Kennedy Center Fellowship Program

Deadline: 1 April 2011
Open to: art managers with at least 5 years experience
Fellowship: annual stipend of $20,000

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts offers valuable skills building for arts managers through the Fellowship Program. Fellows are expected to attend performances and educational events, as well as complete significant projects within the context of the Kennedy Center. Fellowships are full-time and last 9 months starting in September and ending in May. The program emphasizes excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, strategic planning, internationalism, and a commitment to new technologies.

The program

During their course of study Fellows complete three different administrative workplace assignments under the direct supervision of senior Kennedy Center staff. Placements can include:

  • Dance Programming
  • Development
  • Education
  • Institutional Affairs
  • International Programming
  • Marketing
  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • Performing Arts for Everyone
  • Press
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Theater Programming

The Seminar Series provides participants with contemporary knowledge essential to leaders of performing arts organizations. Seminar topics include:

  • Accessibility
  • Arts Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Law and the Arts
  • Media Relations
  • Programming
  • Technology & Arts Management
  • Union Negotiations


* bachelor’s degree in the arts or a related discipline
* at least five years of experience as an administrator for a performing arts organization (e.g., theater, music, dance)
* art managers
* knowledge of an artistic discipline
* aptitude for management skills
* proven organizational and communication skills


Submit the following:
* personal statement: two pages indicating the reason(s) you are applying for this Fellowship
* CV
* official college/university transcripts
* 2 recommendation letters: must arrive in sealed envelopes with the signature of the letter writer appearing across the envelope flap

Send the above documents to:
Fellowship Program
The Kennedy Center
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210


Fellows receive an annual stipend of $20,000 (paid bi-weekly) to help defray housing and transportation costs.

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