The American Academy in Rome is currently accepting applications for its 2015 Rome Prize fellowships. The Rome Prize is awarded annually to about thirty candidates in the arts, including musical composition, selected by a jury of distinguished peers through a national competition. Winners are invited to Rome to pursue their work for periods ranging from six months to two years. They are provided with stipends, residential accommodation, meals, private studies or studios, and what is described as an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation. Current Rome Prize fellows in music composition are Andy Akiho, who is working on three new pieces for orchestra, and Paula Matthusen, who is creating a multi-movement score for percussion, live electronics, and fixed media based on the ancient aqueducts of Rome. Fellowship applications and more information are on the Academy website at

Posted September 17, 2014