The SCALE Fellowship Program

Promoting the Advancement of Black Women in Music

TThe SCALE Fellowship is designed to provide individualized artist development, entrepreneurial skill-building curriculum, and intentional opportunities for Black women in music to connect, share, learn, grow, and collaborate. Each cohort will accept up to 8 participants for the 8-month residency program and provide Fellows with a financial award for acceptance into the program along with additional funds for: equipment, technology, business development, recording, branding, and legal support. SCALE will support Black women in music who are artist entrepreneurs in designing business structures along with space to create work and perfect their craft. The program will provide resources (knowledge, network, financial, space) as well as the support, both structural and strategic, needed to develop a sustainable career path and overcome the challenges that exist for Black artists in Pittsburgh.

About the Program

The SCALE Fellowship intends to:

  • create an affirmative space for Black women in music to connect
  • provide financial support to Black women in music
  • provide a platform to showcase Black women in music
  • increase the entrepreneurial skill-set and business acumen of Black women in music
  • support the development of an equity-centered, inclusive and elevating local music ecosystem

This project stems from a collaboration of multiple partners intending to develop a comprehensive program that provides both immediate and ongoing support to the artists along with opportunities for growth and advancement. Our collective understands the importance and necessity of cross-sector, multilayered collaboration from individuals with both expertise and lived experience, including:

  • working artists & musicians that have a national and global platform
  • those with proven experience in designing and implementing programs that support artist entrepreneurs 
  • creative industry professional service providers 
  • producers & engineers
  • songwriters and artist development managers
  • technology expertise for virtual platforms

Program Experts, Panelists, Coaches, and Facilitators Include:

Sondra E. Woodruff II; Musician, Songwriter, Educator, Artist Management

Leigh Solomon Pugliano; Musician, Educator, Business Strategist

David Pugliano; Entrepreneur, DJ, Producer

Jackie Walker; Entrepreneur, Attorney for the Creative Industry

Rachel Cargle; Founder The Great Unlearn and The Loveland Foundation

Eritza Laues; Grammy Award Winning  Songwriter

James Brown; Program Director, YMCA Lighthouse

Brittany Blackwell; Black Women in Music Research Firm

Tanisha Jackson; Attorney, Writer, Music Historian

SCALE is developed by Straightforward Consulting and Limelight Studios in collaboration with partners like YMCA Lighthouse, Barrels to Beethoven, and collaborative insight from Black women in the music and creative arts industry. The SCALE Fellowship is supported by the Arts, Equity, Reimagined Fund and Advancing Black Arts Program, an initiative of the Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh Foundation, and The Opportunity Fund. The program will launch on February 18th 2021. The inaugural program is open to Black women in the Pittsburgh region.

APPLY

The application opens on November 27th and closes on December 31st. Applicants will be notified by January 15th of their acceptance in the program. Click on the link below to begin you application.

Support SCALE

The vision for this initiative is the formation of a holistic artist development and advancement program designed specifically for Black musicians, a co-creating space for musicians to work, learn, connect, and the creation of a collaborative framework to help enhance a music ecosystem in Pittsburgh that recognizes musicians, particularly Black musicians, as necessary assets of our cultural identity. Become a program Partner, Sponsor, or Donate to support SCALE Artists. Contact us for more details and information.