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Kennedy Center Fellows Overview

The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center Fellowship in Arts Management Program (FAM), in partnership with the Arts Management Program at American University, in an effort to address the lack of diversity and inclusion in the arts management field, gives graduates students increased professional development opportunities through merit-based Fellowship opportunities at the Kennedy Center. Fellowships are nine months and are available for first and second year graduate students. By providing students with structured mentoring, intensive skill development and access to real-world experience, we will elevate strong thought-leaders to champion the bright future of our nation’s cultural institutions.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world class international performing arts organization and our nation's cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of its mission, vision, and values. Its staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences, which enable them to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

The AU Arts Management Program has been committed to blending rigorous academics with practical, hands-on learning opportunities for over forty years. This partnership with the Kennedy Center is an embodiment of this commitment in action.

 

Program Description

KC FAM participants receive intensive training in areas such as arts management, strategic planning, fundraising, finance, artistic planning, and marketing; exposure to executive leadership and involvement in special projects of the student's personal interest and benefit to the Kennedy Center; collaborative work opportunities across the organization, and ongoing personalized mentoring from a senior level staff advisor, tailored to the needs of the Fellow. Academic advisors support Fellows as they pursue their organizational and professional objectives. The Fellow receives their stipend from the Kennedy Center.

During the academic year, the Kennedy Center Fellow will work 20 hours/week at the Kennedy Center (summer hours are handled separately). The fellow is awarded a $15,000 stipend and six credits of tuition remission per academic year.

 

Applicant Eligibility

Symposium at AU's Katzen Arts Center

Full-time incoming or rising second year MA students in the Arts Management Program are eligible to apply through a competitive process. MA candidates receive a scholarship for a designated number of academic credits and a stipend.

At the end of their first year fellowship, first year fellows may indicate their interest in second year extension of their fellowship. Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis and are not a guarantee.

From American University, KC FAM participants receive tuition credits described below, benefit from joint learning with the AU external Fellows' cohort, and receive ongoing advising from the designated AU faculty member. Fellows profit from the opportunity to mesh classroom and fellowship learning.

As this program has been designed to address the troubling lack of diversity and inclusion in the arts management field, preference for fellowship positions will be given to diverse applicants.

 

Applicant Qualifications

US citizenship or permanent residence is required. The fellow must be enrolled full-time in the Arts Management master's program at American University, and meet the requirements of a Merit Awardee at American University.

Applicants must also:

  • Have a minimum of two years working experience at an arts or cultural organization
  • Have an excellent command of business English, oral and written
  • Be able to commit to the full term of the Fellowship (Sept 2017-May 2018)

There are currently two fellowship positions available with the Kennedy Center: The Development Department Fellow and the Hip-Hop Culture and Contemporary Music Fellow.

 

Kennedy Center Development Department Fellow

The Fellow will have the opportunity to engage with key staff members on several critical focus areas for the Kennedy Center's Development department, such as individual giving, designated campaigns, planned giving, and fund-raising events.

The Development Fellow will acquire increased responsibility over the course of nine months in research, prospecting, proposal writing, stewardship, donor interaction, and projects of importance to the Kennedy Center, as well as providing additional support to Kennedy Center staff as needed.

The Development Fellow will have the opportunity to assist in furthering projects related to the focus areas of the Development department as they relate with other parts of the Kennedy Center, including marketing, programming, education and finance.

The Fellowship is structured to enable the Fellow to further explore areas that are of interest to his or her professional development and that align with the Kennedy Center's mission, vision and values.

To apply, please submit a statement by February 22, 2017 at noon EST (one page or less) with your contact information and resume describing your interest and qualifications for the Kennedy Center Fellowship to artsmgtfellowship@american.edu, subject line "KC FAM/Development."

 

Hip-Hop Culture and Contemporary Music at the Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center is the nation's busiest performing arts center, hosting approximately 3,000 events each year for audiences numbering more than 2 million. The Center, which opened on September 8, 1971, continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of programming including theater, dance, orchestral, chamber, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, world and folk music, and multimedia performances for all ages. Hip-Hop Culture and Contemporary Music is an essential programming area for the Kennedy Center and one that is experiencing increased programmatic engagement, with well-known programs such as One-Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide, a festival celebrating this uniquely American art form, and the Words Beats & Life Festival, in partnership with Words Beats & Life Inc., which just experienced its inaugural schedule of events in the Fall of 2016. The Words Beats & Life festival focused on transforming individual lives through Hip-Hop Culture. Teachers, leaders, and global scholars from organizations across the country and around the world that use the pillars of Hip-Hop to inform their work with youth gathered to share their methodology and experiences for the betterment of the community at large. These are just a couple of the exciting and impactful events produced as part of Hip-Hop Culture and Contemporary Music programming at the Kennedy Center.

 

Hip-Hop Culture and Contemporary Music Fellow

The Fellow will have the opportunity to work closely with the Director, Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music on a wide range of program activity related to Hip Hop Culture (reflecting the five core elements: deejaying, emceeing, breakdancing, graffiti writing, and knowledge of self) and contemporary music at large (Folk & Roots, Indie, World Music, Latino cultures, etc.). The Fellow will have the opportunity to assist in furthering projects related to these focus areas.

The Fellow will acquire increased responsibility over the course of nine months working alongside the Director, Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music, in close collaboration with colleagues in the Programming and Education Divisions of the Center, with particular focus on Community Engagement, schools/DC outreach and the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), as well as with the Booking Manager as related to third party presentations by major companies working in the field such as AEG, Live Nation, etc.

The Fellowship is structured to enable the Fellow to further explore areas that are of interest to his or her professional development and that align with the Kennedy Center's mission, vision and values.

To apply, please submit a statement by February 22, 2017 at noon EST (one page or less) with your contact information and resume describing your interest and qualifications for the Kennedy Center Fellowship to artsmgtfellowship@american.edu, subject line "KC FAM/Hip-Hop."