UpBeat, a program of the University of Arizona directed by Brian J. Harris, was the first new program designed using Lead Guitar as a model.

Announcing the Lead Guitar Lovell Fellowship for Teaching Artists

Lead Guitar and The David and Lura Lovell Foundation announce a new Fellowship to support teaching artists in creating, refining, and implementing an original in-school arts learning project.

Benefits Include 

  • $5,000.00 stipend to create or refine your curriculum and implement it in one local public school serving students from low SES backgrounds

  • 18 months of mentorship and step-by-step guidance from leaders in the arts education field to take you from concept to classroom implementation

  • Paid travel and accommodations to the University of Arizona to observe a variety of successful in-school arts education programs in action

  • Guidance on grant-writing and other organizational skills to help your idea thrive over time


  • A graduate degree or other evidence of high level learning and scholarship in a field relevant to your arts discipline                   

  • Two years of classroom teaching experience in any field

  • Demonstrable experience as a performing or creative artist

  • An original concept for a curriculum or method that can be adapted for in-school use and which approaches the arts discipline from a fresh perspective

Further details: Lead Guitar is a 501c3 with a 20-year history of establishing sustainable guitar programs in schools that serve students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. Lead Guitar’s model for collaborating with schools and their staff to build arts programs has spawned three sister programs at the University of Arizona’s College of Fine Arts: Step Up (Dance), UpBeat (Drumming) and Music First (K-2 Music Fundamentals).


Thanks to an initiative grant from The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, Lead Guitar is seeking proposals from colleagues at our partner institutions and from your local community at-large to identify, mentor, and invest in Lead Guitar Lovell Fellows - talented teaching artists with the seed of a curriculum that, with guidance and resources, could be adopted for broad in-school use in the local community and grow into the next UpBeat, Music First, Step Up or Lead Guitar program. We are seeking to help artists design and implement programs that will:

  • Meet or exceed National Arts Standards

  • Positively impact the total number of arts participants at a school

  • Foster sustainability through staff training

  • Broaden student horizons through in-school performances and exhibitions

  • Provide access to engagement experiences in the community or on a local university campus

Please see below for application details. Applications are due January 15, 2019. Fellows will be notified by February 15, 2019.

Lead Guitar Lovell Fellowship Application Details

Narrative Questions

  1. Please summarize your experience as a teaching artist. What won’t we learn from your CV? (200 words)

  2. Describe the curriculum or method you are proposing to develop. Is it based on a concept with which you have already seen success? Does it fill an unmet need in your local schools? (400 words)

  3. What is the population or community you would most like to serve with this program and why? (200 words)

  4. What are the arts learning goals for the proposed program? Do they align with your state’s or national arts standards in a demonstrable way? (200 words)

  5. How will you evaluate your program’s level of success? (200 words)

  6. Tell us about another arts education organization, method, or teacher you admire. What did you learn from them that will inform the way you develop this curriculum and program? (200 words)

All applications must be submitted to info@leadguitar.org by January 15, 2019 at 11:59pm. Please include your name and the words “Lovell Fellowship Application” in the subject line of your email. The application must include a Narrative Questions document with your answers to the questions above, a letter of support or recommendation, a curriculum vitae, and a link to a work sample. All documents should be in PDF format. Fellowship awardees will be notified by February 15, 2019. Address all other questions to the email above.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Supporting Documentation

  • Letter of support or recommendation

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Link to a work sample

Fellowship Timeline - 18 months

January 2019                                      Lovell Fellow mentorship and school visits begin

February 2019                                    Connect Lovell Fellows and their emerging program                                                                to a local school or district to set up pilot


                                                              Lovell Fellows visit Tucson CFA in Schools                                                                                programs and consult with coordinators and                                                                            curriculum authors

June 2019                                            Final curriculum is due from Lovell Fellows

August/September 2019                   Pilot programs for new Lovell Fellow curricula                                                                          launch

August 2019 – June 2020                  Site visits and consultations for new Lovell Fellow                                                                  in-school pilot programs

Fellowship amount and disbursement

  • $2,500 upon completion of curriculum in June 2019

  • $2,500 upon completion of first year pilot program in June 2020