Deirdre Chadwick, President of the BMI Foundation, and Deana McCloud, Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Center and Archives, have announced the opening of the 10th annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship. First established in 2005, the Woody Guthrie Fellowship seeks to encourage unique exploration into the life and legacy of one of the most influential folk musicians in American history, Woody Guthrie. The BMI Foundation, in cooperation with the Woody Guthrie Center, will award up to $5,000 for scholarly research at the extensive Woody Guthrie Archives.
The Archives, a paper-based research repository that includes handwritten notebooks, correspondence, creative writing, drawings, paintings and media produced by Woody Guthrie, have been located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, since their move from New York in 2013. The impressive archives were purchased in 2011 by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and include several special collections, a rare book collection and a reference collection.
The BMI Foundation is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions, and grants. The Woody Guthrie Center is an international research destination, home to the largest collection of Woody Guthrie primary resource materials in the world. Both the BMI Foundation and Woody Guthrie Center welcome scholars who are pursuing research related to Guthrie’s life to apply for this prestigious fellowship. For the first time this year, applications may be completed entirely online, no later than February 2, 2015, for projects beginning in summer 2015. Competition rules and applications are available on the BMI Foundation’s Woody Guthrie Fellowship page.