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Grants to USA Music Creators for Collaborative Projects that Lead to Career Advancement

New Music Creator Fund Grant


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
178453

Funding Source
NEW MUSIC USA INC
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
All USA
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/14/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to USA and territories music creators to support career advancement and professional growth. Funding is intended to support collaborative efforts of composers and artists who create original music to develop both new and existing projects while progressing to the next stage of their creative practice. Funds may be used for equipment, marketing, recording costs, collaborator fees, and other related expenses.

The New Music Creator Fund offers grants to individual music creators working in any genre who need support to get to the next stage of their creative practice. The program supports costs that relate to collaboration with other artists and practitioners. 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. Projects should be in progress or be developed in the next year. 

 The Fund supports and represents a broad range of individuals across the country and musical spectrum. Applicants will be able to seek support for a variety of activities which may form part of their collaboration. Applications must be led by music creators and can involve creative collaborators from any discipline. 

The following will be prioritized:

  • Artistic quality, ability, and skill in creating or performing music 
    • Projects that display originality of sound, music, and artistry, shaping the future of music creation and sound.  
    • Music creators who have evidence of experience making music professionally and are engaged in music on a professional level. Generally we do not support students. 
    • Projects that involve artistic growth or stretch, creativity, and innovation 
  • Projects with the most potential to have a significant impact on creative practice. New Music USA is interested in hearing how this project will help provide a breakthrough or help you advance in your career. 
  • Projects involving new collaborations, which are in progress and will be developed in roughly the next year 
  • Projects that do not already have funding or have limited funding.  New Music USA is interested in hearing why funding for the project is needed now, and the urgency for support. 

Eligible costs 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 
  • Project specific equipment 
  • Recording costs 
  • PR/marketing 
  • Technical assistance/skills building  
  • Support for digital presentation/creation of music videos 
  • Workshopping 
  • Joint R&D (research and development) into new project ideas
  • Other costs you consider to be essential e.g. childcare for yourself or a collaborating artist 


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The New Music Creator Fund offers grants to individual music creators working in any genre.

Eligibility:
- The lead applicant must be a US/territories-based music creator*
- This is for individuals only; organizations cannot apply
- Each lead applicant may only submit one request
- If the lead applicant appears on another application as a collaborator, only one project containing the applicant may be selected for an award
- If a collaborator appears on more than one application, only one project containing the collaborator may be selected for an award
- Lead applicants may not have been funded in the previous round of the New Music Creator Fund (December 2022 deadline, announced in May 2023).
- The applicant must be pursuing music on a professional level – support will not be given for creators who are completing their studies
- Activities/use of the funds should be in process and/or planned as of April 2024.

*Music Creator refers to any individual composer or artist who creates original music. Everyone who is creating original material – songwriters, producers, composers, improvisers – is considered to be music creators. Some music creators may also be performers; some may only create music for other people to perform. All of these individuals are eligible to lead applications for this fund.

The Fund is particularly interested in receiving proposals from BIPOC and other under-represented artists, and in accordance with their definition of new music, “anyone who is influencing the future of music creation and sound.”

Individual performers may also apply as long as their collaborator is a music creator. 

Ineligible
Organizations may not apply.

Artists working outside of the US will not be supported..

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

Pre-Proposal Conference
Please join a free webinar about the application on November 15, 2023 at 2:00 PM ET.

To register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PRN0LtzURfS432WW7xNMVw#/registration

The video will be made available on YouTube as well.


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New Music USA will host a FREE Webinar + Q&A on November 30, 2022 at 2:00PM ET.
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-music-usa-creator-fund-free-webinar-qa-tickets-465981963597

For those who cannot attend, the event will be recorded and posted publicly online.

Questions are also welcome in advance, please email them to grants@newmusicusa.org and indicate that it is a question for the webinar.

Pre-Application Information
The application portal will open on November 30th at 10 am (Eastern Time) and will remain open for two weeks. The application deadline will be December 14, 2023, at 11:59 pm (Eastern Time).

Decisions will be made in late April 2024.

If awarded, the grant would be distributed in late-May/June 2024.

An outline of your progress and experience will be required by the end of August 2024.

Process:
1. To be more transparent in separating out New York-based funding, applicants will be asked to identify their location by selecting either the Creator Fund New York or Creator Fund National strands of this program:
- Creator Fund New York: This strand is open to artists who live in New York state only. Approximately 40 to 45% of the funding for individual creators will be allotted and and awarded to roughly 24 to 25 artists in this strand.
- Creator Fund National: This strand is open to artists living outside of New York state including US territories. Approximately 55 to 60% of the funding for individual creators will be allotted and awarded to roughly 33 to 36 artists in this strand.
2. The application review will be split into two stages, the first stage being solely an artistic review of applicants’ music samples and the second stage review involving the full application.

FAQs: https://newmusicusa.org/faqs-on-new-music-creator-fund/

Number of Grants
New Music USA plans to make a total of 50 to 60 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
New Music USA plans to make awards of up to $5,000 each (with the average grant being $3,000).

Term of Contract
Activities and use of the funds should be in process and/or planned as of April 2024.

Contact Information
For further information and to apply online (from November 30): https://newmusicusa.smapply.io/prog/new_music_creator_fund/

For questions and information, please email grants@newmusicusa.org.

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

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