The Mentorship Award provides $1,250 for a gifted younger teller (18-30 years of age) to work with a seasoned teller as mentor.
Criteria for recipients:
- You should intend to gain at least part of your income from professional storytelling performance.
- You should be between 18 and 30 years of age at the time you apply for the grant.
- Your current performances should demonstrate considerable talent and potential for development.
- Although your career is at an early stage, you should already show a distinctive voice and style.
- You should have at least an hour of fully developed repertoire.
- Although you should not yet have received wide public recognition (such as featuring at a major festival or theater), you should already have several performance credits.
What the award will and will not fund:
- The award gives $500 to the applicant for expenses related to the plan of work with the mentor (travel, lodging, additional fees, etc.), and $750 to a well-respected, seasoned storyteller who will serve as mentor to the applicant during the grant year by providing individual coaching sessions and/or appropriate workshops.
- Award funds are for the development of performance skills, and should not be applied to research, marketing, promotional materials, recordings, props, costumes, etc.