Two $500 scholarships to the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance are available for Rutland-area singer/songwriters.
The Rachel Bissex White Light Fund is offering this opportunity and is intended for local artists striving to develop careers as performers and recording artists.
In February 2005, beloved Vermont singer-songwriter Rachel Bissex died of breast cancer. She is remembered for her many talents, not the least of which was her dedication to mentoring and supporting up-and-coming talent.
The White Light Fund, a title honoring her final recording, honors Rachel's work in this regard. The fund, created by Karl Bissex, Mary Trerice and Lynne Goodson, is supported through the efforts of "Occasional Concerts", a series of performances featuring national musicians.
NERFA is scheduled for early November. For the inspired artist, the Folk Alliance offers a wealth of information and opportunity. The networking contacts, workshops, performance showcases, and even the jam sessions contribute to creative and professional growth.
To receive a White Light Fund scholarship application, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802.244.5895. The deadline for submittal is Oct. 1. Applicants must be Vermont residents and singer/songwriters with a vision for an artistic career.