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The aim of Arts Council Tokyo’s Arts Academy Researcher program is to cultivate individuals with insight into approaches to the promotion and support of artistic and cultural activities through research into such activities.

Under this program, researchers – primarily young people – will be commissioned to carry out studies of artistic and cultural activities such as the Arts Council Tokyo Grant Program. These studies will provide a more profound knowledge of approaches to the support of the arts and culture, while theme-specific research will inform future deliberations on measures to support the arts and culture.

FY2017 Arts Academy Research Fellow Program Application Guidelines (PDF, in Japanese)

*This program will be conducted in Japanese.

Number of Places

A few

Details of Commission

Researchers will be commissioned to conduct studies within the scope of (1) Studies of Grant Programs and (2) Theme-specific Research and will be expected to submit reports on their findings.

Studies of Grant Programs

  1. Observational studies of projects which were applied for the Arts Council Tokyo Grant Program, the Social Grant Program, and the Regional Grant Program, as well as grant-related projects.
  2. Studies of groups receiving grants (basic information gathering, interview-based surveys, etc.)
    *Around six of these per month in total across categories 1 and 2
  3. Participation in Debrief Sessions to report on the studies conducted
    *Held about twice a month, mainly during the daytime on weekdays and lasting around an hour each time

Theme-specific Research by Researchers

  1. Setting of specific themes within the scope of the broad theme set by Arts Council Tokyo, namely arts and culture promotion in Tokyo, and preparation of reports on this research
  2. Participation in Seminars (including lectures, workshops, and discussions, etc.) to gain the knowledge required for research activities
    *Held about twice a month (on the same day as the aforementioned Debrief Sessions), mainly during the daytime on weekdays and lasting around three hours each time
  3. Presentations on findings from research activities at two Presentation Sessions (Interim Presentation and Final Presentation) and preparation of a report on findings based on those presentations
    *Reports and other deliverables may be edited as required by Arts Council Tokyo and published on its website, etc.

Application Requirements

As well as understanding the purpose of this program and being motivated to carry out the requisite tasks, applicants must fulfill all the following criteria.

  • Be aged between 25 and 35 years old, generally speaking.
  • Have expertise in the field of either drama, dance, music, fine arts, film, or traditional performing arts and generally have at least three years’ experience in production, creation, or research, etc.
  • Have the intention to be involved in activities that contribute to the promotion of the arts and culture after the commission ends and be able to assist with questionnaire-based surveys conducted by Arts Council Tokyo for around three to five years after completion.
  • Be available to attend the Debrief Sessions, Seminars, and Presentation Sessions concerning Researchers’ research.
  • Have the ability to write reports.
  • Be able to think and act independently in the course of research activities and discussions held for that purpose.
  • Be able to interact and discuss matters proactively with Researchers from other fields.
  • Be able to handle administrative procedures in a prompt, appropriate manner.

*The detailed program for the seminars will be planned and implemented on the basis of discussions among the Researchers and Arts Council Tokyo. Researchers will be expected to take an active role in these.

Treatment , etc.

Format Commissioned by the Director, Planning Office, Arts Council Tokyo
Duration of commission Monday, July 3, 2017 – Saturday, March 31, 2018
Honorarium Paid as follows (including withholding tax).

  • Research tasks (observing artistic activities, conducting interview-based surveys, gathering and analyzing data, as well as other basic research and preparing research reports; or preparing reports on theme-specific research)
    15,000 yen/instance
    *Reference: Researchers who submit five observational study reports and one interview-based survey report in one month will receive 90,000 yen (including tax) for that month
  • Presentation of theme-specific research findings at the Interim Presentation and preparation of a report based on this
    50,000 yen/instance
  • Presentation of theme-specific research findings at the Final Presentation and preparation of a report based on this
    100,000 yen/instance

*The sums specified above are inclusive of transport costs, telecommunications costs, and administrative expenses incurred in preparing reports.
*Arts Council Tokyo will separately cover the cost of tickets, participation fees, and document charges required in the course of observing arts activities.

Location Arts Council Tokyo office (Kudan First Place 8F, 4-1-28, Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku) and other locations specified by Arts Council Tokyo
Copyright The copyright on reports and other deliverables prepared by Researchers will be held by Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture).

Application Details, etc.

Application Documents

  1. FY2017 Arts Academy Research Fellow Program Application Form (PDF, in Japanese)
  2. Resumé (use the standard form available from stationery stores; ensure that you attach a photograph)
  3. Summary of your career history (in the format of your choice)
  4. Report (about 1,600 Japanese characters, in the format of your choice)
    Theme: Please write about a performance, exhibition or art project, etc. that you have viewed recently, covering all of the following: (1) overview of the activity; (2) positioning of the artist/group involved in the arts world and their future prospects; (3) criticism from an artistic perspective; (4) management system; and (5) what kind of support or new programs could potentially be undertaken.
  5. Research theme (in the format of your choice; multiple themes permitted)
    Please specify the individual themes (relating to the promotion and support of artistic and cultural activities in Tokyo) that you wish to research as part of this project.
  6. A reply envelope (Choukei 3 (120 x 235mm) size) on which you have written your name and address (including postal code) and affixed an 82 yen stamp.

How to Apply
Please place the application documents (items 1-6 above) in an envelope marked “Arts Academy Research Fellow Application” in red and post it to the address for applications specified below. Please note that application documents will not be returned. We request your understanding in this matter.

Address for Applications
Planning and Grants Section, Planning Office, Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Kudan First Place 8F, 4-1-28, Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0073

Application Period
Friday, May 19 – Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (must arrive no later than this date)
Please note that Arts Council Tokyo will not accept liability for any problems arising from use of the postal system.

*Personal information supplied in this application will be used within the scope required for the selection of applicants, in accordance with the Act on Protection of Personal Information.

Selection Process and Method

First Round (review of documents)
Members of the selection committee will review the application documents submitted (resumé, career history, and report)
Second Round (interview)
Applicants successful in the first round will be interviewed by members of the selection committee

Announcement of Results

All applicants, whether successful or unsuccessful, will be notified of the outcome of the first round by Friday, June 16, 2017 or thereabouts.
The second round will be conducted by Monday, June 26, 2017 or thereabouts and all those invited for interview, whether ultimately successful or unsuccessful, will be notified of the outcome soon after their interview.
Please note that we are unable to respond to inquiries by telephone, etc. concerning the results of either round of the selection process.

Contact

Planning and Grants Section, Planning Office,
Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
TEL: 03-6256-8431
FAX: 03-6256-8828
E-mail: artsacademy@artscouncil-tokyo.jp

Credit

Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)