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Connecticut State Troubadour

Honorary Position to a Connecticut Singer-Songwriter
to Act as an Ambassador of Music and Culture

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Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) - Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA)

Deadline Date:

01/15/18 12:00 PM Noon Receipt for Nominations; Supporting materials are due by 02/15/17


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An honorary position providing a stipend of $2,500 per year is available to a Connecticut singer-songwriter. The selected individual will serve as an ambassador of song and music and help foster cultural literacy among state citizens. The selected individual will provide services over a two-year term.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) appoints an individual resident singer-songwriter as State Troubadour based on the recommendation of a review panel.

State Troubadour Duties:
-Promote the State of Connecticut in song
-Present a minimum of three events each year as requested by COA. These may include: Connecticut Day at the Big E; Connecticut Arts Day; and another statewide event determined by COA
-Serve as an ambassador of music and song: Foster public appreciation of and participation in song Promote cultural literacy among (Connecticut) state citizens

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GrantWatch ID#: 182716

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The State Troubadour shall receive an annual stipend of $2,500 for a total of $5,000 for two years.

Term of Contract:

The State Troubadour term is May 1, 2018 - April 1, 2020.

There is current legislation pending to change the term from 2 years to 3. It is possible that the term for this Troubadour may be extended to April 30, 2021. Any revision to the annual fee for a 3-year term will not be determined until such time as revised legislation is passed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May be Nominated:
-An individual Connecticut resident singer-songwriter with a minimum performance history of five (5) years
-Must have composed and performed at least one song that promotes Connecticut
-Must be a full-time Connecticut resident (for at least the five years prior to application deadline)
-Must display excellent musicianship and experience in singing and songwriting
-Must be professionally active and available to travel and perform in a variety of educational and community settings

The State Troubadour shall maintain primary residency in Connecticut during his or her term (Must actually live in CT for 6+ months per year).

COA reserves the right to revoke the tenure of the State Troubadour if he or she fails to fulfill his/her duties or moves out of state during service period.

Re-Nomination of Previously Nominated Troubadour:
A singer songwriter who has been nominated before may be re-nominated. A new nomination and application must be submitted.

Ineligible Nominees
-Students currently enrolled in degree-granting institutions
-Previous Connecticut State Troubadour
-Culture & Tourism Advisory Committee members, DECD/COA staff and members of their immediate families

Pre-Application Information:

An individual singer-songwriter must be nominated and deemed eligible to apply.

COA must receive a nomination letter (as explained in the guidelines) no later than 12 noon on January 15, 2018.

Applications including support materials must be submitted by February 15, 2018.

Program Timeline:
-Nomination Deadline: January 15, 2018
-Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
-Panel Review: February 2018
-Approval by DECD/COA Arts Council: March 2018
-Notification/Announcement: March 2018
-State Troubadour Term: May 1, 2018 - April 1, 2020

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Bonnie Koba

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut