Work Samples

Work Samples are required. Upload each sample to the online application.

NOTE: If your work samples are on a website, the titles need to match the List of Work Samples. Paste a link to the website in the designated space on the application and provide the address at the top of the List of Work Samples. * The link must be active for the entire review process.

Your work samples can range from jpegs to pdfs, mp3 or wave files—depending on your artistic discipline. You'll want to clearly label each sample with the title, date, medium, size, and venue (whatever is appropriate for your field). 

Parameters for Uploading Work Samples:

  • Visual Artists: Submit up to 10 jpg files of photographs that demonstrate the body of your work .
  • Composers: Submit up to 3 sample audio or video recordings in an mp3, or wave file format.
  • Film/Media: Submit 10 minutes of film/video.
  • Literature/Playwright: Submit up to 10 pages of a manuscript in a pdf file.
  • Performers—Music, Dance, Theatre: Submit 10 minutes of a visual or audio recording; use mp3, or wave file format.

Choose the ideal samples to make a powerful impression.

Remember, excellent work samples are essential to a first-rate proposal package. Spend the time and energy that you need to be sure that these samples are professionally produced and well-presented. The presentation of your work will make a big difference in your chances for support!  The first stage in every process is an artistic evaluation, so you need to pay attention to what you choose to submit.




  • With work samples it's a matter of avoiding mistakes first. If you're a writer make sure there are no typos in your manuscript and that it's formatted in a readable manner (e.g., adequate margins and line spacing); if you're a visual artist avoid out-of-focus, poorly cropped, or cluttered images. Panelists and judges are generally charitable but busy people. They will try to give you the benefit of the doubt but ultimately decide that you didn't care enough to submit a work sample they could review without distractions or extrasensory powers.
  • Strong and recent representations of the quality of your work. If you're submitting more than one sample, it's generally best to stay in genre. Coherence helps anchor your work in the panelist's mind and avoid unflattering comparisons if they sense unevenness.
  • In keeping with the project you have proposed. Your pastels may be lovely but they don't say much about your ability to do large-scale fresco painting. If it's all you've got then go with it, but understand that the panel may have reservations that you will need to address in your narrative.
  • If the sample is part of a longer work or one of several, make sure it is cued correctly or that the order is the way you want the panelists to experience it. As a general rule, it's best to submit only what you want the panel to read, see, or hear.