One telephone call out of the blue. $500,000 in your pocket, no strings attached. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, huh? Just ask John Zorn (pictured) and Regina Carter, both of whom were among the 25 MacArthur Fellows named Tuesday.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation bestows its generous fellowships on a diverse array of recipients each year. Amongst Zorn and Carter, this year’s crop includes journalists, a deep-sea explorer, physicians, teachers, a cosmologist and a sculptor. The fellowships really do come with no strings attached, allowing recipients to continue their innovative and creative endeavors or take their work in a completely new direction. There are no restrictions on becoming a Fellow, except that nominees must be either residents or citizens of the United States.