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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
Institutional Affairs
International Programming
National Symphony Orchestra
Performing Arts for Everyone
Theatre for Young Audiences
Theater Programming


The Seminar Series provides participants with contemporary knowledge essential to leaders of performing arts organizations. Seminar topics include, but are not limited to:

Arts Education
Human Resource Management
Law and the Arts
Media Relations
Technology & Arts Management
Union Negotiations

How to Apply

Submit the following:

-Fellowship application form (Requires Adobe Acrobat)
-Personal Statement: No more than two pages indicating the reason(s) you are applying for this Fellowship, what you hope to gain from the experience, your background in the performing arts, and your goals related to working in the field of arts administration.
-Resume (and photo, optional)
-Official college/university transcript(s): undergraduate and graduate (if applicable)
-Two (2) current recommendation letters: Letters should speak to your relevant background and skills. Letters of recommendation must arrive in sealed envelopes with the signature of the letter writer appearing across the envelope flap.

All application materials submitted become the confidential property of the Kennedy Center and are not returnable.

All material must arrive in one package and must be written in English or have a certified translation.

Applicants are notified within six to eight weeks of application postmark deadline.

Application Deadline

All materials must arrive in one package, be written in English or have a certified translation, and be postmarked by April 1st of each year.

Send complete application package to:

Fellowship Program
The Kennedy Center
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210


1 Comment

  1. toya goldsmith says:

    Savvy blog post , Incidentally , people need a a form , my company filled out a fillable version here

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