Applications open for Amphion Foundation’s Grant Program
Applications open for Amphion Foundation’s Grant Program
The Program’s Objective
To encourage the performance of contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers, through support to performing and presenting organizations that have demonstrated sustained artistic excellence, in addition to service organizations.All applicants must meet the following requirements:501(c)(3) non-profit status (or foreign equivalent), or fiscal sponsorship
Two or more years of performance or program history as an organization
Eligible applicants must:
Be a publicly supported non-profit or fiscally sponsored organization with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary concert music (music written within the last 50 years);
Have a minimum of two years of performance or, for groups other than performing groups, programmatic activity prior to the time of application (except for special projects of extraordinary significance: please contact the Grants Manager for approval); and
Have an operating budget of $10 million or less. (Organizations with budgets over $10 million may apply for project support with the approval of the Grants Manager.)
General Operating Support is available for organizations with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American concert music and with plans to continue that commitment.
Project Support is also available for exceptionally important activities relating to contemporary concert music that are out of the scope of an organization’s regular programming, and often (but not necessarily) a discrete initiative.
What is eligible?
The Amphion Foundation provides funding for the performance and dissemination of contemporary concert music.
Funding is available for eligible activity occurring between September of the current year and August of the following year. The period for the current cycle is September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024.
The following activities will be considered eligible:
Performances by organizations
Presentation of performances
Professional development programs
Advocacy and service
Any other contemporary concert music-related activity that has been reviewed and approved by the Grants Manager
What is not eligible?
The Amphion Foundation does not provide funding for the following:
Performances by individuals
Unincorporated or for-profit organizations except via a fiscal sponsor
Music publishing projects
Volunteer, community, and amateur ensembles*
Composer commissioning fees and/or honoraria**
Composition competitions (except as part of a larger program of support for composers)
Programming outside the field of contemporary concert music; this includes commercial, pop, jazz, Broadway-style musical theater, sacred, holiday, and traditional concert band music.
*Such organizations are not generally eligible but may apply if authorized in advance by the Grants Manager.
Educational institutions may not apply for activities involving school-age students, student ensembles, or credit-bearing university-level activities but they may apply for performances or other eligible projects that involve professional musicians (including faculty).
**Organizations that are part of a commissioning
consortium and wish to apply for support for the performance of the commissioned work should contact the Grants Manager for further information.
If you have questions about your organization’s eligibility, please contact the Grants Manager.
For the Foundation’s purposes, concert music composed within the last 50 years is considered contemporary. Projects featuring particularly significant concert music composed since 1945, as well as the works of Elliott Carter* from any period, will be considered on a case-by-case basis; please contact the Grants Manager for more information.
*For funding for a significant project involving the performance or recording of less frequently performed or recorded works by Elliott Carter, please review the guidelines for the Elliott Carter Special Grant Program to see if your project is eligible.
For the Foundation’s purposes, concert music includes opera, orchestral and chamber music for instrumental and/or vocal ensembles, as well as concert music in experimental genres and similar formats. Popular music, including commercial, pop, jazz, Broadway-style musical theater, sacred, holiday, and traditional concert band music, is not fundable.
Music Service/Advocacy Organization:
Organizations that support composers and performers through grants, residencies, training programs or similar activities, or aid in the preservation and dissemination of contemporary concert music.
*Please note that any organization whose activities include musical performances must apply as a Presenter and submit appropriate media samples. Applications from organizations whose activities include musical performances cannot be evaluated without media samples.
Music venues or similar organizations whose principal activity is to present live musical performances by a variety of performing groups throughout the year.
Organizations whose principal activity is to present live musical performances by a variety of performing groups for a discrete period.
Project (as it relates to Project Support):
The Foundation considers a "project" to be an exceptionally important activity or set of activities relating to contemporary concert music outside the scope of an organization’s regular programming, and often (but not necessarily) a discrete initiative.
Music by American composers:
Music by composers with U.S. citizenship, wherever they may live, as well as non-citizen composers who have lived and worked in the U.S. for a significant period.
How to Apply
For more information and job application details, see; Applications open for Amphion Foundation’s Grant Program
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