EM Alumni Award

The 2020 EM Alumni Award, sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Musicianship and Alumni Engagement teams, provides funding and support for the aspiring projects of NEC alumni. Granted annually to NEC graduates, the award includes a $1,000 stipend, along with project consulting from the Entrepreneurial Musicianship team.

*NEW* ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR THE 2020 EM ALUMNI AWARD 

  • Applicants must be graduates of New England Conservatory
  • There is no restriction on graduation year eligibility
  • Applicants may request funding up to $1,000
  • Previous winners of the EM Alumni Award are ineligible for 2 years following their last award

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Written applications will be reviewed by a panel of NEC Faculty, Staff, and industry professionals, and evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • A clear explanation of what the project/experience/initiative is and how it is entrepreneurial
  • A clear statement of the project’s value (its intended benefit to others)
  • The viability of the project budget, with preference given to applications that demonstrate more than one source of funding (e.g. ticket revenue, donations, other grants etc.).
  • Insight into the future sustainability of the project
  • A clear explanation of why this funding is critical for your work and career

 

DISBURSEMENT INFORMATION 

  • EM ALUMNI AWARD IS AWARDED VIA 2 STIPENDS:

    • Stipend #1:  50% of funding awarded after you sign Grant Agreement Letter

    • Stipend #2:  50% of funding awarded upon your project’s completion and submission of all post-project Documentation Requirements (written summary report, photos/videos, and estimated/actual budget).
  • The grants/stipends are considered prizes for IRS reporting purposes.  Individual recipients of prize money will be responsible for the tax implications of their winnings.
  • Note that prize payments are treated as income by NEC and the IRS, regardless of whether the payment is made to an individual or company.  Non-U.S. citizens are taxed on their prize money up front at a rate of 30%, which is withheld from their prize checks.
  • For grant projects with multiple team members, grant stipends will be awarded to the primary applicant listed on the grant application, who will be responsible for distributing the funding as allocated in the grant application.
  • For grants awarded to 501(c)3 organizations (only available for Grow Your Art and EM Alumni Award), the following information must be provided within the appropriate fields of the grant application in order for the grant to be paid to an organization rather than an individual: Organization Name, Tax ID, completed Questionnaire, and W9.
 
2020 EM Alumni Award Application

Apply here (applications due February 3 @ 11:59pm)

Congratulations to the 2019 EM Alumni Award winners!

Timothy Feil '14 MM Oboe Performance

Timothy Feil EM Alumni Award oboe reed making

Timothy Feil is an active freelance performer and teacher and the sole proprietor of Timothy Feil Oboe Reeds. The EM Alumni Award will fund the expansion of his current business to showcase interviews with experts that document the philosophies behind the precise craft of reed making. For more information, please visit his reed making websites, www.ihateoboereeds.com and www.howtomakeoboereeds.com.

Bo Lee '18 MM Flute Performance

Bo Lee Flute EM Alumni Award Magic Pearl

Bo Lee is currently a freelance flutist and teacher in Augusta, Georgia. Most recently, she was a 2018 Kenan Fellow at Lincoln Center Education (LCE) in New York City. While a Kenan Fellow, Bo collaborated with theater artist Maggie Gayford to present Magic Pearl: a shadow puppet play with new music by EM grant winner Christopher Vu, which premiered at LCE on December 14, 2018. The EM Alumni Award will fund the purchase of projection equipment that will bring Magic Pearl to a city near you!

Honorable Mentions

  • Amanda Ekery '18 MM
  • Becca Conviser '09, '11 MM
  • Sadie Gregg '14 MM
  • Michael Unterman '12 MM
  • Fanya Wyrick-Flax '17 MM
  • Isabella Dawis '16 UD
Past Winners

2018

Congratulations to the 2018 EM Alumni Award winners!

Ashleigh Gordon '08 MM

Ashleigh Gordon is the violist, co-founder and artistic director of Castle of our Skins (www.CastleSkins.org), a Boston-based concert and education series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. With the help of the EM office and EM Alumni Award, she will transition her series into a 501(c)3 non-profit and create a long-term, sustainable business plan.

Ariel Friedman '11 MM

Ariel Friedman is the cellist in Cardamom Quartet, a Boston-based ensemble dedicated to raising the profile of women composers through performance and education. The EM Alumni Award will fund a community concert on the morning of June 16, 2018 at the Jamaica Plain branch library with a program of music written entirely by women, including the premiere of a piece by Ariel.

The following individuals have been recognized as Honorable Mentions for their exceptional proposals:

Honorable Mentions

  • Katharine Martucci '16
  • Tong Wang '16
  • Kayleigh Miller '16 GD
 

2017

Congratulations to the 2017 EM Alumni Award winners!

Hannah Nicholas ’14 MM

Violist Hannah Rose Nicholas is dedicated to music as a means for building relationships with other cultures. She currently plays in the New World Symphony in Miami under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, where she has performed as principal viola on highlighted concerts including Strauss' Don Quixote with cellist John Sharp, and on tour to the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with soloist Anne Sophie Mutter. The New York Classical Review wrote of the Carnegie performance:  “Violist Hannah Nicholas’s solo line that elided off the end of one of Mutter’s phrases was exceptional.” Most recently, Hannah was appointed Principal Viola of the Central City Opera Orchestra in Colorado. 

Hannah is producing a multi-disciplinary concert this April for the O, Miami Poetry Festival in Miami, Florida. Combining live readings of poetry with live music performance, the concert culminates in the premiere of a work combining newly commissioned poetry and music. Previous interdisciplinary collaborations include commissioning Silk Road Ensemble’s visual artist Kevork Mourad and composer Sahba Aminikia.

Kiyoshi Hayashi ’16

Kiyoshi Hayashi is currently a violinist in Boston’s Palaver Strings Chamber Orchestra and in 2016 performed as a guest artist with A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, his quartet was selected as semifinalist at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Competition. Kiyoshi is very interested in the capacity for music to heal and teach, and he regularly volunteers to perform at local health-care settings, nursing homes, and schools. He is on the community engagement and music education committees for Palaver Strings Chamber Orchestra and is a violin teacher for The Roxbury Youth Orchestra, a nonprofit organization inspired by El Sistema.

In February 2017, Palaver Strings will be focusing its efforts in Jamaica Plain through a partnership with Fenway Health and the LGBT Aging Project to develop Life Songs, a songwriting workshop for older adults in the LGBT community. Based on their work with the Lullaby Project - a program that helps young disadvantaged mothers write lullabies for their children - Palver will create a similar workshop for a community that is close to the heart of Jamaica Plain. These songs will be professionally recorded in Emmanuel Church in Boston and performed on February 25, 2017 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain.