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Intention: The Jeff Byers Fellowship for Musicians is intended for creative musicians who are writing music to bring joy to others.

Prize: The recipient of this fellowship will receive a 1-week musician's residency at Rockvale Writers' Colony in College Grove, TN. The recipient will stay in the Granary which is a private, separate building with its own kitchen. The residency must be completed before December 31, 2023. A small stipend of $200 will be given to the fellowship recipient upon arrival at the colony to compensate for travel and food. Expenses beyond $200 are the responsibility of the musician.

Music: The Fellowship is open to composers of original music, which may be instrumental or choral in nature, who are working on a specific, well-defined musical project. 


  • A paragraph detailing your musical educational background, influences, and the people (teachers, composers, musicians, etc.) who have inspired and impacted your development as a musician.
  • A paragraph describing your relationship to music as a passion, career, or purpose.
  • Description of the project which addresses these questions: Why is this particular project important to you? What is your mission and purpose for this project? Describe the music. What is it trying to express, evoke, show, or do? 
  • A paragraph explaining how the fellowship would benefit you as a musician. 
  • Uploaded samples of previously composed music recordings and/or sheet music: .mp3, .wav., .pdf files.
  • URL to streaming service version of previously published music (here), if available. 
  • An application fee of $30. This is non-refundable.


  • The Fellowship application will be judged by an impartial and experienced musician not affiliated with Rockvale Writers' Colony.
  • There will be only 1 winner of the Fellowship.
  • All rules and policies of Rockvale Writers' Colony are in effect during the Fellowship. The recipient will be expected to sign the writer's contract before arrival. The recipient should familiarize themselves with RWC (our setting, our mission, and the way residencies work) by carefully reading our website. We strongly advise reading everything under the "Residencies" tab, especially "Information" and "FAQ's".
  • Musicians not selected for the Fellowship will have the option of scheduling a residency at the usual RWC rates.

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