Posts Tagged ‘grants’

“Jenga!” by Michael on Flickr

This is the second of my pieces on straightforward, practical ways that institutional arts funders can be more effective. Here, I want to discuss the challenges of evaluating applications in terms of their artistic merit. Naturally, if you’re going to the trouble of funding the arts, you may as well try to fund the good stuff. As such, most funders rightly place artistic merit near the top of their priorities—even programs not specifically aimed at merit usually have an indirect connection via arts education, underserved niches, emerging artists, etc. Given this focus, materials that demonstrate excellence in art making, such as work samples and press clippings, feature prominently in application guidelines.

But noble intentions aside, artistic merit is difficult to judge. It has a tendency to get overshadowed by more objective but less relevant criteria, often without anyone realizing it. When you set out to pick the best applicants, it’s unfortunately not enough to create fair guidelines and lock a bunch of arts professionals in a room. (more…)

2011
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Commissioning Grant (Other Minds Festival, San Francisco)
2010
  • SOCAN Awards for Young Composers: Godfrey Ridout Award (Vocal Music), third prize
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Commissioning Grant (Tapestry New Opera)
  • ASCAP Foundation, Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, honorable mention
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant
2009
  • Dilettante, International Digital Composer-in-Residence Competition (London, UK), finalist
  • SOCAN Awards for Young Composers: Godfrey Ridout Award (Vocal Music), first prize
  • Alberta Creative Development Initiative Grant
  • Canada Council for the Arts Commissioning Grant (Ensemble Resonance, Calgary)
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant
2008
  • Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award
  • SOCAN Awards for Young Composers: Serge Garant Award (Chamber Music), third prize
  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Music Project Grant
2007
  • Culture no.3 selected by the ISCM Canadian Section as part of their submission to the 2008 ISCM World Music Days in Lithuania
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Commissioning Grant (Toca Loca, Toronto)
2006
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Grant to Professional Musicians
  • SOCAN Awards for Young Composers: Pierre Mercure Award (Solo or Duet), first prize
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Grant to Professional Musicians
  • UC San Diego, Travel Grant
2005
  • Neil D. Graham and William Erving Fairclough Graduating Scholarships (University of Toronto)
2004
  • SOCAN Awards for Young Composers:
Serge Garant Award (Chamber Music), second prize
Godfrey Ridout Award (Vocal Music), third prize
  • George Coutts and Gwendolyn Grant Academic Scholarships (University of Toronto)
2003
  • TrypTych Toronto Young Composers’ Competition, first prize
  • Monica Ryckman and Ben McPeek Academic Scholarships (University of Toronto)
2000
  • Jazz Band Most Valuable Member Award (Grant MacEwan College)
1999
  • Louise McKinney Scholarship and entrance scholarship (Grant MacEwan College)
  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Study Grant
1998
  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Study Grant