Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship

Applications for open Fellowship Programs are listed below. For general questions about program eligibility please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or 312-435-5961.


Luminarts has recently made revisions to the application process for Project Grants. Please read the information below.

Before Submitting Your Application

Luminarts Fellows are encouraged to apply for funding of projects that break new ground artistically, professionally, and personally. While Project Grants aim to support a broad and diverse scope of career development opportunities for Fellows, Project Grant proposals are strongest when they demonstrate a significant and pivotal impact on the individual Fellow and their career trajectory in the arts. The Review Committee also takes into account if the project addresses relevant social issues and its potential impact on the community.

In addition, Fellows who have not yet applied for a project grant in the past must contact Luminarts’ Executive Director, Jason Kalajainen prior to submitting a project grant proposal; to discuss the project in detail, the budget, and ask any questions that may increase the quality and overall impact of the project being proposed. A link will be sent out prior to October 15 to schedule a time to chat with Jason. If you have previously applied for a project grant you are not required to schedule a meeting with Jason prior to your submission. At the completion of your project you will be required to schedule a summary meeting with Luminarts' Associate Director, Leslie Haviland.

Please note that Luminarts Fellows are eligible to receive Project Grant funding only one time per 12 month period.

The next deadline for Fellow Project Grants is October 15, 2022. Fellows will be notified three to four weeks after the deadline regarding the status of their proposal. For proposals that have been approved for funding, grant checks will be issued within three weeks after being notified that the project has been funded.

While these grants may be used for a broad array of career development opportunities, applicants must demonstrate how the funding will support this development, and how the funded experience will in turn benefit the Chicago community.

Project Grant Guidelines

  • Applicants must be designated a Luminarts Fellow
  • While applicants are not required to live in the Chicago area, they must be able to demonstrate how the funded opportunity will directly benefit Chicago
  • Applicant requests for funding may not exceed $2,500 and the total request may be no more than 50% of the total project expenditure
  • All funding granted must be spent and accounted for within one (1) year from the date awarded.
  • Fellows can receive project grant support totaling up to $10,000 within 10 years of being named a Fellow.

Luminarts' Expectations for all Project Grant Awardees

The Luminarts Cultural Foundation has the expectation that all Fellows who are awarded project grant funding will highlight the Foundation's contribution through any marketing and/or PR materials that may be connected with the project. Fellows are also encouraged to consider how their project might be beneficial to other emerging artists and Fellows.

Luminarts requests that any photos, recordings, and video footage regarding funded projects be shared with the Foundation.

For more information about Project Grants please contact the Foundation at info@luminarts.org or at 312-435-5961.

Luminarts is committed to ensuring equity within its programs and welcomes applicants, artists, audience members, and supporters regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, class, religion, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.


Luminarts Cultural Foundation Ambassador Award

$2,500 awards in support of Luminarts Fellows being ambassadors for the Luminarts Cultural Foundation beyond the Chicago region.

The Luminarts Cultural Foundation will accept funding proposals from Luminarts Fellows who have significant projects (performances, exhibitions, readings, etc.) in major markets outside of the Chicago area whereby they will highlight the Luminarts Cultural Foundation’s support in tandem with their outstanding talent.

While the available funds should be of benefit to the Luminarts Fellow, a primary goal of this funding is to raise awareness of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation outside of the Chicago region. In accordance with this, awards will be distributed based on the following criteria:

Ambassador Guidelines

· Location of the Luminarts Fellow's project

· Anticipated number in attendance at event

· Anticipated marketing/media for the event

· Luminarts prominence in event materials

· Luminarts prominence in promotion and media

· The use of social media to promote the project and the Luminarts Cultural Foundation and the potential number of people reached

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Luminarts' Expectations for all Project Grant Awardees

A project report including a brief summary of the project’s execution along with copies of all marketing materials, press releases, media coverage, social media postings, and video coverage of the project will be required.

The application can be found on the Luminarts website and applications need to be received at least 10 weeks prior to the project. Accepted proposals will be funded at 50% upon notice of approval of the application with the remaining 50% distributed when the project report is submitted and reviewed.


Luminarts is committed to ensuring equity within its programs and welcomes applicants, artists, audience members, and supporters regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, class, religion, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

Visual Arts Fellowship

Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 3, 2023

Luminarts Visual Arts Fellowships are $10,000 per artist. The Visual Arts Fellowship awards three (3) $10,000 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in Visual Arts (i.e., drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, and moving images). Visual Arts finalists will receive a $250 honorable mention award. Please note that artists integrating a moving image/video into their work may apply and are welcome to submit short clips of the integrated pieces along with images of the overall installation. However, the Luminarts Visual Arts Fellowship program does not currently accept short films.

Luminarts is committed to ensuring equity within its programs and welcomes applicants, artists, audience members, and supporters regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, class, religion, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

***Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, audition schedules and selection processes are subject to change.***

Eligibility and Guidelines

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

· Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old on the date of applying

· Be currently enrolled in, or have completed, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program (not necessarily specific to the program for which you are applying)

· Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop

· Be available to hang/setup artwork (three to five (3-5) pieces on the 2nd floor) in downtown Chicago prior to Tuesday, May 9, 2023. This is only required if you are selected as a finalist.

· Be available to attend a Visual Arts Exhibition in Chicago (River North) on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CST. This is only required if you are selected as a finalist.

· Please note that the Luminarts Cultural Foundation is not responsible for finalists’ work while they are in our possession. Work is typically installed 1-3 days prior to the event and taken down the evening of the event or the following day.

While applicants may reapply to the Luminarts Fellowship annually, they are only eligible to receive the Fellowship award once. However, once an individual has been designated a Luminarts Fellow they are eligible to apply for Fellow Project Grants through the Foundation. For Project Grant information visit our Artist Opportunities page.

For questions about eligibility or more information about the Fellowship visit our FAQs page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961.

Submission Guidelines

There are five (5) components that must be attached to your application:

· Three (3) images of your artwork;

· A career statement outlining what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community;

· The name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference;

· An artist statement; and

· CV/Resume.

Read below for specific details about each of these components.

Images of Your Artwork:

· Image resolution should be a minimum of 72 ppi;

· All image file sizes may not exceed 1 MB (video clip limit is 50 MB);

· File name should be the title of the piece; and

· Files and images may not include your name or other personal information.

All images submitted must be of artworks able to be installed in a shared gallery space within a limited period of time. Space will be provided on the application to include details about each attached work. Please include the title, date, dimensions, and medium for each work.

Career Statement:

Your career statement should outline what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community. Your statement may not exceed 500 words in total.

Professional/Educational Reference:

Space will be provided on the application to include the name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference. Note that references may or may not be contacted as part of this process.

Artist Statement:

Please provide a brief statement about your creative practice. Artist statement may not exceed 300 words.

Moving Image/Video Clip Guidelines:

Artists integrating a moving image/video into their work may apply and are welcome to submit short clips of the integrated pieces along with images of the overall installation. However, the Luminarts Visual Arts Fellowship Program does not currently accept short films. If submitting a moving image/video file:

· The file size may not exceed 50 MB;

· The video length may not exceed three (3) minutes;

· The file must be in mp4 format; and

· External links are not accepted.

Images and videos are reviewed by Luminarts jurors via Submittable. If a particular piece requires multiple angles or views then you may create one (1) image file with all views to be counted as one (1) submission/piece. Please exercise good judgment when submitting images and/or video. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us at info@luminarts.org for specific questions about file submission.

After Submitting Your Application

Applicants will be notified via email by Friday, April 7, 2023 regarding whether or not they have been selected as a Luminarts Visual Arts finalist. Please do not contact the Foundation before April 7, 2023 regarding your status as a finalist. The three (3) winners will be announced live on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

Creative Writing Fellowship

Deadline to Apply: Friday, February 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Luminarts Creative Writing Fellowships are $10,000 per artist. The Creative Writing Fellowship awards two (2) Fellowships for Excellence in Creative Writing in the categories of poetry and prose, both fiction and nonfiction.

Luminarts is committed to ensuring equity within its programs and welcomes applicants, artists, audience members, and supporters regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, class, religion, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

***Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, audition schedules and selection processes are subject to change.***

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

· Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old on the date of applying

· Be currently enrolled in, or have completed, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program (not necessarily specific to the program for which you are applying)

· Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop

While applicants may reapply to the Luminarts Fellowship annually, they are only eligible to receive the Fellowship award once. However, once an individual has been designated a Luminarts Fellow they are eligible to apply for Fellow Project Grants through the Foundation. For Project Grant information visit our Artist Opportunities page.

For questions about eligibility or more information about the Fellowship visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961.

Submission Guidelines

There are four (4) components that must be attached to your application:

· A written piece of your work, two (2) pages maximum length, single-spaced (excerpts of larger work are also allowed, but limited to two (2) pages);

· A career statement outlining what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community;

· The name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference; and

· CV/ Resume.

Read below for specific details about each of these components.

Your Written Piece:

While all work is welcome, the Foundation and its jurors encourage applicants to submit work that embraces exploration and risk-taking.

Guidelines:

· Submit one (1) piece of writing in either prose or poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.

· The piece should be no more than two (2) pages in length

· The document should be single-spaced, using 11-12 pt. type, in a standard academic font (i.e., Times New Roman, Cambria, Georgia, Arial, or Calibri; no exceptions).

· Please submit your piece in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx)

· The .doc file name should be the title of the piece (example: "Catcher in the Rye.doc")

· Remove your name from all pages

· Write the title of your piece in the top left header

· Below the title indicate if the piece is poetry or prose, and fiction or nonfiction

· If your piece is an excerpt, please indicate "excerpt" (you will also attach the full-length piece using the same guidelines, indicating "full piece")

· If your written piece is an excerpt of a larger body of work such as a novel or short story, space will be provided for you to attach the full piece in addition to the excerpt.

· Edit the entire document for grammatical errors

Career Statement:

Your career statement should outline what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community. Your statement may not exceed 500 words in total.

Professional/Educational Reference:

Space will be provided on the application to include the name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference. Note that references may or may not be contacted as part of this process.

After Submitting Your Application

Applicants will be notified via email or phone call by Thursday, April 20, 2023 regarding whether or not they have been selected as a winner. Please do not contact the Foundation before April 20, 2023 regarding the status of your application. If you are selected as a winner, please reserve the evening of Tuesday, May 9, 2023 for an event celebrating your Fellowship and the Visual Arts Finals. Your attendance on May 9, 2023 is required for your Fellowship award.



Jazz Fellowship

Deadline to Apply: Friday, February 3, 2023

Luminarts Jazz Fellowships are $10,000 per artist. The Jazz Fellowship Competition awards four (4) $10,000 Luminarts Fellowships to jazz musicians through the performance of original, creative, and spontaneously improvised jazz music. Jazz finalists will receive a $500 honorable mention award. The competition includes a two-tiered jury process, with recorded preliminary auditions hosted through an online application process and the finals live. Of the Jazz Fellowship applicants, finalists will be selected to perform live for the final round of judging at the Jazz Finals hosted on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at Jazz Showcase.

Luminarts is committed to ensuring equity within its programs and welcomes applicants, artists, audience members, and supporters regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, class, religion, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 3, 2023 11:59 p.m. CST.

***Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, audition schedules and selection processes are subject to change.***

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

· Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old on the date of applying

· Be currently enrolled in, or have completed, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program (not necessarily specific to the program for which you are applying)

· Live or attend school (in person or virtually) within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop

· Be available to perform in-person on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at Jazz Showcase

While applicants may reapply to the Luminarts Fellowship annually, they are only eligible to receive the Fellowship award once. However, once an individual has been designated a Luminarts Fellow they are eligible to apply for Fellow Project Grants through the Foundation. For Project Grant information, please visit our Artist Opportunities page.

For questions about eligibility or more information about the Fellowship visit our FAQs page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961,

Submission and Preliminary Audition Guidelines

There are four (4) components that must be attached to your initial application before auditioning:

· Two (2) audio samples and one (1) video sample;

· A career statement outlining what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community;

· The name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference; and

· CV/ Resume.

Read below for specific details about each of these components.

Audio/Video Sample:

Applicants must attach two (2) audio samples and one (1) video sample with the application (three (3) total music samples). You may record an audio clip using a recorder on a mobile device or other recording equipment. Your recordings will be used for judging purposes. Please do not attach recordings over ten (10) minutes long.

Please record a selection of your choice of the audition repertoire listed below and upload these recordings to your application. Recordings that feature a accompanists are preferred. Recordings with play-along recordings are also acceptable. Ensemble recordings that include the applicant as a soloist may also be used but must be edited down to include only the applicant’s solo sections. In addition:

· Applicants will submit three contrasting pieces: (1) medium tempo blues, (1) up-tempo standard tune, and (1) ballad. Each of these pieces should be in different keys. Vocalists should include words and skat in their performance. While we request individual submissions be under ten (10) minutes, it’s perfectly acceptable and even preferred to upload clips that are each between three to five (3-5) minutes long.

o For the three contrasting pieces, different styles are encouraged.  While the above tempos are recommended, something down tempo, something medium and something up, and one of them must be a blues, we understand that those tempos do not always apply for different arrangements. Contrast in style and tempo are recommended, but ultimately up to the applicant as to how they want to showcase there playing ability.

· Please limit file size to 50 MB or less and length to less than ten (10) minutes per audio/video submission. While some of the repertoire requirements are longer than ten (10) minutes, we ask that you use your best judgement on what portions of the requirements to submit.

· YouTube link or file uploads are allowed.

· File name should be the title of the piece.

· Files and images may not include your name or other personal information.

· Please provide the highest quality recordings possible and note a variety of selections within the guidelines is preferred.

· All submission should be unedited.

· Please save all recordings and videos in the event we need you to resubmit any of the materials.

Applicants will be judged by the originality and creativity of their spontaneous improvisation. Applicants should demonstrate knowledge and respect for the melody, and accuracy of improvising chord changes.

For Prescreening recording the below is recommended:

· Trumpet, saxophone, and trombone players will perform with piano (or guitar), bass, and drums.

· Guitarists will perform with bass and drums.

· Pianists will perform with bass and drums.

· Bassists will perform with piano (or guitar) and drums.

· Drummers will perform with piano (or guitar) and bass.

Career Statement:

Your career statement should outline what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community. Your statement may not exceed 500 words in total.

Professional/Educational Reference:

Space will be provided on the application to include the name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference. Note that references may or may not be contacted as part of this process.

After Submitting Your Application

Once you submit your application you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email immediately after submitting your application, please check your spam/junk filter and settings. If you still have not received a confirmation email immediately after submitting your application, please contact the Foundation.

Applicants will be notified by Tuesday, February 14, 2023, as to whether they have been selected as a Luminarts Jazz Finalist.

Jazz Finals and Audition Guidelines:

The Jazz Finals will be hosted in Chicago on Wednesday, February 22, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. After that event, four (4) of the finalists will be selected as Jazz Fellows. If you are selected as a finalist, applicants will be judged on their knowledge and execution of standard jazz practices. The melodies and chord changes should be memorized. Appropriate rhythmic hits, chord voicings, melodic embellishments, and other stylistic devices should be used. The judges will be assessing you on your sound, feel, articulation, phrasing, interactivity, pitch, rhythmic and harmonic vocabulary, and command of the jazz tradition.

Applicants will also be judged on the originality and creativity of their performance. The judges are looking for your unique musical “voice.” This can take many forms, but it probably involves your own personal approach to improvising over standard rhythmic and harmonic progressions, your unique way of phrasing and articulating your ideas, and your selections of repertoire that are meaningful to you.

In addition:

· Applicants will be given a ten (10) minute time slot

· Applicants select two contrasting selections of their choice

· Applicants will be judged by the originality and creativity of their spontaneous improvisation

· A professional trio will be provided for the audition (do not bring your own accompanist);

· Applicants must bring lead sheets for the accompanist; and

· Applicants should demonstrate knowledge and respect for the melody, and accuracy of improvising chord changes

Classical Music Fellowship

Deadline to Apply: Friday, February 10, 2023

Please note the application guidelines below are broken up by strings and winds followed by piano and then voice. They all have different submission requirements.

Luminarts Classical Piano, Strings, and Winds Fellowships are $10k per artist. The Classical Music Fellowship awards five (5) Luminarts Fellowships to classical musicians in categories of Women's and Men's Voice, Piano, Strings, and Winds. Three (3) $10,000 Fellowships are awarded to musicians in the categories of Piano, Strings, and Winds. Two (2) $15,000 Fellowships are awarded to musicians in Women's and Men's Voice and one (1) honorable mention Voice award in the amount of $2,000.

Luminarts is committed to ensuring equity within its programs and welcomes applicants, artists, audience members, and supporters regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, class, religion, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 10, 2023, 11:59 p.m. CST.

***Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, audition schedules and selection processes are subject to change.***

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

· Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old on the date of applying

· Be currently enrolled in, or have completed, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program (not necessarily specific to the program for which you are applying)

· Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop

While applicants may reapply to Luminarts Fellowship annually, they are only eligible to receive the Fellowship award once. However, once an individual has been designated a Luminarts Fellow they are eligible to apply for Fellow Project Grants through the Foundation. For Project Grant information visit our Artist Opportunities page. Please note that voice applicants who win the honorable mention award are eligible to apply again for the Fellowship if they meet the other eligibility criteria.

For questions about eligibility or more information about the Fellowship visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961

Submission Guidelines for Strings and Winds

There are four (4) components that must be attached to your application before auditioning:

· Two (2) audio recording or sample of a performance that will be reviewed by a panel of jurors to determine your eligibility to move on and schedule an in-person audition;

· A career statement outlining what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community;

· The name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference; and

· CV/Resume.

Read below for specific details about each of these components.

Audio Sample:

Applicants must attach an audio sample with the application. If you do not have an audio sample, you may record an audio clip using a recorder on a mobile device or other recording equipment. Your recording will be used for judging purposes. Please do not attach a recording over ten (10) minutes long.

Career Statement:

Your career statement should outline what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community. Your statement may not exceed 500 words in total.

Professional/Educational Reference:

Space will be provided on the application to include the name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference. Note that references may or may not be contacted as part of this process.

Audition and Repertoire Information

Applicants will schedule an audition online from a list of available audition dates if they have been selected to continue with the audition process. Please note, there is no fee to book an audition.

Scheduling the Audition

Applicants will be notified via email by Friday, February 24, 2023 if they have been selected to continue with the audition process. At that time, those selected will begin scheduling their auditions. The email message on February 24, 2023 will include a link and instructions on how to schedule the audition online. Auditions are booked on a first come, first serve basis. All auditions must be scheduled by 9 a.m. CST on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Audition times are not guaranteed until you receive an email confirmation from Luminarts with the booked audition time. If you have questions or need assistance with scheduling an audition, please contact the Foundation.

What to Bring to the Audition

Bring three (3) copies of a list of your repertoire to the audition. Jurors will request selections based off your repertoire list. You do not need to bring the sheet music for the jurors. Only bring a list of the repertoire pieces. Be prepared to perform any selections listed on your repertoire list. Audition slots are ten (10) minutes per musician; therefore, jurors might not request every selection be performed. Applicants must provide their own accompanist (excluding musicians auditioning in piano). If a selected piece does not have accompaniment, perform the piece as the composer intended it to be performed.

Auditions will be held at the Union League Club of Chicago, located at 65 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago.

Audition Dates:

· Monday, March 6, 2023 - Strings Auditions (morning)

· Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - Winds Auditions (morning)

Repertoire Requirements:

Strings and Winds Repertoire:

· One (1) complete concerto from memory or your choice of 12 minutes music that showcase artistry, musicality and coherence of the concerto.

· One (1) sonata with piano (memory not required)

· One (1) contrasting modern or contemporary composition, 1945 - Present (memory not required)

*It is recommended that the concerto and the sonata represent different music periods.

*To best showcase your talent, jurors recommend you work with your accompanist to cut any music where the accompanist is playing for a long period of time.

After the Audition

Strings and Winds musicians will be notified by 12 p.m. CST on the day following their audition whether they have been selected as a winner and Luminarts Fellow.

Cancelling/Rescheduling Auditions

Applicants will be able to cancel or reschedule an existing audition using the links included in the audition email that will be sent to applicants by Friday, February 24, 2023. The deadline to schedule or to cancel an existing audition is Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. CST. After that time, you must contact the Foundation at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961 to cancel an existing audition. Cancellations after the cancellation deadline will be subject to a cancellation fee, including a no call/no show, and in addition, any applicant who is a no call/no show to a scheduled audition without previously contacting the Foundation will be disqualified from any future Luminarts programs.

Applicants who arrive five (5) minutes past their scheduled audition time will not be able to audition.

Warm-Up Room Information

While warm-up space cannot be guaranteed, Luminarts will make every effort possible to provide a warm-up space for applicants who are auditioning in classical music. Applicants who wish to use warm-up space are required to arrive twenty (20) minutes before their scheduled audition time and must check in to the audition registration area prior to using the room. Applicants will have ten (10) minutes to warm-up, approximately ten to twenty (10-20) minutes before their scheduled audition time. This will allow enough time to return to the registration area five to ten (5-10) minutes prior to the scheduled audition. For example, if your audition is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. you must arrive by 10:40 a.m. to check in and will have warm-up space available from 10:40 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., then returning to registration for your audition to begin at 11:00 a.m. Note that Luminarts does not monitor the warm-up room, and therefore we expect all applicants to be respectful of one another’s audition times.

After Submitting Your Application

You will receive a confirmation email immediately after successfully submitting your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam/junk filter settings. If you still have not received confirmation after submitting your application, please contact the Foundation. Once your application submission is confirmed, you do not need to do anything until Luminarts contacts you on Friday, February 24, 2023 with audition scheduling information if you’ve been selected to continue on with the application/audition. The email at that time will include a link and instructions to schedule your audition online. Once scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email with the booked audition.

Submission Guidelines for Piano

There are four (4) components that must be attached to your application before submitting your application:

· Audio and video recordings that will be reviewed by a panel of jurors;

· A career statement outlining what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community;

· The name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference; and

· CV/Resume.

Read below for specific details about each of these components.

Audio/Video Sample:

Applicants must attach one (1) video fifteen to twenty (15-20) minutes in length. The applicants’ hands must be visible in the video to best showcase the pianist’s artistry and skill. While the video does not have to be professionally filmed, we do expect the video to represent the applicant’s musical ability.

The video must include relatively close-up footage of the applicants’ hands and must adhere to the following guidelines:

· While some of the repertoire requirements are longer than fifteen to twenty (15-20) minutes, we ask that you use your best judgement on what portions of the requirements to submit. For example, you might choose: one (1) fast movement and one (1) slow movement of a classical sonata (total of two (2) movements), plus a bravura etude. The video can be broken up and submitted in parts (totaling less than twenty (20) minutes) as long as each segment is labeled with the correct piece being played.

· YouTube link or file uploads are allowed.

· File name should be the title of the piece.

· Files and images may not include your name or other personal information.

· Please provide the highest quality recordings possible and note a variety of selections within the guidelines is preferred.

· All submission must be unedited.

· Please save all recordings and videos in the event we need you to resubmit any of the materials.

Career Statement:

Your career statement should outline what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community. Your statement may not exceed 500 words in total.

Professional/Educational Reference:

Space will be provided on the application to include the name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference. Note that references may or may not be contacted as part of this process.

Repertoire Requirements:

Please submit your repertoire list in the designated field on the submission application. Please list the pieces in the order they are submitted in the audio/video recording section.

Piano Repertoire (All From Memory):

· Prelude and Fugue, Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier (no repeats)

· One (1) sonata (complete movements) or other major work from Classical Period (no repeats)

· One (1) major work from the Romantic or Impressionist Period (no repeats)

· One (1) bravura etude or toccata (no repeats)

· One (1) contrasting composition from 20th or 21st century. Please provide the score if the piece was written after 1970.

After Submitting Your Application

You will receive a confirmation email immediately after successfully submitting your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email please check your spam/junk filter settings. If you still have not received confirmation after submitting your application please contact the Foundation.

Applicants will be notified by Friday, February 24, 2023 as to whether they have been selected as a finalist.

The finals audition is scheduled to be a live event from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the Arts Club of Chicago. You must be available for the final auditions at the time of your initial submission. Piano finalists will receive a $500 honorable mention award.

What to Bring to the Final Audition

Bring three (3) copies of a list of your repertoire to the audition. Jurors will request selections based off your repertoire list. You do not need to bring the sheet music for the jurors. Only bring a list of the repertoire pieces. Be prepared to perform any selections listed on your repertoire list. Audition slots are fifteen to twenty (15-20) minutes per musician; therefore, jurors might not request every selection be performed.

Please note there will not be a warm-up space provided for the finals so please come warmed up!

Submission Guidelines for Classical Voice

There are four (4) components that must be attached to your application before submitting your application:

· Audio and video recordings that will be reviewed by a panel of jurors;

· A career statement outlining what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community;

· The name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference; and

· CV/Resume

Read below for specific details about each of these components.

Audio/Video Sample:

Applicants must attach two (2) audio samples and one (1) video sample with the application (three (3) total music samples) totaling no more than ten (15) minutes long. You may record an audio clip using a recorder on a mobile device or other recording equipment. Your recordings will be used for judging purposes.

Please record a selection of your choice of the audition repertoire listed below and upload these recordings to your application. Recordings that feature an accompanist are preferred. Recordings with play-along recordings are also acceptable.

· Please limit file size to 50 MB or less and length to less than ten (10) minutes per audio/ video submission. While some of the repertoire requirements are longer than ten (10) minutes, we ask that you use your best judgement on what portions of the requirements to submit.

· YouTube link or file uploads are allowed.

· File name should be the title of the piece.

· Files and images may not include your name or other personal information.

· Please provide the highest quality recordings possible and note a variety of selections within the guidelines is preferred.

· All submission should be unedited.

· Please save all recordings and videos in the event we need you to resubmit any of the materials.

Career Statement:

Your career statement should outline what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community. Your statement may not exceed 500 words in total.

Professional/Educational Reference:

Space will be provided on the application to include the name, contact information, and relationship to one (1) professional or educational reference. Note that references may or may not be contacted as part of this process.

Repertoire Requirements:

Please submit your repertoire list in the designated field on the submission application. Please list the pieces in the order they are submitted in the audio/video recording section.

If one (1) of your pieces does not have accompaniment, perform the piece as the composer intended it to be performed.

Voice Repertoire (all from memory, except #2 oratorio):

· One (1) aria from an opera in its original language

· One (1) aria from an oratorio

· One (1) selection of each of the following:

o Italian song of the 17th - 19th centuries, sung in Italian

o German song from the Classic, Romantic, or Modern Periods, sung in German

o French song from the Classic, Romantic, or Modern Periods, sung in French

o Contemporary song by English or American composers, sung in English

*To best showcase your talent jurors recommend you work with your accompanist to cut any music where the accompanist is playing for a long period of time.*

After Submitting Your Application

You will receive a confirmation email immediately after successfully submitting your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email please check your spam/junk filter settings. If you still have not received confirmation after submitting your application please contact the Foundation.

Men's and Women's Voice musicians will be notified by Thursday, March 2, 2023 as to whether they have been selected as a finalist.

The finals audition is scheduled to be a live event on from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at the Union League Club of Chicago.

What to Bring to the Audition

Bring three (3) copies of a list of your repertoire to the audition. Jurors will request selections based off your repertoire list. You do not need to bring the sheet music for the jurors. Only bring a list of the repertoire pieces. Be prepared to perform any selections listed on your repertoire list. Audition slots are ten (10) minutes per musician, therefore jurors might not request every selection be performed. Applicants must provide their own accompanist (excluding musicians auditioning in piano). If a selected piece does not have accompaniment, perform the piece as the composer intended it to be performed.

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