Panelist Review Criteria: Overall

We ask that at this stage you begin your review by focusing on the Artistry aspect of the projects by reviewing the media samples attached to each. They can be found by scrolling down towards the bottom of the project page. Each application will have a minimum of one and a maximum of three media samples.

The other two criteria should be taken into consideration if you feel that they may alter or change the Artistry evaluation; in other word does the Impact or Capacity of the project make it more or less worthy. 

Utilizing the work samples, narrative, private and budget information, and committed collaborators of each you will make an overall score for each project.


Artistry: The artistic strength and accomplishment of the project-related media
  • We realize that evaluating artistry is by its nature a matter of interpretation and that there may be several ways to think about artistic excellence. Given the diversity of the pool, below are some questions that may be useful for your review:
  • Does the work compel your interest? Does it make you want to keep listening/watching?
  • Does the work embody a distinctive and authentic artistic voice?
  • Does the work feel fresh?
  • Does the work show highly developed craft or technical excellence?
  • You will find one to three media samples for your review. If you feel you need additional information that is not found here, you may find additional media in the collaborator profiles.
  • Media types
  • Applicants have the option of supplying samples that are either video (YouTube/Vimeo), sound sample (SoundCloud, mp3), or PDF.
  • If a video is password protected, the password is usually included in the description of the work.
Impact: The extent to which the proposed project positively impacts the communities and participating artists involved
  • Taking the project as a whole, what is its impact on the participating artists/composers and the community/audiences involved. Below are some questions that may be useful for your review:
  • Is the project a particularly meaningful opportunity for the composer, community, organization, and/or musicians?
  • Does the project represent an opportunity to build new relationships and/or strengthen existing relationships with audiences, organizations, performers, collaborators, and/or community members?

Capacity: The applicant’s ability to execute the project as proposed

You will not score this criterion, but instead answer two questions:
  • Can they do it? (Yes/No/Maybe)
  • Please note: Collaborators that display on a project page means that that collaborator has confirmed their involvement in the project (i.e. their letter of commitment). If an important collaborator has not confirmed their participation, you may take that into account in your review.
  • Is the Request Amount Appropriate (Yes/No)

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