Kennedy Center Fellowship

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts offers valuable skills building for arts managers through the Fellowship Program. The program provides up to 10 highly motivated, disciplined, and creative arts managers the instruction and experience they need to succeed in today's complex arts environment.

Fellows enjoy close working relationships with experienced arts professionals, hands-on work opportunities, a structured blend of independent and collective learning experiences, and the opportunity to work in one of the busiest and most artistically diverse performing arts centers in the United States. Fellows are expected to attend performances and educational events, as well as complete significant projects within the context of the Kennedy Center.

Fellowships are full-time and last 9 months starting in September and ending in May. The program emphasizes excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, strategic planning, internationalism, and a commitment to new technologies.

Fellows receive an annual stipend of $20,000 (paid bi-weekly) to help defray housing and transportation costs. Course materials, and reimbursement for health insurance are provided to Fellows.

Program of Study
Early September through late May
The Kennedy Center presents a comprehensive program of study for Fellows that includes core coursework, a rotation of workplace assignments in Center departments, and a structured series of professional development seminars.

Fellows classes are taught by highly experienced performing arts professionals and include case study, independent research, and collaborative group work. Fellows attend classes weekly for the duration of the fellowship. Core courses and instructors include:
  • Strategic Planning: Michael Kaiser, Kennedy Center President
  • Marketing: David Kitto, Vice President for Marketing & Sales
  • Development: Marie Mattson, Vice President for Development
  • Finance: Richard P. Kamenitzer, Program Director - Arts Management, George Mason University

Practicum Assignments
During their course of study Fellows complete three different administrative workplace assignments under the direct supervision of senior Kennedy Center staff. These practica extend and complement Fellows' experience in their courses. Placements can include, but are not limited to:
  • Dance Programming
  • Development
  • Education
  • Institutional Affairs
  • International Programming
  • Marketing
  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • Performing Arts for Everyone
  • Press
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Theater Programming
  • VSA

The Seminar Series provides participants with contemporary knowledge essential to leaders of performing arts organizations. Seminar topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Accessibility
  • Arts Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Law and the Arts
  • Media Relations
  • Programming
  • Technology & Arts Management
  • Union Negotiations
Applicant Criteria
The ideal candidate must demonstrate knowledge of an artistic discipline(s), an aptitude for management skills, proven organizational and communication skills, maturity and confidence, and the ability to work independently, as well as with diverse groups. A minimum of a bachelor's degree in the arts or a related discipline, and at least five years of experience as an administrator for a performing arts organization (e.g., theater, music, dance) are required.
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