In this time of Coronavirus, virtual learning/remote everything, and with the world seemingly forever in flux, we truly welcome the uplift and reprieve provided by our impressive and inspirational winners of the 2021 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship! The Losers who won this year are an extraordinary bunch. Our Loser Chooser (TM) scholarship committee spent hours reading through hundreds of applications, and at the end of a very difficult decision-making process, we’ve come up with three ultramega-OK, life-affirming scholarship winners. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to all who took the time to apply, you have brightened up some weird days.
First up is Ashadé, a wonderful performer at Nova High School. We were completely blown away by Ashadé’s mental toughness and ability to create truly beautiful poetry, creative writing and performance art in spite of difficult circumstances. The writing samples that Ashadé provided were truly breathtaking and her original songs were too good to be true. We couldn’t believe how much her cup of talent overfloweth! Ashadé is a truly wonderful Loser who we are happy to crown a winner.
Next up: Jonah, from the great state of Oregon! Jonah is a bright, shining star bringing joy, energy and social awareness to spaces that need a bit of fresh air. Through his stunning visual artwork Jonah is working to bring awareness and energy to uplift trans youth and immigrant artists. The thoughtful application Jonah submitted really reflected what it means to be a Loser, and that is to stand up and be who you want to be in spite of all expectations and perceived limitations. Jonah is breaking down walls and we couldn’t be happier to support him. What. A. Loser!
Finally, we were completely won over
by Taylor from Issaquah. As a teenager, Taylor has found more ways to support artists in need than most adults. Through her non-profit arts program Student Art Spaces, Taylor has helped remove financial barriers for emerging artists and given them a platform to be seen. Through lived experience as an artist Taylor saw how BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people were excluded from galleries. With a fistful of fliers and an audacious idea, Taylor managed to change the narrative to help support emerging and underrepresented artists from around the world. (Jeez, that sounds familiar…) We are thrilled to call Taylor a Loser winner.