their art. This program invites artists to respond to or reflect on the unique qualities of people and communities in our home state. 

Eligibility 

  • Music creators 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 fellowship administrative partners. The administrative partners are Minnesota Center for Books, Northern Clay Center, The Cowles Center, American Composers Forum, Pillsbury House Theatre, Textile Center, FILMN°RTH, MacPhail Center for Music, The Playwrights’ Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and The Loft.
  • Recipients of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 McKnight Visiting Composer Residency and/or McKnight Fellowships in any discipline are not eligible. 

Awards

  • Up to two residencies of $10,000 will be awarded. All funds are distributed directly to the selected music creator across four installments. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.
  • Consultation, time, and resources from the ACF.

Selection Process

ACF staff review all applicants for eligibility and completeness. A curatorial committee of five music creators and/or advocates from outside Minnesota chosen for their familiarity with diverse musical approaches will review applications and select residency recipients.

Past curators have included: Marcos Balter, Susan Botti, Gavin Chuck, Ken Field, Douglas Geers, Carolina Heredia, Amy Knoles, Elainie Lillios, Gilda Lyons, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Fang Man, Donovan Mixon, Osnat Netzer, Marilyn Shrude, and Beth Wiemann.  

ACF staff members who oversee the McKnight Visiting Composer Residency program do not contribute to the decision-making process or the selection of the McKnight Visiting Composer. The role of the staff is to provide clarity for the review process and to ensure that the curators’ review and the discussions proceed in accordance with the program guidelines. 

Selection Criteria

ACF encourages applicants from the full range of musical styles and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists who demonstrate compelling artistic work. Accordingly, awards for our programs will represent, as far as possible, artists and projects that are diverse in musical approaches, gender, race, ethnicity, and geography.

Curators will assess the:

  • Creative potential, imagination, and effectiveness of the proposed project.
  • Consistent quality of applicant’s previous work.
  • Anticipated value of the residency project for the composer’s artistic work and ensemble and/or designated community. 

Notification

The curators’ decision will be announced in July, 2021. Results will be posted on ACF’s website and applicants will be notified by email. After the 2021 McKnight Fellowships for Composers and Visiting Composer Residencies are announced, all applicants will have the opportunity to set up a phone appointment with ACF’s Vice President of Artist Services for feedback from the panelists.

How to Apply

The music creator applicant completes or uploads the following in the Online Application Form via the SlideRoom Application System. For an overview of SlideRoom, visit https://help.liaisonedu.com/SlideRoom_Applicant_Help_Center/Starting_Your_SlideRoom_Application/Getting_Started_with_Your_SlideRoom_Application .

The online application can be found here: https://composersforum.org/programs/mcknight-visiting-composer-residencies/

Acknowledgement of McKnight Visiting Residency Composer Guidelines (Questions 1.1)

Composer’s Personal Information (Questions 1.2 – 1.14):

         Name, Pronouns, Address, Phone, Email Address, Webpage

 Questions Regarding Eligibility (Questions 1.15 – 1.16):

               Questions to confirm your eligibility for this program.

Project proposal (Questions 1.17 or 1.18: Link to 6 – 7-minute video (Q1.17) or typed answer (Q1.18) 6,000-characters, including spaces)

The project proposal should include a detailed description of your residency activities while you are in Minnesota, including your interaction with the community you’ve chosen, why you seek to work in Minnesota, an explanation of the anticipated value of the residency for you and that community, and any other information you would like to present to the curatorial panel.

A list or potential organizational partners in Minnesota or types of organizations you might like to collaborate with for your project. (Questions 1.19) After being selected and prior to the start of a residency in Minnesota the selected artists will work with ACF to secure collaborative partners that are aligned with their proposed residency and residency goals.

Three Work Samples (Questions: 1.20 – 1.48)

Provide three audio/and or video work samples totaling no more than 30-minutes of your original music. Keep in mind that work samples should support the criteria of the program and your project proposal. For each sample you will have the ability to list cue start and end times so that you can provide a complete work but point the curators to specific areas of a longer work that you would like for them to review.  

For each audio/and or video work sample please submit any accompanying documentation/materials that will provide further insights into your creative process. Either clearly describe the nature of your involvement in the creation of the piece in a document uploaded or if notated scores are part of your creative process, provide PDFs of scores corresponding to the audio or video samples you submitted. Space is given for you to provide a web link for these materials. Curators will not have access to music notation, electronic music, graphic, video, or other specialized software.

Provide web links to your samples (SoundCloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, etc.). Make sure web links you provide in this application remain active and unchanged until July 31, 2021. If you do not wish for your work samples to be made public, please make them unlisted so the committee will still have access.

Work Sample 1 makes the most critical impression on the curators, and should represent your most distinctive and compelling musical example. Curators will listen up to five-minutes of this work in the first round. Indicate the start and end times for the cue for the first round in Questions 1.22 & 1.23: Works Sample 1 – First Round Cue Start and End Times. If selected for the second round and you wish the curators to listen to a different segment of your first sample, please indicate the section in start and end times for the cue for the second round in Questions 1.24 & 1.25:  Works Sample 1 – Second Round Cue Start and End Times. (Example: An applicant for work sample 1 submits a 10-minute work sample as part of the 30-minutes to be reviewed by the curators. In the first round, the applicant provides the cue start time as 0 (the beginning) and cue end time 5 min. If selected for the second round, the applicant has indicated a second round cue start time as 5 min and second round cue end time as 10 min.)

Work Samples 2 & 3

For each work sample you will be asked to provide the Cue Start and End Times, Title, Duration, Year of Completion, Ensemble/Name(s) of Performer(s), and Instrumentation. You may also give other pertinent information you feel would be helpful to the panel, such as why you chose to submit this particular sample (3000-characters, including spaces).

Questions regarding social media, information sessions, and how you learned about this opportunity.  (Questions 1.49 – 1.51)

Acknowledgement of McKnight Artist Fellowship & Residencies Community Values (Questions 1.52)

Acknowledgement of Terms and Conditions (Questions 1.53)

By applying, you attest:

  • you have carefully reviewed the 2021 McKnight Visiting Composer Residency application guidelines.
  • to the accuracy of the information supplied in the application.
  • application materials submitted are the applicant’s sole and original work.
  • understand the purpose and conditions of the McKnight Visiting Composer Residency  program and to your acceptance to them should you be selected as a fellow.
  • you are eligible for the competition, and that you will notify the ACF Vice President of Artist Services if you become ineligible prior to the conclusion of the competition.
  • Providing false or misleading information on this application, or failing in any other way to comply with the rules will subject you to disqualification and forfeiture of the residency.
  • you understand that your application must be completed by the online application deadline of Monday, April 19, 2021 11:59 PM (Central). ACF / McKnight Visiting Composer Residency program takes no responsibility for applications that are not in Submitted status at the deadline.

Music creator’s demographic information (2021 Demographic Information Form)

We frame our work with a focus on racial equity and include within that scope, but not limited to, diverse gender identities, musical approaches and perspectives, religions, ages, (dis)abilities, cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations, and broad definitions of being “American.”

 We request information about your identity to help us know more about the artists we are reaching.

Below are a series of open fields and checkboxes.

Open fields are provided so you can share how you self-identify. We understand that this data can in no way fully reflect the richness of who you are. We are especially interested in how you relate to race, gender, geographic location (and rural/urban), class, education, physical/mental health, citizenship, native language, and cultural background. Please share as much as you are comfortable sharing with us.

Checkboxes are provided for race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and stage of artistic life. This allows us to see how applicant cohorts relate to the demographic information from other organizations, funder requirements, and geographic areas.

 Providing this information is optional.

What you share in the 2021 Demographic Information form as part of your SlideRoom application for this program will be included in your application and seen by curators. If you prefer to keep your answers separate/anonymous, please complete this form:

https://forms.gle/F7K1TrbDtdMiGgcU6

  1. Please share the words you use to more fully communicate who you are and your experiences:
  2. Which of the following regions do you identify with in terms of race, ethnicity, and nationality? (check all that apply)
    • Multi-racial or Multi-ethnic descent
    • Native American, Alaskan Native or Indigenous peoples
    • African descent/Diaspora
    • Southern African descent
    • Central African descent
    • East African descent
    • North African descent
    • West African descent
    • Caribbean descent
    • North American descent
    • Central American descent
    • South American descent
    • Central Asian descent
    • East Asian descent
    • South Asian descent
    • Southeast Asian descent
    •  Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian descent
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Island descent 
    • Latinx descent 
    • European descent
    • Decline to State 
    • Prefer to self-identify (use open field in next question)
  3. Open field for question above, which of the following regions do you identify with in terms of race, ethnicity, and nationality?
  4. Please note specific race, ethnic, region, national group, and/or tribal/band affiliations with which you identify. Examples: Dakota-Shakopee Mdewakanton, Honduran, Azeri/Persian, Puerto Rican, Nigerian, Hmong, Thai, Scots-Irish, Russian Jewish descent, Laotian, Chicano, Italian, Rural/Remote resident, Yupik, Haitian and Creole, Norwegian, decline to state, I don’t know, etc.
  5. Which best describes your current gender? (Check all that apply)
    • Female
    • Gender non-confirming/non-binary
    • Gender fluid
    • Male
    • Two Spirit
    • Decline to State
    • Prefer to self-identify
  6. Open field for question above, which best describes your current gender?
  7. Do you identify as transgender?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Decline to state
  8. Do you consider yourself as: (Check all that apply)
    • Heterosexual or straight
    • Gay
    • Queer
    • Lesbian
    • Pansexual
    • Bisexual
    • Demisexual
    • Asexual
    • Same Gender-Loving
    • Decline to state
    • Prefer to self-identify (use open field in next question)
  9. Open field for question above
  10. Are you part of the disability community?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Decline to state
  11. How many years have you been creating music? 
    • 1 – 5 years
    • 6 – 10 years
    • 11 – 20 years
    • 21 – 30 years
    • 31 – 40 years
    • 41 – 50 years
    • more than 50 years
    • Decline to state

Additional Information

  • Entries must be submitted electronically via the link below on or before 11:59 PM Central on Monday, April 19, 2021.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Entries submitted by mail or means other than the provided online application process will not be eligible for consideration.

Billy Lackey, ACF Vice President of Artist Services, will conduct five 60-minute 2021 McKnight Visiting Composer Application Workshops online to go over the application process. These sessions will be offered online via Zoom.

 Video tutorials on how to use the Zoom online meeting system can be found here:

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials   

2021 McKnight Visiting Composer Program Information Session Dates and Times via Zoom

Saturday, February 20:    12:30 – 1:30 PM Central        Register HERE for this date.

Friday, February 26:          7:00 – 8:00 PM Central         Register HERE for this date.  

Saturday, March 6:            2:00 – 3:00 PM Central         Register HERE for this date.

Thursday, March 18:         4:00 – 5:00 PM Central         Register HERE for this date.

Saturday, March 27:         4:00 – 5:00 PM Central          Register HERE for this date.

Tuesday, April 6:               4:30 – 5:30 PM Central          Register HERE for this date.

Friday, April 9:                   5:00 – 6:00 PM Central          Register HERE for this date.

 

2021 McKnight Visiting Composer Program Meeting Drop In Dates and Times via Zoom

Friday, March 5:               10 AM – Noon & 1 – 5 PM Central    Register HERE for this date.

Thursday, March 11:        10 AM – Noon & 1 – 5 PM Central    Register HERE for this date.

Friday, March 19:             10 AM – Noon & 1 – 5 PM Central    Register HERE for this date.

Friday, March 26:             10 AM – Noon & 1 – 5 PM Central    Register HERE for this date.

Friday, April 9:                  10 AM – Noon & 1 – 5 PM Central   Register HERE for this date.

2019 Participants

2019 panelists were composers Gavin Chuck (Chicago, IL), Elainie Lillios (Bowling Green OH), and Gilda Lyons (Rhinebeck, NY)

Sergio Barer
Sergio Barer
Danny Clay
Danny Clay
Sergia Barer photo by KI Concerts; Danny Clay photo by John Fisher

 

2018 Participants

Anthony R. Green Photo by: Colin Conces
Anthony R. Green
Photo by: Colin Conces
Volker Goetze
Volker Goetze

2017 Participants

Paul Giess of Philadelphia, PA
Paul Giess
Philadelphia, PA
Kristin Norderval of New York, NY
Kristin Norderval
New York, NY

2016 Participants

2016 McKnight Visiting Composer Wang Jie
Wang Jie
New York, NY
2016 McKnight Visiting Composer Peter Michael Von Der Nahmer Copy
Peter Michael Von Der Nahmer
Ozone Park, NY

 

2015:  Clarice Assad and Wayne Horvitz
Panelists: David Dzubay, Aruán Ortiz, Zeena Parkins

2014:  Robin Eschner and Pamela Z
Panelists: Amir ElSaffar, Stacy Garrop, and Daniel Trueman

2013:  Chris Coyle and Jin Hi Kim
Panelists: Anne LeBaron, Nicole Mitchell, Sven-David Sandstrom

2012:  Hugh Livingston and Charles Peck
Panelists: Nancy Galbraith, Graham Reynolds, Huang Ruo

2011:  William J. Lackey, Kanniks Kannikeswaran
Panelists: Linda Dusman, J.D. Parran, Jack Perla

2010: Ellen Fullman, David James Nielsen
Panelists: Fernando Benadon, David Conte, Mary Jane Leach

2009: Eve Beglarian, Ryan Ingebritsen
Panelists: Derek Bermel, Jennifer Bilfield, Newman Baker

2008: Jeff Herriot, William Neil
Panelists: Mark Applebaum, Margaret Leng-Tan, David Stock

2007: Billy Fox, Evan Solot
Panelists: Susie Ibarra, Matthew Levy, Steven Stucky

2006: Sidiki Conde, Stuart Hyatt
Panelists: Milford Graves, Belinda Reynolds, Neil Rolnick

2005: Todd Hammes, Susan Haugh
Panelists: Eleanor Hovda, Robert Moran, Roger Kleier

2004: Michelle Nagai, Ushio Torikai
Panelists: Jason Hwang, Alex Shapiro, Kevin Stahlheim

2003: Oliver Lake, John Morton
Panelists: Fred Frith, Anthony deMare, Ileana Perez Velazquez

2002: Steven Rosenthal, Janek Schaefer
Panelists: Joel Chadabe, Melissa Hui, David Cleary

2001: Kenny Endo, Annie Gosfield & Roger Kleier
Panelists: Chinary Ung, Eve Beglarian, Philip Bimstein

2000: Fred Ho, Beth Custer
Panelists: Bill Brooks, Tamar Diesendruck, Adolphus Hailstork

1999: Brenda Hutchinson, Susan Rawcliffe
Panelists: Ellen Christi, Allen Strange, Regina Baiocchi

1998: Ron George, Richard Johnson
Panelists: John Duffy, Fred Ho, Judith Shatin

1997: Ermir Dergjini, Pamela Z
Panelists: Sebastian Currier, Anne Deane, Gustavo Matamoros

1996: Brent Michael Davids, David Revill
Panelists: Orlando Garcia, James Tenney, Augusta Reed Thomas

1995: William Banfield, Dan Senn
Panelists: Warren Burt, Fran Richard, Lois Vierk

Welcome to the McKnight Artist community! The McKnight Foundation and the administering partners for the McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies are committed to creating and supporting an artistic community in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The community of the McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies includes people who engage with the fellowships/residency program whether as applicants, fellows, panelists, contractors, collaborators, fellowships/residency administrators, and staff of the McKnight Foundation and partnering organizations. 

As a community, we commit to creating and maintaining relationships that are free from harm, prejudice, and harassment. Community members agree to communicate directly and transparently regarding issues of conduct that could negatively impact the well-being of participating members and organizations.  

In the case of an accusation, legal action, or conviction, the McKnight Foundation and its fellowship/residency program partners may gather and assess relevant information. If deemed necessary, the McKnight Foundation and its fellowship/residency program partners may take administrative action up to and including the recommendation of participation in reconciliation or restorative justice processes; disqualification of an application; the termination of a contract; and the recall and/or termination of a fellowship. 

This community will be what we make it and our aim is to collectively create an experience in which all artists and members of the McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies community thrive.