The Cedar Cultural Center, a non-profit performing arts organization and all-ages music venue located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is looking for the next round of artists to take part in the 2019-20 Cedar Commissions!
If this application process presents barriers to you based on language, location, or disability, The Cedar will accommodate special application requests to the best of our ability. Please contact Alana Horton at [email protected] or 612-338-2674 x 104.
WHAT IS THE CEDAR COMMISSIONS?
The Cedar Commissions is a program that commissions six early career/emerging Minnesotan composers and musicians each year to create and perform new music. Since the program’s launch, The Cedar has commissioned 50+ artists of diverse styles and backgrounds. The Cedar Commissions is made possible by a grant from the Jerome Foundation.
WHAT DO CEDAR COMMISSIONS ARTISTS DO?
Cedar Commissions artists must create 30+ minutes of new music for The Cedar’s stage between September 2019 and February 2020. We define new music as music that has not been previously written, composed, recorded or performed. Artists debut their new work at a live public concert at The Cedar in February 2020. Artists are required to attend six cohort meetings which are held each month at The Cedar from September to January. Finally, artists must participate in a wrap-up meeting in March 2020 and complete an evaluation.
WHAT DO CEDAR COMMISSIONS ARTISTS RECEIVE?
Cedar Commissions artists are each paid $3,500 in September 2019. They also have access to an additional $1,000 stipend intended to be used for additional technical and performance expenses. Whatever remains of this stipend is paid out to artists after their final performance in February 2020. Additionally, artists receive artistic mentorship, administrative and marketing support from Cedar staff, and high-quality professional photos and video of their final performances.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A CEDAR COMMISSION?
- Applicants from ALL musical genres and styles are eligible
- The Cedar is committed to supporting a diverse cohort of artists that reflects its stewardship of global music, relationships, and community. Indigenous people and people of color are encouraged to apply.
- You must be an early career/ emerging artist to be eligible
- Early career / emerging artists have a focused direction and goals, even while still developing their artistic “voice;” have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large; and are vocational (as opposed to avocational, academic, amateur or educational) artists. Read more about this definition at jeromefdn.org/defining-early-career-emerging-artists.
- You must apply as a lead artist, not as a group to be eligible.
- The Commissions is intended for individuals, not groups or bands. You can work collaboratively with other musicians as part of your project, but your application needs to have one name on it.
- Only one application per lead artist is allowed.
- Collaborators (musicians or bandmates) can be listed as part of more than one project.
- Applicants must live in the state of Minnesota to be eligible.
WHO IS INELIGIBLE FOR A CEDAR COMMISSION?
Applicants living outside the state of Minnesota, and full-time, degree-seeking students are not eligible for The Cedar Commissions. Previous Cedar Commission recipients are ineligible for two years following their commission year.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE CEDAR COMMISSIONS?
Submit the following by Monday, June 3rd 2019 at 11:59 PM by email to [email protected].
1) UP TO TWO PAGES DESCRIBING YOUR PROJECT
Panelists read a lot of proposals. It is to your advantage to answer the following questions clearly, succinctly, and legibly.
1) What is your project idea?
- Please clearly outline your idea for the Cedar Commissions. The strongest project ideas have a clear focus, are rooted in your previous artistic work, but clearly “push” or “stretch” you as an artist.
- Explain how receiving a Commission will help you explore innovative new territory, ideas, or collaborations that wouldn’t be possible without this grant.
- Note: Your project idea must primarily focus on the creation, writing, or composition of new music, not on recording, audio production, or purchase of equipment. These activities may be included in your project budget, but should NOT be the primary focus of your project or budget.
2) How feasible is your project?
- Please include a rough timeline for completing your project, and explain how you plan to budget the Commission funds in order to successfully complete your project idea.
- Note: All works will be performed along with two others projects in an evening-length performance. New work must be no more than 45 minutes in length and stageable within The Cedar’s space.
3) How will this project further your career as an emerging artist?
- Please explain how receiving a Commission will support the next step of your career as an emerging artist.
- Note: Jerome defines “emerging artists” as artists who have a focused direction and goals, even while still developing their artistic “voice”; have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large; and are vocational (as opposed to avocational, academic, amateur or educational) artists.
2) ONE PAGE DESCRIBING YOUR ARTISTRY
Please include the following information:
- We want to know about your background as an artist. Please let us know about your previous composition experience, previous performance experience, and any other relevant artistic and musical experience (this may include any private lessons, formal education, mentorship or apprenticeships, etc.)
- Feel free to format this information in the form of a resume, or submit a page of written narrative.
3) TWO AUDIO OR VIDEO WORK SAMPLES
TOTALING NO THAN 5 MINUTES IN LENGTH
Strong work samples should represent your musicality and capability as an artist.
Samples may be hosted on any 3rd party site (YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)
The total length of the 2 work samples combined must be less than 5 minutes. If your work sample is one part of a longer piece, please note start and end times of the sample in the body of your submission email.
HOW ARE CEDAR COMMISSION ARTISTS CHOSEN?
Artists are selected through a review process. A review panel made up of local musicians, former Cedar Commission artists, community members, and Cedar staff look at every application and review them based on four criteria:
1) PROJECT IDEA
- Do we have a clear understanding of what this project is, and what the artist is trying to do?
- Is this idea strongly supported by the artist’s past work?
- Is this idea exploring innovative new territory, ideas, or collaborations that wouldn’t be possible without receiving a Cedar Commission?
- Does this project idea primarily focus on the creation, writing, or composition of new music (not audio production, recording, purchasing new equipment, etc)?
- Do we feel that the artist has outlined a realistic timeline and budget to complete this idea?
- Will the new work be 30-45 minutes in length and stageable within The Cedar’s space?
3) EMERGING ARTIST
- Does the artist demonstrate how they are an emerging/early career artist based on this definition?
- Does the artist demonstrate how this project will support the next step of their career?
- Do we think this project will push or stretch the artist?
4) WORK SAMPLES
- Do the work samples give us a strong idea of the artist’s musicality and capabilities?
- Do the work samples support the rest of the artists’ application?
WHEN WILL THE 2019/20 CEDAR COMMISSIONS ARTISTS BE ANNOUNCED?
All applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have received a Commission no later than July 15th, 2019. Public announcement of Commissions artists will take place on August 1st, 2019. The Cedar is committed to providing feedback on applications as requested.
HOW CAN I GET SUPPORT ON MY APPLICATION?
ATTEND AN ONLINE CEDAR COMMISSIONS APPLICATION WEBINAR
Through The Cedar Cultural Center
Wednesday May 8th from 6-7pm
This webinar will walk you through the Cedar Commissions application, and give you an opportunity to ask questions about the application process. Webinar will be archived online at thecedar.org/cedar-commissions
Free - Go to www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/ahorton94/host for meeting link
ATTEND MINNESOTA MUSIC COALITION’S
“GRANT WRITING FOR MUSICIANS AND COMPOSERS” PANEL
At The Landmark Center, Room 326 | 75 W 5th Street, St. Paul, MN
Wednesday May 15th from 6-7:30pm
The Cedar Cultural Center, American Composers Forum, and MN Music Coalition are partnering to provide a Workshop Wednesday focused on grant writing. We're inviting musicians and composers to join us for a panel featuring Minnesota artists who've received grants along with staff from Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and Springboard for the Arts.
$5 / Free to MMC & American Composers Forum members & students
ATTEND AN IN-PERSON CEDAR COMMISSIONS APPLICATION WORKSHOP
At The Cedar Cultural Center | 416 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis MN
Saturday, May 18th from 10am-Noon
Application workshops are designed to help potential applicants learn about the program and how to write and submit an effective application. Workshop will be streamed live on Youtube and archived. We'll go over the application guidelines, do a few hands-on brainstorming activities, and leave plenty of time for Q&A.
Free - RSVP Here
If you cannot attend any application workshops, questions may be emailed to Alana Horton at [email protected].