Criteria for NJCN Presenters and Commissions

Nomination and Review Process

Network members may nominate up to two artists in accordance with criteria outlined below.

Forms, work samples, and projected budgets are reviewed by Network members in advance of a pitching session. A vote is taken to select the project. Thereafter, Network members indicate interest in serving as one of five presenters for the commission. Foundation staff selects presenters best suited for the project based on further interviews with the five presenters and the artist.

In order to participate in the selection process of the commission, Network members are expected to rank all nominations based on criteria and submit brief comments for each project in advance of the pitching session.

Criteria for Commissioned Projects

  • Projects should consist of new work by accomplished emerging and mid-career artists with a track record of professional production and touring.
  • Projects may be in early stages of development, the final stages of completion, or have premiered without touring. They must be ready to tour no later than fall 2013.
  • Projects must be feasible within the range of support offered by the Foundation.
  • Projects should be timely, imaginative, and risk-taking while rooted in the diversity of global Jewish traditions, history, and spirit.
  • Projects should have potential to generate public discourse.
  • Selected artists should demonstrate an interest in community engagement through workshops, lectur e-demos, panel discussions, public interventions, and educational programs.
  • Projects should be accessible to audiences of all cultural backgrounds.
  • Preference is given to U.S.-based artists with citizenship or legal residency status; however, international projects with U.S. fiscal sponsorship and existing travel support may be considered.

Presenter Criteria

  • Presenters include performing arts centers, music venues, Jewish community centers, festivals, and museums in operation for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Presenters demonstrate a commitment to artistic excellence and innovation in both the exhibition and interpretation of programs. They present a diverse range of programming featur ing emerging and mid-career artists. In addition, they have a track-record of presenting touring productions, premieres, and commissions. Presenter staff possesses skills to serve as lead producer for projects pitched and selected by the Network.
  • Some presenters may have a core Jewish audience, but also provide programming to audiences of all cul tural backgrounds; some presenters primarily serve audiences of all backgrounds but partner with local Jewish organizations for outreach.
  • Presenter staff includes tastemakers who have their fingers on the pulse of new work and willing to take risks on artists who might be otherwise challenging to program.
  • Presenters have experience working with artists to craft production schedules and ensure that deadlines are met in all stages of the work’s development.
  • Presenters have the ability to provide space to develop and rehearse works for work-in-progress presentations either for the general public or select audiences.
  • Presenters demonstrate a commitment to community outreach to other arts organizations, houses of worship, and/or social service agencies, both general and Jewish.
  • Presenters have the ability to support the total costs of the production with assistance from the NJCN subsidy.
  • Presenters are responsible for booking artists for the tour and issuing agreements directly with the artists.
  • NJCN presen ters are aligned with FJC mission/vision. They remain members as long as their work and commitment to the FJC mission/vision remain active. New presenters are added periodically through a nomination process that involves current NJCN Presenters, FJC board and staff. In the future, FJC staff may conduct site visits as part of the admission process.

Expectations of the Foundation for Jewish Culture

The Foundation’s primary role is to serve as a facilitator among presenters and between the artist and the presenters. Its secondary role is to serve as a curatorial adviser to the development of the commission. Foundation staff does not act as the booking agent for the tour. Alongside NJCN presenters, Foundation staff may pitch appropriate projects including work by Six Points Fellows, American Academy in Jerusalem Fellows, and other individuals.

Additional support for NJCN Presenters

A limited number of subsidies are available for travel expenses incurred by Network members to the pitching session.

2012 New Jewish Culture Network Members-at-Large

Arts World Financial Center, New York

Ashkenaz, Toronto

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival

Boston Jewish Music Festival

DCJCC, Washington DC

The Hub of the JCCSF, San Francisco

Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Grand Performances, Los Angeles

The Gershman Y, Philadelphia

The JCC in Manhattan, New York

The JCC of Houston

JCC of Greater Vancouver

Jewish Music Festival, Bay Area

Koffler Centre for the Arts, Toronto

Lawrence Family JCC of San Diego County

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley

National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia

Next@19th, Miami

New Center for Arts and Culture, Boston

Oberlin College

Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival

Sixth & I, Washington DC

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

University Of Arizona — Tucson

University of Colorado — Boulder

University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign

University of Texas — Austin

University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee

World Music Institute, New York

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