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Recording Program Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Music Presenters
to Increase Exposure to Contemporary American Music

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Aaron Copland Fund for Music

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Deadline Date:

02/18/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions, and nonprofit or commercial recording companies to document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers. The Fund is interested primarily in supporting recordings of works by living American composers and those who are recently deceased.

Additional program objectives are to develop audiences for contemporary American music through record distribution and other retail markets, and to support the release and dissemination of recordings of previously unreleased contemporary American music and the reissuance of recordings that are no longer available.

The following criteria will be applied in evaluating grant proposals:
-Quality of the music and the importance of the project to the recorded repertoire, to the composer(s) and to the performer(s)
-Artistic quality and performance history of the performer(s) to be recorded
-Feasibility of the recording project, including financial and other arrangements made with the recording company, timetable for the production and release of the recording, plans for distribution and promotion, and commitment from other funders
-Demonstrated commitment to contemporary American music

The Fund favors first recordings. However, reissues of significant recordings are eligible only if the music is not available from any other sources, such as ArkivMusic, Amazon, or other internet services at the time of application. Grants will not be made solely for the pressing or reprinting of additional CDs by the same label. In general, the Copland Fund does not support the reissuance of projects initially supported by the Fund.

Compositions for the proposed recording must be completed by the application deadline.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164729

Estimated Size of Grant:

In general, grants will not exceed $20,000. Grants will generally not exceed 50% of the total project costs.

Term of Contract:

The recording must be released within two years after the date of the first (or only) payment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any eligible applicant to the Recording Program may submit a proposal for consideration to the Preliminary Round. A group of peer panelists will review the proposals. Only the most competitive applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal to the Recording Program.

Please note that live streaming activity is not eligible in the Recording Program.

Who is eligible:
Proposals may be submitted by nonprofit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions and nonprofit or commercial recording companies.

Not eligible:
-Non-professionals and students are not eligible.
-Projects sponsored by universities and similar educational institutions are not eligible. For instances in which a proposal is made in support of an independent professional ensemble in residence at a university, but the ensemble does not have separate 501(c)(3) status, the university may serve as the fiscal sponsor, but the ensemble shall be the applicant.
-Any applicant who, as of the deadline date, has one or more Recording Program grants that have been paid but that have not been released within two years after receiving funds will not be eligible to apply for a Recording Program grant, unless the applicant has received a written waiver from the Fund. Please address inquiries to the Grants Manager.
-Because this program is extremely competitive, the Fund will not accept multiple proposals in the same round from organizations other than recording companies.
-Grants will not be made for the purpose of commissions to composers.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2019 Recording Program Preliminary Round is now open for applications.
Application Deadline: November 15th, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Any applicant wishing to apply to the Recording Program must first apply to the Recording Program Preliminary Round.

Applicants invited to submit a complete proposal will be notified by December 16, 2019. It is expected that applicants invited to submit a complete proposal will do so, which will be due on February 18, 2020.

Only applicants who have already submitted an application to the Preliminary Round and received an invitation from the Fund to submit a full proposal may submit an application to the 2020 Recording Program. No other applications will be considered.

Application Deadlines:
- November 15, 2019: Preliminary Round deadline
- December 16, 2019: Preliminary Round notification via e-mail; invitation to apply to the Recording Program
- February 18, 2020: Invitation Application Deadline

Grants will generally not exceed 50% of the total project costs.

More information on the Recording Program:

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
254 West 31st Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: 212-461-6956
Fax: 212-810-4567

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.