United States Artists (USA) has announced the 37 new USA Fellows for 2015. Each individual artist or collaborative will receive an unrestricted award of $50,000 to support their artistic practice and professional development. The USA Fellowship is awarded to artists at all stages of their careers in the following disciplines: architecture & design, crafts, dance, literature, media, music, theater and performance, traditional arts and visual arts. The 2015 music awardees are: composer David Lang; cellist Maya Beiser; composer/saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa; rappers Invincible (a.k.a. ill Weaver) and Jasiri X; singer/songwriter and electric blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker; and composer, singer, and My Brightest Diamond frontperson Shara Worden.
This year’s awardees were selected from over 400 nominated artists living in the United States and US Territories and were chosen by panels of expert peers in each artistic discipline. Since its inception in 2006, USA has awarded nearly 450 artists with over $21 million in support. More information, including details about all 37 new 2015 fellows, is available on the United States Artists website.
(—from the press release)