The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust provides
support for talented, culturally diverse young people who are seriously
dedicated to a career in the arts. Meet The Composer administers the Van
Lier Fellowship on behalf of the Van Lier Fund of the New York Community
The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide financial support for young
composers in the early stages of their careers, working in any style of
music or sound art. Funds can be used for any purpose including the creation
of new work, the purchasing of music/tech equipment, travel, or research and
The Fellowship is open to African-American and Latino composers thirty-two
years of age or younger. The applicant must be a full-time resident of New
York City (any borough) and show financial need. The applicant must not be
enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of application (i.e. no
students). The one-year fellowship award is $8,500. Additional monetary
support will be provided if the composer develops and participates in an
educational outreach program with students and/or youth groups. This
educational component is optional.
The next deadline for applications is December 8, 2008.
Download the guidelines and application here »
This year's recipients are Gilbert Galindo and Majid Khaliq.
Gilbert Galindo is an emerging young Mexican-American composer that is
increasingly being performed across the country. He has received commissions
from the Chicago Fine Arts Society, Duo Petrarca, and the Lone Star Brass
with additional premieres and performances from the Midland Odessa Symphony,
Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Bard Institute Composers
Orchestra, and the ai ensemble of dal niente group. Read more at
Majid Khaliq is a musician native to the New York area. His musical palette
ranges from the roots of American-jazz music through the greats of the
European-classical tradition. Mr. Khaliq has been described by legendary
musician Wynton Marsalis as having "a unique blend of improvisation, groove
and technical sophistication." Composition and arranging are serious
interests of Mr. Khaliq. His compositional teachers are Mexican composer
Samuel Zyman and great American violinist/composer Jonh Blake, Jr. Not just
a performer and composer, Mr. Khaliq is a teacher of the highest caliber. He
has written many essays on the art of violin playing and has recently
finished the first volume of a method book detailing the topic.
Past recipients of MTC’s Van Lier Fellowship include César Alvarez, Cristian
Amigo, Valerie Coleman, Mario Diaz de León, Dafnis Prieto, Sherrise Rogers,
Daniel Bernard Roumain, Julio Santillan, Manuel Sosa, and Emilio Teubal.