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Yaddo Application Guidelines

Changes to Application Guidelines, in effect January 1, 2017

  • Artists enrolled in full-time graduate and undergraduate programs are not eligible to apply to Yaddo.
  • Artists may now apply once every other calendar year.
  • Applicants applying to Collaborative Teams must have a work sample representing a previous collaboration.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

January 1, for residencies starting May 1 of the same year, through February of the following year. August 1, for residencies starting November of the same year through May of the following year. The application portal opens June 1 for the August 1 deadline and November 1 for the January 1 deadline.

As of the January 1, 2017 deadline, artists are eligible to apply once every other calendar year. Whether you apply in January or in August, a full calendar year (January to December) must pass before you are eligible to apply again.

For example, if you apply in 2017, either January or August, you will be eligible to apply again in either January or August of 2019.

Late applications will not be accepted. All applications must be submitted electronically — no paper applications are accepted. Artists working in all genres should go to www.yaddo.slideroom.com for specific instructions on completing an application for residency. Please read all information on the Yaddo website before beginning your SlideRoom application, including Frequently Asked Questions.

NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS

Notification of results will be sent via e-mail by March 15 and October 1. No information about results will be released before these dates.

ELIGIBILITY

Artists who qualify for Yaddo residencies are working at the professional level in their fields. An abiding principle at Yaddo is that applications for residency are judged on the quality of the artist's work and professional promise. Yaddo accepts approximately 200 artists each year. There are no publication, exhibition or performance requirements for application.

As of January 1, 2017, artists enrolled in full-time graduate and undergraduate programs are not eligible to apply to Yaddo.

Yaddo encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply for admission. Yaddo does not discriminate in its programs and activities against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.

REAPPLICATION

All artists seeking residency at Yaddo must submit a complete application, including recent work samples. The criterion for repeat visit requests is the same as for first visits the quality of the artist's work. However, preference is normally given to persons who have not recently visited Yaddo.

FEES

There is no fee for residency. Yaddo's nonrefundable application fee is $30, to which is added a fee for media uploads ranging from $5 to $10, depending on the discipline. Application fees must be paid by credit card.

LENGTH OF STAY

Residencies vary in length the average stay is five weeks. The minimum stay is two weeks; the maximum is eight weeks.

FINANCIAL AID

Funds exist to provide limited financial aid to artists, based on need. Only individuals who have already been invited for visits may apply for financial assistance. Specific instructions and an application form are included with each letter of invitation.

ADMISSIONS PANELS

Applications are considered by five independent admissions committees in the artistic disciplines represented at Yaddo: Literature, Visual Art, Music Composition, Performance, and Film & Video. Membership in these committees rotates frequently and the members are artists whose work is recognized and esteemed by their peers. Collaborative applications are considered by appropriate cross disciplinary panelists.

ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES

Five admissions panels consider applications to Yaddo in the following disciplines:

  1. Literature, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, translation, and librettos
  2. Visual Art, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, mixed media and installation art
  3. Music Composition, including instrumental forms, vocal forms, electronic music, music for film, and sound art.
  4. Performance, including choreography, performance art, multi-media and/or collaborative works incorporating live performance.
  5. Film & Video, including narrative, documentary and experimental films, animation, and screenplays

Applicants should apply to the Admissions Panel that best represents the project they wish to undertake should they be invited for a residency. Applicants may apply to only one admissions panel, and in one genre, at a time. Artists working in new disciplines or on projects that do not fit easily into above disciplinary categories are encouraged to contact the Program Director about which category is most appropriate for their project.

COLLABORATIONS

Small groups (2 to 3 individuals) of artists wishing to work collaboratively are encouraged to apply. Each member of the group will need to submit an individual application under "Collaborative Teams." Support personnel or interpretive artists, such as computer programmers, instrumentalists, set and lighting designers and dancers, cannot be included in a residency as part of a collaborative team.

Work samples must represent previous collaborations.

Artists who do not have a collaborative history but who wish to be in residence at the same time should apply to the admissions panel most closely connected to their individual artistic discipline, rather than Collaborative Teams. Concurrent dates of residence may be requested. Each application will be considered on its own merits.

Specific questions should be directed to the Program Director before submitting an application.

REFERENCES

Artists are required to have two current references on file for each application. In selecting two references, please choose among individuals who have known your work for at least five years. Jurors evaluating your application give more consideration to references from peers in your field; therefore, only one reference from a former professor or teacher is permitted. References are considered current for a five-year cycle, starting from the application deadline for which the references were initially submitted. Artists who have been in residence at Yaddo within the past five years need not submit new references.

SlideRoom programming allows the Admissions Committee to review all previously submitted references. The name and submission dates of each reference on file in your SlideRoom account are listed under "Account Information." Please check to confirm your references are current before submitting your application. If you are requesting new references, please provide an accurate email address for each referee. There is space to request three references — only two are required.

References are linked to your e-mail address. If you re-apply to Yaddo using a different e-mail address, your previous references cannot be linked to your new application, and your references will need to be resubmitted.

Yaddo does not accept letters of reference on paper or from Interfolio or similar services. Once you have entered contact information, SlideRoom will send an e-mail message directly to your referee with a link to your application. Please alert your referee to look for an e-mail from SlideRoom, not Yaddo. (Junk or spam files should be checked if the e-mail is not received.) References may be submitted at any time after the portal opens and you have established a SlideRoom account, even if you have not yet submitted your application.

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

Yaddo has a strong tradition of internationalism, and welcomes artists working in all disciplines from around the world. Writers who work in languages other than English should supply samples of work in translation as well as in the original. A working knowledge of English is helpful for international artists. Yaddo does not provide an interpreter for artists who speak little or no English.

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