Grammy Award-nominated funk, art rock and new wave pioneer Nona Hendryx is the inaugural recipient of the Joe’s Pub Vanguard Residency. Joe’s Pub is honoring her career as a performer, producer, writer, curator, innovator and mentor, with a year of monthly of programming. From January through December, Hendryx will curate and/or perform in shows that feature not only her body of work, but those of the many multidisciplinary artists who she has influenced (and who continue to influence her).
The Vanguard Residency is an award and yearlong residency that celebrates the career of a singular artist who has contributed to American life and pop culture and is a part of the Joe’s Pub family of artists. This artist also sustains and leads their own artistic community while creating a body of work that stands apart from their peers. Additionally, the award answers to the music industry’s widening gaps in funding.
Shanta Thake, Director of Joe’s Pub, said, “In our mission to support artists at every phase of their careers, we created this award to celebrate the work and narratives of the iconic American artists of our time. As we developed the program, the name that kept coming up was Nona Hendryx. She is not only a vanguard artist who has changed the form and field of American pop culture but she is deeply connected to Joe’s Pub and its larger community of artists.”