Residency Dates: Sunday, May 15 to June 4, 2022
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.
One of the main goals of my recent work in critical-race and feminist studies is to dismantle white structures and male structures in the academic study of music in the United States. In so doing I strive to make this study more welcoming and inclusive to those who have been shut out for so long. There are, broadly speaking, two paths to chart in this endeavor, one easier, one harder. The easy path entails finding musical figures who were not white cisgender men who have been erased from history and then adding them to existing frameworks. The harder path lies in uncovering the ugly past in which white cisgender men sought, quite actively at times, to marginalize those who had other identities. This is the ugly past of America’s white supremacist patriarchy, which we Americans are finally discussing more openly than we have, possibly, at any time in our past. This is the ugly past that erected racist and sexist structures in the academic study of music in the U.S., structures that are unjust by their very nature, precisely the structures I seek to dismantle.
I welcome artist-applicants who share these goals. As an author, academic, educator, public speaker, and performing musician myself, I imagine my associate artists could be any of those, as well as anyone who is plugged into the academic study of music, or music performance and production writ large. I’d like to have a broad base of interest so that we might all learn from each other. We might act as something of an antiracist/antisexist musical thinktank, developing existing ideas and hatching new ones together. Examining how all notable American musical genres and styles—Appalachian, bluegrass, blues, classical, country, disco, ethnic, funk, global, gospel, hip-hop, indigenous, jazz, metal, pop, punk, rap, rock, soul, and so many others—can be represented together in music studies and in American society will be top of mind for our group.
In terms of how we might work, I envision both group meetings and plenty of individual sessions as well. Your projects might be academic (articles, books), pedagogical, performance-oriented, public media-based (podcasts, video docs), or representative of any other outlook that touches on academic music in the States. I am deeply committed to the intersectionality of all marginalized groups, so applicants whose projects confront not only racism and sexism but also ableism, antisemitism, classism, homophobia, islamophobia, transphobia, among others, are encouraged to apply. Finally, anyone, of any identity—yes, white cisgender men as well—is welcome in my studio.
1. Biography (max 200 words).
2. A current CV, with website URL if you have one.
3. A letter of intent addressing your proposed project and goals (max 1,000 words).
4. 2–3 samples of previous work, submitted electronically as PDFs, URLs, YouTube/Vimeo links, Soundcloud, etc.
All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.
Scholarships / Financial Assistance
For details, please visit the master artist details page.
Application fee: $25
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