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 March 15 to schedule a time to chat with Jason. Fellows are asked to schedule the meeting no later than February 10, 2021 for the March 15 application deadline. Dates to talk to Jason will be available towards the end of February. 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 March 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. Luminarts Fellows, including first- and second-place award recipients as of 2010, are eligible to apply for Project Grants.  

Project Grant Guidelines

  • Applicants must be designated a Luminarts Fellow (or have been a 1st or 2nd place winner in a Foundation competition since 2010)
  • 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 $5,000 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 encouraged to contact the Foundation with questions regarding marketing and PR expectations. 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. 

Visual Arts Fellowship

Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 4, 2022

Luminarts Visual Arts Fellowships are increasing to $10k per artist in honor of Luminarts' 10-Year anniversary.

The Visual Arts Fellowship awards three $10,000 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in visual arts (drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, and moving images). Visual arts finalists will receive a $500 honorable mention award. Please note that artists integrating the 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.

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 of which you are applying)

·  Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop

·  Be available to hang/setup artwork (3-5 pieces) in downtown Chicago prior to Tuesday, May 10, 2022 (only required if you are selected as a finalist)

·  Be available to attend a Visual Arts Exhibition in downtown Chicago on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (only required if you are selected as a finalist)

Submission Guidelines

There are four components that must be attached to your application. These include:

·  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

·  CV/Resume

*Please note that the Luminarts Cultural Foundation is not responsible for finalists’ work while they are in our possession

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

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

All images submitted must be of pieces 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 piece. Please include the title, date, dimensions, and medium for each piece.

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

·  This statement will be used in the Foundation's evaluation

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:

·  Artist statement may not exceed 300 words

Moving Image/Video Clip Guidelines:

Artists integrating the 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 minutes

·  The file must be in mp4 format

·  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 image file with all views to be counted as one 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 questions about file submission.

After Submitting Your Application

Applicants will be notified via email by Friday, April 8, 2022 regarding whether or not they have been selected as a Luminarts Visual Arts finalist. Please do not contact the Foundation before April 8 regarding your status as a finalist. The three winners will be announced live on May 10. All other finalists will be awarded a $500 stipend.

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 4, 2022 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.***

Creative Writing Fellowship

Deadline to Apply: Friday, February 11, 2022

Luminarts Creative Writing Fellowships are increasing to $10k per artist in honor of Luminarts' 10-Year anniversary.

The Creative Writing Fellowship awards two $10,000 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in creative writing in the categories of prose and poetry, both fiction and nonfiction.

Eligibility and Guidelines

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 of which you are applying)

·  Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop

Submission Guidelines

There are four components that must be attached to your application. These include:

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

·  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 advise applicants to submit work that encourages exploration and risk taking.

You may 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, single-spaced, using 11-12 pt. type, in a standard academic font (Times New Roman, Cambria, Georgia, Arial, or Calibri, no exceptions). 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. In addition:

·  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 prose or poetry 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"

·  Edit the entire document for grammatical errors

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

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

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

·  This statement will be used in the Foundation's evaluation

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 of phone call on Thursday, April 21, 2022 regarding whether or not they have been selected as a winner. Please do not contact the Foundation before April 22 regarding the status of your application. If you are selected as a winner, please reserve the evening of May 10, 2022 for an event celebrating your Fellowship. Your attendance on May 10 is required for your Fellowship award.

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 11, 2022 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.***

Classical Music Fellowship

Deadline to Apply: Friday, February 18, 2022

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 increasing to $10k per artist in honor of Luminarts' 10-Year anniversary.

The Classical Music Fellowship awards five Luminarts Fellowships to classical musicians in categories of Women's and Men's Voice, Piano, Strings, and Winds. Three $10,000 Fellowships will be awarded to musicians in the categories of piano, strings, and winds. Two $15,000 Fellowships will be awarded to musicians in Women's and Men's Voice and one honorable mention voice award in the amount of $1,500.

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 of which you are applying)

· Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop


Submission Guidelines for Strings and Winds

There are four components that must be attached to your application before auditioning. These include:

· An audio recording or sample of a performance that will be reviewed by a panel of jurors to determine your eligibility to 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

· 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 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

· This statement will be used in the Foundation's evaluation

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 auditions process. Please note, there is no fee to book an audition; however, in the event an applicant cancels their audition after the cancellation deadline of Tuesday, March, 2022 at 9 a.m., Luminarts will charge a late cancellation fee of $50. In the event an applicant is a no call/no show for the audition, they will be subject to the $50 late cancellation fee as well. The late cancellation fee does not apply to applicants who cancel an audition before this deadline. Applicants who arrive 5 minutes past their scheduled audition time will not be able to audition

The Foundation will process an authorization on the card to verify it. This may appear as a $1.00 charge on your credit card statement but will disappear after a few business days.

Scheduling the Audition

Applicants will be notified via email on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 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 23 will include a link and instructions to schedule the audition online. Auditions are booked on a first come, first serve basis. All auditions must be scheduled by Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 9 a.m. CST. 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 of 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 10 minutes per musician, therefore jurors might not request every selection be performed. Be prepared to perform any of your pieces when requested by the jurors. Applicants must provide their own accompanist (excluding musicians auditioning in piano). If one of your pieces 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:

· Tuesday, March 8, 2022, Strings Auditions

· Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Winds Auditions

Repertoire Requirements:

Strings and Winds Repertoire:

· One concerto from memory

· One sonata with piano (memory not required)

· One 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. 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 on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. The deadline to schedule or to cancel an existing audition is Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 9 a.m. After that time, you must call the Foundation at (312) 435-5961 to cancel an existing audition. Cancellations after the cancel deadline will be subject to the $50 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.

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 30 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 20 minutes before the scheduled audition time. This will allow enough time to return to the registration area 10 minutes prior to the scheduled audition. For example, if your audition is scheduled for 11 a.m. you must arrive by 10:30 a.m. to check in, and will have warm-up space available from 10:40—10:50 p.m., then returning to registration for your audition to begin at 11 a.m. Applicants are not allowed to swap warm-up times with each other or remain in the warm-up space longer than 10 minutes without prior approval from Luminarts. 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 Wednesday, February 24 with audition scheduling information. 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. If you do not receive an email after scheduling your audition please contact the Foundation.

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.

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 18, 2022 11:59 p.m. CST.

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


Submission Guidelines for Piano

There are four components that must be attached to your application before submitting your application. These include:

· 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

· CV/Resume

Read below for specific details about each of these components.

Audio/Video Sample:

Applicants must attach one video 15-20 minutes in length. Please make sure the applicants’ hands are 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 needs to include relatively close- up footage of the applicants’ hands. The video should be memorized and non-edited.

· While some of the repertoire requirements are longer than 15-20 minutes, we ask that you use your best judgement on what portions of the requirements to submit. For example you might chose: one fast movement and one slow movement of a classical sonata (total of two movements), plus a bravura etude. The video can be broken up and submitted in parts (totaling less than 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 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

· This statement will be used in the Foundation's evaluation

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 of your pieces does not have accompaniment, perform the piece as the composer intended it to be performed.

Repertoire Requirements:

Piano Repertoire (All From Memory):

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

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

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

· One bravura etude or toccata (no repeats)

· One 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 25 as to whether they have been selected as a finalist.

The finals audition is scheduled to be a live event on Thursday, March 10, 2022, 5—7 p.m. at the Arts Club of Chicago. You must be available for the final auditions at the time of your initial submission.

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 of 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 15-20 minutes per musician, therefore jurors might not request every selection be performed. Be prepared to perform any of your pieces when requested by the jurors.

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

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.

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CST.

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


Submission Guidelines for Classical Voice

There are four components that must be attached to your application before submitting your application. These include:

· 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

· CV/Resume

Read below for specific details about each of these components.

Audio/Video Sample:

Applicants must attach two audio samples and one video sample with the application (three 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 attach three (one video and two audio) to your application and do not attach recordings over ten 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 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 minutes per audio/ video submission. While some of the repertoire requirements are longer than ten 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

· This statement will be used in the Foundation's evaluation

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 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 aria from an opera in its original language

· One aria from an oratorio

· One 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 Wednesday, March 16 as to whether they have been selected as a finalist.

The finals audition is scheduled to be a live event on Thursday, March 30, 2022, Men's and Women's Voice FINAL Auditions, 5—7 p.m.

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 of 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 10 minutes per musician, therefore jurors might not request every selection be performed. Be prepared to perform any of your pieces when requested by the jurors. Applicants must provide their own accompanist (excluding musicians auditioning in piano). If one of your pieces 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.

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.

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CST.

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

Jazz Fellowship

Deadline to Apply: Friday, February 4, 2022

Luminarts Jazz Fellowships are increasing to $10k per artist in honor of Luminarts' 10-Year anniversary.

The Jazz Fellowship Competition awards four $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, eight finalists will be selected to perform live for the final round of judging at the Jazz Finals hosted on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at Jazz Showcase.

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 of which you are applying)

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

Submission and Preliminary Audition Guidelines

There are four components that must be attached to your initial application before auditioning. These include:

Audio/Video Sample:

Applicants must attach two audio samples and one video sample with the application (three 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 attach three (one video and two audio) to your application and do not attach recordings over ten 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 an accompanist 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.

· Applicants will submit one blues piece and two compositions of their choice. Vocalists should include words and skat in their performance. While we request individual submissions be under 10 minutes it’s perfectly acceptable and even preferred to upload clips 3-5 minutes long.

· Please limit file size to 50 MB or less and length to less than ten minutes per audio/ video submission. While some of the repertoire requirements are longer than ten 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.

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 and this statement will be used in the Foundation's evaluation.

Professional/Educational Reference:

Space will be provided on the application to include the name, contact information, and relationship to one 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 Monday, February 14, 2022, 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 Thursday, February 24 from 5-7pm. Four of the eight finalists will be selected as Jazz Fellows. If you are selected as a finalist to perform at the Jazz Finals you will be asked to perform two (2) selections; one (1) blues piece, and one (1) composition of your choice (these can be the same or different from your original submission).

· Applicants will be limited to a ten (10) minute time slot, which includes setup and take down

· Applicants will improvise one (1) blues piece and one (1) composition of their choice. Vocalists should include words and skat in their performance. Drummers might be asked to sight read a jazz standard with appropriate fills and solos if the jurors request.

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

· A professional accompanist (piano) will be provided for the audition (Do not bring your own accompanist)

· Applicants must bring lead sheets for the accompanist

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

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,

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 4, 2022 11:59 p.m. CST.

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

Luminarts Cultural Foundation