Foundation / Corporation
The Aaron Copland Fund for Music
06/30/18 11:59 PM EDT
Grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations to improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music. The two categories that are eligible for funding are general operating support and project support, as outlined below.
Works of living and recently deceased composers are eligible, as well as other works written within the last century that are of importance. In general, the fund tends to support music written in the last 50 years. For projects of music written before that of particular importance to the field, please contact the grants manager.
Funds are available for General Operating Support for professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music and with plans to continue that commitment.
The program also provides Project Support for exceptionally important activities relating to contemporary American music proposed by professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations that do not normally feature contemporary American music in their programming.
Project Support applicants: An eligible project is a clearly defined endeavor that includes one or more performances of contemporary American music and, often, other activities related to the performance(s) that improve the public’s knowledge of such music. An aggregated list of contemporary American music activities spread intermittently over the course of a season would not be eligible for Project Support, but could be considered for general operating support if a multi-year history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music is demonstrated as an integral part of the season.
The awarding of a grant for general operating support in one year does not imply continuation of that support in subsequent years. Project support grants are for that project only, and no more than one grant will be awarded for a single project.
The following criteria will be applied in evaluating grant proposals:
- For ensembles: artistic quality of the ensemble's performances, as determined from the work samples, and its overall repertoire.
- For presenters, or organizations that are otherwise involved with performances: are the ensembles and repertoire being presented of outstanding artistic quality?
- For general operating support applicants: commitment to high-quality performances of contemporary American music over a substantial period of time.
- Demonstrated financial ability to carry a season or project to completion.
- Will granting the request tend to encourage and improve the public knowledge and appreciation of serious American contemporary music?
Please be advised that the panel may consult an applicant’s web site, social media accounts, and other publicly available information as a means to verify information contained within a proposal.
GrantWatch ID#: 164730
In general, grants range from $1,000 to $20,000. Grant amounts for larger organizations with a demonstrated extraordinary commitment to contemporary American music may exceed these amounts at the discretion of the panel.
For the 2018 grant round, support will only be given to activity that occurs between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.
Multi-year projects will be considered if they begin in the current season, but projects that began in an earlier season generally will not be eligible for support.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Nonprofit tax-exempt status.
- Performance history as an ensemble or presenter of at least two years at the time of application.
- For General Operating Support applicants, commitment to contemporary American music.
- Chamber sized ensembles of any instrumentation
- Chamber orchestras
- Symphonic or other full-sized orchestras
- Opera companies
- Dance companies and/or ensembles (see note below)
- Vocal ensembles and choruses
- Festivals (see note below)
- Presenter/ensemble hybrids
Individuals and student ensembles are not eligible. Volunteer, community and amateur ensembles are generally not eligible except when authorized in advance to apply by the Grants Manager.
Special note for dance applicants: The Fund’s primary focus for dance applicants is on the quality of the music and the performance, which must be by live musicians, not the choreography. However, the choreography must enhance the performance of contemporary American music.
Special note for festival applicants and other applications with educational activities: If the primary focus of the organization or project is public professional performance of music, the applicant should apply to the Performance Program. If the primary focus of the organization or project is educational activities, workshops, professional training, or career development, the applicant should apply to the Supplemental Program.
Special note regarding soloists: Soloists are not eligible to apply on their own, but presenters may apply to present a soloist.
Grants will not be made for the purpose of commissioning composers. Organizations requesting support for the performance of a new work that is part of a commissioning consortium should contact the Grants Manager for further advice.
The Performance Program supports the electronic dissemination of live performances, whether as a simultaneous transmission or via a recording of a live performance, by means including broadcasting and streaming. Expenses such as recording and electronic distribution costs can be considered as eligible costs in a request for general operating or project support when included live performance. Stand-alone recording projects (e.g., an “album”) are not eligible for support in this program.
The deadline for applications for each calendar year is 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on June 30.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in or about November of that year. Please do not contact the Fund for information on funding decisions.
Prospective applicants are first encouraged to read the Frequently Asked Questions: https://coplandfund.org/faqs.
If your question is not answered there, please contact the Grants Manager prior to the time of application.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To create a new account: https://coplandfund.org/user/register
If your organization already has an account on the Fund's website, click here to log in and apply: https://coplandfund.org/user
The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
254 West 31st Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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