Performing Arts
2021 Fellowship | Dance

The 2021 Performing Arts Fellowship will award four $5,000 fellowships to individual artists. Performing arts disciplines rotate every three years between dance, music, and theatre. This year will focus on dance applicants.

Applying artists must demonstrate professionalism in their practice through quality work samples. Artists must be Utah residents not enrolled in any undergraduate degree granting program. Fellowship awards are unrestricted funds and do not require matching funds.

Applications for 2021 will be open  January 25 - March 1. 

Fellowship Guidelines 2021


The Performing Arts Fellowship is an unrestricted award to acknowledge and encourage the careers of established, professional Utah artists demonstrating exceptional creativity in, and dedication to, the performing arts. Artists from all Utah regions are encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship seeks to support professional and committed Utah artists reaching pivotal moments in their artistic careers. Applicants are expected to demonstrate why now is the appropriate time in their career for this one-time award.

Candidates for the Fellowship are identified through an open application process. All eligible applications receive equal consideration through a two-round review process (pre-screen review and juror review).

The Fellowship is not an award to support a specific art project, recognition of lifetime achievement, or for artists just beginning their careers.


This is the second year of the Performing Arts Fellowship and the first year focused on dance. This fellowship is awarded to professional performing artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and to encourage their careers.

Utah Arts & Museums is the oldest publicly funded state arts agency in the nation, established in 1899. From its inception, the performing arts have been an integral component in fulfilling the goals of the agency: to increase awareness and understanding of the public value of arts and culture, and to invest in communities by strengthening the arts and cultural infrastructure. The tradition of recognition and support of excellence continues for individual artists through the Performing Arts Fellowship Program.


Artists practicing in a variety of dance-related performing arts — such as choreography, modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, folk and traditional arts, and new genres — are eligible. Performing art must be a primary component of the artist's work. Artists may be deemed ineligible if these criteria are not met. Artists whose primary practice is visual arts may be eligible for the Visual Arts Fellowship. More info here.

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements to apply: 

    • Must be age 25 or older at the time of deadline.
    • Must be a legal Utah resident two years prior to application (70% physical presence in Utah for one year prior).
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or have legal resident status. (Payment for the fellowship will require a valid Social Security number, to be provided at the time fellowship award disbursement.)
    • Previous Performing Arts Fellowship recipients may not apply.
    • Individuals enrolled in any undergraduate degree-granting program are not eligible to apply.
    • The Fellowship is given to an individual. Artist teams / groups are not eligible to apply.
    • Immediate families, board or committee members, and employees of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums are not eligible.

*Fellowship recipients are responsible for all applicable federal taxes. We urge that you keep all receipts and other appropriate records for tax filing purposes. Please consult a tax accountant with questions; we unfortunately cannot advise on tax matters.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a state agency involved in public funding for arts and museums. As a public entity, it reserves the right to make final decisions on the use of public funds for projects, programs, acquisitions, commissions, or other activities as deemed appropriate by the Division and/or Board.


UA&M promotes equity that involves all people, including those who have been historically underrepresented in policy-making and fair access to resources.

If you require a paper application, you can print your application and mail it to our office, along with a USB drive of images/videos. Please do not use staples, paper clips, or include any extraneous awards, pamphlets, or promotional materials. They will not be sent to the juror. Please only use this method if you have difficulties with an internet connection or uploads. 

Application forms can be mailed to: 
Performing Arts Fellowship
Utah Arts & Museums 
617 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Postmark deadline for mailed applications is Monday, March 1, 2021.


Round 1 - Prescreen 
Applications are reviewed by staff for completion, eligibility, and adherence to published guidelines. Applicants meeting eligibility requirements but whose applications are found to be incomplete will be contacted and given the opportunity to withdraw and resubmit their application. 

Round 2 -  Juror review 
The juror will evaluate work samples, artist bio, artist statement, artistic accomplishments, creative contributions, and dedication to the field of performing arts via your CV/Resume. Four fellowship awardees will be selected by the juror and notified by UA&M staff via email. Fellows will be announced publicly in mid-April.


Sarah McCaffery is Manager of Interdisciplinary Arts at Asia Society Museum, New York. She oversees a diverse portfolio of art projects, including participatory performances, site-specific works, durational performance art, and immersive sound installations. Her projects include producing a virtual performance season as part of Asia Society’s inaugural Triennial and “Creative Common Ground,” an initiative that commissioned artists to create interdisciplinary performance works.


All fellowship applicants will be invited to participate in two professional development online workshops. These workshops will offer training and career preparation to build and maintain a thriving artistic practice.

Workshop I | Taxes for Artists, Freelancers, and Creative Businesses with Hannah Cole, Enrolled Agent of Sunlight Tax.

What can I deduct? Do I bring receipts to my accountant? Is my art a business or a hobby? What is a Schedule C? How do I deduct my home studio?  Why do freelancers have to pay taxes quarterly, and how do I do that? Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, and a tax and money columnist for the art blog Hyperallergic, the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses are both relevant and personal to Hannah. She will discuss the basic tax equation, self employment tax and the estimated quarterly tax system, audit concerns for the creative person, and other tax issues specifically relevant to artists and makers, followed by a question and answer period. Hannah Cole is the founder of Sunlight Tax, which specializes in friendly, informative tax preparation for artists, and engaging, art-world savvy tax education workshops for artist groups.

This workshop will be held on May 6, 12 PM - 2 PM. 

Workshop II | Contracts for Performing Artists - Deep Dive

Join this session to explore the ins and outs of contracts. We will hear perspectives from Wendi Hassan, Executive Director of Cache Valley Center for the Arts; Marty Moore, Partner at the law firm of Peck Hadfield Baxter & Moore; and Joshua Strauther aka Joshy Soul, Performing Artist and Recipient of the 2020 Performing Arts Fellowship. Join us to hear these experts discuss the importance of a well thought-out and executed contract. There will be time for Q&A so come prepared with questions.

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 11:30 PM - 1 PM.


  • Submissions open - Monday, January 25
  • Application online info sessions - Thursday, February 4 at 10 AM & 6 PM
  • Submissions close - Monday, March 1, 11:59 PM
  • Artists notified of results via email - Monday, April 19
  • Professional development sessions begin - May/June 2021


The online application will be available January 25, 2021, via Submittable. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 1, 2021.

Submittable helpful hints:

    • Please white-list or add the domain name to your safe sender list through your email service. This will ensure you get notifications from us. Check spam filters as well. 
    • To save and continue editing, click the "save draft" button. This will allow you to log back into Submittable and continue editing your application.
    • Once you click the "submit" button on the fillable form, you cannot go back and edit your application. You do, however, have the option to withdraw a submission and start over. As with any online submission form, it is advisable to review the questions and information that are required and complete them in a savable document, then cut and paste them into the form to prevent loss of data. If you are having technical difficulties, call Submittable at (855) 467-8264, ext. 2.
    • There is an individual attachment limit of 400 MB and a cumulative attachment limit of 800 MB per application on Submittable.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following information.

    1. Bio: Maximum 300 words.
      A professional bio written in the third-person. May include the key focus of your work, performance related education, awards, significant past or current projects, where you are from, and where you live and work.

    2. Artist’s statement:  Minimum 250 words, maximum of 500 words.
      A statement written in the first-person describing your artistic practice, inspirations, and aspirations.

    3. Description of intent: Maximum 300 words.
      Please describe why this fellowship award is important to your artistic practice and development.

    4. Video or images of work (video preferred):
      1. You must submit 5 work samples from the last six years (2014 – 2020).
      2. In the Submittable form, you will be required to list the title and year completed of work samples.
      3. There is an area to enter your website or social media artist profile, this is optional, the juror may select to review it or not.

    5. Professional CV: Maximum of five pages. It may include:
      1. Education
      2. Documentation of performance history 
      3. Awards/grants  
      4. Commissions
      5. Publications   
      6. Performance representation

Apply Here


UA&M staff will facilitate an online information session that will walk artists through the application process. The 2021 information sessions will be hosted on Zoom.

Fellowship info session | Thursday, February 4th, 10 a.m.
Register in advance for this meeting here.

Fellowship info session | Thursday, February 4th, 6 p.m.
Register in advance for this meeting here.

2020 Fellowship Recipients | Music
Corey Christiansen

Artists Website
Juror Statement

Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin

Artists Website
Juror Statement

Gavin Ryan

Artists Website
Juror Statement

Joshua Strauther - Joshy Soul

Artists Website
Juror Statement


Jason Bowcutt
Performing Arts