2023 Barbara Ensley Award Application Form
Use this form to apply for the Barbara Ensley Award. To see a complete description of the Award, please visit https://www.mercecunningham.org/activities/barbara-ensley-award/.

The Award recipients will be announced in early December. The Award period will begin between February 1, 2023 and July 1, 2023 on a date selected by the recipient in consultation with a Trust advisor.

Applications are due by October 21, 2022.

Eligibility requirements:
You must be a dance artist who self-identifies as BIPOC
You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
You must reside in the New York City area during the six-month term of the award.
You must have completed or expect to complete a college-level training program or the equivalent between January 2022 and June 2023.

You should articulate clear artistic goals and a vision for how this award will advance those goals.  Previous experience with Merce Cunningham’s work is not required.

To submit an application, you will need to submit each of the following as detailed below:
Narrative biography (200-300 words)
Statement of Interest (300-400 words)
Work Sample (2-5 Minutes)
2 Letters of Recommendation

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If you have completed a college-level training program, enter the name of the institution and your graduation date.  If not, enter the name of the institution where you are currently enrolled and your expected graduation date. *
Please submit a Narrative Biography (200-300 words).  Include any information you would like to share about your background, education, training, experience, or perspective. Also include any previous experience you have had studying, performing, or viewing Merce Cunningham's work. *
Please enter your Statement of Interest here (300-400 words). Explain why you are applying for this award. What are your artistic goals and intentions? How will this award advance those goals? Which components of this award do you find most compelling or relevant to your artistic development? Please specifically address how you intend to use the financial and artistic resources offered by this award. *
Work Sample - Please provide a video sample of your current practice, performance, or choreography (2-5 minutes). All videos must be submitted as a viewable link on Vimeo or YouTube and not as a downloadable file. Please enter a link and password where we can view your work sample. Please also enter a brief statement (20-40 words) explaining why have selected this video. *
Request two letters of recommendation from a teacher, mentor or colleague in the field.  Ask your references to forward their letters to ensleyaward@mercecunningham.org. Please enter below the names and emails of the two people who will be sending letters.
1. Recommender Name *
Email *
2. Recommender Name *
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If you are selected, approximately when would you like to begin your six-month award period? The start date must be between February 1, 2023 and July 1, 2023. *
By submitting this form, I confirm that I am not am employee of the Trust; am not related to an employee, officer, Trustee or Donor of the Trust; and am not related to a member of the Ensley Award Selection Committee. *
I am submitting this application for the 2023 Barbara Ensley Award by October 21, 2022, and confirm that I meet all of the eligibility requirements listed above. *
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