CCT: Connecticut State Troubadour

Connecticut State Troubadour

The Connecticut Office of the Arts is currently accepting nominations
for the position of State Troubadour.

The honorary position of Connecticut State Troubadour was established in 1991 by the State of Connecticut.  The State Troubadour serves as an ambassador of music and song and promotes cultural literacy among Connecticut citizens.  The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) appoints an individual resident singer-songwriter as State Troubadour based on the recommendation of a review panel.

Applicants to the State Troubadour position must first be nominated by a Connecticut resident.  See nomination process below.

Program Timeline:

Nomination Deadline:    Monday, February 5, 2018
Application Deadline:    Monday, March 5, 2018
Panel Review:              March 2018
Approval by DECD/COA Arts Council:    March 2018
Notification/Announcement:   March 2018
State Troubadour Term:        May 1, 2018 - April 1, 2020*

*There is current legislation pending to change the term from 2 years to 3.  It is possible that the term for this Troubadour may be extended to April 30, 2021. Any revision to the annual fee for a 3-year term will not be determined until such time as revised legislation is passed.

An individual singer-songwriter must be nominated and deemed eligible to apply.  Nominations must be emailed to no later than 12 noon on Monday, February 5, 2018.  We encourage both nominators and applicants to read the guidelines.

Any Connecticut resident may nominate one (1) singer-songwriter for the State Troubadour position.  A self-nomination will not be accepted and no award will be giving posthumously.  A nominee may have multiple nominators. 

Nominators must provide the following:

  • Nominator's name and contact information (street address, city, state, zip, phone & email)
  • Contact information for the Nominee (name, street address, city, state, zip, phone and email)
  • A formal Letter of Support - up to one page maximum

    Nominators must email the requested information listed above to no later than 12 noon on Monday, February 5, 2018.

    Eligible Nominees will receive an email inviting them to apply.

    Please read specifics on the nomination process in the guidelines.


  • An individual Connecticut resident singer-songwriter with a minimum performance history of five (5) years
  • Must have composed and performed at least one song that promotes Connecticut
  • Must be a full-time Connecticut resident (for at least the five years prior to application deadline)
  • Must display excellent musicianship and experience in singing and songwriting
  • Must be professionally active and available to travel and perform in a variety of educational and community settings

    Ineligible nominees:
  • Students currently enrolled in degree-granting institution
  • Previous Connecticut State Troubadour
  • Culture & Tourism Advisory Committee members, DECD/COA staff and members of their immediate family.

    The Connecticut Office of the Arts insists upon using the lenses of Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity, and Inclusion to guide programmatic and investment decisions within a framework of artistic excellence.  Nominators and applicants to the State Troubadour program should consider this strategic direction when constructing their narratives.  Learn more about COA's READI framework

The following information can be found in the guidelines:
 - Duties
 - Terms of Service and Remuneration
 - Who May be Nominated
 - Nomination Process
 - Application Process
 - Review Process
 - Contact Information

Important Notes:
1. COA must receive a nomination letter (as explained in the guidelines) no later than 12 noon on Monday, February 5, 2018.

2. Applications including support materials must be submitted by Monday, March 5, 2018.

For more information, contact Bonnie Koba at

Connecticut State Troubadour for 2016 - 2018 is Kate Callahan

Past State Troubadour
Kristen Graves
2011-2012 Chuck Costa
2009-2010 Lara Herscovitch
2007-2008 Pierce Campbell
2005-2006 Thomasina Levy
Dennis Waring
2001-2002 Kevin Briody
1999-2000 Hugh Blumenfield
1998 Jeff and Synia McQuillan
Sally Rogers
1996 Mike Kachuba
Bill Pere
1994 Phil Rosenthal
1993 Sandy and Caroline Paton
1991-1992 Tom Callinan