BluePrint Fellowship

The BluePrint Fellowship program is designed to further inspire compositional and music students to dream about building their lives as artists.  It is National Sawdust’s belief that by interacting with real-world mentors and applying lessons and ideas in real-world settings with the actual application of their craft, students will be better equipped for building a livelihood as an artist outside of the traditional classroom. This program is thereby designed to help students think about, plan and execute a “blueprint” to achieve their dreams.

The BluePrint Fellowship program is a dual-track career and project mentoring course designed to share a blueprint for success with emerging composers by leveraging the extensive project development knowledge of the National Sawdust team in tandem with hands-on mentorship from leading composers in the field. Over the duration of two semesters students are able to receive the following support:

  • project mentorship with leading female, nonbinary or trans composers;
  • project mentorship with National Sawdust Co-Founder and Artistic Director, composer Paola Prestini;
  • core lectures with Paola Prestini, and guest speakers from the field;
  • attendance at residency workshops hosted by Paola Prestini;
  • professional development consultation with the National Sawdust core team discussing subjects such as music criticism, fundraising, project management, and building a budget;
  • day-long workshop presentation/ music reading at National Sawdust;
  • a final professional concert at National Sawdust for a public audience with a professional live recording of the concert.  

For the program’s inaugural season, National Sawdust is collaborating with New York’s The Juilliard School, where Prestini is an alumna.

“We are so pleased to work with Paola and National Sawdust on this exciting project, which highlights Juilliard’s emphasis on collaborative and creative work, and brings to our students the mentorship of some of today’s most innovative composers and artists, including Claire Chase, Reena Esmail, Nathalie Joachim, Laura Kaminsky, and Alex Temple.”

  • Damian Woetzel, president of The Juilliard School

The BluePrint Fellowship collaboration between National Sawdust and The Juilliard School is generously supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.