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Next Level Grant for Musicians

Grants and In-Kind Consultations to Sonoma County,
California Musicians and Bands for Career Advancement

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Creative Sonoma

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

03/29/19 11:59 PM PST


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Grants of $2,500 and in-kind consulting services to Sonoma County, California individual musicians or bands for career-advancing activities. Funding is intended to further the careers of local musicians through a combination of grant funding and one-on-one consultations with experts who are aligned with the applicant’s activity request.

Next Level Program Goals:
- To recognize artistic excellence
- To build the capacity of Sonoma County musicians who have demonstrated readiness to take their career to a new level
- To cultivate public awareness and appreciation of the role of creativity in our community.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate each application:
-Artistic excellence
-Capacity to administer and implement the project
-Anticipated impact of proposed activity on the applicant’s professional capacity and growth
-Demonstrated commitment of applicant to advancing his/her career
-Completeness and clarity of application.

Grantees must attend up to two meetings with all grantees for specific professional development training and to share updates, challenges, progress reports.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181726

Number of Grants:

The program will recognize five bands or musicians.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$2,500, plus up to 10 hours of professional consulting

Term of Contract:

Funding period: July - December 2019

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
- Be residents of Sonoma County (if Applicant is a band, 51% of the band including the band leader must be Sonoma County residents)
- Be at least 21 years old
- Have a demonstrated track record in music as evidenced in the application materials
- Be able to complete the funded project within the established funding period

The following are not eligible to apply:
- Non-commercial music groups, such as community-based choral groups, college or schoolbased music groups, or non-profit music endeavors
- Staff of the Economic Development Board, its Board of Directors, or the Creative Sonoma Advisory Board
- Creative Sonoma grantees or contest winners of the following programs:
- 2016 and 2017 Next Level Grant for Musicians
- 2017 and 2019 Next Level Songwriting Contest
- 2018 Summer Arts Youth Program Grant
- 2018 Pop Up Creativity Grant
- 2019 Arts Education Innovation Grant
- 2019 Discovered Emerging Visual or Literary Arts Awards

Applicants may not submit more than one application, and/or may not be listed as lead artist for more than one application (e.g., if a band leader applies for their band, they may not apply as an individual musician as well).

Grant funding may not be utilized for fundraising events or crowdfunding campaigns; or for completed projects or expenses incurred before the grant is awarded.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two information sessions will be held for applicants:

February 27, 2019, 12:00 -1:00 pm

February 27, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

On March 13, 2019, an Application Workshop will be held: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
To register:

Address for Information Sessions and Workshop:
141 Stony Circle, Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates
- February 11, 2019 Online application opens 12:00 am
- February 27, 2019 Information Sessions
- March 13, 2019 Application Workshop
- March 29, 2019: Application Deadline 11:59 pm PT

No handwritten or paper-based applications will be accepted. Applicants should have an account in Submittable, the online application portal.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Questions may be addressed to:
Phone: 707-565-6121

Creative Sonoma
141 Stony Circle, #110
Santa Rosa, CA, 95401


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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Sonoma County