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Grants to USA Music Creators to Support Career Advancement and Professional Development

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New Music Creator Fund Grant

New Music USA - New Music Creator Fund

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #178453

Grant Description

Grants of up to $5,000 to USA music creators to support career advancement and professional growth. Funding is intended to help composers and artists who create original music develop both new and existing projects and ideas while progressing to the next stage of their creative practice. Funds may be used for equipment, marketing, recording costs, collaborator fees, and other related expenses.

The New Music Creator Fund offers grants to individual music creators who need support to get to the next stage of their creative practice. The program will support costs which relate to collaboration with other artists and practitioners. Individual performers may also apply as long as their collaborator is a music creator. The aim is to enable music creators to take the lead in the development of new and existing ideas and projects. The Fund is also striving to stimulate creativity and collaboration between music creators and other artists from any discipline or background and to build community in response to the restrictions all have been facing.

This fund encourages new collaborations. These collaborations may revolve around existing work that music creators want to bring to life, record, or transform for a new medium. It could focus on the creation of new work, the R&D time needed with artistic collaborators and/or a live or virtual performance of some kind. Most important is that the proposed work will have a positive impact on the next steps in the creative practice of all participants.

Applicants will be able to seek support for a variety of activities which may form part of their collaboration. Applications must be led by music creators and can involve creative collaborators from any discipline.  Projects may be in progress or recently beginning. They can be process or performance-oriented, rather than leading to a definitive final outcome.  

The Fund aims to support and represent a broad range of individuals across the country and musical spectrum.

The following will be prioritized:

  • Music creators who have evidence of experience making music professionally and are engaged in music on a professional level.  
  • Projects that do not already have funding or limited funding  
  • Projects involving new collaborations 
  • Projects that involve artistic growth or stretch, innovation, or have an impact on creative practice  
  • Projects that display originality of sound, music, and artistry, shaping the future of music creation and sound.  
  • Projects that impact or contribute to the community in some way.  

Allowable expenses include:

  • Support for the time you need to create new material and initiate new collaborations with your proposed artist(s) 
  • Creation fees for a work in progress that does not have additional support 
  • Performer or other collaborator fees
  • Project specific equipment 
  • Recording costs 
  • PR/marketing 
  • Technical assistance/skills building  
  • Support for digital presentation 
  • Workshopping  
  • Joint R&D (research and development) into new project ideas  
  • Other costs you consider to be essential e.g. childcare for yourself or a collaborating artist 

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The New Music Creator Fund offers grants to individual music creators. The term "Music Creator" refers to any individual composer or artist who creates original music. Some music creators may also be performers; some may only create music for other people to perform. All of these individuals are eligible to lead applications for this fund.

Eligibility requirements:
- The lead applicant must be a US-based music creator
- This is for individuals only; organizations cannot apply
- Each lead applicant may only submit one request
- If the lead applicant appears on another application as a collaborator, only one project containing the applicant will be selected for an award
- If a collaborator appears on more than one application, only one project containing the collaborator will be selected for an award
- Lead applicants may not have been funded in the previous round of the New Music Creator Fund (December 2021 deadline, announced in April)
- The applicant must be pursuing music on a professional level
- Activities/use of the funds should be in process and/or planned as of April 2023

The program will support costs which relate to collaboration with other artists and practitioners. Individual performers may also apply as long as their collaborator is a music creator. 

The aim is to support and represent a broad range of individuals across the country and musical spectrum. They expect the applicant pool to be very diverse in terms of genres, styles, and aesthetic and they will be particularly interested in applicants that display originality of sound, music, and artistry, shaping the future of music creation and sound.

The Fund is particularly interested in receiving proposals from BIPOC and other under-represented artists.

Ineligible:

Organizations may not apply.

The program does not support:
- Benefits or fundraisers
- Competition fees
- Projects that are already 100% funded
- Projects that have already been completed
- Funds for international collaborators

Pre-proposal Conference:

New Music USA will host a FREE Webinar + Q&A on November 30, 2022 at 2:00PM ET.
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-music-usa-creator-fund-free-webinar-qa-tickets-465981963597

For those who cannot attend, the event will be recorded and posted publicly online.

Questions are also welcome in advance, please email them to grants@newmusicusa.org and indicate that it is a question for the webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Opens: Nov 11 2022 04:00 PM (EST)
- Deadline: Dec 15 2022 11:59 PM (EST)

Decisions will be made in April 2023.

An outline of your progress and experience will be required by the end of August 2023.

For further details about the program: https://newmusicusa.smapply.io/prog/new_music_creator_fund/

FAQs: https://newmusicusa.org/faqs-on-new-music-creator-fund

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

New Music USA plans to make 50 to 60 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000 each (with the average grant being $3,000).

Term of Contract:

Activities/use of the funds should be in process and/or planned as of April 2023.

Contact Information:

Apply Online: https://newmusicusa.smapply.io/acc/l/?next=/prog/238959/apply/

For questions and information, please email grants@newmusicusa.org.

New Music USA
114 John Street, #998
New York, NY 10038

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