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Musical Grant Program (MGP) 2018

Grants to San Francisco Bay Area, California Music Composers, Performers,
and Presenters for Creative Musical Activities for Small Ensembles

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InterMusic SF

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Deadline Date:

03/04/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to San Francisco Bay area, California music composers, performers, and presenters for creative musical activities that focus specifically on music for the small ensemble. These grants are intended to support projects (including the commissioning of new works) from early music, classical music, new music, or jazz that involve the participation of one or more ensembles.

Please Note: InterMusic SF defines an ensemble as “a group of two or more musical performers – instrumentalists or singers – each playing one on a part, without a conductor”.

The MGP raises the profile of local artists and creates opportunities for audiences to experience the rich diversity of music in the Bay Area. InterMusic SF raises funds from large local foundations and awards grants annually through a competitive process. Awardees are selected by an anonymous panel of independent music experts unassociated with the board or staff of InterMusic SF.

Definitions of Performer, Composer, and Presenter:

A Performer applicant can apply as:

- an ensemble with consistent membership and a collective history of public performance;
- an ensemble created by an individual for a specific performance project where each ensemble member demonstrates a history of public performance;
- an ensemble in collaboration with an eligible Project Partner: composer, guest performer or additional ensemble.

A Composer applicant can apply as:

- a composer of a new work in partnership with an eligible ensemble;
- a composer who is a lead performing artist of an ensemble performing their original composition(s)

Note: A composer applicant must include at least one Project Partner.

A Presenter applicant can apply as:

- a presenter of an on-going concert series (with a history of presenting professional music performances to the public) in partnership with one eligible ensemble;
- a presenter of a short-duration festival (with a history of presenting professional music performances to the public) in partnership with one or more eligible ensembles.

Note: A Presenter applicant must include at least one Project Partner.

Please Note: Any presenter, ensemble or composer may appear on only ONE MGP application per cycle. However, individual performing musicians may appear on more than one application as members of different ensembles as long as the ensembles have separate and distinct identities.

Project Partner:

A Project Partner is defined as an individual or ensemble that collaborates with the lead applicant for a project. The Project Partner must satisfy all MGP eligibility requirements and each of its members must sign a Letter of Commitment that they intend to complete the project as defined by the lead applicant.

Eligible Use of Funds:

The MGP is a music project-based grant opportunity. Eligible expenses include:

- Artist, rehearsal and/or performance fees;
- Direct production costs (sound and video recording and engineering costs, instrument rental, instrument tuning, and/or sound system rental necessary for performance);
- Venue rental costs;
- Composer fees for commissioning and/or presentation of a new work and/or associated copying costs; and
- PR and marketing costs specific to the project.

Cypress Award:

InterMusic SF is thrilled to announce the new Cypress Award, piloting in the spring of 2018.

Made possible through a generous donation from the recently retired Cypress String Quartet, the Cypress Award will provide up to $5,000 to a deserving musical project that strives to make an educational impact in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Artists applying for funding through the Musical Grant Program can choose to be considered for the Cypress Award, with winners being selected by a panel that will include a former member of the Cypress Quartet. The Cypress Award will be in addition to the gift provided by the Musical Grant Program.

The Cypress Award seeks to celebrate artistic excellence and educational innovation across musical genres. In their proposal, applicants must display both artistic excellence and a creative approach to education. Applicants are encouraged to be innovative, thoughtful and bold. Winners of the Cypress Award will be announced along with the full roster of Musical Grant Program recipients in the spring of 2018.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183079

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Cypress Award will provide up to $5,000 to a deserving musical project that strives to make an educational impact in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants and Project Partners must:

- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Be a USA citizen or a legal resident;
- Reside in and plan to present their project in one of the fifteen Counties of the greater San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo);
- Have an annual organizational budget of under $100,000. Note: If your budget is above $75,000, you will be asked to provide a copy of your CDP or the first page of your most recent 990 Tax Form.


Past MGP Awardees:

Those who received an MGP award in 2017 are not eligible to apply in 2018, but will be eligible to apply for the MGP 2019 cycle if their project is completed and they have submitted their Final Report by January 31, 2019. Other past MGP awardees (from 2016 and earlier) must have submitted a Final Report for their completed project by January 31, 2018, to be eligible to apply in 2018. This restriction also applies to all Project Partners who were part of a previous project.

What InterMusic SF Does Not Fund:

- An entire season of concerts (although costs associated with a particular concert or festival are eligible);
- Concerts not open to the general public (i.e., educational or outreach activities at schools or performances exclusively for residents of a senior center, etc.);
- General operating expenses;
- Projects proposed by applicants or their partner(s) where either applicant or their partner’s organization or ensemble has a budget greater than $100,000;
- Fundraising events;
- Purchasing of equipment; and
- Paying off of debts.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Workshop:

There will be an informational workshop taking place on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST) at:

Intersection for the Arts
901 Mission Street, Suite 306
San Francisco, CA 94103

Click on the link in the Contact Information section below to register

Additional Information:

InterMusic SF - Musical Grant Program Informational Workshop 2:

Pre-Application Information:

Scroll down to the bottom of the URL for Full Text (RFP) page for the FAQs, eligibility, and information on how to apply.
Application deadline: Sunday, March 4, 2018, 11:59 PM


Feedback about your grant application will be available from InterMusic SF’s Executive Director in May of 2018. Please send an email to the funding source to arrange a time to receive feedback.

InterMusic SF will reply as soon as possible and may ask for a phone appointment for further clarification about your project.

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 register for the workshop:

All applicants must confirm their eligibility and the eligibility of any Project Partner(s) with InterMusic SF. Please answer the eligibility questions and submit your answers at:

For questions, please contact: or

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California: The Greater Bay Area