It’s the time of year again when applications are being accepted for the Arif Mardin Music Fellowship. Launched in 2007 by The American Turkish Society (ATS) in memory of the world-renowned producer Arif Mardin (1932–2006) – who was also the Vice Chairman of the ATS for many years – the Fellowship aims to further the education of promising musicians from Turkey and give them a chance to study in the States. The programme is conducted in partnership with the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Mardin’s own music career began (he was the first recipient of the Quincy Jones Scholarship).
The Fellowship funds one student to attend the Five-Week Summer Performance Program (from July 11 to August 15, 2015) at Berklee. Individuals of Turkish descent or nationality, over the age of 15, with a minimum of six months experience playing their instrument (or singing), are eligible to apply, with preference being given to applicants 18 years of age and younger. In 2014, the Fellowship was awarded to Su Özer, an 18-year-old vocalist from Istanbul. Watch her perfom ‘One Night Only’ below.
Past recipients have included: Kemal Efe Eroğlu (guitar), Sırma Munyar (piano/vocal), Canberk Kargı (drums), Erol Balci (guitar), Olgun Açar (percussion), now a regular at Nardis Jazz Club, Emire Demirdağ (percussion) and Kerem Enhoş (percussion).
Click here for more info and to apply. Applicants must remember to specify that they would like to apply for the Arif Mardin Music Fellowship specifically. The below video gives a good idea of what the programme entails.