Open Call: 2023 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Music

The Vilcek Foundation will award three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise of $50,000 each to young, immigrant musicians who demonstrate outstanding early achievement in music. Applications are open from now through June 10, 2022 at 5 pm ET.

The 2023 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Music:
-Recognize and celebrate young foreign-born musicians
-Highlight the many ways that immigrants' contributions enrich our culture and society
-Provide valuable support to musicians at a pivotal point in their career
-Composers/Songwriters, Conductors, DJs, Instrumentalists, Producers, Singers/Vocalists are eligible to apply
-Genres for consideration include Alternative, Classical/New Music, Country, Electronic, Global, Hip Hop/Rap, Jazz, Opera, Pop, R&B, Roots/Americana, Rock/Metal

Please read the following eligibility requirements carefully.

Applicants must:
-Have been born outside the United States of America to non-American parents.
-Not be more than 38 years old as of December 31, 2022 (born on or after January 1, 1984). Exceptions will be made for applicants who were born on or after January 1, 1982 and experienced career interruptions due to medical, military, parental or caregiving leave.
-Have lived in the United States for at least four years (or immigrated to the United States on or before December 31, 2018).
-Be one of the following: a naturalized citizen or a permanent resident of the United States; a H-1B or O-1 visa holder with a valid visa stamp; a H-4 visa holder with a valid EAD card; a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) relief; an asylee or an asylum seeker who has applied for asylum and has a valid EAD card.
-Have at least five years of professional experience in music.
-Not be enrolled as a student (full-time).
-have released at least 3 singles or albums on major or independent labels.
-Intend to pursue a career in the United States.
-Not be a past recipient of the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in any category.

Full information and the online application is available at:

Application Deadline:2022-06-10
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