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NEA Grants for Arts: Music

Slots: 1 slot across all sub-categories listed                                                  

Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.                     

LOI:                                                        N/A

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:

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Link to Award:                         

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:

Project Types

Performances, presentations, and commissions

Professional artistic development

Engagement, education, recordings, and technology

Services to the field

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.

Budgetary Requirements:

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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