Kennedy Center Institute for Arts Management
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts offers valuable skills building for arts managers through the Institute for Arts Management. The Fellowship Program provides up to 10 highly motivated, disciplined, and creative artists and arts managers the instruction and experience they need to succeed in today's complex arts environment.

Fellows enjoy close working relationships with experienced arts professionals, hands-on work opportunities, a structured blend of independent and collective learning experiences, and the opportunity to work in one of the busiest and most artistically diverse performing arts centers in the United States. 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 10 months starting in September and ending in June. The Institute emphasizes excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, strategic planning, internationalism, and a commitment to new technologies.

Fellows receive a stipend of $18,000 (paid bi-weekly) to help defray housing and transportation costs. Course tuition, materials, and health insurance are provided at no cost to the Fellow. The U.S. Department of State will provide round-trip transportation from country of origin to Washington, D.C., for international Fellows only. U.S. citizens living abroad or U.S. citizens with dual citizenship are not eligible for U.S. Department of State support.

2004 - 2005 Fellows

Program of Study
Early September 2005 through late June 2006
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The Institute presents a comprehensive program of study for Fellows that includes core coursework, a rotation of workplace assignments in Kennedy Center departments, and a structured series of professional development seminars.

Fellows classes are taught by highly experienced performing arts professionals and include case study, independent research, and collaborative group work. Fellows attend classes weekly for the duration of the fellowship. Core courses and instructors include:

  • Development: Marie Mattson, Vice President for Development
  • Finance: Kennedy Center Finance Department staff
  • Marketing: David Kitto, Vice President for Marketing & Sales
  • Strategic Planning: Michael Kaiser, Kennedy Center President

Practicum Assignments
During their course of study Fellows complete three to five different administrative workplace assignments under the direct supervision of senior Kennedy Center staff. These practicums extend and complement Fellows' experience in their courses. Placements can include, but are not limited to:

  • Dance Programming
  • Development
  • Education Department
  • Institutional Affairs
  • International Programming
  • Marketing
  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • Theater Programming

The Institute Seminar Series provides participants with contemporary knowledge essential to leaders of performing arts organizations. Seminar topics include, but are not limited to:

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

Applicant Criteria
The ideal candidate must demonstrate knowledge of an artistic discipline(s), an aptitude for management skills, proven organizational and communication skills, maturity and confidence, and the ability to work independently, as well as with diverse groups. A minimum of a bachelor's degree in the arts or a related discipline, and at least four years of experience as an administrator for or a professional artist of a performing arts organization (theater, music, dance) are required.

How to Apply
Submit the following:

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  • Personal Statement: No more than two pages indicating the reason(s) you are applying for this Fellowship, what you hope to gain from the experience, your background in the performing arts, and your goals related to working in the field of arts administration.
  • Resume (and photo, optional)
  • Official college/university transcript(s): undergraduate and graduate (if applicable)
  • Two (2) current recommendation letters: Letters should speak to your relevant background and skills. Letters of recommendation must arrive in sealed envelopes with the signature of the letter writer appearing across the envelope flap
  • Non-Native English speakers only: Proof of TOEFL score of 600 or greater. Non-native English speakers who earned a bachelor's degree in an English-speaking country may submit a written request for an exemption from this requirement.
Telephone interviews will be conducted as part of the final selection process.

All application materials submitted become the confidential property of the Kennedy Center and are not returnable.

All material must arrive in one package and must be written in English or have a certified translation.

Applicants are notified within six to eight weeks of application postmark deadline.

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is a partner with the Institute in the international component of its fellowship program.

Application Deadline
All materials must arrive in one package, be written in English or have a certified translation, and be postmarked by April 1 of each year. Please note, the application process has concluded for the 2005-2006 program. Applications for the 2006-2007 program will be accepted after January 2, 2006.


Institute for Arts Management Fellowships
The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566

Important, please note:
To prevent any delay in delivery of your application, applicants should send materials by overnight delivery, courier service, or U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail.

The Institute welcomes applicants with disabilities.

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