The 2021-2022 Bouman Fellows are composers

Silen Wellington and Theo Baer.

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The Kinds of Kings Bouman Fellowship is an advocacy, access, and amplification program for composers with historically-marginalized identities in the early stages of their composing careers. Named after computer scientist Dr Katie Bouman, whose team gave the world the first image of a black hole, the Bouman Fellowship program's goals are:

  • to support and advocate for early-career composers 

  • to create opportunities for composers from historically marginalized groups, and

  • to cultivate a sense of community and support.  

2021 - 2022 Kinds of Kings

Bouman Fellowship Program

Bouman Fellowships highlight and uplift early-career music creators/composers whose identities have been historically and systemically underrepresented and marginalized in music–in regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation/identification, and disability. 

This year's fellowships are for people currently living in the United States.

We are excited and honored to partner with The Furies, Sputter Box, and the Anderson Center in Minnesota to offer this year's Fellowships.

Composer Fellows receive: 

  • A $1000 commission to write a new piece to be premiered by The Furies or Sputter Box

  • Workshops with the performing ensemble

  • Mentorship throughout the writing process with Kinds of Kings

  • A premiere of the commissioned work


Applications closed at 11:59pm ET on Sunday, November 21, 2021.

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