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Project Grants - New Music Creator Development Fund Grant

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New Music USA - New Music Creator Development Fund

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Deadline Date:

12/21/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $5,000 to USA and territories musicians to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for musicians who have faced financial losses due to the health crisis. Priority will be given to composers and creators in need, especially underrepresented and BIPOC artists.

The New Music Creator Development Fund offers grants to individual music creators who need support to get to the next stage of their creative practice in the context of the challenging circumstances created by COVID-19. The program will support costs that relate to collaboration with other artists and practitioners following the social isolation everyone has experienced over the past 2 years. 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 everyone has been facing.

Artistic collaboration is not easy in the context of the ongoing global pandemic. And yet, these periods of restrictions and isolation have been stimulating inspiring levels of creativity and innovation and new ways of working. This fund encourages new collaborations which tap into these opportunities. The nature of the collaborative practice will be left to applicants to define – it may revolve around existing work that you 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 you need with your artistic collaborators and/or a virtual performance of some kind. Most important to the Fund is that the work you propose will have a positive impact on the next steps in your and the other participants’ creative practice.

Projects should be in progress or be developed in roughly the next year. Priority will be given to artists who demonstrate the greatest need for support. The Fund's commitment to an equitable ecosystem for new music means that they are particularly interested in receiving proposals from BIPOC and other under-represented artists.

Expenses supported by the fund 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
  • Equipment
  • Recording costs
  • PR/marketing
  • Technical assistance/skills building
  • Support for digital presentation
  • Workshopping
  • Joint R&D into new project ideas
  • Other costs you consider to be essential e.g. childcare for yourself or a collaborating artist

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178453

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Number of Grants:

New Music USA plans to make 70-100 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Activities/use of the funds should be in process and/or planned as of April 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The lead applicant must be a US-based music creator
- This is for individuals only; organizations can not apply
- Each lead applicant may only submit one request
- Lead applicants may not have been funded in the previous round of the New Music Creator Development Fund (December 2020 deadline, announced in March).
-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 2022

New Music USA will not be able to provide funds to artists working outside of the US.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

New Music USA will host a webinar and Q+A session about this program and application on Thursday, December 9 at 2 PM ET. The event is free and open to all, register here:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: December 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST)
- Decisions will be made in April 2022.
- An outline of your progress and experience will be required by end August 2022.

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Contact Information:

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

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

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