Feme Sole Awards

Welcome! As an independent artist, I understand the challenges of creating and promoting one’s work without financial aid. This legacy allows me to help other artists in two areas of interest to me: music and writing. It is titled after a CD I released in 2002 and is explained by this liner note:

Feme Sole is a legal term from an era when women did not usually own property independently. I use it as a definition of the feminine standing alone; the intelligence (in both women and men) of one’s own creative source as the primary responsibility; the voice expressing that authority.

The Feme Sole Award (FSA) is a trust fund established by Zoe Chilco to award $1,000 scholarships to successful applicants in two disciplines: writing and music. The Adjudicators were personally selected by Zoe for their expertise and commitment to their work. Learn more about our Adjudicators.

The FSA will help promising students in music or writing, awarded annually to three applicants in each field as defined.

Criteria

If the following describes you, then you are qualified to apply:

  • I am a Canadian citizen, over 21 years of age, living in Canada
  • I am currently receiving no government funding for my work
  • I will apply to one category only
  • I am applying for myself
  • I agree to my name being published on this website as the award recipient in my category

Other important things to note:

  • No nomination is required; this is a self-referral application
  • There is no restriction on how you spend the money
  • If selected as an award recipient:
    • there is no need to acknowledge FSA; however if you want to, we are happy to supply a badge for you to display on your social media
    • you are welcome to submit a video acknowledgement, a performance clip and/or a photo for publication on this website

At this time music applications in a serious ‘classical’ style are not being accepted. All other contemporary styles are welcome such as jazz, blues, music theatre, folk, root. Thank you!

HOW TO APPLY

Applications may be submitted starting February 1st until April 15th.
Award recipients will be announced May 15th on this website and via email.

MUSIC APPLICANTS

Successful music applicants must:

  • Demonstrate a serious commitment to the pursuit of a music career
  • Be an active singer and/or songwriter with a minimum of three years study as a post-secondary voice major OR private voice student

AND/OR

  • Be actively engaged in performance/song-writing for 3+ years

Preparation for Application

  • Examples of your work such as charts, playlists/program brochure, posters, video links, etc.
  • Letters of reference from at least two sources i.e., teachers or established musicians
  • Full name and contact information
  • Proof of your age e.g., birth certificate, drivers’ license
  • A short essay detailing:
    • Your commitment to pursuing a music career
    • How the Feme Sole Award will benefit you

When preparing your submission materials, please consider/include the following:

  • Song style
  • Education/Training
  • Number of years active
  • Performances
  • Demo recordings
  • Competitions/acknowledgements
  • Conferences/seminars/webinars attended
  • Other instruments played (songwriters: or instruments written for)

READY TO APPLY?

Take the next step to submit your application details.

WRITING APPLICANTS

Successful writing applicants must:

  • Demonstrate a serious commitment to creative writing and/or book publishing
  • Be an active creative writing or book publishing student with a minimum of three years of study

AND/OR

  • Be actively engaged in the writing/publishing community

Preparation for Application

  • Examples of your work/activities:
    • For creative writing applicants: samples of published work or a work-in-progress to a maximum of 30-60 pages
    • For publishing applicants: a cover letter outlining your interest and activities in the publishing industry
  • Letters of reference from at least two sources i.e., teachers or published writers
  • Full name and contact information
  • Proof of your age e.g., birth certificate, drivers’ license
  • A short essay detailing:
    • Your commitment to pursuing a writing/book publishing career
    • How the Feme Sole Award will benefit you

For all applicants, when preparing your submission materials, please consider/include the following:

  • Writing style
  • Education/Training
  • Conferences/seminars/webinars attended
  • Publications/work in progress motivation
  • Number of years active in the writing/publishing community
  • How you engage in the writing/publishing community

READY TO APPLY?

Take the next step to submit your application details.

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