May 12, 2003—Winners of the 79th annual John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship U.S. and Canada competition were announced last month and amongst the 184 selected artists, scholars, and scientists, were 9 American composers. Recipients were chosen from a pool of over 3200 applicants and in total the Guggenheim Foundation granted $6,750,000, making the average award $36,684. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. The awards are intended to “further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.”
According to Foundation president Edward Hirsch, over $220 million has been awarded to more than 15,200 individuals through the Fellows competition since its inception in 1925. Amongst past recipients of the fellowship are many Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. Individuals are selected for a fellowship through a two-step process by which numerous field-specific advisory panels make recommendations to the Committee of Selection.
This year’s fellows in musical composition are: