The Azrieli Scholarship Program at KlezKanada will continue in 2020 – connected across distance. The scholarship program will look a little bit different this year – read more about the 2020 program here.
To apply for the Azrieli Scholarship Program at KlezKanada, click here.
We know that being a scholarship participant at KlezKanada is about far more than study. It is about creating a cohort, facilitating mentorship, sparking and incubating collaborations, and establishing networks that reach far beyond the festival week. These relationships are formed across picnic tables and in late-night jam sessions as much as they are formed during workshops. In imagining the scholarship program for a virtual environment, therefore, we are focusing on intentional networking in addition to skill building.
For this year, Azrieli Scholarship participants will be asked to commit to two elements of programming in addition to the workshops and events offered during the week. These elements are Plenary Sessions and Picnic Tables (aka Working Groups). Students will also be asked to indicate a focus for the week.
Open to all registrants, Plenary Sessions are broad/brief introductions that place our programming within a larger context and history and are led by experts in the field. Scholarship students must attend at least two of the four sessions, which will focus on Yiddish language, the history of klezmer, Yiddish song, and Yiddish visual arts. Note: Plenary Sessions remain TBC and may change.
Picnic Tables (aka Working Groups)
A bit like lunch tables, our Working Groups will provide a place for scholarship students to network, ask questions, discuss classes, etc. Each group will have a faculty as a mentor/facilitator. Students will be assigned to Picnic Tables based on their interests and focus.
Each Azrieli Scholarship participant will be asked to indicate what they want to focus on during the week-long program. Students may choose their own focus, whether it be an ongoing interest, learning something new, or working on a specific project. This is process oriented rather than product oriented. A focus might be: building repertoire, working on a new composition, research for an academic project, etc. Students will be asked to indicate their focus on their application, and this will help the scholarship committee place them in a Working Group and advise them on workshop choice. Note: While students will be asked to indicate their focus on their application, they may redefine this focus by writing to the Scholarship Coordinator.
Additional (Optional) Programming
Scholarship Students will be invited to introduce themselves and their work in a Scholarship Showcase session that is open to all festival participants. This could take the form of a very short performance or a short verbal presentation of their work.
We are excited to expand the number of scholarship opportunities for 2020 – with 100 scholarship spots – and to offer higher subsidies than usual. The participation cost for Azrieli Scholarship students will be $100 this year.
- July 15: Scholarship application priority deadline. Applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis as long as space is available.
- August 1: Scholarship Fees due
- August 15: Working Groups assigned
- August 23 (Times TBA)
- Scholarship Orientation
- Working Groups meet for the first time
- Scholarship Coordinator “Office Hours”
- August 24 (Times TBA)
- Working Groups meet
- Scholarship Showcase session
- Festival Orientation
- August 25-28 (Times TBA)
- Full programming
- Plenary Sessions
- August 30 (Times TBA)
- Scholarship Wrap-Up
- Working Group Wrap-Ups
What is the Azrieli Scholarhip?
For over 20 years, the Azrieli Scholarship Program at KlezKanada has brought emerging artists and scholars to study at our Laurentian Retreat. One-of-a-kind in the Jewish arts world, the program has allowed hundreds of young artists and scholars of all backgrounds to study Yiddish music and Jewish culture in a uniquely immersive environment.
What does it offer our students?
This internationally renowned program offers students from all over the world an opportunity to study with many of today’s leading teachers of klezmer music, Yiddish song, dance and theatre, and Jewish history, literature, and culture. The experience forges artistic mentorships, builds lasting friendships, and launches promising careers. Often graduating to positions on KlezKanada’s faculty, our scholarship students carry their art and expertise worldwide, becoming innovative culture makers and teachers in the world of Yiddish culture and Jewish music.
Who is eligible to apply?
We invite applications in any field, ages 16-35. Candidates must provide a small portfolio of their work to apply. Le forumlaire est aussi disponible en français.
The deadline for applications is July 15th, 2020.
If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please reach out to our Scholarship Coordinator, Avia Moore at klezkanada [dot] scholarships [at] gmail [dot] com.