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JOE'S PUB WORKING GROUP (JPWG) aims to enrich the sustainability and growth of New York-based emerging and established artists’ careers by providing administrative resources, physical space and curatorial services, further cultivating a community atmosphere wherein those artists can create and sustain new and developing work.

The program was conceived to address the rapidly shifting state of the performing arts and help artists at a critical point in their careers.

“Being an independent performing artist comes with a lot of responsibilities and needs beyond purely making art. This program is a way for us to address and decipher those things for artists in a space that is accessible and inclusive.” - Alex Knowlton, Director of Joe's Pub.

Applications are now open for our 2023-2024 cohort! APPLY HERE!

If you have any questions about the application, please email [email protected].

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J. Hoard

J. Hoard is a Brooklyn-based artist. In one performance you are given the core of the Black church and the allure of “The Great White Way” (Broadway). His original compositions and arrangements easily shift genres to articulate his vivid songwriting. This eclecticism has yielded songwriting collaborations with artists such as Black Coffee on his Grammy-winning "Subconsciously" album, Chance the Rapper (on his Grammy-winning “Coloring Book” album), Brasstracks, and hip-hop royalty Jean Grae & Quelle Chris. Additionally, he has worked closely with a host of jazz/experimental artists such as Kassa Overall, Jose James, TheLessonGK, and music legend Meshell Ndegeocello (singer on her Grammy-nominated “Ventriloquism” album).

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Lama El Homaïssi

Lama El Homaïssi (SHIM:NYC Resident for 2022) is a Lebanese performer, writer and voiceover artist currently based in New York City. Lama started her career in entertainment working for years as a television writer in Lebanon, creating original shows for the Sony Pictures Television Arabia and Talpa Middle East catalogs, developing commissions for clients, as well as adapting productions to the SWANA region (most notably The Voice and So You Think You Can Dance).

In 2017, Lama pursued her MFA in Musical Theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she honed her skills in acting and storytelling through song, then began developing and performing her own work for the stage. Lama’s writing has also been featured in the Brooklyn Rail and her essay on Storytelling as an Act of Survival has been published in HowlRound Theatre Commons.

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LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Writer, vocalist and performance/sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Diggs has presented and performed at California Institute of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, The Museum of Modern Art, and Walker Art Center and at festivals including: Explore the North Festival, Leeuwarden, Netherlands; Hekayeh Festival, Abu Dhabi; International Poetry Festival of Copenhagen; Ocean Space, Venice; International Poetry Festival of Romania; Question of Will, Slovakia; Poesiefestival, Berlin; and the 2015 Venice Biennale. As an independent curator, artistic director, and producer, Diggs has presented events for BAMCafé, Black Rock Coalition, El Museo del Barrio, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the David Rubenstein Atrium. Diggs has received a 2020 C.D. Wright Award for Poetry from the Foundation of Contemporary Art, a Whiting Award (2016) and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (2015), as well as grants and fellowships from the Howard Foundation, Cave Canem, Creative Capital, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, among others. She lives in Harlem.

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Olivia K

The K in Olivia K, Khe-ra, means "Daughter of the Sun," which perfectly describes her joyous outlook on life and fiery disposition. Olivia K has lived in Brooklyn her whole life, except four years uptown at Columbia University. Her iconic voice and original writing can be heard on Netflix, BET, and MTV as well as in commercials, and most unusually, fire escapes of NYC. As the DIY Funk Queen of East New York, she has led her band Olivia K and the Parkers in a sold-out show at Joe's Pub, and has her anthem "Native New Yorker" archived in the permanent archives of Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

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Roshni Samlal

Roshni Samlal is a New York-based Trinidadian tabla player who has studied within the Farukhbad, Benares and Punjab gharanas or schools of indian classical percussion. She is a prolific local teacher and performer, both in traditional tabla solo and classical accompanist contexts as well as a variety of jazz and chamber ensembles. Roshni also explores creating sound design landscapes and beat production as a context for presenting tabla solos. She is the lead curator and producer of the Ragini Festival which focuses on spotlighting the work of artists engaged in traditional folk and innovative arts within the further reaches of the South Asian diaspora, focusing on Indo-Caribbean heritage.

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Sita Chay

Sita Chay is a violinist, composer, and producer who won a 2017 Latin Grammy Award for Best Mariachi Album, as violinist with the Flor de Toloache. She is also a recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts Women's Fund, New Music USA’s Creator Development Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Creative Engagement Grant.

Ms. Chay has founded various projects over the years - she is the director of the Korean Shaman Music Ritual, SaaWee, which was received by international critics as a “delicate powerhouse”. SaaWee's Return of Songbirds debuted at the Lincoln Center lawn as part of #retartstage project in 2021 and was invited to Ars Electronica Festival 2021. SaaWee won the California Music Video Awards 2022 in Best World Music category.

Her leadership as a director of Cosmopolis Collective-Immigrant Story Telling Band was featured in New York Times immigrant panel and many other media. She has appeared as a speaker and a lecturer at Chamber Music America Conference 2019, New York Musical Festival 2018, Seoul National University, Colombia National University, and Joong Ang University.

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