Nominations are solicited in January from recognized professionals in the cultural community and St. Botolph Club Members, as well as from former Emerging Artists recipients in the fields of music, literature, and the visual arts. A letter of recommendation by the nominator is required on behalf of the candidate, who then receives the application to provide a writing sample, visual images, or performance recordings, along with a letter of intent and CV. These materials are reviewed by jurors comprised of SBCF Board members, SBC members & artist from around New England. From about one-hundred and fifty (150) candidates, approximately15-20 are selected annually for individual awards of $3,000. These awards are announced in June.