2020 New Jersey Individual Artist Fellowship Application Assistance Video 2/3: IS MY WORK ELIGIBLE?

2020 New Jersey Individual Artist Fellowship Application Assistance Video 2/3: IS MY WORK ELIGIBLE?


Thank you for your interest in the New Jersey
State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships. My name is Kimberly Steinle-Super and I am
Program Officer, Fellowships & Visual Arts at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. This video is the second in a series of three
designed to help you better understand the Individual Artist Fellowships program and
help guide you through the application process. The video you are currently watching will
be addressing the second step in determining if you are eligible to submit an application:
Is my work eligible? Please keep in mind that you AND your work
must be eligible in order to apply for this program. If you are able to meet all the eligibility
criteria and are ready to submit an application, we invite you to watch the third video in
this series which will show you how to use the online eGRANT application system. And just as a reminder before we get started,
the videos in this series are intended to help applicants gain a better understanding
of the program and its requirements but are not intended as a substitution for the program
guidelines, which are available on both the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Mid
Atlantic Arts Foundation websites. Please be sure to read the program guidelines
in their entirety before submitting an application. A transcript of this presentation is also
available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website. As a reminder, categories offered for the
2020 award cycle will be: Choreography
Music Composition Poetry
Sculpture Only applications in these categories will
be accepted for the 2020 Fellowships so if your work doesn’t fall under one of these
categories, please see the schedule of rotating categories in the guidelines and plan to apply
in a future year. Please also note that applicants may only
submit one application in a single category per year. All work samples submitted for consideration
must meet a general set of eligibility criteria, regardless of medium. These require that:
All work samples must have been produced within the eligible timeframe outlined by discipline
in the program guidelines Work completed while the applicant was a matriculated
student in a graduate, undergraduate or high school program is not considered eligible
Works in progress and project proposals are not considered eligible work samples. For the purposes of this program, “complete”
is considered to be the point at which the work is ready for public presentation. To help ensure that applications are reviewed
solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted, and not on the previous accomplishments
or identity of the artist, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts has made the application
review process completely anonymous for the panelists. Accordingly, applicants may not identify themselves
or provide crediting information in their work samples, in the work sample file names,
or on the work sample page of the online application. Including information such as, but not limited
to, the artist’s name or signature, identifying initials or symbols, professional affiliations,
and biographical information, may render the application ineligible. If it is not possible for this type of identifying
information to be edited out of the work sample, it cannot be submitted as part of the application. We also want you to keep in mind that there
are specific technical requirements for work submitted to this program. These requirements help with consistency but
are also necessary to make sure the work samples submitted are compatible with the review software
used by panelists. In almost every case it is possible to convert
whatever files you have available but we urge you to plan ahead when preparing your work
samples for submission. We also have an extensive Work Sample Preparation
Guide available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website which includes links to free online
conversion resources and answers to many frequently asked questions. [Requirements displayed on the slide]
In addition to general work sample eligibility and technical specifications for work samples,
each category has specific requirements for the work samples depending on the medium. We are going to quickly review what those
are for each category but, again, please be sure to review the program guidelines before
submitting an application. We also strongly encourage applicants to use
the program guidelines as a checklist as they go through the application to make sure they
are meeting all the requirements for their category. Original choreography in any and all dance
styles as well as other types of choreographed movement intended for performance should be
submitted in the Choreography category. One video work sample demonstrating the applicant’s
original choreographic work must be uploaded into the online application:
The video should represent a single performance The uploaded file has a maximum time limit
of 10 minutes The choreography demonstrated in the work
sample must have been completed after July 16, 2016
Only work choreographed by the applicant artist may be shown in the recording
Recordings of staged productions are not required. Works performed and recorded in a studio or
other contexts are also acceptable. Do not submit works in progress or work completed
while the applicant was a student The music composition category includes original compositions
in any and all styles of music. One audio recording of the applicant’s original
compositional work must be uploaded into the online application:
The recording should represent a single composition The uploaded recording has a maximum time
limit of 10 minutes Only work composed by the applicant artist
may be heard in the recording The composition must have been completed after
July 16, 2016 Studio, live, and midi recordings of the composition
are all considered eligible Do not submit works in progress or work completed
while the applicant was a student Applicants are encouraged to upload a score,
lead sheet, or other written notation for the audio recording in the online application
for the panelists’ reference: All pages of the score should be numbered
The score must be fully legible, particularly if the document has been scanned
All forms of poetry may be submitted in the Poetry category. A manuscript of the applicant’s original poetry
must be must be uploaded into the online application: The manuscript must contain 5-10 pages of
original poetry by the applicant artist Each poem must be clearly labeled with a title
All poems in the manuscript must have been created after July 16, 2016
All work samples must be submitted in English. English translations of work by authors other
than the applicant are also not permitted. Do not submit works in progress or work completed
while the applicant was a student The manuscript must be formatted according
to certain specifications in order to help with legibility and consistency during the
review process. All of these formatting requirements are listed
in the program guidelines: Standard 8 ” x 11″ page size
One-inch page margins Text must be 12 point font (Times New Roman
or Arial only) Title pages may only serve as a table of contents
for the submitted poems. Title pages will not be factored into the
page count. Pages must be numbered, preferably in the
lower right hand corner of each page There are no restrictions on line spacing;
single, double, and shaped spacing are acceptable as long as all other formatting and page length
requirements are met There has also been one change to the requirements
for the manuscript this year. In cases where accompanying images are integral
to the understanding of the written work the applicant may include illustrations or images
in their manuscript. Please note, however, that only the applicant’s
written work will be evaluated. The applicant must provide a photo credit
or credits for the image(s) in the manuscript, or note that the images were created by the
“applicant” to protect their anonymity. Stock photos, clip art, and other images that
identify the applicant or are intended to embellish the manuscript will not be accepted. Please contact Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
is you have any questions about the eligibility of the images you would like to include in
your manuscript. This category includes all forms of static
and kinetic sculpture, as well as installations and three-dimensional public art. Based on feedback from visual arts applicants,
we have updated the work sample requirements this year to provide some additional flexibility. If you have any questions about the new requirements,
please feel free to be in touch. Four-to-eight digital images of the applicant’s
original work must be uploaded into the online application:
You may include detail shots but it is strongly recommended that at least four individual
pieces of work are represented in your application, if feasible. Do not submit more than eight examples of
your work. Composite images are discouraged as the detail
may become too small for panelists to view properly. All work samples must have been created after
July 16, 2016 No signatures, initials, or recognizable artist
marks/identifiers may appear in the digital images
Do not submit works in progress or work completed while the applicant was a student
In addition to the four-to-eight digital images, sculptors of kinetic work may also submit
a video demonstrating how the work samples move:
The work shown in the video must be easily identifiable as the same work shown in the
digital images. Do not submit additional work samples that
are not identified in the images. Applicants may choose to submit a video of
one or all of the kinetic work samples shown in the digital images
All video footage must be compiled into a single file no longer than 10 minutes in total
Do not submit promotional videos, still images presented as a slideshow, or interviews with
the artist. Relevant interpretation of the work may be
included in the panel statement Finally, an important note for applicants
whose sculptural work features digital or electric components (e.g. installation with
interactive video projection or augmented reality, sculpture with digitized movement,
etc.). Please be aware that panelists evaluating
this category will be less specialized in digital technology and emerging media arts
than panelists evaluating the Media/Digital/Electronic category. A full list of categories that are offered
for this program are available in the program guidelines. We hope this video has helped provide a better
understanding of the work sample requirements for the Individual Artist Fellowships program. If you are interested in applying, the third
video in this series provides step-by-step instructions about how to create and submit
an online application. As a reminder, all of the information we have
just reviewed is also available in the written program guidelines, which can be found on
both the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation websites. We will also link to the guidelines as well
as the first and third videos in this series in YouTube description for this video, or
you can click the link now to watch part three: How do I apply? On behalf of the New Jersey State Council
on the Arts and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, thanks again for your interest in the Individual
Artist Fellowships.

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