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NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre - MUSIC Projects

Grants to New York City Women Musicians, Bands, Producers, and
Composers for New Music Recordings and Videos

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City of New York Mayor, Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) - NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre

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Deadline Date:

10/01/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $20,000 to New York City women composers, producers, musicians, bands, orchestras, and ensembles to produce new music albums, EPs, and videos. The productions must be made in New York City and feature strong female participation. Funding is intended to support and encourage the creation of content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.

The grant funds projects in any music genres, including, but not limited to: Alternative; Americana; Blues; Classical; Country; Dance; Electronic; Experimental; Folk; Gospel; Hip Hop; Jazz; Latin; New Music; Opera; Pop; Rap; R&B; Rock; and Soul. There will be two applications; one for Classical, Experimental, New Music and Jazz recordings and one for recordings in all other genres.

Project requirements:

- “Principal place of recording or production” means (i) at least 75% of rehearsal and recording dates are in New York City or (ii) 75% of the project budget is spent on costs in New York City.
- Recordings must be an original studio-recorded EP or album with a minimum total playing time of 15 minutes with at least three distinct tracks or an album with a minimum total playing time of 30 minutes with no minimum track requirement.
- Recordings that will be distributed primarily or solely digitally, whether by download or streaming are eligible as are recordings that are distributed in physical form.

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre is a government-funded program. Accordingly, applicants will be required to propose a meaningful way to provide free public access to New York City residents to the project for a limited period of time. For examples, see:

For lists of project examples and eligible expenses, see the FAQs document:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186439

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be released by March 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding may be used to support recording or video projects that are made by, for, or about all who identify as women; and/or feature a strong female perspective; and/or a female producer or director credit; and/or writing credit; and/or engineer credit; and/or a female(s) in a leading musical role.

Applicants can be: a producer; composer; solo musician; ensemble, band, or orchestra (not-for-profit or commercial). Musicians, ensembles, bands or orchestras cannot currently be represented by a recording label.

Applicants must reside in any of the five boroughs of New York City.

Artists to be recorded (whether they are the applicant or not) must demonstrate at least two of the following:

- Evidence of a growing fan base.
- Recent or current performance schedule locally, nationally or internationally.
- Media coverage.
- Awards and honors.
- Previous funding

Pre-proposal Conference:

Upcoming Information Sessions:

- Brooklyn: Wednesday, July 24 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM at New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 12201, RSVP here:
- Bronx: Tuesday, July 30 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM at Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451, RSVP here:
- Staten Island: Wednesday, August 7 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM at Staten Island Arts, 23 Navy Pier Court, Staten Island, NY 10304, RSVP here:
- Queens: Tuesday, August 13 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM at Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101, RSVP here:
- Manhattan: Tuesday, August 20 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM at American Negro Theatre at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037, RSVP here:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2020 cycle will be available on Wednesday, July 10 and will close on Tuesday, October 1 at 11:59 PM EST. Recipients will be announced in March 2020.

Applicants may apply in only one category.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
20 Jay Street, 7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
P: (212) 366-6900
F: (212) 366-1778

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York