Auditions for the performing arts
Music School of Delaware: Auditions
WILMINGTON COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA based in Wilmington
This accomplished amateur ensemble performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists include Music School faculty members, acclaimed guest artists and winners of the orchestra’s annual Delaware Concerto Competition for Young Musicians.
A placement audition is required for Woodwinds & Brass sections; call 302.762.1132 to schedule. Woodwinds & Brass sections are currently auditioning for substitutes. At least one solo work and all scales should be prepared. String players who can play comfortably in 5th position, who are comfortable with fairly complex rhythms and who can play all scales in two or three octaves are welcome to join. Please call the Wilmington front desk so that the orchestra can welcome you at 302.762.1132.
MILFORD STRING ENSEMBLE (6 years to adult) based in Milford
Led by Michelle Peters, this beginning string ensemble welcomes students of violin, viola, cello and bass. Beginning adult students welcome, as well! A great first reading experience, this ensemble prepares students for First State Youth Orchestra. Performance opportunities occur throughout the year. Call 302.422.2043 to register today – no audition necessary.
DELAWARE WOMEN’S CHORUS based in Wilmington
An artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and perform a rich choral repertoire with a focus on choral and vocal technique, and develop your music literacy. Singers should have some previous choral experience.
A placement interview is required; call 302.762.1132 to schedule. Interview requirements: scales & vocal exercise; holding part against a harmony part; understanding of choral octavo; basic tonal memory and reading; and singing a short prepared solo or “Happy Birthday” unaccompanied.
ADULT JAZZ CHOIR based in Wilmington
The Adult Jazz Choir is a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting while making friends from young professional to newly retired. Music ranges from Duke Ellington to The Pentatonix. Experienced singers welcome! Call 302.762.1132 to obtain more information about this ensemble — no audition necessary.
Please visit their website for more information.
WILMINGTON BALLET ACADEMY
Tuition Free Boys Scholarship Dance Program
The Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance(est. 1956) is offering a Tuition-Free Boys Scholarship Dance Program to boys age 7 – 18 years old. It is designed to enhance the participants athletic skills, strength, self-discipline, flexibility, mental focus, musicality, teamwork and creativity. The program currently offers classes from beginners to intermediate levels of Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance. Participants in the program will have performance opportunities in the Wilmington Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker at the historic DuPont Theatre with live orchestra and chorus, at the end of the year Spring Performance and at other productions throughout the year.
Students accepted into the program will be trained by faculty members of the academy led by Artistic Director Jorge Laico, who danced professionally with Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Philippine Ballet Theatre, and Oakland Ballet. Some of his students have continued to join with San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Acceptance into the program is by audition. No prior dance experience is required.
Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance is conveniently located near Trolley Square.
1709 Gilpin Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19806
Please visit www.wilmingtonballet.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (302) 655-1004 to learn more.
Entries for the visual and literary arts
The Arnot Art Museum 76th Regional Exhibition
Call for Entries
The Arnot Art Museum announces a call for artists for their 76th Regional Exhibition. Artists must be 18 or older and live in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, or Vermont. Work over five years old or shown before in any Arnot Art Museum exhibition is not eligible. There is a maximum of two entries per artist. Please visit https://76thregional.artcall.org to submit your entries.
The non-refundable entry fee is $40 for one or two entries ($25 for Museum members.) Submission deadline is 6 February 2019. Please contact the Museum at email@example.com with any questions.
2019 MLK VOICE4YOUTH – Communications Contest
An Opportunity to be Heard!
Call to All Delaware High School Students
YWCA Delaware and Christ Church Christiana Hundred are pleased to present MLK Voice 4 Youth for Delaware High School Youth (grades 9 -12)
Guided by Dr. King’s work in the 1960’s for nonviolent social change, what do you propose to improve your future and our communities?
- Your voice will be heard!
- Win – $2,000 1st place, $1,000 2nd place, $500 3rd place.
- Tap into your favorite creative means of expression whether it’s poetry, rap, or speech to deliver you message with creative freedom.
- Share your ideas and connect with community leaders, educators and government officials
- Attend a writing or presentation workshop with area experts who offer guidance in preparing and delivering your message*
- Cultivate skills that will serve you academically and professionally in future pursuits
- Record your presentation and share your creative work for college applications
- Service hours available on request
- Social media
- Gun Reform
- Health Care
- Fair Housing
- Immigration and DACA
- Guaranteed Income
Online registration opens – September 21, 2018 (International Peace Day) To attend workshops at no charge* register by – Friday November 30, 2018
Presentation workshop: Saturday December 8, 2018 at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, 505 E. Buck Rd
Writing workshop: Saturday December 8, 2018 at Christ Church Christiana Hundred.
Writing/Presentation Workshop: in Dover (place and time to be confirmed
Registration closes: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Semi Finals: Dover/Friday January 11 and Wilmington/Saturday January 12
Finals: Sunday January 20, 2019, 2 p.m. at The Baby Grand Wilmington, Delaware
For more information contact: Jane Rubini firstname.lastname@example.org / 302.655.3379
Funding opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally
On Screen/In Person
Through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s On Screen/In Person program provides all-expense-paid touring grants for filmmakers from across the country to screen their work, connect with new audiences, and participate in related community engagement events at venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Regional nonprofit venues and arts organizations can participate in the On Screen/In Person program by serving as host sites for the touring filmmakers through a partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
On Screen/In Person seeks to deliver the best in independent film-making to Mid-Atlantic arts organizations seeking dynamic, cost-effective programming options by organizing and managing the call for film submissions, and consolidating administrative and travel costs.
Here is what participating On Screen/In Person Host Sites receive for the annual program participation fee:
- Six public film screenings and Q&A sessions with the filmmakers
- At least six opportunities for community engagement events with the filmmakers
- A $2,400 grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to pay filmmakers stipends
- Full tour management, administration of film review process, and travel arrangements coordinated by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation staff
- Branded marketing tools and promotional materials for each film
Host Site Applications for the 2019-2020 season of the program are open now through Monday, December 3th.
On Screen/In Person filmmakers selected to tour receive:
- Six-to-ten screenings at presenting organizations across the Mid-Atlantic
- All travel expenses associated with the cost of the filmmaker participation in the screenings are paid by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
- A $200 per diem for each calendar day the filmmaker is on tour
- A $400 stipend from each host site/screening engagement
There is no submission fee for filmmakers to be considered. All films are evaluated and selected by representatives from the organizations working with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as screening partners who, in turn, host the touring filmmakers in their communities.
Filmmaker Applications for the 2019-2020 season of the program are open now through Friday, December 7th.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 North Charles Street suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410.539.6656 x 120
Anthony Quinn Foundation (AQF)
The Anthony Quinn Scholarship is an annual competition for high school students seeking funding to attend summer intensive arts programs. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent, dedication and a strong commitment to personal artistic growth and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges, made up of professional artists or art educators and independent of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
In order to qualify for an AQF Scholarship, the following items must be submitted by the following deadlines:
Sunday, December 9, 2018
- Pre-Registration Form
- Completed Application – Part 1
- Parent/Guardian Form
- Request for Nomination Letter
Sunday, January 6, 2019
- Completed Application – Part 2
- Artistic Statement
- Recommendation Letter
- Work Samples & Work Sample Information
- Picture of yourself
*All materials must be submitted by the specified date in order for an application to be considered. Recipients are selected based on artistic excellence, personal commitment, and recognized ability.
Teachers, Advisors, and Supporters of the Arts, this is an amazing scholarship opportunity for talented students who wish to pursue their creative dreams!
To learn more about the AQF Scholarship, our past recipients, or how you can join our growing family of supporters, please visit our website https://aqfoundation.org/.
Our mailing address is:
Anthony Quinn Foundation
P.O. Box 539
Bristol, RI 02809
USArtists International Deadline Approaching!
The USArtists International (USAI) application is open and the second deadline of the 2018-2019 program cycle is Friday, November 30, 2018 for engagements taking place between March 15, 2019, and March 14, 2020. If you applied at the September deadline, you will be notified by November 27.
Committed to the presence of U.S. artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theater invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets abroad. Determine if you are eligible by reviewing the program guidelines.
Interested in learning more? Join us for our webinars!
USArtists International is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding.
The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation’s grant programs for visual artists, which have been available since 1976. Our website at www.gottliebfoundation.org provides extensive background about the Foundation and its two grant programs, the Individual Support and Emergency grants. The Foundation has been established according to the provisions in the will of Adolph Gottlieb to award financial aid to mature, creative painters, sculptors, and printmakers. The Foundation does not award grants to institutions or organizations, nor does it fund research, students, or projects.
In one effort to reach artists and other art professionals who may not be familiar with our programs, I am sending this letter to State Arts Councils and Arts Agencies around the country. If you wish to publish or disseminate a description of our grants, a possible version might read:
ADOLPH & ESTHER GOTTLIEB FOUNDATION GRANTS
Deadline: December 15: Individual Support grants available to painters, printmakers and sculptors with a minimum of 20 years in a mature phase; grant amounts are determined each year. Last year this program awarded 12 grants of $25,000 each. A separate grant program, for emergencies, assists mature painters, printmakers and sculptors suffering from a recent, unforeseen catastrophic event (fire, flood, medical emergency), who have a minimum of ten years in a mature phase; grant amounts range up to $15,000 depending on the need and circumstances of the individual applicant. Info: More information including the link to access the on-line applications for both programs can be found on our website at https://www.gottliebfoundation.org/apply-for-a-grant/
The Hopper Prize
The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital platform offering a series of individual artist grants totaling $5,000.00 USD administered through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators.
Total Awards: $5,000.00 USD in grants for visual artists
5 artists will each receive $1,000.00 USD in unrestricted grant awards
30 artists will be selected to have their work digitally exhibited and archived at hopperprize.org
Deadline: November 13, 2018
The Hopper Prize Fall 2018 grant winners will be selected by:
Patricia Restrepo, Assistant Curator
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Mia Lopez, Assistant Curator
DePaul Art Museum Chicago
The Hopper Prize is open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. We accept entries in painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, video, performance, conceptual art & installation art.
Letitia Huckaby, Benbrook, Texas
Tracy Kerdman, Saugerties, New York
Lebohang Kganye, Johannesburg, South Africa
Christopher Meerdo, Chicago, Illinois
Erik Parra, San Francisco, California
Early applications will be considered for Instagram artist features @hopperprize.
Churchill Foundation – Students with Autism Scholarship
Currently accepting applications
Deadline: Dec 29, 2018
In memory of a family member who died late last year, we wanted to show some support for those who have autism by offering this scholarship, for that reason, we are offering students who have a loved one with autism or a student themselves that are faced with the effects of autism a $5,800 scholarship.
How Do I Apply for It?
Education is a tool that can be used for numerous things in life, not just for personal development. As public adjusters who have been through education, we believe that education can provide a better life for students and ultimately, lead to them improving their communities with the knowledge that they attain. The difference between a vibrant and prosperous life and one that brings hardships is acquiring a post-secondary degree. Education is everything; it is a must. There are many students that face obstacles that make it difficult for them to acquire a degree and we wanted to provide this opportunity for all students equally, more particularly for those with autism that is a factor that often prevents them from being able to study.
Students with High Academic achievements must meet these two essential categories:
- There has been a form of autism diagnosed either in your immediate family or yourself
- Current enrollment or acceptance in a college or university for a post-graduate level or undergraduate level by the applicant
In addition to the above criteria, a 500 to 1000-word essay must be submitted with one of the below topics.
We hope to help alleviate the financial burden that may be in the presence of someone deserving who is suffering from any form of autism. We look forward to providing this scholarship and encourage those who are eligible to apply.
Topics: (Choose one)
- Tell us about a time where others who did not have to face an obstacle that you did as a person with autism
- Explain how you have adapted to help a loved one with autism and how it has affected your life
- What factors do you believe hinder people with autism in today’s generation?
Requirements of Applicants
- The applicant must have been accepted to start school at an accredited college or university or is currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited school
- The unofficial or official transcripts of the student must be submitted (high-school/ college)
Please upload the following items and complete the form below to apply for the Scholarship by the Churchill Foundation – Public Adjusters
- Essay of 500 to 1000 words of any of the above topics that were listed
- Academic transcripts
By applying for this scholarship, you agree to our terms and conditions and signify that you have read them.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Launches Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network
First Tours Will Begin in Spring 2019
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) has announced the launch of the Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network (FTAN). FTAN is a presenter based membership network designed to bolster the presentation of folk and traditional arts in the region through public performances and multi-day community residencies. FTAN strengthens MAAF’s mission of advancing arts access and participation while providing artists and practitioners with new opportunities. The program is made possible through the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Starting in the fall of 2018, new members will be selected on an annual basis through an open, competitive selection process. Mid-Atlantic region (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, and WV) non-profit presenters are eligible to participate in the program. FTAN prioritizes participation by presenters that work in and with communities underserved by the arts. Once selected, membership in the program is ongoing contingent upon meeting annual participation requirements.
MAAF has partnered with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) to facilitate collaborative planning between FTAN members and touring artists and tradition bearers. NCTA will provide both artists and members with administrative tour support.
Director, External Affairs
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts FY 2019 Funding Guidelines
Guidelines and application materials for three National Endowment for the Arts funding categories—Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships—have posted on the NEA’s website.
The fiscal year 2019 Art Works and Challenge America programs support projects taking place beginning in 2019. Guidelines and application materials are in the Apply for a Grant section of the NEA website.
In addition, guidelines for fiscal year 2019 Creative Writing Fellowships: Poetry are posted for application by published creative writers. Guidelines and application materials for the fellowships are also in the Apply for a Grant section of the NEA website.
Visit the NEA’s recent grant search for examples of past NEA grants.
The Delaware Community Foundation
The Delaware Community Foundation manages charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and organizations, and distributes income from the funds as grants to humanitarian, educational, health and cultural entities throughout the First State.
For specific grant requirements, please see individual grant guidelines and applications. For more information about the DCF grantmaking process, contact Beth Bouchelle, Director of Grants, at 302.504.5239.
The Delaware Humanities Forum
The Delaware Humanities Forum provides financial support for two levels of grants – Regular, for requests of $3,000-$15,000, for projects in any topic and format; and Opportunity, for up to $3,000, to be used to fund smaller projects or to assist with long-range planning for larger projects. Parties interested in applying must make a formal application using forms provided on its website.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The NEH offers a wide variety of grants for humanities-related projects and cultural institutions.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The NEA offers grants for organizations and individuals, as well as partnership agreements with state arts agencies.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)
MAAF invests in bringing artist from other countries to the U.S. to further its work in cultural exchange. It provides a variety of grants for artists, organizations, and other programs to further its mission.
Additional resources and arts opportunities
Delaware Contemporary seeks Teaching Artists
Join our roster of diverse and talented professional Teaching Artists and share your passion for the arts with students of all ages. The Delaware Contemporary offers a range of outreach programs with numerous partner organizations and in-house programming that inspire Pre-K students to life long learners.
Submit your letter of interest and CV to Leslie Shaffer, Interim Director of Education: email@example.com or 302.656.6466 x7106
Delaware State Arts Council Seeks New Members
Four members of the Delaware State Arts Council are concluding their second three-year terms. Since they are ineligible to serve a third term, the Governor’s Boards and Commissions office is now accepting nominations to fill the open seats.
The Delaware State Arts Council is the advisory body to the Delaware Division of the Arts. The Council advises the Division of the Arts on matters of arts policy, funding for the arts, and other issues relevant to support for the arts in Delaware. The Council, according to its enabling legislation, “shall be composed of not more than 15 members” appointed by the Governor, who represent the state geographically and politically and are appointed on the basis of their interest and experience in the arts.
If you are interested in being considered for appointment to the Delaware State Arts Council, complete the Board and Commission Application, found on the Governor’s site, and return it to the Governor’s office. Please indicate Board #0014: Delaware State Arts Council on the application.
We are a grass-roots non-profit organization, working to save the historic, 200-year-old Jester Farmhouse on Grubb Road in Wilmington, for local artists of all disciplines and skill levels. It will be used as meeting, working, and gallery space. The house sits on 26 acres of farmland and dairy cattle. We have signed a long-term lease for the county-owned farmhouse and have made great progress.
We are in need of 3-5 new board candidates who can help us with our next phase as we develop our instructional offerings, and raise funds, to complete the renovations. Artists with instructional experience, and a willingness to pitch in with other tasks, are especially needed.
Learn more about us at jesterartspace.org. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CERF+ The Artists Safety Net
Artists feel most happy and productive when they’re making art. Sometimes, though, life can have other plans—from the predictable stress of moving to a new studio to the unexpected headache of having to clean out a flooded one; from taxes and insurance to accidents and emergencies. That’s why it’s vitally important for artists to make preparedness part of their practices by learning the art of CYA—Cover Your A’s: Art, Assets + Archives.
The Performing Arts Exchange (PAE)
The Performing Arts Exchange (PAE) is an annual performing arts booking, showcasing and professional development conference, hosted by a different eastern city each year. The conference also includes a multitude of artist showcases, professional development workshops, an exhibit hall where presenters and artists/agents meet, and networking opportunities.
CodaWorx RFP Listings
CODAworx is the hub of the commissioned art economy. We connect all members of the industry, matching creative talent with creative opportunities, and providing digital tools that streamline the commission workflow process. Our network connects artists and creative teams to architects, design and art professionals, and the universe of companies that provide services and products for commission projects.