11/06/2009 - Pew Fellowships in the Arts is making substantial changes to its guidelines.
The program will continue to award $60,000 grants each year to 12 artists, musicians, and other arts practitioners. But artists will no longer be able to nominate themselves; instead, 30 nominators will recommend a pool of 60 candidates. Those 60 will be invited to apply, and after review by a panel of experts, 12 winners will be selected.
In addition, each year's list of fellows potentially could include artists working in any discipline, from the visual arts to film and video to music. In the past, a four-year rotating cycle dictated which kinds of artists could apply in a given year.
The new guidelines, which come after examining the program's 19-year history, will be used to determine the next round of fellows, to be announced in September.
Read the full article Pew Fellowships Revamps Nominating Procedures on the Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site.