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Composer Grants: Music Grants and Deadlines for Summer 2014

American Music: Off the Record


As musicians we are always looking for opportunities to share our music and find out the latest about grants and great opportunities. Check out this list of grants, originally shared by the New York Women Composers. Remember when filling out a grant application, be sure to read all the directions, meet the deadlines, and be sure to present your best foot forward. This means avoiding typos, badly written scores, handwritten scores, poor recordings, or submitting just any old piece. You need to shine, you need to be the best. And keep in mind that many opportunities are not "blind", a term meaning that the judges panel checks out anonymous portfolios, a process that often results in a much more diverse pool of recipients and lessens unintended favoritism in the process. Best of luck! - Sabrina Pena Young

May 30th
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation
French-American Jazz Exchange

The French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) celebrates the shared passion for jazz in France and the United States.  A partnership of FACE (“French American Cultural Exchange”), the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the program is designed to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through their collaborative investigation of artistic practice, and exposure to new audiences and professional relationships.
FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of jazz.  FAJE awards grants through an open, competitive application process to support projects that take place either in France or the United States and their respective territories or both, within a 16-month period.  The program supports activities that may result in the creation of original work, establishment of new creative and professional partnerships, and development of new audiences for the participating artists. Projects may include jazz artists investigating forms other than jazz with artists who work in different music genres

June 30
The Aaron Copland Fund for Music
Performing Ensembles Program

Performing Ensembles Program supports performing organizations whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music. Funds are available for General Operating Support or Project Support for professional performing ensembles with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music and with plans to continue that commitment. Applicants must have: non-profit tax-exempt status, performance history of at least two years at the time of application, at least 20% of the  ensemble's programming (in terms of duration) for the preceding 2 seasons consisting of contemporary American music, demonstrated commitment to contemporary American music. It is advised that organizations whose primary mission does not include the performance of new American music apply only for Project Support. Individuals, student ensembles, festivals and presenters without a core ensemble are not eligible. Grants will not be made for the purpose of commissioning composers. 
Requests from dance companies are eligible, but only for costs associated with live performances of music by contemporary American composers of concert music. In general, grants range from $1,000 to $20,000. Grant amounts for larger performing organizations with a demonstrated extraordinary commitment to contemporary American music may exceed these amounts at the discretion of the panel. 

Rolling Deadlines

No deadline specified
Awesome Foundation
$1000 grants are awarded every month. Artists can apply with project ideas that need support.

No deadline specified
Brooklyn Community Foundation
Micro Grants

The Brooklyn Community Foundation's Micro Grants program accepts requests for $500 or less to help support smaller scale projects and organizations throughout Brooklyn. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Micro Grants serve two purposes: to support grassroots, community efforts like beautification campaigns, Parent-Teacher Associations, youth sports teams, or community gardens, and to serve as seed funding for start-up nonprofit groups to help support immediate needs as they build a rapport within the community members and among other funders. Requests to our Micro Grant program for applications of $500 or less are accepted year around and require only the submission of a Letter of Inquiry. Micro Grant applicants should typically expect a final decision from Brooklyn Community Foundation within four weeks after your submission.

December 1, March 1, June 1
The Cowles Charitable Trust

The Cowles Charitable Trust supports arts and culture, including the performing arts, education, including early childhood, higher, and secondary education. It provides general/operating support; 
matching/challenge; professorships; program development; seed money for nonprofit organizations. Applications from any organizations submitted more than once every 12 months are not considered. Grants are given primarily along the Eastern Seaboard, with emphasis on FL and NY. Grants range from $1,000 to $40,000. No grants to individuals; no loans. Telephone inquiries are not considered. To apply, a letter may be made requesting the proposal cover sheet and guidelines. Submission deadlines are the 1st of each March, June, September, and December. Contact: The Cowles Charitable Trust, P.O. Box 219, Rumson, NJ 07760, Attn: Mary Croft, Treas.  

October 1 and March 1
Ella Lyman Cabot Trust

Grants to individuals for projects involving a departure from one's usual vocation, or a creative extension. Must also involve a promise to do good for others. Awards are usually made on a one-year basis and are not renewed. Awards are granted primarily in Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York. 
Contact: Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, c/o Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP, 111 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02100-7618.

No deadline specified
Jerome Foundation General Grants
Jerome Foundation General Grants support the creation, development and production of new works. Support is for artists who take risks and embrace challenges; who have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators. Allow 4-5 months of evaluation for proposals. The amounts of grants vary. The Jerome Foundation Board meets four times a year to review submissions.

Residencies & Opportunities

June 1
New York City College of Technology (CityTech)
2014 Residency

New York City College of Technology (CityTech), CUNY's Entertainment Technology Department, is now accepting 2013 residency proposals from producing organizations for live performance-based events that show a compelling and well integrated use of technology. Organizations selected for further consideration will have a proven and solid company infrastructure, a track record of successful production, clear artistic content for the proposed project, a desire to work with undergraduate students while offering them learning opportunities, and the ability to provide a learning environment using professional best practices and procedures. CityTech will provide the production company with limited rehearsal space, an extensive in-house technical inventory, student technical crews and assistants, faculty support, publicity support, and 4-8 performance dates in the 200-seat Voorhees Theater.

June 6
The Headlands Center for the Arts

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to ten weeks include flexible studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends when available. AIRs become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ other programs, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community on campus. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social 
practice, and architecture.  Now accepting applications for 2015 Program.

June 11
The Watermill Center
Residency Program

The Watermill Center is a "laboratory for performance" that supports the development of experimental and cross-disciplinary art. Watermill invites emerging artists to submit ambitious proposals for the creation of collaborative work that critically investigates, challenges, and extends the existing norms of performance practice. Watermill also welcomes research proposals from established scholars. Watermill possesses a strong international profile and continues to extend its network of associates, encouraging proposals from artists based within and outside the U.S. 

June 15
Caldera Arts Center
Residency Program

Every winter artists are invited from all over the world to Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon, for month-long residences.Artists are provided private A-frame cabins and share access to wet and dry studios, a darkroom, a kiln, editing facilities and rehearsal and performance space. Because they believe a range of backgrounds enhances the communal experience, 
residencies are open to artists from any field, as well as scientists, engineers and environmentalists. Residents are given a cabin, 24-hour access to studios and the time and space to create. No money changes hands. Residents are responsible for food, travel, materials and other expenses. Residencies last one month, and take place in January, February and March.

No deadline specified
Performance Mix Festival 2014
The Performance Mix Festival presents experimental work of choreographers, dance video artists, and composers annually in the spring. Works must be under 15 minutes in length. Longer pieces will be accepted by invitation only. Artists receive a fee, complimentary video documentation, and rehearsal space. Visit:

The Banff Centre
Professional CD Recordings

The Banff Centre offers a variety of opportunities for music and sound recording and post-production. A number of fully-equipped studios exist for the audio program and are used to create both commercial projects, as well as projects for participants enrolled in Banff Centre programs. Studio fees apply and are in addition to regular program fees. A full-length, commercial recording project is the focus of these short-term residencies, which are intended to help participants develop audio products, such as CDs and demo recordings.
Performing Arts Residencies
The Theatre Arts Department at The Banff Centre is committed to the commissioning, development, and production of new works in all major performance disciplines. Throughout the year, it invites project proposals from artists, artistic collectives, and companies to develop new work in the Theatre Arts department's studios, theatre facilities, and production shops. Visit:
Leighton Artists' Colony for Independent Residencies
These nine unique studios, each designed by a distinguished Canadian architect, are located in a secluded wooded area of The Banff Centre campus. The studios offer a concentrated, retreat environment to professional artists engaged in the creation of new work. Applications are accepted from artists of a variety of disciplines: writers, composers, singer-songwriters, visual artists, screenwriters, playwrights, literary translators, curators, art theorists, and professionals working in theatre, dance and film at the conceptualization or research stage of a project. Acceptance is based on an application/adjudication process.

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation
Mid-Atlantic Tours 

Mid Atlantic Tours increase audience access to the arts by supporting tours of performing artists based in the region and from abroad.  The Foundation offers support to presenters in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia that book artists on the program's annual roster. Seven artists (one each from the categories of contemporary chamber music, dance, folk/traditional music, jazz, theater, world music, and a category that rotates annually to address different disciplines or special opportunities) are selected each year for the roster. 
For questions concerning Mid Atlantic Tours, contact Michelle Grove at

No deadline specified
Self-Produced Rentals
Self-produced performances are not curated and booked according to availability.  

No deadline specified
Sublet Series @ HERE
HERE has been one of New York's most prolific producing organizations since 1993, and today, stands at the forefront of the city's presenters of daring new hybrid art. We have a long history of supporting unique and innovative artists, ensuring them the opportunity to develop and perform original work as well as assist them in enhancing their skill in all areas of artistic work. One of our most vital services, the Sublet Series @ HERE Program, supports 250 guest independent artists and groups and their audiences each season. This creative curated rental program has allowed many upstart companies and emerging artists to realize their full artistic vision on a small budget. The program provides subsidized performance and rehearsal space, technical assistance, and administrative support, including a fully staffed box office. Sublet Series @ HERE artists can also access equipment that is not typically available in venues our size such as video projectors, wireless microphones, color scrollers-all for free or at subsidized rates. We accept applications from artists all over the world for the opportunity to show work.

The Alliance of Artists Communities
The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artists' communities and residencies - a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work.
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