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2014 Guidelines & application

 


 

GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATIOn

 

 

Who can apply

  1. You must be 18 years old or older
  2. You must be a resident of the Bronx. Winners must provide 2 proofs of residency
  3. You must have an e-mail address
  4. You must have a Social Security number.

Who cannot apply

  1. Full time graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in any degree program.
  2. Individuals who work for BCA or who are recipients of any of the Council’s awards in 2013-14 including BRIO, Arts Fund, or Community Arts Grant, are also ineligible.
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ABOUT THE BRIO PROCESS

 

Selection of Awards

The selection of awards is based solely on artistic excellence – the quality of work submitted – and decided by a panel of arts professionals. A new panel is convened each year. All materials and information involved in the selection process are kept confidential and are viewed anonymously by the panelists. When the application is received, a code number is assigned to each application and its corresponding material. The applicant's coded submission is the only information available to the panelists for review. Materials not meeting the submission guidelines will render an application ineligible.

Award Notification

Decisions will be e-mailed to all applicants approximately four months after the deadline date. The first payment of $2,500 will be made at an awards ceremony in June 2014. The balance payment of $500 is made when the awardee has completed a one-time public service activity. (Read about ACE). All BRIO awards are subject to verification of information submitted and proof of Bronx residency.

Return of Materials

Submit only copies of your work, never the original! We will keep the support material for the winning submissions for archival and marketing purposes. No materials will be returned.

 

About ACE (Artists for Community Enrichment)

An important and integral component of BRIO is ACE which requires each awardee to present a one-time public service activity within the one-year period of the award. This initiative was created to provide artists with additional visibility and also to provide Bronxites with the opportunity to experience the wealth of talent available in the community. If possible, recipients will be given an opportunity to take part in an exhibition, performance, or workshop through one of our BCA programs. When the ACE activity is completed, the awardee will receive the remaining $500 balance of the award.

 


Who can apply?

  • You must be 18 years old or older
  • You must be a resident of the Bronx. Winners must provide 2 proofs of residency
  • You must have an e-mail address
  • You must have a Social Security number

 

Who is not Eligible to apply?

  • Full time graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in any degree program.
  • Individuals who work for BCA or who are recipients of any of the Council’s awards in 2013-14 including BRIO, Arts Fund, or Community Arts Grant, are also ineligible.

 

General Submission Information

  • Work must have been created between 2009 and 2014.
  • Panelists are asked to evaluate work based on the materials they are viewing/hearing/reading. Be careful and selective of the work you submit. Poor quality submission materials will affect the panel's evaluation.
  • Submit only copies of your work, never the original.
  • ONE application per artist.
  • Only submit materials necessary for the category in which you are applying.
  • Any required information missing at the time of panel review will render the application ineligible.
  • Do not send reviews, books, magazines, brochures, or catalogues, etc. as they will not be reviewed.
  • Application are available on-line at www.bronxarts.org/brioguide.asp.

 


Deadline & Categories
Friday, January 31, 2014

 

All hand delivered support materials must be submitted by 5:00pm

All mailed support materials should be postmarked by 11:59pm

to

Bronx Council on the Arts

Attn: BRIO 2014

1738 Hone Avenue, Bronx NY 10461


 

CATEGORIES:

Literary Arts:

  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Screenwriting
  • Illustrated Text

Media Arts:

  • Digital Arts
  • Narrative / Documentary / Experimental Film or Video
  • Film Animation

Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Instrumental and Vocal Music Performance
  • Music Composition
  • Performance Poetry
  • Spoken Word
  • Storytelling

 

Visual Arts

  • 2-D:
    Artist book, Drawing, Illustration Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media
  • 3-D:
    Installation Art, Mixed Media, Performance Art, Sculpture
  • Design:
    Architecture, Crafts, Graphic Design, Environmental and Interior Design
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Complete Application Will Include:

  • Online application. All lines of the application with (*) must be filled out.
  • Submission of support materials either e-mailed, mailed or hand delivered according to your category guidelines (See “Support Materials” below)

 

Please Note: 2014 winners will be asked to submit:    

  • One-page resume citing your artistic, professional, and educational background.
  • A valid social security number.
  • Proof of Bronx Residency - (submit 2) any of the following are considered acceptable:
  • Photocopy of a recent Driver’s License or State issued I.D.
  • Utility Bill (Phone, Gas, Electricity).
  • Copy of rent receipt or lease agreement.
  • Copy of NYS or Federal tax return.
  • Bursar’s receipt (required for part-time students).

 

Support Materials

  • Media Arts Applicants: 1 CD or DVD (see page4-5).
  • Performing Arts (A) Applicants: 1 DVD (see page 5).
  • Performing Arts (B) Applicants: 1CD (see page 5).

 

NEW:

  • All Literary Arts Applicants: Submit 1 (one) PDF of a manuscript. (see page 3-4)
  • Visual Arts Applicants: E-mail 5 jpeg images to BRIO@bronxarts.org.
    (for Performance Art) a DVD with a brief description of the performance (see page 6).

 

Return Policy

Submit only copies of your work, never the original!

We will keep support materials for the winning submissions for archival and marketing purposes.

 

NO MATERIALS WILL BE RETURNED!


 

LITERARY ARTS

NEW Application Guidelines for ALL Literary Categories

 

Please review directions as our guidelines for
submitting support materials have changed!

 

  1. Fill out online application for BRIO on www.bronxarts.org/brioguide.asp.
    Applicant will receive a ‘BRIO Code’ within 24 hours after submitting an online application.
  2. After receiving the ‘BRIO Code’: Submit 1 (one) PDF of a manuscript. E-mail (only) to BRIO@bronxarts.org In the subject line write: BRIO 2014 Literary + ‘BRIO Code’ (e.g., BRIO 2014 Literary 5 FIC 13);
  3. Text must be 12-point font or larger. Double-spaced. Only clear, readable copies are acceptable;
  4. Manuscripts MUST be in English;
  5. Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript or file name. It will be rendered ineligible;
  6. Synopsis and title pages do not count as one of the numbered manuscript pages;
  7. The PDF must include a title page with Title, Literary Category and BRIO Code;
    Note: BRIO code will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours after submission of online application);
  8. All pages must be numbered;
  9. Only PDF format will be accepted!

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Fiction and Non-Fiction

Fiction includes novels and short stories of any genre.

Non-Fiction includes essays, criticism, journalism, memoirs and biography.

  • Submit 1 (one) PDF of a manuscript.  E-mailed to BRIO@bronxarts.org.
    Subject Line: BRIO 2014 Literary + ‘BRIO Code’ (e.g., BRIO 2014 Literary 5 FIC 13)
  • Select up to 30 pages.
  • Manuscripts must be double spaced.
  • Include a one-page typed synopsis of the entire work.
  • A title page listing:
    1. The BRIO code that you received within 24 hours after submitting your online application;
    2. The work title
    3. Category you are applying in
    4. Genre of work
    5. Length of work (pages)
    6. Year of completion     

If you are excerpting from a larger work, you are strongly advised to include substantial portions, rather than small fragments.

 

Playwriting and Screenwriting

Category includes stage plays, screenplays, teleplays, libretti, radio plays, and audio dramas.

  • Submit 1 (one) PDF of a manuscript. E-mailed to BRIO@bronxarts.org.
    Subject Line: BRIO 2014 Literary + ‘BRIO Code’ (e.g., BRIO 2014 Literary 7 SCR 10).
  • Select up 30 pages.
  • Include a one-page synopsis of the entire work. 
  • A title page listing:
    1. The  BRIO code, you received within 24 hours after submitting your online application;
    2. The work title
    3. Category
    4. Genre of work
    5. Length of work (pages)
    6. Year of completion

For formatting examples, refer to Professional Writer’s Teleplay/Screenplay Format, printed by Writers Guild of America, or The Dramatists Sourcebook.

 

Poetry

Category includes all forms of poetry except performance poetry. 

  • Submit 1 (one) PDF of a manuscript. E-mailed to BRIO@bronxarts.org.
    Subject Line: BRIO 2014 Literary + ‘BRIO Code’ (e.g., BRIO 2014 Literary 10 POE 8).
  • Select up to 15 pages (minimum 5 pages).
  • Poetry may be single-spaced.
  • Include a title page listing:
    1. The BRIO code you received within 24 hours from BRIO, after submitting your online application;
    2. Work titles;
    3. Year of completion

 

Illustrated Text

This category includes graphic novels/ memoirs, comic books, children’s picture books and graphic memoirs.

Submit 1 (one) PDF of a manuscript.  E-mailed to BRIO@bronxarts.org.
Subject Line: BRIO 2014 Literary + ‘BRIO Code’ (e.g., BRIO 2014 Literary 5 FIC 13)

  • Select up to 30 pages
  • Copies must be high quality and readable.
  • Submit 1 one-page cover sheet with BRIO Code, literary category, genre of work, length of work (pages), year of completion         
  • If you are excerpting from a larger work, you are strongly advised to include substantial portions, rather than small fragments.

 


 

MEDIA ARTS

 

(A) Documentary/ Experimental Narrative/ Film or Video, Film Animation
(These categories will be judged by one panel)

  • Only the DIRECTOR of the film or video submission may apply. The director is considered
    the driving creative force behind the formation and creation of a film/video project. We cannot accept submissions from anyone other than the director.
  • Panelists review between five to ten minutes of each applicant’s work, so it is essential that your sample represents pivotal moments.

 

For DVD submissions:

  • Label each DVD and case with your CODE, title of work, date, total running time, and
    production credits.
  • Include cue information or real elapsed time indicating start of selected work.

 

NOTE: The name of the applicant must not appear or be heard throughout the entire length of the submission. Write CODE directly on CD or DVD with Sharpie / No Tape or Adhesive.

 

(B) Digital Arts
Any works of art in which the creation, presentation or understanding makes use of digital
media such as computers or the Internet. Examples include: animation, interactive installations, Internet/web projects, 3-D computer models of sculpture, and virtual environments.

 

NOTE:

  • CDs must be in PC format and completely viewable without relying on an Internet
    connection.
  • Double-check all submissions to make sure that they can be viewed on a PC computer.
  • If submitting a DVD, label each DVD and case with your CODE, title of work, date, total running time, and production credits. Include cue information or real elapsed time indicating start of selected work

 

Ineligible: Reproductions (e.g., scanned paintings and photos) and works for which the computer does not expand on a traditional mode of artistic production.

 


 

PERFORMING ARTS

             

(A) Acting, Choreography, Dance,Storytelling, Performance Art & Performance Poetry. (These categories will be judged by one panel).

  • Each DVD and case must include a label  with your CODE, title of work, date, total running time, and production credits.
  • Include cue information or real elapsed time indicating start of selected work.
  • Clearly specify your role in the production (i.e., “dancer in green”, “actor with
    beard”, etc.).
  • Panelists review between five to ten minutes of each applicant’s work, so it is essential that your sample represents pivotal moments.

 

(B) Instrumental / Vocal Performance & Music Composition
(These categories will be judged by one panel)

  • Submissions are accepted on compact disc format CD.
  • Each CD and case must include a label* with your CODE, title of work, date, total running time, and production credits.
  • Include a label* with the CD with the title and length of the work, and production credits, and your role in the production (i.e., singer, saxophonist, percussionist, etc.).
  • With CD submissions, please include track, minute, and second where you want the panel to begin listening to your work.
  • Panelists review between five to ten minutes of each applicant’s work, so it is essential that your sample represents pivotal moments
  • FOR MUSIC COMPOSITION SUBMISSIONS: Submissions must include a full score, or where appropriate, fully harmonized lead sheets, neatly written and readable. The written music MUST correspond with the selection of music submitted.
 

CD Submissions for Performing Arts:

  • Video Format: H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 preferred.
  • Aspect Ratio: Native aspect ratio without letterboxing (examples: 4:3, 16:9).
  • Resolution: 640 x 360 (16:9) or 480 x 360 (4:3) recommended.
  • Frames per second 30.
  • Maximum length: 10 minutes.
  • Maximum File size: 1GB.
  • Please NOTE: The name of the artist must not appear or be said throughout the entire length of the submission! Please write BRIO
  • CODE directly on the CD or DVD with Sharpie! No Tape or adhesive!
 

No Materials will be returned!

 


NOTE:


  • The name of the applicant must not appear or be said throughout the entire length of the submission.
  • Write CODE directly on CD or DVD with Sharpie / No Tape or Adhesive
  • No materials will be returned.

 


VISUAL ARTS

 

NEW Application Guidelines

  • 2-D:
    Artist book, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media.
  • 3D:
    Installation Art, Mixed Media, Performance Art, Sculpture.
  • Design:
    Architecture, Crafts, Graphic Design, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design.

Five (5) images to be e-mailed to BRIO@bronxarts.org submitted using the following specifications:

Subject Line: BRIO Visual 2014 BRIO “Code” (e.g., BRIO Visual 2014 2 POT 10).

  • Image size: 1240 pixels x 1240 pixels maximum, 300 dpi resolution
  • File size: no larger than 4MB each
  • Image format: JPG or JPEG only.

 

Do not send PowerPoint presentations or work samples saved as PDFs

 

*Please save your files in the following format: (01_Title of the piece, 02_Title of the piece, etc). Order must match that of the written Checklist of Artworks on the online application.

 

NOTE:

  • Applicants’ name must not appear on file, this will render the application ineligible.
  • Do not send images in a zipped folder, - All Images should be sent in one e-mail.

 

Performance Art

  • Label each DVD and case with your CODE, title of work, date, total running time, and production credits.
  • Include cue information or real elapsed time indicating start of selected work and a brief 
    description of the piece
  • The name of the applicant must not appear or be said throughout the entire length of the submission.
  • Write CODE directly on CD or DVD with Sharpie / No Tape or Adhesive

Some helpful definitions for disciplines:

Crafts: Original work by the artist / creator, making use of artistic practices that are traditional or contemporary, functional or decorative. Objects and art utilizing natural materials including but not limited to wood, clay, glass, textiles, fiber and metal. Some examples of craft include pottery, metalwork, quilting, glassblowing, weaving, jewelry making, paper making and crochet.

Installation Art presents a visualization of interior experience in 3-dimension, in real time and space (can be submitted on CD or DVD).

Mixed Media combines techniques and materials from two or more fine art processes in the same surface, no one of which predominates.

Performance Art is art where the actions of an individual or group at a particular place and in a particular time constitute the work. Performance Art can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer’s body, and a relationship between performer and audience.

Printmaking includes aquatints, collages, engravings, etchings, lithographs, prints, woodcuts, and drawings.

Sculpture applies to tri-dimensional work that stands alone on a base or pedestal and that can be seen from all angles.

 


 

*Example of label to be included with CD or DVD
(please do not use tape or adhesive)
 
Title:
 
Length of Work:
 
Cue Info (please include track, minute and second:
 
Your Role in Prouction:
Code:
 
Date:

 


 

NEED APPLICATION ASSISTANCE?

Want tips on how to professionally present your work?

Attend our BRIO Application Workshops and Consultations

 

Fri  |  Nov 22, 2013 |  5:00-7:00pm

Longwood Art Gallery @
Hostos Community College

450 Grand Concourse at 149th St.

Bronx   NY 10451

Thurs  |  Dec 12, 2013  |  1:00-3:00pm

BCA @ 2700

2700 E. Tremont Ave. at St. Raymond Ave.

Bronx, NY 10461
   

Fri  |  Jan 10, 2014  |  6:00-8:00pm

Bronx Library Center

310 East Kingsbridge Road

Bronx, NY 10458

Wed  |  Jan 22, 2014  |  5:00-7:00pm

Hostos Community College, Room C-391

450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street

Bronx NY 10451

 

 


 

Individual BRIO Consultations with BRIO Administrator

Wednesday and Thursdays, between 2:00-4:00pm
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: BRIO@bronxarts.org

 

For Literary Applicants
1-on-1 half-hour consultations with Director of Bronx Writers Center
to help prepare your manuscript for BRIO

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: bronxwriters@bronxarts.org

 

For Visual Applicants

Fridays, between 1:00-3:00pm at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: BRIO@bronxarts.org

 

 


Funding for BRIO is provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs-Greater New York Arts Development Fund. Additional funding is provided by the NYS Council on the Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation and BCA’s membership program.


 

BRIO applications

Literary Arts

  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Screenwriting
  • Illustrated Text

go to application

Media Arts

  • Digital Arts
  • Narrative / Documentary / Experimental Film or Video
  • Film Animation

go to application

Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Instrumental and Vocal Music Performance
  • Music Composition
  • Performance Poetry
  • Spoken Word
  • Storytelling

go to application

Visual Arts

  • 2-D:
    Artist book, Drawing, Illustration Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media
  • 3-D:
    Installation Art, Mixed Media, Performance Art, Sculpture
  • Design:
    Architecture, Crafts, Graphic Design, Environmental and Interior Design

go to application




 

Thank you for visiting the BRIO Guidelines and Application page.

BRIO
Application Assistance

 

Application assistance and tips on presenting your work professionally is available at one of four free BRIO How to Apply workshops to be held on the following dates:

 

  • Friday, November 22, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm
    Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos [Community College], 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY 10451

  • Thursday, December 12, 2013, 1:00-3:00pm,
    Bronx Council on the Arts @ Westchester Square, 2700 East Tremont Avenue (at St. Raymond Avenue), Bronx, NY 10461
    Reserve your seat here.


  • Friday, January 10, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm
    Bronx Library Center
    310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458;
    Reserve your seat here.

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 5:00-8:00pm
    Hostos Community College, room C-391
    450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street
    Bronx NY 10451.

 

Due to New Guidelines, we urge you to attend one of these workshops! Space is limited.



 

Individual Consultations by appointment only

can be arranged with the BRIO Administrator.

For Literary Applicants, 1-on-1 half-hour consultations can be arranged with the Bronx Writers Center Director to help prepare your manuscript for BRIO.

For information:BRIO@bronxarts.org.or 718-931-9500 x35.

 

 

 

 


BRIO Questions?

Email brio@bronxarts.org

 

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Application Categories

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LITERARY ARTS

Fiction

Illustrated Text

Non-Fiction

Playwriting

Poetry

Screenwriting

MEDIA ARTS

Digital Arts

Documentary Film/Video

Experimental Film/Video

Film Animation

Narrative Film/Video

PERFORMING ARTS
Acting

Choreography

Dance

Instrumental Music Performance

Music Composition

Performance Poetry

Spoken Word

Storytelling

Vocal Music Performance

VISUAL ARTS

Architecture/Environmental Design

Crafts

Graphic Design

Interior Design

Illustration/Artist Book

Installation Art

Mixed Media

Painting

Performance Art

Photography

Printmaking/Drawing

Sculpture

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Funding for BRIO is provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs-Greater New York Arts Development Fund.

Additional funding is provided by the NYS Council on the Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and BCA’s membership program.

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