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Grants to USA Organizations and Individual Artists to
Support the Creation and Release of New Music

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Foundation / Corporation

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New Music USA

Deadline Date:

12/07/17 5:00 PM ET


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Grants ranging from $250 to $15,000 to USA organizations and individuals for a broad range of music-related projects. Funds may be used for any activity that entails new music being released through a recording or a live performance. The Fund is especially interested in paying artists directly for their work, whether that’s creating, engaging, performing, or something else. Special emphasis is placed on requests for recording costs, the creation of new works, the creation of live music for dance, and residency and community outreach activities. The most competitive projects are those that include specified living composers and recent music.

With a continued desire to impact the greatest possible breadth of artists and informed by valuable feedback received from the field, New Music USA will be placing continued emphasis on small grants requesting $3,000 or less.

In addition to funding, awardees also gain access to New Music USA’s public network. By promoting awarded projects through social media, email, and New Music USA’s deep connections within the field, New Music USA works tirelessly to build a community around projects while supporting awarded artists as they develop their work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178453

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards can range between $250 and $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects can take place up to two years past the deadline (December 2019) or retroactively up to the previous deadline (January 2017).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Requests can come from individuals or organizations based in the USA.

There are activities that New Music USA is unable to support. In particular:
- Projects in which work is not in some way delivered or disseminated publicly through performance, recording, etc.
- Expenses that are not connected specifically to a project, including general administrative expenses
- Expenses related to purchasing equipment, instruments, computers or software
- Competitions or contests
- Tuition expenses
- Professional development
- Benefits or fundraisers
- Funds for artists and organizations based outside of the USA

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New Music USA
90 Broad St. Suite 1902
New York, NY 10004

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