The CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition competition is offered annually.

The winner of this Fellowship in Music Composition will be eligible to have their work, if suitable for orchestra, premiered by the Miami Symphony Orchestra during their 2017-2018 concert season, led by Maestro Eduardo Marturet, in memory of MISO founder, the late Maestro Manuel Ochoa, at the Adrienne Arsht Center. In addition, a chamber or solo work, if suitable, may be performed as part of the New Music Miami ISCM Festival led by Orlando Jacinto Garcia and being held in the spring of 2018 at the FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios. The corresponding experience and exposure of such prestigious performances represents a highly enriched award to the winner.

Candidates must submit a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 recordings, two should be recent works. Recordings must accompany scores. Scores must be digitally scanned in pdf form. A list of all works (including the date of each) must be provided, showing which works have been performed or read. Please do not submit commercially sold cds or compilations. Compositions on microfilm or loose sheets will not be accepted. For the purpose of historical value, the winner is expected to submit signed and dated bounded scores and an accompanying CD to be added to the CINTAS Fellows Collection.

Since 1963, the CINTAS Foundation has awarded over 24 fellowships in music composition.  In addition to supporting Cuban artists, many early in their careers, the CINTAS Foundation also maintains a growing collection of works by past awardees and other esteemed Cuban artists. For the purpose of historical value and documentation, award recipients are encouraged to submit signed music scores (i.e., representative samples of their work) to be added to the CINTAS Fellows Collection after the grant period.

Application Guidelines - Fellowship in Music Composition

Eligibility: Creative artists of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Applicants engaged in research, students, or performing artists are not eligible to apply for CINTAS Fellowships.

All forms can be filled out online and saved to a cd, dvd or flash drive for submission. Please also print and sign copies of the application forms and include with your application package.

Application

The original application must be submitted. The application may be completed in English or Spanish. Please complete all sections of the application.

Artist's and Project Statements

Prepare two narrative statements: The Artist's Statement describes your personal history, your development as an artist, and your plans for the future. The Project Statement describes the project or activity that you would undertake if awarded a CINTAS Fellowship. Please include a timeline for the project, and identify other sources, where appropriate, of funding for the project.

Letters of Recommendation

Candidates must submit two letters of recommendation with the application. Letters may be submitted separately, if necessary, but must be received by the application deadline. Each letter of recommendation must be submitted in a sealed envelope, with the recommender's signature across the seal. Letters of recommendation must be written in English or Spanish.

Submission of Work Samples

Submission of Work Samples: All materials should be submitted to the CINTAS Fellowship Selection Program. Candidates are encouraged to send their materials electronically to the email address below or ship portfolios by express mail if necessary. Acceptable methods include Dropbox, Hightail, flash drive or CDs/DVDs. Materials must be accompanied by the Work Sample Form. Pieces should be carefully itemized on this form. Limit the submission to 5 (five) samples.

Send material to:

Laurie Escobar
CINTAS Administrator
MDC Museum of Art + Design
Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College
600 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, Florida  33132

Tel: 305-237-7901
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NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: The award is considered taxable income under US tax law and the Foundation will withhold appropriate US taxes. Fellows who are not U.S. citizens and who are living abroad must provide a U.S. taxpayer identification number when they accept the fellowship to receive payment. The address for the IRS website: www.irs.gov, at which the form is readily available.

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