Seattle Arts Fellowship Accepting Applications


The Seattle Arts Fellowship is a yearlong fellowship program hosted by Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, KingFM, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and in partnership with Seattle University to develop the next generation of arts leaders. The fellowship is for individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC) and are seeking leadership positions in arts administration.

The paid fellowship includes hands-on work experience in arts administration and learning opportunities including leadership training, skill building, mentorship, and networking. The fellowship cohort will engage in peer-to-peer learning, connect with local arts leaders, and build a strong network to support their career development.


The fellowship is open to all applicants identifying as BIPOC. Ideal candidates will be individuals who aspire to become leaders in arts organizations, have a passion for the arts, and display an interest in developing new, creative ways to lead arts organizations.

If you are interested in applying for the fellowship, please submit the following material via our application portal by 11:59 PM PST on March 6, 2022:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter
  • Reference letters (up to three)
  • Written responses to the following questions (up to 250 words)
    • What is the importance of the arts and/or arts organizations in our current culture and society?
    • What do you hope to learn and gain from this fellowship?

Access to the portal is available via the links below. Applicants can choose to apply for one of the following fellowship positions:

Questions? Please contact us at

Application deadline: March 6, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST


Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of staff from Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Symphony, KING FM, and Seattle University.

Applicants will be reviewed on the following:

  • Potential and interest to be a leader in the arts
  • Demonstrated interest in the advancement of opera, ballet, and/or orchestra
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and through writing.

After the initial review, a small pool of applicants will be invited to an interview either in-person or via Zoom in March 2022. Fellows will be selected in April and will begin their fellowship in Seattle on July 1.


Fellowship participants will be notified by April 2022. Fellows are expected to participate in a full-time (37.5+ hours) fellowship position in Seattle from July 2022 to June 2023. In addition, Fellows will participate in:

  • Meetings and check-ins with their Leadership Mentor
  • Monthly cohort meetings
  • Leadership and career development trainings and workshops
  • Meetings with local arts leaders
  • Networking opportunities


Positions are full-time and will pay a salary of $50,000. Hourly rate is dependent on organization’s work week.

For full posting description and to apply, click here!