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The Amphion Foundation Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofit Music
Ensembles for Contributions to Contemporary Music

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Amphion Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/18 11:59 PM ET - for Performing Ensembles; The next deadline for presenters, festivals, and music service organization applicants is on September 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.


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Grants generally ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit performing ensembles, music service organizations, and presenters for support of their contributions to contemporary concert music. Funding may be used for projects and/or presentations for music written in 1945 or later.

Except for certain choral groups, only professional choral ensembles may apply to the spring ensembles deadline. Proposals are accepted from amateur choral ensembles and youth choirs performing contemporary classical music at an exceptionally high artistic level.

Chamber ensembles (those comprised of under 20 performers), service organizations and presenters are eligible to apply for general operating support. Large organizations such as orchestras and opera companies, other than contemporary music specialists, are eligible to apply only for project support.

In general, special projects relating to a broad spectrum of contemporary music will be viewed more favorably than those relating to a single work or a single composer.

The following criteria will be applied in evaluating grant proposals:

- History of high-quality performances of, or otherwise substantially fostering the public knowledge and appreciation of, contemporary concert music
- The significant contributions the organization has made in the past and those it is likely to make in the future
- The responsibility and effectiveness of management.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180259

Estimated Size of Grant:

For smaller organizations, grants range from $1,000 to $5,000; for larger institutions, awards average from $3,000 to $7,500, although larger grants may be awarded to larger performing organizations with an extraordinary commitment to contemporary concert music or a particularly ambitious project.

Term of Contract:

Project support will be given only for a project that begins in the current season. Thus, for the 2018 grant round, support will only be given to projects that begin between September 2018 and August 2019. The Foundation will consider projects that fall outside of the period of support under extraordinary circumstances. Please contact the Grants Manager for further information.

Applicants should be aware that support in one year does not imply continuation of that support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applications may be submitted by publicly supported non-profit performing ensembles, presenters and music service organizations that have a history of substantial commitment to contemporary concert music at a high level of excellence. Organizations without non-profit status may seek support with the sponsorship of a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. Organizations must have been in existence for at least two years.

- Dance companies are eligible to apply for projects that involve live performances of contemporary concert music.

- Applicant organizations that are applying for support for performances must have presented two full seasons prior to the season for which support is requested, except for special projects of extraordinary significance. In that case, one must contact the Grants Manager for approval prior to beginning an application.

- Applications from organizations with a budget of over $10 million will be considered only for special project support.

- The lead applicant in a consortium project must have non-profit status, but doesn’t need to fit the criteria for service organizations, presenters or performing ensembles. Consortium projects that support composers and performers through grants, residencies, training programs, etc. or aid in the preservation and dissemination of contemporary concert music, or projects that involve organizing and presenting live performances of contemporary concert music are eligible for support.

- Educational institutions may apply for projects that involve professional musicians (including faculty). Activities including student ensembles are generally not eligible for support. Performances that are primarily by professional musicians are eligible even if some students also participate.

- Education projects focused on pre-college age children are generally not eligible. The Foundation will consider professional level performance projects with an education component, as well as training programs for emerging professional-level musicians or composers, provided that they have a focus on contemporary concert music.

- Youth choruses performing at an exceptionally high level are eligible for support, provided that they are performing contemporary concert music intended for young voices.

- In general, the grant program does not support jazz music, Broadway-style musical theater projects, pop music, or recordings.

- Except in rare circumstances, projects that take place before the deadline will not be considered.

- The Amphion Foundation will not fund indirect costs on a project, so it is advised that you do not include them in the budget.

The Foundation does not accept proposals for:
- Commissions to composers
- Endowment funding
- Audio or audio-visual recordings of any kind
- Music publishing projects
- Projects that are part of the curriculum of an educational institution
- Installations
- Composition competitions

If you have any further questions about your organization's eligibility, please see the link to the FAQs in Pre-Application below.

Pre-Application Information:

The spring deadline is Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time for performing ensembles. Notification will be sent by the end of July 2018.

Prospective applicants are first encouraged to read the FAQs If your question is not answered there, please contact the Grants Manager prior to the time of application (details below).

The fall deadline for presenters, festivals, and music service organization applicants has passed. The next deadline for these types of applicants is on September 15, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time. The online application system will open approximately eight weeks prior to the deadline. Notification for the fall grant program will be sent by the end of January 2019.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application Portal:

Hard copies of scores should be addressed to:
The Amphion Foundation, Inc.
254 West 31st Street, 15th floor
New York, NY 10001
Attn: Grants Manager

Grants Manager
Telephone: 212-461-6956

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.