The Guilford Foundation and the Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Awards competition is underway. Two awards of $2,500 each for a new work in music and drama are being offered to professional Connecticut artists and companies. Created to assist artists in the development of this new work, the awards may be used for travel, research, writing/composing, etc., but not for education.

The Guilford Foundation is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Guilford. It connects “people who care with causes that matter to them.” A public foundation, it makes prudent grants that serve the community. In 2017, the Guilford Foundation provided a generous grant to kickstart the Guilford Performing Arts Festival.

A multi-day biennial event, the Guilford Performing Arts Festival showcases the work of Connecticut professionals and amateurs from a variety of the performing arts—music, dance, theater, etc.—and brings them together to provide free entertainment performances and instructional workshops.

In addition to the $2,500 award, each winner of the competition will receive one performance date during the 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival, documentation of the performance, rehearsal time on an assigned stage and the services of two technicians, e.g., deck hand, lighting, sound, etc.

Consideration will be given to all musical genres for the music award while all spoken-word compositions will be considered for the drama award. Musical theater works are eligible under the music award.