The J. J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award provides $1,500 to a storyteller of major and unique performing talent who has not yet received wide public recognition. Please note that this is not primarily an achievement award: candidates must have a well-considered need and desire to improve their storytelling skills and must present a convincing plan for how they will use the grant funds for artistic development.
Criteria for recipients:
- You should not yet have received national public recognition (such as being featured at major festivals or theaters).
- Your professional storytelling career should be at an early stage, though you should already show a distinctive voice and style.
- Your current performances should reflect exceptional talent and potential for development.
- You should have a clear awareness of how you need to improve your skills, and a plan for using the award funds to accomplish this.
- You should intend eventually to gain a significant part of your annual income from professional storytelling performance.
What the award will and will not fund:
The award may be used only to pay for activities that will advance your storytelling skills: for instance, workshops, specific courses of study, coaching or work with a director, mentoring by senior tellers, relevant conference attendance, and other forms of training.
Awards cannot be applied to research, marketing, promotional materials, recordings, props, costumes, etc.
CLOSED: All applications and supporting materials were required to be submitted no later than midnight (CT) September 3, 2019. The application period is now closed.