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Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund)

Grants to Minnesota and New York City Emerging Music
Composers and Artists to Create and Present New Works

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Composers Forum (ACF)

Deadline Date:

08/21/17 4:30 PM CT


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Grants of up to $8,500 to Minnesota and New York City emerging composers and music makers for professional career development opportunities. Applicants must partner with another artist, who may be from anywhere in the world. Funding is intended to support the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work.

Jfund welcomes applicants from the whole range of musical paths and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists.

About 10 grants are available: up to $7,000 for the composer or primary artist’s time to create the work (i.e., a commission fee), and up to $1,500 in enhancement funds to help make it happen and further its potential. The enhancement funds are in addition to the commission fee, and are provided for out of pocket expenses that will magnify the impact of the work and advance the artist’s career.

These funds may be used before, during, or after the premiere. Scenarios might include: research, travel, consultation, preparation fees, equipment or software costs, rehearsals, workshops, space rental, collaboration costs, outreach events, touring, publication, recording or promotion costs.

How It Works:

Primary Artists:

- The primary artist (not limited to those who self-identify as a “composer” but eligible to all kinds of artists who create original music, such as improvisers) applies with a third party (such as a performing group or a presenter who commits to producing the finished work).

- The primary artist needs to be at an “emerging” level in her/his career: neither a student (except in certain circumstances) nor an established professional. The proposed project should be a significant artistic and professional leap: a risky but logical next step that will mark a new level of accomplishment. The Jerome Foundation’s definition of an emerging artist can be found here:

Project Partners:

- The Project Partner is someone other than the primary artists - typically, a performer or ensemble. If the primary artist performs in their own work, then the Project Partner needs to be a presenter or someone who will be producing the performance. This Partner provides a Commitment Letter indicating enthusiasm to perform, present, and promote the proposed work.

Selection Criteria:

- Quality of musical materials, showing singular artistic voice and vision.
- Significance of the project to the primary artist’s career.
- Well articulated compositional planning and overall thoroughness of project.
- Level of commitment by project partners to performing, presenting and furthering the work.
- Relevance of the Enhancement Funds to deepen the work and further the artist’s career.
- The final pool will reflect a range of artists and projects, diverse in genre, gender, and racial origin.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181860

Number of Grants:

About 10 grants are available.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $7,000 are available for the composer or primary artist’s time to create the work, and up to $1,500 to help make it happen and further its potential.

Term of Contract:

Works must be scheduled to premiere after December 31, 2017. Supported projects must be completed within five years of the award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- Open to emerging artists who are just starting out in their career, under-recognized, with no national reputation, few professional accolades, and no more than a handful of paid commissions.
- Primary artist (creator of original music) must reside in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City at the time of application. Project partners may be based anywhere in the world.
- Applicants (primary or partners) may only be a part of one application.
- Previous winners of JFund (formerly JCCP) awards may apply as long as they were more than two years ago and final reports have been submitted.
- The composer applicant can’t be a current recipient of a Jerome Foundation Composer/Sound Artist Fellowship. A composer or sound artist may not receive a fellowship and other Jerome Foundation support for the same work(s).
- Students may apply if their samples and proposal are beyond the scope of accredited course work.
- Projects may take place in a worship setting but not be premiered during a religious service.
- JFund administrative staff members are ineligible.
- ACF membership is not required for JFund applicants, but is strongly encouraged in order to keep informed about future opportunities.
- Proposed works should be at an early stage in their development, and must not be finished by the time of application.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download a PDF of the guidelines.

Application Submission:

Applications must be submitted online via the Online Application Form. The primary artist (creator of original music) must complete or upload certain requested information in the Online Application Form. A complete list of the requested information can be found on the Online Application Form (link below).

One of the requested items is the Commitment Letter: The Project Partner must provide the primary artist with a Commitment Letter indicating enthusiasm to perform, present, and promote the proposed work. The Project Partner can only be a part of one application and can’t partner with multiple Primary Artists (composers).

The applicant must make sure their Project Partner has not agreed to be a part of another 2017 Jerome Fund for New Music application and is not part of an awarded JFund project in the last two years. Please note that if multiple primary artists (composers) list the same Project Partner, the first commitment letter received/submitted with the completed application will be accepted and all other subsequent applicants will be asked to find another Project Partner.

Submission of the Commitment Letter:

- It is highly recommended that applicants upload their Commitment Letter as part of their online application.
- However, if needed the Project Partner can email the commitment letter directly to Billy Lackey, VP of Programs (email address below). If emailed, in the subject line use the following format: Composer’s First and Last Name – JFund Commitment Letter.
- The letter must be received by 4:30 PM (Central) Monday, August 21, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

If needed, the Project Partner can email the Commitment Letter directly to Billy Lackey, VP of Programs at

Contact Person:

Wiliam J. Lackey
(651) 251-2833

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota;   New York City: Five Boroughs of New York City;   New York