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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits and Recording Companies to Increase Exposure to Modern American Music

Recording Program


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 11/30/23
Deadline: 03/31/24 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations and recording companies to promote modern American concert music and jazz. Applicants must submit a preliminary application and create an account prior to submitting a full application. The Recording Program funds commercial recordings of contemporary (within the last 40 years) American concert music and contemporary jazz. First recordings are preferred.
The Program’s Objectives
To increase the public's knowledge of and appreciation for contemporary American concert music and contemporary jazz through the documentation and distribution of commercial recordings.
What is Eligible
Recording projects must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Unreleased prior to the Recording Program Application deadline;
  • Professionally produced and distributed;
  • A recording of a work that is complete by the time of application
All works to be included in the proposal must be completed at the time of the application.
NOTE: For all projects distributed digitally, grantees will be required to post liner notes and credits on an appropriate page of their websites and to provide a permanent copy of the funded recording for the Fund’s archive.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- 501(c)(3) non-profit status (or foreign equivalent); or
- Fiscal sponsorship by an organization with 501(c)3 non-profit status; or
- Be a Recording Company with a Federal Tax ID (EIN).

Eligible Applicant Types:
- Performing Ensembles
- Presenting Organizations
- Recording Companies
- Fiscally Sponsored Individuals

The Recording Program does not fund the following:
- Recordings of works outside the field of American concert music and jazz; this includes commercial, pop, Broadway-style musical theater, sacred, holiday, and traditional concert band music.
- Promotional and/or marketing materials
- Archival recordings
- Live streaming activity (this activity may be funded by the Performance Program)
- Proposals to record works that have not been completed at the time of application
- Recordings made by student ensembles*
- Recordings made by volunteer, community, and amateur ensembles*
- Recordings released by educational institutions*
- Composer commissioning fees and/or honoraria
- Applicants with overdue or delinquent Recording Program projects (please contact the Grants Manager with any questions)

*Such organizations are not generally eligible but may apply if authorized in advance by the Grants Manager. Educational institutions may not apply for projects involving school-age students, student ensembles, or credit-bearing university-level activities but they may apply for eligible activities that involve professional musicians (including faculty). However, the participation of some professional musicians in an ensemble that is primarily a student activity does not make that activity eligible for support.

Pre-Application Information
- November 30, 2023: Preliminary Round deadline
- February 15, 2024: Preliminary Round notification via e-mail; invitation to apply to the Recording Program
- March 31, 2024: Invitation Application Deadline

All deadlines end at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the date specified.

Applicants will need to create a new account. Please allow 3-5 business days for approval.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in or about June of that year. Please do not contact the Fund for information on funding decisions.

Any applicant wishing to apply to the Recording Program must first apply to the Recording Program Preliminary Round.

Recording companies may submit a maximum of three proposals. All other applicants may submit only one proposal.

Grants will generally not exceed 50% of the total project costs.


Estimated Size of Grant
In general, grants will not exceed $10,000.

Term of Contract
The recording must be released within two years after the date of the first payment.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to the Grant Manager at:
Telephone: 212-461-6956

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
c/o Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP
156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1208
New York, NY 10010

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