NEA Grants for Arts: Music
Slots: 1 slot across all sub-categories listed
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: July 9, 2020
Award Information: Type: Grant
Award Amount: Cost share/matching grants will range from $10,000 to $100,000
Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants
Materials to submit:
- Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- CV – (5 pages maximum)
Link to Award: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/gap/music
Who May Serve as PI: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to advancing a wide range of music, from classical and contemporary to jazz. We support projects by performing ensembles and music presenting organizations including but not limited to chamber music ensembles, choruses, early music programs, jazz ensembles, music festivals, and symphony orchestras. In addition, the National Endowment for the Arts accepts applications from professional artist development programs, artist residencies, and service organizations.
Organizations of all types and sizes may apply for a variety of music production, presentation, professional development, engagement, and service projects. The National Endowment for the Arts is particularly interested in collaborations, innovative presentation strategies, and initiatives that help organizations engage audiences in new and meaningful ways. In addition to projects that focus on the standard repertoire, the National Endowment for the Arts encourages the commissioning and performance of new American works.
While we welcome applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, we encourage projects that address any of the following activities below:
- Celebrate America’s creativity and/or cultural heritage.
- Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
- Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.
- In the spirit of White House Executive Orders that encourage federal agencies to engage with typically underserved constituencies, the National Endowment for the Arts encourages applications from:
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities,
- Tribal Colleges and Universities,
- American Indian and Alaska Native tribes,
- African American Serving Institutions,
- Hispanic Serving Institutions,
- Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and
- Organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities.
Performances, presentations, and commissions
- Public presentations of musical works.
- Commissions and/or co-commissions.
- Development and performances of new musical compositions and innovative works.
- Performances and educational engagements by NEA Jazz Masters that honor their work, history, style, and/or significance to jazz; and broaden public awareness of the art form.
- Domestic touring.
- Festivals and other events (may include performances, lecture-demonstrations, audience talkbacks, master classes, and workshops).
Professional artistic development
- Professional artistic development and training programs for musicians such as conducting skills, mentorship, and career development.
- Residencies and workshops with artists.
Engagement, education, recordings, and technology
- Community engagement projects that involve diverse communities and/or reach new audiences.
- Innovative methods of engaging audiences (may include collaborations with other organizations, new approaches that have the potential to increase the impact on audiences, artists, communities, or the field).
- Recordings of works by American composers.
- Technology projects such as local broadcasts, online resources, and libraries that provide public access to musical works.
- Archival, documentation, and preservation projects.
- Education and related activities for youth, adults, and intergenerational groups. If your project is for youth, see “Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects.”
Services to the field
- Services that reach a broad constituency of musicians, music educators, administrators, and music organizations (may include workshops, conferences, publications, professional leadership development, technical assistance, or online resources).
We fund projects only.
A project may consist of one or more specific events or activities; it may be a part of an applicant’s regular season or activities. Organizations that undertake a single short-term project in a year — a ten-day jazz festival, for example — could apply for that event, or they could identify certain components (such as the presentation of a key artist and the associated activities) as their project. Describe the activities for which our support is requested, and provide specific information on the artists, productions, venues, distribution plans, etc., that will be involved.
Organizations may apply for any or all phases of a project, from its planning through its implementation.
A project does not have to be new. Excellent existing projects can be just as competitive as new activities.
Projects do not need to be large. We welcome small projects that can make a difference in a community or field.
Projects may be in any of the Arts Endowment’s artistic disciplines.
Our grants cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the project. All grants require a nonfederal cost share/match of at least 1 to 1. For example, if an organization receives a $10,000 grant, the total eligible project costs must be at least $20,000 and the organization must provide at least $10,000 toward the project from nonfederal sources.
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