EA Winner: Ben Cosgrove

Ben Cosgrove
Ben Cosgrove

Emerging Artist Award: Music

“I am honored to be a recipient of an Emerging Artist grant: this award has not only given me protection from surprise obstacles but has provided the freedom to lift my focus from the madness of constant road work and devote energy into larger projects that I can really get excited about: I’m working on two new sets of recordings right now in addition to an unusual collaboration with a folk singer, and wouldn’t have the luxury of time for pursuits like these if not for this generous grant.

Even putting aside the award’s practical applications (car parts, instrument repairs, etc), its most significant effect has been the sense of responsibility it has given me: I feel obligated to treat my work with the same respect that the Foundation has, and to make music of sufficient artistic value to match the financial value of the grant. I can’t thank the SBCF enough for its validation.”