Thank you for your interest in Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio. Our roster of artists is carefully selected, with artists/ensembles chosen on the basis of artistic excellence, their ability to effectively communicate with students, teachers and other artists, and the overall needs of our roster.
The relationship between Young Audiences and each artist/ensemble is that of an independent contractor. Artists are responsible for providing their own instruments, costumes, props and set pieces as required for each program. Artists provide their own means of transportation to each scheduled program.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and are reviewed quarterly.
In order to become a Young Audiences roster artist/ensemble, please:
- Familiarize yourself with Young Audiences and its programs by viewing our programs online and other information on this website. Read the Prospective Artist Guide (PDF / DOC). If, at this point, you have questions, or would value observing Young Audiences artists at work, please contact Director of Education, Annie McNally-Dienes, at 216.561.5005 x 11 or email@example.com.
- Complete the Prospective Artist Application (included in the Prospective Artist Guide) and mail it to Young Audiences’ office. No handwritten materials will be accepted.
Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio
Director of Education
13110 Shaker Square, Suite C203
Cleveland, OH 44120-2313
Applications may be emailed to Annie McNally-Dienes at firstname.lastname@example.org Support materials may be mailed separately, but please include your name with any materials sent separate from the application
- You are required to submit a resume and names of 3 references.
- Include any additional information with the application (i.e. reviews, photos, etc.) that will provide us with a fuller picture of your work. Performing artists are asked to submit a video or audio CD/DVD of a recent performance. Keep in mind that support materials will enhance your application; however the materials submitted will not be returned to you.
- After you’ve completed steps 1 through 3, Young Audiences staff will review your materials. Following this review, you may be contacted by Young Audiences for an interview. After completion of the interview, you may be asked for a formal audition, presenting an educational program. If you are asked to audition, a date and venue will be mutually agreed upon and your program will be scheduled at a school. Artists/ensembles are not compensated for an audition. The audience during an audition will consist of students, teachers, and Young Audiences Education Committee members and staff.
- The Education Committee and Young Audiences staff that attend your audition will evaluate it based on performance (i.e. ability to effectively communicate with students, ability to engage students in subject matter), artistic and educational content. If upon evaluation the Education Committee and the Young Audiences staff recommend modifications, we will work with you to accomplish those prior to your program being included in our program guide.
- The observers during your audition will meet after your audition to decide upon a recommendation. You will receive notification of the results of your audition as soon as possible. If your program is approved, your artist/ensemble will receive accreditation for one year from Young Audiences and will be invited to join the roster. We regret that a far greater number of artists/ensembles are auditioned than we can place on the roster. Young Audiences chooses the programming that is best suited to its needs, and many excellent programs are not admitted to the roster each year.
- When designing a program for submission, please remember that Young Audiences offers three main program formats:
- Performance programs are 45 minutes in length (pre-school programs are 25 minutes in length) and are a blend of performance and discussion with opportunities for student participation interspersed throughout. Performance programs may have an audience of 300 (50 for preschool programs). Participation may consist of discussion with audience members or direct involvement with performance activities. Use your imagination about ways of involving members of the audience
- Workshops involve smaller groups (usually 30 or fewer students) and are generally 45 minutes to an hour in length. Workshops provide opportunities for artists to have frequent, one-on-one interaction with students. Materials/content of program must be organized to fit into the class period, with flexibility to handle questions, etc. Please note that workshops are not lectures, but hands-on, active learning opportunities to experience your art form by doing.
- Residencies are defined as 3 or more contacts (usually 45 minutes each time, but up to 75 minutes for visual artists) with the same group of students.
Young Audiences schedules programs on request from schools, libraries, and other community organizations. Young Audiences cannot guarantee that you and/or your ensemble will receive a specific number of scheduled programs or a minimum level of income in any given time period. Every effort will be made to see that you and/or your ensemble are kept as busy as you would like to be.
Thank you for your interest in Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio. We look forward to receiving your application. Best wishes to you!