Arts Fellowship Fund
The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts makes investments in a limited number of exceptionally talented young dancers, musicians, actors and visual artists as they complete their training and begin their professional life. The goal is to help these individuals become successful so they may someday serve as leaders in their field and help others in the future. Established artists and American arts institutions identify and recommend candidates to a Selection Council, which makes the final decisions. A distinguished mentor provides guidance and support to each Fellow for the duration of the one- or two-year grant. Up to 10 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellows are selected each year. The program reflects the late Leonore Annenberg’s lifelong commitment to the arts, her desire to provide opportunities for artistic growth, and her intention to strengthen American cultural life.

Selection Process

The Fellowship Fund in the Performing and Visual Arts collaborates each year with several distinguished arts organizations and institutions to identify potential arts fellowship candidates. Collaborating organizations and institutions have included: Upon request, the partner organizations and institutions compile dossiers for a highly qualified nominee. The dossiers include the candidate’s résumé, photo, career plan, professional needs, budget and budget narrative, identification of mentor(s) during the term of the grant, additional materials and press coverage, information on the nomination process, a minimum of 2 endorsement letters, and confirmation of financial need and U.S. citizenship. Organizations submit the dossiers to Fellowship Fund program staff, who may request additional information. Program staff recommend up to 10 nominees to a Selection Council, which makes the final award decisions. Note: Unsolicited requests are not accepted.
Brandon Cedel, bass-baritone
In mid-2016, when he completed his third year of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, bass-baritone Brandon Cedel relocated to Frankfurt, Germany as a member of Oper Frankfurt. The performing experience he is gaining through his Fest position in the opera company will take him one step closer to his long-term goals.  He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music (Bachelor of Music in 2010, Master of Music in 2013), won Grand Prize at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2013), and received a Richard Tucker Career Grant (2015), the Sullivan Award (2013), George London Award (2012), and Grand Prize in the Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition (2011).  Brandon is using his Fellowship funds for lessons, coaching, German Language study, travel and other costs associated with European auditions, materials (scores, recordings, DVDs, librettos).  In 2016, he debuted at Carnegie Hall with the New York Choral Society.
Miriam Hyman, actor
A native of Philadelphia, Miriam Hyman earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.  She received additional training at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford, England, Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, and New Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia. A hallmark of Miriam’s artistry is her versatility.  She has acted in films (e.g., Breathe, Bereavement, Congressman, and Most Beautiful Island), television (The Blacklist, Hostages, 30 Rock, Law & Order, The Wire, Conviction), theater (McCarter Theatre, Two River Theater, The Public Theater, LaMaMa), commercials (Holiday Inn, Comcast, Time Warner Cable), voice overs (Campbell Soups, and a Tide commercial featuring Simone Bales) and audio books (Queen Sugar). She has a vision for the future of Hip Hop which focuses on “education through entertainment” by blending classic text with colloquial lyrics, and in 2016, she released her EP For Higher. She continues to use her Fellowship for vocal and drum lessons, on-camera classes, and travel to Los Angeles to meet with casting directors, agents, and film producers.  She has a recurring role on the CBS drama Blue Bloods.
Robyn Bollinger, violinist
Violinist Robyn Bollinger is intent on finding new ways for audiences to engage with classical music. To this end, she has developed an original concert model that incorporates multi-media historical presentations and personal narratives with live performances. As a Leonore Annenberg Fellow, Robyn plans to demonstrate this model in a concert format on a national stage in New York City.  Robin is currently working on her debut album CIACCONA: The Bass of Time, which she will follow with a national tour, including engagements at the Isabella Garden Museum in Boston, and the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington.   A graduate of the New England Conservatory (Bachelor of Music with honors in 2013, Master of Music in 2015), she has performed with many orchestras throughout the U.S., including the Grand Tetons Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival.  A soloist for the Boston Pops since 2014, she also will perform at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont for the next three summers.  Her mentor in the Fellowship program, Miriam Fried, identifies her as a “citizen-musician” by which she means that Robyn is “highly aware of the problems facing the music world today and is fully engaged in trying to figure out what needs to be done about it and how she can participate in the process.”


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