Category Archives: Awards

NextNotes High School Composition Awards

NextNotes High School Composition Awards is a national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music composition – in any genre! Students in grades 9-12 are invited to apply with a single composition in any genre or style. Applications are submitted electronically through an on-line process.

Download a printable 11×17 poster here. Help spread the word!

Each year, six NextNotes Composers receive: mentorship from professional composers and musicians over a two-day workshop, flights to/from the workshop, room/board during the workshop, a public concert of the winning works, a scholarship of $1,000 to be used for formal composition studies, a recording of the culminating concert and also be eligible to receive up to $500 in “bring it home” funds to share their accomplishment with their hometown. Thanks to a partnership with MakeMusic Inc., the six NextNotes winners will also receive free Finale software and be eligible to nominate one teacher to receive the NextNotes Music Teacher Award. Recipients of the NextNotes Music Teacher Award will each receive a free one-year subscription to SmartMusic.

Up to thirty applicants will be chosen as an Honorable Mention and will receive written feedback on their composition from the panel of judges.

All entrants who submit all required materials and are deemed eligible applicants will receive a free one-year American Composers Forum student membership.

Application deadline is January 8, 2018.

Contact Laura Krider at lkrider@composersforum.org
(651) 251-2840 for more information. Or visit https://composersforum.org/education/nextnotes/

Interested in Becoming an Artist-in-Residence?

Would you like your name and photo and school residency experience included in our Teaching Artists Roster?  Would you benefit from training in developing and refining the residency that you will offer students?

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is offering a Teaching Artist Roster Program. This program is a six-session training designed to support artists in refining and developing skills for conducting collaborative, in-depth arts learning experiences in organizations, community settings and schools.

Up to six artists will be selected to participate in this first training series from Oct 2017 – Dec 2017 in Warren.  Applications due Sept 25 for this first group.  A second group of artists will start in the Spring, maybe even two groups if we have enough interest.  Deadline TBD.

Artists who complete the program are listed on the NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster and are eligible to apply for residency funding through the Teaching Artist Grant program.

Artists who complete the Teaching Artist Roster Program:

  • Value themselves as artists and understand what they offer as teaching artists
  • Expand the ways they apply their craft
  • Understand the essential role arts play in a complete education
  • Belong to a network of fellow teaching artists who serve as resources, mentors and peers
  • Are ready to employ and lead assessments that involve personal reflection for continuous improvement
  • Understand how the roles of artist and teacher intersect
  • Are able to develop a residency plan
  • Are familiar with the NWMAC Teaching Artist Grant application process
  • Employ strategies that contribute to success as a teaching artist

For an example of what this roster will look like, visit
www.centralmnartsboard.org and click on Artist Teaching Roster.  The value of the training is 20 CEU credits and approximately $600.00 per participant if taken elsewhere.   Performing, visual, and creative writing artists (and other disciplines) who are chosen to participate in this program will receive small group and one-on-one training to prepare them to be Artists- in-Residence.

Applications are due by Monday, September 25.

The application and guidelines are in our NWMAC on-line grant system.  Login to your already established Username or Create a User for yourself within the the Login page.  Then begin your application for the Teaching Artist Roster Program by hitting Apply.  Call our office 218-745-9111 or email if you have problems.

Would you like to learn more at an information session?  We recently conducted an information session in Thief River Falls and will be offering two more on the following dates:
* September 12 in Warren at the NWMAC Conference Room  5 – 6:00 p.m.
*September 13 in Greenbush at the Community Room that is attached to the library 5 – 6:00 p.m.

(RSVP is essential by Monday, September 11 to mjander@mncable.net for the September 12 and 13 meetings.)

Questions?  Jane Anderson at mjander@mncable.net or Mara at mara@nwrdc.org

Please see the Program Guidelines here  (Note: this copy is a bit messy due to website formatting.  You can view the Guidelines in the on-line application in a Preview mode also.)

Teaching Artist Roster Program Guidelines FY17-18

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW                                                                                                                                                     

The Teaching Artist Roster Program is a seven-session training designed to support artists in refining and developing skills for conducting collaborative, in-depth arts learning experiences in organizations, community settings and schools.

Up to six artists will be selected to participate in this training, conducted by artist peer coaches contracted by NWMAC.

Artists who complete the program are listed on the NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster and are eligible to apply for residency funding through the Teaching Artist Grant program.

Artists who complete the Teaching Artist Roster Program:

  • Value themselves as artists and understand what they offer as teaching artists
  • Expand the ways they apply their craft
  • Understand the essential role arts play in a complete education
  • Belong to a network of fellow teaching artists who serve as resources, mentors and peers
  • Are ready to employ and lead assessments that involve personal reflection for continuous improvement
  • Understand how the roles of artist and teacher intersect
  • Are able to develop a residency plan
  • Are familiar with the NWMAC Teaching Artist Grant application process
  • Employ strategies that contribute to success as a teaching artist

WHO CAN APPLY

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Resident of Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Polk, or Norman County for a minimum of six months prior to application
  • Either a citizen or have attained permanent resident alien status
  • Artists with previous teaching experience, formal or informal (if you are interested in the program, but do not have teaching experience, contact the NWMAC

APPLICANTS NOT ELIGIBLE 

  • Past NWMAC grant recipients with any overdue final reports 

HOW TO APPLY

Application procedures are available at www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org

APPLICATION CONTENT

NWMAC Data Information

The following questions are required for data collection purposes by the Minnesota State Arts Board and the MN Legislature.

  • Brief summary of your artwork
  • County—County of applicant
  • MN House District – MN legislative house district of application
  • Congressional District – MN congressional district of applicant
  • Status – i.e. enter “01” for individual
  • Institution – Enter “01” for individual artist
  • Discipline – Select the code that best describes the applicant’s primary area of interest in the arts.
  • Publicity – Does the applicant have an alternate name, to be used for publicity purposes? (i.e. news releases)
  • Publicity Name – if yes, indicate the name to be used for publicity purposes. (Indicate N/A if not applicable)
  • Adult Artists Participating – For these grant activities is “01” individual artist
  • Ethnic Characteristics – Select any combination (optional). Enter “0” if you do not want to provide your ethnicity.  N=American Indian/Native American; A=Asian; P=Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; B=Black/African American; H=Hispanic/Latino; W=White; 99=when no single group applies; 0=Other

ARTISTIC MERIT/QUALITY

Panel members use the following statements when reviewing this section of the application: 1) Applicant’s rationale for wanting to participate in the program has merit. 2) Applicant’s work samples demonstrate skill and ability.

  • Explain your interest in participating in the Teaching Artist Roster Program. 

Artist Bio/Resume

  • Upload your Artist Bio and Resume in .PDF format 
  • Provide a brief statement about you and your art.

Work Samples

All samples must be combined into ONE OR TWO .PDF DOCUMENTS and attached to the application.  Contact the NWMAC office if you need assistance.  The NWMAC is not responsible for samples that do not upload or display correctly.

  • Two-Dimensional & Three-Dimensional: primary creators of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, multi-media arts, and all find crafts; SUBMIT UP TO 5 WORK SAMPLES: Submissions should not be more than 1800 pixels wide with title, description and dimension included with each sample.
  • Literary: Original poetry, prose (fiction and creative nonfiction), playwriting and screenwriting. Total number, including summary may not exceed 10 pages.  If the sample is part of a longer work, one of the pages may provide a BRIEF summary or context for the excerpt.  Include a description Title, Type (Poem, Novel excerpt, etc.) with each sample.
    • All written materials must be submitted in .PDF format on 8-1/2” X 11” document
    • Leave ½” margins (minimum) at top, bottom and sides of each sheet
    • Use black size 12 font or larger
    • Scholarly manuscripts, standard journalism, and translations are not accepted
  • Performance: Dancers, choreographers; Theatre performers, spoken word; composers, musicians/  While artists can perform the work of others, panel members will be looking for the applicant’s unique interpretation, or “personal stamp” on the work submitted and priority will be given to the original work.
    • Theater/Dance: combined run time of 7 minutes for all selections.  Submit samples in .WMV, .SWF or .MP4 file format or a URL link to a video.  Include in a separate document the Title, Length of excerpt with a physical description explaining how to identify you (i.e., “I am the actor in the yellow shirt)
    • Music: combined run time of 7 minutes for all selections. Submit samples in .MP3, .WAV, .WMA formats and include the Song Title, Length, Type of Music for each sample in a separate document.  Optional:  You may attach scores for any music sample(s) submitted.

If the upload does not accommodate the file size, an audio/video page or website URL can be provided in the field below by pasting the URL into a word document.

 

  • Upload Work Samples with descriptions and/or provide an audio/video page or website URL
  • Art Sample(s) with descriptions (10 MiB allowed)
  • Art Sample(s) with descriptions (10 MiB allowed)
  • Audio/Video Page or Website URL –( i.e. northwesternmnarts.board.org)
  • Music Scores – Optional (2 MiB allowed)

ABILITY

Panel members use the following statements when reviewing this section of the application: 1) Applicant shows a willingness to commit time and energy to program obligations. 2) Applicant demonstrates an interest in expanding their skills as a teaching artist.  3) Applicant has previous teaching experience.

Training Dates

You must commit to attend training sessions held at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council offices in Warren on the following dates and times:

Thursday, October 26, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)

Thursday, November 9, 2017 (6-9 p.m.) Remote access

Saturday, November 18, 2017 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)  Remote access

Thursday, December 7, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)

Dates and location may be subject to change.

  • Are you available to attend all of the training dates?
  • What are your strengths as an artist?

Teaching Experience

  • Do you have teaching experience?  (yes/no)

7a)  IF YES:

  1. What are your formal and information teaching experiences?
  2. What are your strengths as a teaching artist?

iii.   What are your weaknesses as a teaching artist?

7b)  IF NO:

  1. What personal skills or experience do you have that would contribute to your success as a teaching artist (volunteer experience, working with groups, etc.)?
  • Name a technique, genre or medium you are interested in exploring during the Teaching Artist Roster Program training.

SAMPLE LESSON PLAN

Explain how you could use your art discipline to conduct a learning session.

 

LP1.  Brief Description of Residency Activities:

 

 

 

LP2.  Target Age Group/Population:

 

 

 

LP3.  Length of class:

 

 

 

LP4.  Materials needed.

 

 

LP5.  Will your session require a special setting (e.g. outdoors, sink, electricity, tarps on the floor, etc.)?

 

 

 

LP6.  Will your residency require additional staff/volunteers to assist students?

 

 

LP7.  Additional Information:  Upload supporting material (i.e. image or rendering sample of project)

CERTIFICATION

Electronic signature

Your signature indicates that all of the information in the application is true and complete

NWMAC SERVICES AND GRANTING PROCESS

APPLICATION DRAFT REVIEW

Applicants may request a draft review of an application.  NWMAC staff will review the application and identify any concerns, upon request.  Email requests at least two weeks before the application deadline.  Requested draft reviews are conducted while applications are in draft form.  A review of the application does not guarantee that the request will be funded.

REVIEW PROCESS

Applications will be made available to the NWMAC Board of Directors or a review panel at least two weeks prior to the review date.  All applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision in writing.

During the review process each applicant will receive a score on a scale from 1 (low) to 6 (high).  An applicant must attain a minimum score of 3.0 to be considered for funding.

APPLICANT INTERVIEWS

Panel members will interview a select number of applicants.  The final scores and a list of recommended applicants will be submitted to the NWMAC Board of Directors for final approval.  Selected artists will be contacted by NWMAC Staff in a timely manner following approval.

GRANT APPEAL PROCESS

Any applicant who can show cause that established grant review procedures were not followed, or that the policies of the program were not equitable to all participants, may file an appeal in writing with ten (10) business days of being notified of the NWMAC’s decision.

The Executive Committee will review the appeal and determine if further investigation is warranted.  If there is cause for an appeal, the matter will go before the full board for a final decision.  There is no right of appeal to dispute decisions in respect to artistic quality or merit, ability or need.  Contact the NWMAC office to view a copy of the complete appeal policy.

DEFINITIONS

Artist Merit:  The perceived quality or value of works of art.

Resident:  One who resides in a particular place permanently or for at least six months prior to application.  This will be the location on your driver’s license, voting precinct, legally established residence.

For more information on Northwest Minnesota Arts Council programs and services, visit our website at www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org or call 218-745-6733

 

Request for Bids from Graphic Designers for 4th Artists of NW MN Booklet

Request for Bids from Graphic Designers

4th Edition of the Artists of Northwest Minnesota Booklet

Bid Deadline: September 15, 2017

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is looking for a design/layout artist to complete the 4th Edition of our Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet.   This contract will start October 1, 2017 and complete in April 2018 or earlier.  We anticipate that the project will take about 40 hours of time.  Specialists with NWMAC are paid no more than $25.00 an hour.  Our budgeted amount to spend on this contract is $1,000.00.  This is a guideline.

The booklet will be a half page glossy publication, similar to version 1, 2, and 3 to date.  Look to our 3rd version to see the accepted design layout.  Pitch your concept for color, font, page design, cover design to the selection panel.

Letters of interest should be accompanied with mock ups of your proposed design; examples of your past work and qualifications as a designer.  Address in your letter your ability to do the job in a timely manner and stay to the timeline, referencing successful projects within the last five years. This project involves back and form communication with artists to check their submitted info and make revisions through email and phone calls.  The designer will work with the print shop selected to provide a high quality file for printing.  Designer will create a hyperlink active pdf suitable for our website.  Note:  a great example is on our www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org website for the 3rd edition. Preference will be given to local designers.

Approximate time for work activities                                      hours

  • Learn about project/Finalize Design                                   4
  • Data Entry/Design Artist and Org Pages, links            20
  • Design Covers & Interior Pages                                               6
  • Info check w/artists                                                                         5
  • Revisions                                                                                               3
  • File Export/Organize/Delivery                                                2

Here are the terms of the contract for the designer: 

  1. The Designer will return a signed copy of this contract by October 15, 2017.
  2. The Designer will conceptualize the design and provide an example to the Arts Council by November 15, 2017.
  3. The Designer will enter data and design all cover and interior pages.
  4. The Designer will work with the Arts Council Director and the printer to complete the Artist booklet by March 1, 2018 in the format suitable for the printing shop.
  5. Prior to submittal for printing, the Designer will check all information contained within, with the individual artists and the Arts Council staff in the months of January and February 2018.
  6. The Designer will create a pdf for the entire booklet suitable for our website and give an electronic copy of the booklet to the Council.
  7.  The Designer will submit to the Arts Council a completed evaluation form.  The form will be provided by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and must be returned at the completion of the booklet project.

Thank you for your interest.  Please call our office if you have questions 218-745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org

 

 

American Composers Forum Emerging Composer Award

Nominations invited for the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA)

Deadline: Monday, August 21 at 4:30pm CDT

As a complement to our long-running Jerome Fund for New Music, ACF is seeking to expand their reach by identifying and supporting artists who typically operate outside their known circles. Through a $3000 project grant, MECA supports individuals working in a variety of non-commercial genres, including electronic, improvised, jazz, experimental, traditional, and world musics. The nomination process is simple: use the links on the program page to point them to a variety of work samples and background information on the artist, along with your endorsement. They will take it from there.

Nominate a Deserving Artist Here