McKnight Fellowships for Musicians


MacPhail Center for Music

2020-21 McKnight Fellowships for Musicians
Administered by MacPhail Center for Music

Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, the McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1981. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in 10 different creative disciplines. Program partner organizations administer the fellowships and structure them to respond to the unique challenges of different disciplines. Currently the foundation contributes about $1.7 million per year to its statewide fellowships. For more information, visit

The McKnight Fellowships for Musicians are intended to recognize and support mid-career musicians living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, artistic excellence, a distinctive musical voice, and a significant performing career over a period of time. The McKnight Fellowships for Musicians are committed to honoring the breadth of Minnesota musicians of all genres; aesthetically, geographically, and culturally.

If you are a performing musician in any genre, MacPhail Center for Music invites you to apply for a McKnight Fellowship for Musicians.


About the 2020-21 McKnight Musician Fellowships

With the generous support of the McKnight Foundation, MacPhail awards four $25,000 fellowships to outstanding and distinctive mid-career solo artists or small ensembles/bands. A McKnight Fellowship can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project. Ensembles/bands that are recognized as finalists and/or fellowship recipients will split awards between members; individual ensemble/band members will not each receive the full award amount. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines. 
Additional details (including a list of past recipients) are available at:
Online Application: 
Access the online application here:
Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 27, 2020
3:00 p.m. CST
Please note: You will not be able to upload files after 3 p.m. CST on January 27th. At that time the system immediately stops accepting applications.

Before Applying:

Please read over the guidelines in their entirety before you begin your application. The guidelines are accessible at The guidelines are also accessible from each page of the application by clicking on the link in the upper right hand corner. You will need to refer to the guidelines in order to complete your application successfully.  
Start your application early. Please plan ahead to make sure your system is compatible with the application process, your submitted materials are correct and functional and that you understand how the system works. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Information Session

Lindsay Lewis, McKnight Musician Fellowship Administrator, and a representative from Springboard for the Arts, will conduct an information session to go over the application process, including its content and technical aspects on January 5th from 12-2 at MacPhail in room 124. Contact Lindsay to RSVP for the info session.


If you have questions please contact:
Regarding Eligibility and Guidelines:
Lindsay Lewis
Email:  [email protected]
Phone: 612-767-5586
Regarding the Online Application Software:
Acceptd Customer Support
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-888-725-2122

Opportunity Opens

Wednesday, Dec 11th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Monday, Jan 27th 2020, 3:00pm

Application Location

MN Artists