“United States Artists has announced the 37 new USA Fellows for 2015,” reads an unsigned article in Tuesday’s (11/10) NewMusicBox. “Each individual artist or collaborative will receive an unrestricted award of $50,000 to support their artistic practice and professional development. The USA Fellowship is awarded to artists at all stages of their careers in the following disciplines: architecture & design, crafts, dance, literature, media, music, theater and performance, traditional arts and visual arts.” The 2015 music awardees in the classical/concert music field are composer David Lang and cellist Maya Beiser; other awardees in music include composer/saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa; rappers Invincible (a.k.a. ill Weaver) and Jasiri X; singer/songwriter and blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker; and My Brightest Diamond frontperson Shara Worden. “This year’s awardees were selected from over 400 nominated artists living in the United States and US Territories and were chosen by panels of expert peers in each artistic discipline.” Since its founding in 2006, United States Artists has distributed over $21 million to artists through USA Fellows, its signature program.
Posted November 11, 2015