The Seattle Arts Fellowship is a yearlong fellowship program hosted by Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, and Pacific Northwest Ballet to develop the next generation of arts leaders. The fellowship is for individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC) and are seeking leadership positions in arts administration.
The paid fellowship includes hands-on work experience in arts administration and learning opportunities including leadership training, skill building, mentorship, and networking. The fellowship cohort will engage in peer-to-peer learning, connect with local arts leaders, and build a strong network to support their career development.
The fellowship is open to all applicants identifying as BIPOC. Ideal candidates will be individuals who aspire to become leaders in arts organizations, have a passion for the arts, and display an interest in developing new, creative ways to lead arts organizations.
Applicants can choose to apply for one of the following fellowship positions. See below for a PDF of each job description.
If you are interested in applying for the fellowship, please complete the following by noon PST on February 1, 2021:
- Fill out a short application form
- Submit the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your résumé
- Cover letter
- Reference letters (up to three)
Written responses to the following questions (up to 250 words)
- Plese submit all materials digitally. If confidentiality is a concern for your referrers, they can email their reference letters directly to email@example.com with "Reference Letter for [your name]" as the subject.
- What is the importance of the arts and/or arts organizations in our current culture and society?
- What do you hope to learn and gain from this fellowship?
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2021 AT NOON PST
Apply for the Fellowship
Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of staff from Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Symphony, and Seattle University.
Applicants will be reviewed on the following:
- Potential and interest to be a leader in the arts
- Demonstrated interest in the advancement of opera, ballet, and/or orchestra
- Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and through writing.
After the initial review, a small pool of applicants will be invited to an interview either in-person or via Zoom in March 2021. Fellows will be selected in April and will begin their fellowship in Seattle on July 1.
Fellowship participants will be notified by March 2021. Fellows are expected to participate in a full-time (37.5+ hours) fellowship position in Seattle from July 2021 to June 2022. In addition, Fellows will participate in:
- Meetings and check-ins with their Leadership Mentor
- Monthly cohort meetings
- Leadership and career development trainings and workshops
- Meetings with local arts leaders
- Networking opportunities
Fellows will receive hourly compensation at the rate of $24/hr, plus full benefits commensurate with the benefits package offered to full-time employees at their organization. All positions are hourly, non-exempt. Relocation expenses will not be covered.
As a program partner, Seattle University invites all Fellowship applicants to apply for the Seattle University MFA in Arts Leadership. Applicants who apply and are accepted to both programs are eligible for financial aid through Seattle University. Please apply directly or contact Kevin Maifeld, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Learn more about the MFA in Arts Leadership program online.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who should apply to the fellowship?
The fellowship is open to all applicants identifying as BIPOC. Ideal candidates will be individuals who have recently entered the workforce or are transitioning into arts administration, aspire to become leaders in arts organizations, have a passion for the arts, and display an interest in developing new, creative ways to lead arts organizations.
Are there age restrictions?
As a full-time position, all applicants must be 18 or older. The fellowship is designed for those who have just entered the workforce (college graduates) or those transitioning into nonprofit arts careers.
Do I need prior arts administration experience to be considered?
Nope! Anyone who identifies as BIPOC and is considering a career in arts leadership should consider applying.
What will my job duties be if I am selected?
Your duties will depend on the specific fellowship position you choose on your application. Details can be found in the job descriptions posted above.
Still have questions? Email us at email@example.com with any questions regarding the fellowship program or your application.