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

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American Composers Forum (ACF)

Deadline Date:

09/17/18 11:59 PM CT


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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants of up to $8,000 to Minnesota and New York City emerging composers and music makers to create, present, and promote new musical works. Applicants must partner with another artist, who may be from anywhere in the world. Applicants from the full range of musical styles are encouraged to apply.

The American Composers Forum is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists whose work demonstrates strong artistic merit. Accordingly, awards for the programs will represent, as far as possible, artists and projects that are diverse in genre, gender, race, ethnicity and geography.

Primary artists request up to $8,000 to cover their compositional time: a commission fee. The size of this fee is proportional to the scope of the work and may reflect the duration of the work and the number of participants. Panelists may change the amount of the award up or down based on comparable projects.

In addition to the commission fee, artists may request up to $3,000 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, and promotion costs.

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 their career: neither a student 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.

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:

Five grants are available.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $8,000 are available for the composer or primary artist’s time to create the work, and up to $3,000 for out of pocket expenses that will magnify the impact of the work and advance the artist’s career.

Term of Contract:

Works must be scheduled to premiere after December 31, 2018. 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.
- The emerging professional composer must reside in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City at the time of application and must have lived in that location at least one year prior to the application deadline. Project partners may be based anywhere in the world.
- Applicants (composer and partners) may only be a part of one application.
- Previous winners of awards funded by the Jerome Foundation may apply as long as they were more than two years ago and final reports have been submitted, recipients (composer and partners) of the 2016 & 2017 Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund) program are ineligible.
- 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).
- Composers must have completed training, formal and informal, and be active professional artists. Students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are not eligible.
- Projects may take place in a worship setting but not be premiered during a religious service.
- American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation administrative staff members, board of directors, and their family’s members are ineligible.
- ACF membership is not required for ACF CREATE applicants.
- Proposed works should be at an early stage in their development, and must not be finished by the time of application.
- Works must be scheduled to premiere after December 31, 2018. Supported projects must be completed within five years of the award date.
- The age of the artist is not a consideration. Established artists who have chosen to switch artistic disciplines are not eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Online Information Sessions were offered in August.

Pre-Application Information:

The online application deadline is Monday, September 17, 2018 11:59 PM (Central).

Results will be announced in late November 2018.

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

William J. Lackey
(651) 251-2833

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Geographic Focus:

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