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Opportunities: Yaddo Residency Deadline Jan 1, 2013 (New York)

Opportunities: Yaddo Residency Deadline Jan 1, 2013 (New York)


Founded in 1900 by the financier Spencer Trask and his wife Katrina, herself a poet, Yaddo is an artists’ community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.


January 1, for residencies starting May 1 of the same year, through February of the following year. August 1, for residencies starting late October of the same year through May of the following year. The application portal at is now open for the January 1, 2013 deadline.

Artists are eligible to apply once each calendar year – either January 1 or August 1, but not both. Late applications will not be accepted. Yaddo is no longer accepting paper applications. Artists working in all genres should go to for specific instructions on completing an application for residency.


Notification of results will be sent by postal mail March 15 and October 1. No information about results will be released before these dates. Artists living abroad may request results by e-mail after the response mailing date.


Artists who qualify for Yaddo residencies are working at the professional level in their fields. An abiding principal at Yaddo is that applications for residency are judged on the quality of the artist’s work and professional promise. Yaddo accepts approximately 200 artists each year.

Yaddo encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply for admission. Yaddo does not discriminate in its programs and activities against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.


All artists seeking residency at Yaddo must submit a complete application, including recent work samples. The criterion for repeat visit requests is the same as for first visits – the quality of the artist’s work. However, preference is normally given to persons who did not visit Yaddo in the previous year.


There is no fee for residency. Yaddo’s nonrefundable application fee is $30, to which is added a fee for media uploads ranging from $5 to $10, depending on the discipline. Application fees must be paid by credit card.


Residencies vary in length – the average stay is five weeks. The minimum stay is two weeks; the maximum is eight weeks.


Funds exist to provide limited financial aid to artists, based on need. Only individuals who have already been invited for visits may apply for financial assistance. Specific instructions and an application form are included with each letter of invitation.


Applications are considered by five independent admissions committees in the artistic disciplines represented at Yaddo: Literature, Visual Art, Music Composition, Performance, and Film & Video. Membership in these committees rotates frequently and the members are artists whose work is recognized and esteemed by their peers.


Five admissions panels consider applications to Yaddo in the following disciplines:


  1. Literature, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, translation, and librettos
  2. Visual Art, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, mixed media and installation art
  3. Music Composition, including instrumental forms, vocal forms, electronic music, music for film, and sound art.
  4. Performance, including choreography, performance art, multi-media and/or collaborative works incorporating live performance.
  5. Film & Video, including narrative, documentary and experimental films, animation, and screenplays


Applicants should apply to the Admissions Panel that best represents the project they wish to undertake should they be invited for a residency. Applicants may apply to only one admissions panel, and in one genre, at a time. Applicants with concerns about choice of panel should contact the Program Director before submitting an application.


Small groups (2 to 3 individuals) of artists wishing to work collaboratively are encouraged to apply. Each member of the group will need to submit an individual application under “Collaborative Teams” rather than his or her individual artistic discipline. Work samples may represent individual work or previous collaborations. Specific concerns should be directed to the Program Director before application. Support personnel or interpretive artists, such as computer programmers, instrumentalists, set and lighting designers and dancers, cannot be included in a residency as part of a collaborative team.


Artists are required to have two current letters of reference on file for each application. The two referees should know the applicant personally, and should specifically address the applicant’s professional capacity and temperamental suitability for a residency in a working community with other artists. Letters are considered current for a five-year cycle, starting from the application deadline for which the letters were initially submitted. Artists who have been in residence at Yaddo within the past five years need not submit new letters, but should confirm the status of references and eligibility for exemption with the Yaddo office before submitting an application.

Letters on file from previous SlideRoom applications may be transferred to a current application in Step 2.

Yaddo no longer accepts letters of reference on paper. References are submitted electronically to the applicant’s SlideRoom application directly from the referee. The applicant provides the name and an accurate, active e-mail address for up to three referees (only two are required). Upon clicking “Send Request”, SlideRoom will send an e-mail message directly to the referee with a link to the artist’s application. References may be submitted at any time, even if the applicant has not yet completed and submitted the application.


Yaddo has a strong tradition of internationalism, and welcomes artists working in all disciplines from around the world. Writers who work in languages other than English are welcome to apply if they can supply samples of work in translation as well as in the original. A working knowledge of English is helpful for international artists. Yaddo does not provide an interpreter for artists who speak little or no English.

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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