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Nomad Two Worlds Foundation Indigenous Arts Scholarship


The Nomad Two Worlds Foundation was created to empower Indigenous and marginalized individuals and communities, and to build cross-cultural respect, understanding, and reconciliation through all forms of art.  

In light of its mission, Nomad Two Worlds Foundation is providing scholarships to assist emerging or early career Indigenous Australian and Native American artists in their professional development in Australia and the United States.  The scholarships will be awarded to Indigenous Australian and Native American artists who shows great talent in the fields of theatre, fashion, dance, film & television, music, literary arts, visual arts, crafts and design.  

Before you submit an application, please ensure you read all the instructions and eligibility requirements.

For the purpose of these guidelines, all applicants will be referred to as ‘the artist’.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 
Please read the General Eligibility requirements followed by the category specific information.
1 – Theater, Dance, Film & Television
2 – Music 
3 – Literary Arts 
4 – Visual Arts, Crafts, Fashion and Design

What will be funded 

General Eligibility 
Applicants must be an Indigenous Australian or Native American citizen or permanent resident.
Indigenous Australian applicants must be applying for professional development in America and Native American applicants must be applying for professional development in Australia.
Applicants must be emerging or early career practicing artists.  In exceptional cases, judges may consider providing support for artists who do not fall into the emerging/early career category.
Applications must be prepared and submitted by the artist (not by a third party).
Course/project commencement date cannot be more than 8 months after the application deadline date.  If an applicant has already begun their course or project, it cannot be more than 75% complete at the time of the application deadline.

What will not be funded? 
Per diems
Legal fees pertaining to the procurement of an artist visa 
Costs associated with friends/partner or family members travelling with the applicant
Costs associated with recording or publishing
Production costs for established concerts, art shows, auditions etc.
Private coaching session solicited by the artist

Application Categories

Applicant Category 1 – Theater, Dance, Film & Television 

Who can apply? 
Individuals seeking selective professional development in the following fields: 
Film makers; Film & TV script writers, Playwrights; Theater, film & TV actors; Theater, opera, film & TV directors; Theater, opera, film & TV producers; Dancers; Choreographers; Physical theater practitioners.

*Theater, Film & TV set and/or costume designers can apply under Visual Arts, Craft and Design category.

What will be funded?
Contributions towards tuition, travel & housing for admission to a:
Merit based graduate academic program.
Past applicants have been supported for academic programs at Columbia University, NYU and Yale University.  

New York Film Academy applicants will only be considered if accepted into their accredited programs: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) 3 Year Accelerated; Master of Arts (MA) 1 Year Accelerated; Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Associate of Fine Arts (AFA).

A selection based internship with supporting documentation from the producing organization.

A merit based master-class or workshop, or the opportunity to study with an influential practitioner who can confirm that the artist shows great promise and would benefit from a mentoring experience.  U.S. based Master Practitioners with offers to work with Australian academic institutions may also apply to the fund for assistance. 

Contributions towards the transfer of content created by Australian artists will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  The proposal should include the potential benefit to members of the American Australian Association, with consideration for shared value propositions, such as complimentary tickets, and where available, invitations for members to attend previews and/or open rehearsals. 

Applicant Category 2 - Music
 
Who can apply?
Individuals seeking selective professional development: Singers; Instrumentalists; Composers; Librettists; Conductors; Classical music producers.
 
What will be funded?
Contributions towards tuition, travel & housing for successful admission to a:

Merit based graduate program. 
Past applicants have been supported for academic programs at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Yale University and the Boston and New England Conservatories. 

Selection based internship, or participation in a preeminent Young Artist Program with supporting documentation from the producing organization confirming details of the offer.
Previous recipients have participated in young artist programs such as the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera Center, and the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera House. 

Merit based master-class or workshop, or the opportunity to study with an influential practitioner who can confirm that the artist shows great promise and would benefit from a mentoring experience. U.S. based Master Practitioners with offers to work with Australian academic institutions may also apply to the fund for assistance.
Please note that we do not fund private coaching sessions solicited by the artist. The solicitation for coaching must come from the master practitioner, or academic institution who believes that working for a period of time with the artist is crucial to their future success.

Contributions towards the transfer of content created by Australian artists will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The proposal should include the potential benefit to members of the American Australian Association, with consideration for shared value propositions, such as complimentary tickets, and where available, invitations for members to attend previews and/or open rehearsals. 

Applicant Category 3 – Literary Arts
 
Who can apply?
Individuals seeking selective professional development: Journalists; Novelists; Essayists Food writers; Fashion writers; Critics.

*Writers for Theater, Dance, Film and Television should apply under Theater Dance Film and Television category.
*Writers for Visual Arts, Craft and Design should apply under Visual Arts, Craft and Design category. 
 
What will be funded?
Contributions towards tuition, travel & housing for successful admission to a:
Merit based graduate program. Past applicants have been supported for academic programs at Columbia University.

Selection based internship, or participation in a preeminent program with supporting documentation from the producing organization confirming details of the offer.

Merit based master-class or workshop, or the opportunity to study with an influential practitioner who can confirm that the artist shows great promise and would benefit from a mentoring experience.

Applicant Category 4 – Visual Arts, Crafts, Fashion and Design

Applicants in this category are required to supply additional supporting documents, as listed on the instructions page.

Who can apply?
Individuals seeking selective professional development: Visual artists (open to all media), illustrators, glass artists, art writers, art curators, visual arts educators, graphic designers, animators, fashion designers, costume designers, ceramic artists, textile designers, art conservation and tapestry artists. 
 
What will be funded?
Contributions towards tuition, travel & housing for admission to a: 

Professional development classes/courses provided by a professionally recognized course provider 

Artist residency

Mentorship by an industry recognized professional of high standing with supporting documentation from the mentor/organization confirming details of the offer.

Merit based master-class or workshop, or the opportunity to study with an influential practitioner who can confirm that the artist shows great promise and would benefit from a mentoring experience. 

U.S. based Master Practitioners providing Master classes and/or workshops to Australian academic institutions, professional Visual Arts organizations and/or by U.S. groups of artists. The institution or group needs to demonstrate in what part they are sponsoring the master practitioner to attend.   

Australian based Master Practitioners providing Master classes and/or workshops to Australian academic institutions, professional Visual Arts organizations and/or by Australian groups of artists. The institution or group needs to demonstrate in what part they are sponsoring the master practitioner to attend.   

Deadlines: 
Applications for the Nomad Two Worlds Foundation Indigenous Arts Scholarship can be accessed online here. 
 
Enquiries: rollette.lusanta@aaanyc.org

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