Yaddo Application Guidelines
Over the next two years, Yaddo is undertaking the stabilization of the iconic Trask Mansion. The resident artist program will continue as usual throughout this period, although the Mansion will not be available as a residence. Artists applying to Yaddo should know there may be occasional periods of noise, although we have been assured the disruption will be modest.
Changes to Application Guidelines, in effect January 1, 2017
- Artists enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs at the time of application are not eligible to apply to Yaddo.
- Artists may apply once every other calendar year.
- Applicants applying to Collaborative Teams must have a work sample representing a previous collaboration.
- The January 1 deadline is for residencies starting May of the same year, through February of the following year. Application portal opens November 1st. Notification of results is sent via email by March 15th.
- The August 1 deadline is for residencies starting November of the same year through May of the following year. Application portal opens June 1st. Notification of results is sent via email by October 1st.
Late applications will not be accepted. All applications must be submitted electronically – no paper applications are accepted. Artists working in all genres should go to yaddo.slideroom.com for specific instructions on completing an application for residency. Please read all information on the Yaddo website before beginning your SlideRoom application, including Frequently Asked Questions.
Artists who qualify for Yaddo residencies are working at the professional level in their fields. An abiding principle at Yaddo is that applications for residency are judged on the quality of the artist’s work and professional promise. Yaddo accepts approximately 200 artists each year. There are no publication, exhibition, or performance requirements for application.
- Artists enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs at the time of application are not eligible to apply to Yaddo.
- Artists may apply once every other calendar year. For example, if you applied in 2017 (January or August), you will be eligible to apply again in either January or August of 2019.
Yaddo encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply for admission. Yaddo does not discriminate in its programs and activities against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.
All artists seeking residency at Yaddo must submit a complete application, including recent work samples. The criterion for repeat visit requests is the same as for first visits – the quality of the artist’s work. However, preference is normally given to persons who have not recently visited Yaddo.
There is no fee for residency. Yaddo’s nonrefundable application fee is $30, to which is added a fee for media uploads ranging from $5 to $10, depending on the discipline. Application fees must be paid by credit card.
Length of Stay
Residencies vary in length – the average stay is five weeks. The minimum stay is two weeks; the maximum is eight weeks.
Funds exist to provide limited financial aid to artists, based on need. Only individuals who have already been invited for visits may apply for financial assistance. Specific instructions and an application form are included with each letter of invitation.
Applications are considered by five independent admissions committees in the artistic disciplines represented at Yaddo: Literature, Visual Art, Music Composition, Performance, and Film & Video. Membership in these committees rotates frequently and the members are artists whose work is recognized and esteemed by their peers. Collaborative applications are considered by appropriate cross-disciplinary panelists.
Five admissions panels consider applications to Yaddo in the following disciplines:
- Literature, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, translation, and librettos
- Visual Art, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, mixed media, and installation art
- Music Composition, including instrumental forms, vocal forms, electronic music, music for film, and sound art
- Performance, including choreography, performance art, multi-media and/or collaborative works incorporating live performance
- Film & Video, including narrative, documentary and experimental films, animation, and screenplays
Applicants should apply to the Admissions Panel that best represents the project they wish to undertake should they be invited for a residency. Applicants may apply to only one admissions panel, and in one genre, at a time. Artists working in new disciplines or on projects that do not fit easily into the above disciplinary categories are encouraged to contact the Program Director about which category is most appropriate for their project.
Small groups (2 to 3 individuals) of artists wishing to work collaboratively are encouraged to apply. Each member of the group will need to submit an individual application under “Collaborative Teams.” Support personnel or interpretative artists, such as computer programmers, instrumentalists, set and lighting designers, and dancers, cannot be included in a residency as part of a collaborative team.
Work samples must represent previous collaborations. Artists who do not have a collaborative history but who wish to be in residence at the same time should apply to the admissions panel most closely connected to their individual artistic discipline, rather than Collaborative Teams. Concurrent dates of residence may be requested. Each application will be considered on its own merits.
Specific questions should be directed to the Program Director before submitting an application.
Artists are required to have one current reference on file for each application. In selecting a reference request, please choose among individuals who have known you for at least five years and can speak knowledgeably about your work. Jurors evaluating your application give more consideration to references from peers in your field. Your reference must be completed no later than 14 days after the application deadline. Yaddo does not accept letters of reference on paper or from Interfolio or other reference services.
Sending a Reference Request
Provide an accurate e-mail address for your reference provider within your SlideRoom application. Reference requests must be made before submitting your application. There is space to request up to three references – only one is required. Once you have sent the request, SlideRoom sends an e-mail message directly to your reference provider with a link to your application. Alert your reference provider to look for an e-mail from SlideRoom, not Yaddo. They should check junk or spam folders if the email does not appear in their inbox. Please follow this detailed support guide if your reference provider is not receiving SlideRoom’s email requests.
Previously Submitted References
References are considered current for a five-year cycle, starting from the application deadline for which the references were initially submitted. Please confirm with the Yaddo admissions staff by sending an email to email@example.com to ensure that your reference is current before submitting your application.
Artists who have been in residence at Yaddo within the past five years (including the year of residency) need not submit new references.
Yaddo has a strong tradition of internationalism, and welcomes artists working in all disciplines from around the world. Writers who work in languages other than English should supply samples of work in translation as well as in the original. A working knowledge of English is helpful for international artists. Yaddo does not provide an interpreter for artists who speak little or no English.
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