The Pew Fellowships in the Arts, a program funded by the Pew Charitable Trust has awarded 12 fellowships to individual artists, each of whom will receive a grant of $50,000.
The awards are given to artists in a dozen disciplines, which rotate on a four-year cycle. The 1999 grants were awarded in the fields of Choreography, Craft Arts, and Music Composition.
Performing artists receiving Pew fellowships this year include choreographer Eric Schoefer, the co-founder and artistic director of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and founder of SCRAP Performance Group, who has also created and performed work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Benjamin Schachter, a jazz composer and saxophone player, also received a grant, as did composers Carol Antrom, Jennifer Higdon, Robert Maggio, and Mogauwane Mahloele.
The grants offer financial support directly to the artists, enabling them to dedicate themselves solely to the creative process for up to two years. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, and selections are made through a two-step peer review process. Established in 1991, the Pew fellowships are administered by the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. These grants are restricted to artists over the age of 25 who have been residents of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, or Bucks County for at least two consecutive years prior to application.
Disciplines eligible for the 2000 round of grants are Folk and Traditional Arts, Painting, and Scriptworks. Applications and guidelines will be available in September.