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Looking for creative opportunities for the month of December? We have compiled a list of opportunities for creative minds like yourself brought to you by our database "for the lost creative." In the holiday spirit, we have added an EXTRA 5 opportunities to highlight for this month!

  1. Mentoring Artist Residency #189 - Atlantic Center For The Arts | December 4th This residency provides artists with the opportunity to work and collaborate with world masters in the visual, literary, and performing arts. The three-week program brings together three Mentoring Artists from different disciplines to provide a collegial environment for artists to engage in meaningful interaction and discussions. Private accommodations are provided for each artist and full scholarships are awarded to all accepted artists. Mentors for this program: Shy Hopinka (visual artist/filmmaker), Rone Shavers (fiction), Nina C. Young (composer)

  2. Career Advancement Stipend - Stagetime | December 6th $250 Advancement Stipends for Conductors & Composers to use towards: - Hiring musicians or A/V professionals for a session/performance - Costs for volunteer musicians (parking, cartage, preparation, snacks) - Fees for borrowing/recording/live-streaming rental music - Fees for booking a venue/studio space - Travel to a live audition - Any additional costs on a case-by-case basis, as proposed in application A Stagetime profile is required to be eligible for this award, but is not required at the time of application.

  3. The David Prize - The Walentas Family Foundation | December 12th The prize awards five New Yorkers in any of the five boroughs $200,000 each to support their vision for a better, brighter city. Winners may come from fields as diverse as the arts and creative expression, workforce and economic development, civic engagement, environment and sustainability, immigrant rights, food and nutrition, homelessness, and/or youth development.

  4. Emergency Grants - Foundation for Contemporary Arts | December 12th Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $500 and $3,000 for experimental artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors.

  5. SU-CASA - Lower Manhattan Cultural Council | December 13th SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) that places artists at senior centers across New York City. The program provides selected artists with a stipend in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for older adults.

  6. Promising Young Composers Program - Salastina Sounds | December 15th Under the guidance of Composer Derrick Skye, Sounds Promising composition students write a world premiere for Salastina’s Resident Artists. Pieces are then workshopped with the Resident Artists prior to being professionally recorded. Composers are free to use the finished recording as they wish. Because all aspects of this program — from lessons to workshopping and recording — can take place virtually, Salastina is pleased to continue providing the program to students living anywhere. Additionally, Salastina is giving priority admission to young composers near the end of their collegiate and graduate work whose career prospects have been slowed due to the coronavirus pandemic. There is no tuition to participate. All Young Composers receive full scholarships generously funded by Salastina’s Membership program. Application Requirements Age limit: 30

  7. Composition Competition - International Clarinet Association 2023 | December 20th The International Clarinet Association seeks submissions for two competitions, the Solo Clarinet Composition Competition and the Chamber Music Competition. The New Music Committee will conduct the judging of the scores and parts. The winner will be notified via email by March 15, 2023. The winning composition will receive a world premiere performance during ClarinetFest® 2023 in Denver, Colorado, USA, July 5-9. $1,000 prize

  8. Fulcrum Fund - 516 Arts | December 20th The fund serves as an essential support structure to enable artists to expand existing work and explore new directions in creating and showcasing projects that inspire curiosity, engagement, and dialogue. This year 516 ARTS will offer a total of $90,000 of funding through grants of up to $10,000 to support projects strongly rooted in contemporary visual art practices. This opportunity is intended to be a springboard for independent artistic processes that are experimental and forward-thinking while celebrating projects that are produced outside traditional museum and gallery systems. One member of the group must have an American SSN to receive payment.

  9. Composition Competition - Symphony Kyoto | December 29th The city of Kyoto is renowned for its beauty, culture and history. For centuries Japan’s political centre and the emperor’s residence, it is still considered the cultural capital of Japan in the present day. County Hall Arts (CHA) is delighted to announce its latest concours in honour of this great city. Classical music composers are invited to submit proposals for the Symphony Kyoto and the opportunity to win a prize of €100,000. Proposals should be inspired by and reflect Kyoto’s history and culture as it has persisted through times of war and peace and evoke the tragedy and hope that attends the city’s dramatic past and visionary future. The first stage of the competition invites composers to submit a short "pitch document" (up to 3 pages) setting out their vision for this classically composed Symphony Kyoto. In addition, please supply an audio file or link to an earlier composition and biography/CV. A selection of entrants will be long-listed and invited to create their symphony for a second stage of adjudication, with the winner due to be awarded a prize of €100,000. By way of inspiration, Kyoto is home to numerous ancient temples, shrines, palaces and gardens — many of which are listed collectively by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site — as well over 100 Michelin-starred restaurants, many of which are dedicated to traditional Japanese cuisine. The original city was arranged in accordance with traditional Chinese feng shui and inspired by the ancient Chinese capital of Chang’an. Over the centuries that followed, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires. However, the city was spared from large-scale destruction at the end of World War II, and as a result, its pre-war cultural heritage has mostly been preserved.

  10. Erickson's 2022 Call For Scores (Woodwind Quintet) | December 31st Returning for its 2nd year, the Erickson’s New Music “2022 Call For Scores” is run by Evan Erickson, a skillful young clarinetist and composer pursuing a degree in music composition at the University of Memphis. The 2021 opportunity accepted 52 entires from a diverse selection of composers from across the world and saw 22 brand new pieces composed for the clarinet repertoire. This year, Mr. Erickson is seeking new compositions for the University of Memphis Magnolia Woodwind Quintet (unperformed works will also be accepted), with selected compositions receiving live premiere performances, a recording session in one of the University of Memphis studios, and a cash prize of $100. The annual Erickson New Music Call For Scores project’s primary goal is to give talented composers who have not had many works performed an opportunity to get their foot-in-the-door into the world of composition, with a secondary goal of expanding the repertoire of certain ensembles/promoting new music in general. (Please ONLY submit if you have heard 5 or less works performed) 3 pieces will be picked by Erickson and 2 other judges. If selected: 1. The Magnolia Woodwind Quintet will prepare chosen works for their 2022 recital, where each piece will receive a live performance. 2. Performed works will be recorded and live-streamed, with archived footage sent to the composers to use at their discretion. 3. Through the generosity of the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, $100 will be given to each chosen composer. 4. Mr. Erickson would also like to offer something unique this year; selected composers will have their pieces recorded in one of the University of Memphis recording studios. These recordings would be sent to composers to use at their discretion, and would also be compiled into a not-for-profit album to be distributed on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. (More works may be selected after the judging process)

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