Washington Award Ceremony

Since its inception in 2001, the Washington Award has recognized talented artists in the fields of music, dance, and visual arts. This year, in a renewed commitment to support our local community, applicants must show that they are either a resident of the greater Washington, DC area or that their work will be presented in Washington, DC.  

This year the Washington Award offers two different types of awards:

  • Cash Prize: This is the traditional Washington Award for candidates who wish to apply for a $12,500 cash prize. This prize will be awarded to one artist in each of the following disciplines (four awards total): 
    • Dance (Performance and Choreography)
    • Music (performance or composition)
    • Visual Art (studio-based or community based)
    • Interdisciplinary Art
  • Fillmore Prize: This is a new Washington Award for candidates who wish to apply for studio space at the Fillmore School, a historic building located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC.  The Fillmore is dedicated to the study of the arts and offers large, open studios and the Septime Webre Ballet Studio. 

Candidates can apply for one-year usage of the dance studio or one of the eight studio spaces for use for the following disciplines:

  • Dance (performance and choreography)
  • Music (performance or composition)
  • Visual Art (studio-based or community based)
  • Interdisciplinary Art
    • Awardees must conduct activities during the award year that benefits the local Washington, DC community, which may include but is not limited to:
      • Present their work at open studio/gallery for the local community (not exceeding three gallery nights in 1 year rental term)
      • teach a class open to the community members/neighbors
      • develop a curriculum for a student studying the arts/mentor a future artist for a specific project
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicants for the cash award must show that they are either residing in the Greater Washington area or that their project will be presented in the Greater Washington area/have impact in the local community’s arts scene.
  • Applicant must show advanced training or work history in music, dance, or visual arts (including painting, photography, sculpture, or interdisciplinary arts).
  • Applications must be received by the application deadline. All applications must include the following:
    • A completed application form.
    • The applicant’s biography, and CV
    • A sample photograph, recording, or videotape of the Applicant’s work. (See application for specific requirements.)
    • Two letters of recommendation OR two references ( include name, phone number, and email address). These references must be professionals in your discipline who can speak to your artistic ability and professionalism.  
    • The required essay.
  • Washington Award Committee will not return entry materials nor assume responsibility for the material submitted.  Please read Terms & Conditions and FAQ before applying.
  1. In General. The Washington Award Application Form and the Terms and deadlines for the Washington Award posted on the S&R Evermay website form part of these terms and conditions.
  2. Right to Amend. S&R Evermay reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions for the Washington Award or cancel the Award at its sole discretion.
  3. Decisions are Final. The decision of S&R Evermay is final and no correspondence or other review will be entered into regarding the decision.
  4. Awards Ceremony. The Washington Awards ceremony will be held in the summer. S&R Evermay will notify Washington Award Winners of the date of the ceremony as soon as it is finalized. Attendance for the entire event is mandatory for any Washington Award Winner.  Winners will be required to present their work during the Washington Award Ceremony and may be asked to speak during the ceremony. No Award or Award money will be given to any Winner who fails to attend the entire event and provide a pre-recorded performance by the deadline.  Winners are requested to wear professional attire to this event.
  5. Tax Documents.   Winners must provide S&R Evermay with a completed IRS Form W-­‐9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, or W8-­‐ BEN before receiving any Award money.  The Foundation may be required to withhold tax from the Award money of any Winner who does not provide a completed Form W-­‐9 or W8-­‐BEN.
  6. Publicity and Promotion. For marketing purposes, Washington Award Winners must supply an updated photo and biography prior to the Award Ceremony. Washington Award Winners agree to comply with any reasonable request by S&R Evermay to take part in publicity and promotional activities surrounding the Washington Award.
  7. Report. Washington Award Winners must submit a written report to S&R Evermay by December of the year following the year in which the Award is received describing how the Award was used to advance the mission of S&R Evermay through fine art, music, drama, dance, photography, or film.
  8. Privacy Policy: We collect information about applicants to process applications, manage accounts, and to send updates regarding news related to S&R Evermay and the Washington Award. We will not distribute or sell information to third party vendors.  By agreeing to the Terms and Conditions, applicants agree to this collection and retention of this data.  

To opt out at any time, please email [email protected] 

Please note that the S&R Washington Award Committee will not return entry materials nor assume responsibility for material submitted.

Can international artists apply?
Artists must be based in or have a strong presence in the greater Washington, DC area.

Are students eligible for the Washington Award?
No, students currently enrolled in undergraduate/graduate programs are not eligible. We encourage you to apply once you have finished your degree.

How does S&R define ‘Impact?’
Work that embodies “impact” will educate, communicate, inspire and/or motivate the community to view, approach and relate to the world around them differently. 

Can I re-apply if I have applied before?
Yes, past applicants may reapply, but we encourage you to include your latest work in your updated application.

Can I request feedback once my application has been reviewed?
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we are unable to provide feedback to individual applicants. 

Are organizations or groups eligible to apply for the Washington Award?
We accept applications from individuals only. 

What is the timeline for the award?
Applications for the 2022 Award will be open from March 14, 2022 until April 29, 2022. Applications will be reviewed from April -June and the winners will be announced in June 2022. The award ceremony will take place in the summer of 2022 (exact date to be confirmed when winners are notified), and we require all winners to attend in order to receive their prize money. 

Can I apply for both the cash and Fillmore prize?  Will anyone win both?
Winners of the cash prize will be given a shared studio space to work out of.