Applications for the American Academy in Berlin’s Berlin Prize in Music Composition are now being accepted.
The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for the Berlin Prize in Music Composition until Monday, October 1, 2012. The Fellowship in Music Composition will be awarded for the Academy’s 2014 spring semester, which will run from January through May.
The successful applicant should demonstrate how s/he is poised to interact with the contemporary music scene in Berlin, perhaps the most vibrant and innovative in Europe today. The Academy looks to present a composer whose voice provides the Berlin music scene with an opportunity to experience a unique dimension within the diversity of US culture.
The Academy wishes to support an early to mid-career composer. Recent recipients include Andrew Norman, Ken Ueno, Annie Gosfield, Sean Shepherd,and Gene Coleman. Applicants must show significant professional activity, such as public performances, commissions, and awards.
The Berlin Prize
The Academy will provide the composer in residence with new vistas and professional opportunities by supplying a singular community of accomplished Americans from artistic, literary, and scholarly worlds, a distinctive venue for his or her music, and access to a valuable professional network. The reputation of the Academy within Berlin’s flourishing music culture, as well as the potential synergies between the composer and the city’s extremely lively new music scene, should make this an especially rewarding experience. The composer’s stay culminates in a portrait concert, showcasing his or her work. Prominent partners as presenters have included MärzMusik / Berliner Festspiele, Radialsystem V, Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, and the Schauroun Ensemble.
Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, accommodations at the Hans Arnhold Center or in nearby apartments, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Academy during the entire term of the award, January through May 2014. Candidates for the Spring 2014 fellowship will be notified in late February 2013.
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Composers’ applications are due in New York by Monday, October 1, 2012. (As with all Berlin Prizes at the American Academy, composition candidates should be permanently based in the United States; American expatriates are not eligible.) Please note that it is not possible to apply electronically for this fellowship. Complete your application and send it along with samples of your work (CD preferred), as well as the additional materials requested on the form, to the address below. Applications materials will not be returned.
The American Academy in Berlin
Attn: Fellowship in Music Composition
14 East 60th Street, Suite 604
New York, New York 10022