Judy Collins is the 2019 recipient of The Joe’s Pub Vanguard Award & Residency.Collins is honored for her legendary career inspiring audiences with her sublime vocals and boldly vulnerable songwriting but also her fierce activism and mentorship to many artists. Beyond her own performances, the year under Collins’s distinctive curatorial guidance will include Thomas Dybdahl, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond and Ari Hest.
The Vanguard Award & 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.
Alex Knowlton, Director of Joe’s Pub, said, “Continuing this program into its second year with the Voice of a Generation is a dream. Beyond her extraordinary talent, Judy Collins remains one of America’s most vital artists because of her creative rigor and dedication to her artistry. As Joe’s Pub endeavors to support artists at every stage, we look to Judy for not only what it takes to make a sustainable career but one with significant social and cultural impact. Her values align so closely with ours at Joe’s Pub – especially her steadfast dedication to social justice.”
On February 4, 2019, Judy Collins will be honored at the 2019 Joe's Pub Vanguard Gala.
The 2018 Vanguard Award and Residency was awarded to Nona Hendryx.