While we are preparing the files for the first issue to go press, we want to share some exciting news! Our Editorial Director, Johnny Velour, has won an Artistic Fellowship to fund the second issue of VYM Magazine!
Johnny Velour day jobs as an event coordinator with Great Performances caterers in New York City. Great Performances was founded as a staffing company for artists to make a living while pursuing their dreams (and is now one of the largest caterers in New York). In keeping with that vision, GP has been granting Artistic Fellowships every other year for the past 30 years to employees who are pursuing their artistic goals. This year, Johnny Velour was among them, receiving a fellowship for VYM! This generous gift from Great Performances will almost single-handedly cover the cost of printing the second issue this fall!
Johnny was joined by coworkers Hayet Moufti, who will present a dance piece that will introduce the audience to a broad perspective on Islam and femininity, and Chris Corporandy, who is pursuing certification as a dialect coach. Other applicants included actors, cabaret artists, clothing designers, comedians, and musicians. A full list of this years applicants (and past fellows) can be found on the GP Blog.
This years fellows were chosen by an outside group of business leaders including:
- Scott Berrie, Emmy Award winning producer and CEO/Founder of Impulse Creative Productions
- Susan Henshaw Jones, The Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York
- Tangie Murray, Executive Director at Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
- Kerry Steib, Director of Social Impact at Spotify
- Richard Zinman, Managing Director at Credit Suisse
Congrats to Johnny and the VYM team for this Fellowship that ensures a future for VYM Magazine!