For the 22nd year, MacPhail Center for Music administered the McKnight Fellowships for Musicians. Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, The McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind. The program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in 10 different creative disciplines. The process begins in January when 79 solo and ensemble musicians apply for the Fellowship with recordings, artist statements and resumes. From this group, nine finalists are selected to audition live on May 4. Following the audition, four recipients were awarded the $25,000 McKnight Fellowship for Musicians.
Section 101 client Jonatha Brooke was one of the four recipients of the 2018-19 McKnight Fellowships for Musicians.
Jonatha has been making music since the early 90s; she has released 12 albums, 8 on her own label. Her two most recent releases are the music to her critically acclaimed one woman musical, My Mother Has Four Noses and 2016’s Midnight. Hallelujah. She is currently working on two new musical projects - Quadroon, with the late legendary jazz pianist/composer Joe Sample and Switched with playwright Geoffrey Nauffts.