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Aaron Copland Fund for Music
http://www.coplandfund.org/
Once a year, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music provides funding for Performing Ensembles Programs, Supplemental Programs, and Recording Programs.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Alfonso Loera Music Scholarship Fund
http://www.alfonsoloera.com/prog.htm
The Alfonso Loera Music Scholarship Fund, administered by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, was created for Muskegon County musicians, age 12 to 24, who would like to either take private music lessons or get formal schooling in music. The scholarship will be awarded with preference for financial need, and the amount will equal one year of private lessons (at the prevailing rate) but can be applied as the recipients wants, either for school or lessons.
Note : We regret that there will be no scholarships awarded for this year due to market conditions.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Amateur Chamber Music Players, Inc.
http://www.acmp.net/
Amateur Chamber Music Players, Inc. is a non-profit association that facilitates informal playing and singing by people of all ages and nationalities, beginners to professionals. Over eighty organizations in the United States and Canada currently receive ACMP Foundation support for a variety of projects for people of diverse musical backgrounds and abilities. Grants averaging $3,000 are generally being used to provide scholarship aid and to underwrite staff salaries. The Foundation has as a long range objective the inclusion of chamber music activity as an integral, required component of the community music school curriculum.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

American College of Musicians / National Guild of Piano Teachers
http://pianoguild.com/
Certificates, fraternity pins, diplomas, medals, scholarships, and cash prizes totaling more than $50,000 offered annually to pupils or guild members for further music study. Winners selected for achievement in auditions, recording competition, composition tests, and international piano competition. Request applications and information from teachers who are ACM or NGPT members.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

American Composers Forum
http://www.composersforum.org/
The Forum has a wide range of programs to assist composers: residencies, commissions, fellowships, readings, recordings, radio shows, and performances.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

American Foundation for the Blind
R. L. Gillette Scholarship
http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?Documentid=2962
The R. L. Gillette Scholarship offers two (2) scholarships of $1,000 each to women who are enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program in literature or music. In addition to the general requirements, applicants must submit: A performance tape not to exceed 30 minutes, or a creative writing sample. (May be sent via postal mail or e-mail to jpacker@afb.net)
(Last checked 10/06/13)

American Musicological Society (AMS)
Fellowships, Awards, and Research and Travel Grants
http://www.ams-net.org/awards/
Opportunities listed include:
(1) Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation-year Fellowships
(2) Howard Mayer Brown Fellowships for minority graduate study in musicology
(3) Alfred Einstein Award for outstanding article in musicology (early stages)
(4) Noah Greenberg Award for outstanding performance projects
(5) Otto Kinkeldey Award for outstanding work of musicological scholarship (senior scholar)
(6) Lewis Lockwood Award for outstanding work of musicological scholarship (early stages)
(7) Claude V. Palisca Award for outstanding Edition or Translation (8) Paul Pisk Award for outstanding paper at annual meeting by graduate student
(9) H. Colin Slim Award for outstanding article in musicology (senior scholar)
(10) Ruth A. Solie Award for outstanding collection of essays
(11) Robert M. Stevenson Award for outstanding scholarship in Iberian music
(12) Philip Brett Award for oustanding work in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender/transsexual studies
(13) M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet Fund for Research in France
(14) Eileen Southern Travel Fund (to attend the AMS Annual Meeting)
(15) Janet Levy Fund for Independent Scholars
(16) Harold Powers World Travel Fund
(17) Eugene K. Wolf Travel Fund for European Research
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American Musicological Society (AMS)
Ongoing Grants and Fellowships Available
http://www.ams-net.org/grants.php
Lists additional opportunities.
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American Musicological Society (AMS)
Publication Subventions
http://www.ams-net.org/pubs/subvention.php
The Publications Committee of the American Musicological Society makes available funds to help with expenses involved in the publication of works of musical scholarship, including books, articles, special issues of journals, and works in non-print media. Individual authors or editors, or their sponsoring organization, society, or department, may apply for assistance to defray costs not normally covered by publishers, such as illustrations, musical examples, facsimiles, accompanying audio or video examples, and permissions. (Author subventions required by publishers are not eligible for reimbursement under the AMS program of subventions for individuals. In such cases, publishers should apply directly to the AMS under the "publishers' subventions" program.)
(Last checked 10/06/13)

The American-Scandinavian Foundation
Birgit Nilsson Opera Competition
http://www.amscan.org/grants_americans.html#pagelink_birgit_nilsson
The Birgit Nilsson Prize is awarded every three years by The American-Scandinavian Foundation to an American singer on the verge of an international career, providing a debut performance at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. Recent prizes included an award of $15,000. Applicants must be American citizens and no more than 33 years of age.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation
Grants, Scholarships, and Awards
http://www.ascapfoundation.org/
Provides a variety of cash awards and grants each year to encourage composers, up to the age of 30, and to provide recognition, appreciation, and monetary awards to gifted, emerging talents. Open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the USA.
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American String Teachers Association
National School Orchestra Association
http://www.astaweb.com/
Click on the National Foundation button to review the award and grant opportunities.
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American Symphony Orchestra League
The Music Assistance Fund
http://www.symphony.org/artistic/musassis/index.shtml
Grants based on need and talent which range from $250 to $2,500 are awarded primarily to Black and Hispanic students who may run into financial difficulties during the course of their study of orchestral instruments.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Anglo-Austrian Music Society
http://www.aams.org.uk
Every 2 or 3 years, the Anglo-Austrian Music Society holds a competition for the Richard Tauber Prize for Singers. The winner will be offered a public London recital arranged under the auspices of the Anglo-Austrian Music Society, together with a Prize of 3000 pounds. Additionally, 2 associated prizes will be awarded at the Public Final Audition: (1) the Ferdinand Rauter Prize of 500 pounds for the accompanist who gives the best performance at the final audition and (2) the Schubert Prize, which Schubert Society of Britain will offer to the singer who, in the opinion of the jury, gives the best performance of a Lied. The competition is open to outstanding young singers nearing the end of their studies or just beginning their professional careers.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Arleen Auger Memorial Fund
http://www.arleen-auger-memorial-fund.org
The AAMF awards study grants and scholarships to qualified applicants upon successful completion of a comprehensive review process supervised by our board of directors and musical advisors. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $2,500. The Arleen Auger Memorial Fund Scholarship is open to pre-professional singers under the age of 30 who are in the process of vocal study and demonstrate financial need. The candidate must demonstrate financial need and a “sincere desire to pursue a vocal career similar to that of Ms. Auger.”
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Associated Male Choruses of America
http://amcofa-sing.org/scholarships.html
This annual program is open to all qualified and deserving students of music. This year, successful candidates will be awarded scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 to $1,200 each. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in undergraduate university/college music programs during the 2011-2012 academic years. Preference is for students specializing in vocal music studies, though students of instrumental music are also eligible. Candidates MUST be sponsored by a member chorus of the Associated Male Choruses of America.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Beebe Fund for Musicians
http://www.beebefund.org
The Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians was established in 1932 under the terms of the will of Frank Huntington Beebe, a Boston philanthropist interested in music. The purpose of the Fund is to provide fellowships for gifted young musicians, generally performers and composers in classical disciplines, who wish to pursue advanced music study and performance abroad, usually in Europe. Fellowships are awarded to musicians at the outset of their professional lives, for whom this would be the first extended period of study abroad. Applicants must demonstrate a solid base of accomplishment in order to be considered and are generally not older than their mid-20s. A strong, well-planned project of study that will enhance the applicant's life in music must be proposed. Enrollment in a school or university is not required unless such study is an essential part of the project. The Fund provides financial support for round trip transportation, living and other expenses - approximately $15,000. Fellowships are for one year and are generally not renewable.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Berrien Community Foundation
Howard Instrumental Music Scholarship
http://www.berriencommunity.org
Deadline : early March
$1,000-2,000 is available to individuals who are at least sophomores, and are pursuing a degree in instrumental music. At least one scholarship available. For information and application, click on scholarships.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

BMI Foundation Awards, Scholarships, Internships, and Funds
http://www.bmi.com/bmifoundation/index.asp
From jazz to musical theater, from music education for gifted youngsters to support for the work of accomplished concert music composers, the BMI Foundation seeks out the best and most promising of today's and tomorrow's musical creators and offers a platform of support that fosters their growth and ensures the continuation of the heritage of American musical ingenuity for generations to come.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Catherine Herrick Cobb Scholars in Music
http://scholendow.ais.msu.edu/student/ScholDetail.asp?Schol_ID=19
The income from the fund may be used to recognize exceptional musical talent and to encourage the most promising students of music and the performing arts to attend the University by providing: i) tuition, books, room, board and other living expenses, and/or ii) expenses related to career development (including but not limited to, competitions, conference attendance, and the like) and/or iii) to support graduate assistantships in the School of Music, for one or more students or prospective students at the University at that time. Criteria used to choose a scholarship recipient include: Must be a full-time student and demonstrate financial need, strong scholastic performance or significant academic improvement in each successive year, special talents/achievements, citizenship activities, leadership, perseverance and resourcefulness.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Center for Black Music Research
Perkinson Travel-to-the-Collections Grants
http://www.colum.edu/cbmr/
Courtesy of Columbia College (Chicago)
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Chamber Music America Grants Programs
http://www.chamber-music.org/
Each year CMA awards nearly $1,000,000 to chamber music organizations for project support. Partnerships and grant programs are designed to help create new audiences for chamber music, foster the development of emerging ensembles, and encourage the creation and performance of new music. For more information contact Deidre Newbod or call (212) 242-2022, x111.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Chopin Foundation of the United States
http://www.chopin.org/
Sponsors scholarship program for talented young pianists.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Classics for Kids Foundation
http://www.classicsforkids.org/
The Classics for Kids Foundation (CFKF) was formed in 1997 in Bozeman, Montana to inspire and to empower young people to shape their own positive futures through playing music. The foundation fulfills its mission of building sustainable music programs by supporting strings education through grants for high quality instruments and mentoring. We are currently accepting grant applications for matching instrument grants and mentoring from nonprofit music programs serving youth grades 3-12 and other music programs with a nonprofit partner.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Country Dance and Song Foundation
http://www.cdss.org/outreach-funds.html
CDSS Outreach Funds are available to support a wide variety of programs and projects that foster the growth of traditional music, dance and song from England and the United States.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Creative Capital Foundation
http://www.creative-capital.org/
Creative Capital is a new, national organization supporting visual artists who are pursuing innovative approaches to form and/or content in the visual, performing, and media arts. Creative Capital will work closely with its funded artists to provide audience development, marketing and other forms of assistance tailored to individual projects. Artists will, in return, share a portion of their proceeds with Creative Capital, enabling the fund to support more artists in the future. Creative Capital funds artist projects in four disciplines: visual arts (includes installation art, painting, fiber art, mixed media works, public art, etc.), film/video arts, performing arts (includes music, dance, theater, puppetry, performance art, etc.), and emerging art fields (includes all forms of digital work, and experimental literature). Projects that transcend traditional discipline boundaries are highly encouraged. Creative Capital operates on a two-year grant cycle, funding alternative disciplines each year. The first year of each cycle, we issue grants in visual and film/video arts; the second year, performing and emerging arts.
Also listed under Arts and Film.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music
http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/awards.aspx?id=82
The Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music was created through a generous endowment from Morton and Dena Epstein to the Music Library Association in 1995. Grants are awarded to support research in archives or libraries internationally on any aspect of American music. There are no restrictions as to an applicant's age, nationality, profession, or institutional affiliation. All proposals are reviewed entirely on the basis of merit. The decision by the Dena Epstein Award Committee and the Board of Directors of the Music Library Association is announced at the MLA annual meeting. Calls for applications are issued in the spring.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts
Scholarships and Internships
http://www.donnareed.org/html/templates/dr_section.php?dr_section=scholar
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation
http://elizabethwilsonfoundation.org/
Offers two types of scholarships:
(1) Scholarships to elementary, middle, or high school student residing within the Lenawee Intermediate School District. High school seniors are not eligible after graduation. Approved camps include Interlochen, Blue Lake, M.A.S.T.A., Show Choir of America and other college-sponsored summer workshops. The scholarship is for camps relating to music or the performing arts only.
(2) Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 for the first year to graduating seniors (or have graduated) from a public or private high school in Lenawee county, Michigan. Applicant must be accepted for attendance at an accredited community college, or bachelor's degree-granting institution of higher education, and must be planning to enroll as a music or performing arts major at that college.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Fender Music Foundation
http://www.fendermusicfoundation.org/grants/index.cfm?sec=info
The Fender Music Foundation accepts electronic grant applications throughout the year from 501c3 or governmental organizations. Qualifying applicants are established, ongoing and sustainable music programs in the United States, which provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music. The intent of the program must be music instruction, not music appreciation or entertainment, and the participants/students cannot be professional or career musicians.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris
Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship
http://www.feusa.org
A private grant awarded annually to four graduate and post-graduate American students in the visual fine arts (painting, graphic design, print-making, sculpture, photography) and music (composition, instrumental or vocal performance). The scholarship is not intended for research in art history, or musicology, nor for dance or theatre. Successful candidates propose a unique and detailed project related to their study which requires a one-year residency in Paris. As this project should include enrolment in a recognized French art school or music conservatory, it is strongly suggested that the candidate establish a significant contact with a teacher or institution prior to arriving in France and to show evidence of this contact in his/her application dossier. Each of the Harriet Hale Woolley scholarships carries a stipend of 8,500 euros paid in five instalments throughout the academic year (October 1st – June 30th). Please note that the scholarship is designed to assist with the rent of an artist atelier or music studio at the Fondation des Etats-Unis, as well as for other living expenses. The Fondation is one of the student residencies of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. For more information about the Fondation and the Cité Internationale, please consult their websites: www.feusa.org and www.ciup.fr. The Woolley scholars are expected to participate actively and regularly in the cultural program of the Fondation des Etats-Unis by giving and attending concerts, art exhibitions, and various social events.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Foundation Center
Reference Guide for Musicians
http://www.grantspace.org/Tools/Knowledge-Base/Individual-Grantseekers/Artists/Funding-for-musicians
If you are an individual in the field of music and are looking for information on grants, this user aid will help you in your search. We have selected a few of the most important print and electronic resources for you to begin your search.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians, see Beebe Fund for Musicians

French American Fund for Contemporary Music
http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?article48&tout=ok
Application deadline: March 1
The French American Fund for Contemporary Music supports contemporary music projects – commissions, residencies, performances, tours, and master classes – that foster cultural exchange between France and the United States. The Fund awards grants to nonprofit institutions celebrating the work of living composers in both countries.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Gerald M. Crane Memorial Music Scholarship
http://www.grfoundation.org/scholarshipslist
Applicants may seek a scholarship for a variety of purposes which may include, but are not limited to: formal education, seminars, workshops, summer enrichment programs, music lessons, music concerts, musical instrument(s), music books, and any kind of musical material or combination of things. Applicants must be a resident of Kent or Ottawa counties and attend high school. Apply through The Grand Rapids Foundation office. Please mention that you need a Gerald M. Crane Scholarship application.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition
http://www.glennmiller.org/scholarships.html
The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society is offering four scholarships, $2,400 & $1,200 to instrumentalists and $2,000 & $1,000 to vocalists. These scholarships, which are awarded without regard to any other award, may be used for any education-related expense.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Grammy Foundation Grants in Music Preservation Projects
http://www.grammy.org/grammy-foundation/grants
Deadline: October 1, 2012 (Letter of Inquiry)
Funded by the Recording Academy, the Grammy Foundation's grant program annually provides support for music archiving and preservation efforts and for scientific research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. The archiving and preservation projects grant program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. The archiving and preservation area has two funding categories — preservation implementation (grants of up to $20,000) and planning, assessment and/or consultation (grants of up to $5,000). Visit the Grammy Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and the Letter of Inquiry form.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Harmony Foundation Grants
http://www.harmonyfoundation.org/
Sponsored by the fundraising arm of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Interlochen Center for the Arts
Emerson Scholars Awards
http://www.interlochen.org/
Thinking about attending the Interlochen Arts Camp in northern Michigan over the summer? High school students are encouraged to apply for an Emerson Scholars Award. Each scholarship is worth $4,310, covering full tuition, private lessons, and room and board for the eight-week summer program. Applicants must be in grades nine through twelve and be proficient on violin, cello, bass, harp, wind, or percussion instruments. They must submit a taped solo performance with piano accompaniment with their application. For more information, contact the Admissions Office, Inerlochen Center for the Arts, P. O. Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643-0199 or call (616) 276-7472. Use search button to locate information about the Emerson Scholars Award.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

James Tatum Foundation for the Arts
http://www.jamestatumfoundation.com/
The James Tatum Foundation For the Arts, Inc. was founded in 1987 by a coalition of concerned educators and civic leaders who recognized that in the Metropolitan Detroit area, there were many artistically talented youth whose potentials were not being nurtured to development. Check out the scholarship section.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Kosciuszko Foundation
Chopin Piano Competitition
http://www.thekf.org/kf/programs/competitions/chopin/
The Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition was established in 1949, in honor of the hundredth anniversary of the death of Frederic Chopin. The inauguration took place at the Kosciuszko Foundation House in New York City, with Witold Malcuzynski as guest artist, and Abram Chasins, composer and music director of the New York Times Radio Stations, presiding. Over the years, many outstanding musicians have been associated with the competition including Van Cliburn, Ian Hobson, and Murray Perahia. Today the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition continues to encourage gifted young pianists to further their studies, and to perform the works of Polish composers. Prizes: $5,000/ $2,500 / $1,500
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Kosciuszko Foundation
Wieniawski Violin Competition
http://www.thekf.org/kf/programs/competitions/violin/
The Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Violin Competition was established to honor Poland's great 19th century composer. It continues to encourage gifted young violinists to further their studies, and to perform the works of Wieniawski, Szymanowski, and other Polish composers. Prizes: $5,000 / 2,500 / 1,500. Note : the competition is held only every other year.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Kurt Weil Foundation for Music
http://www.kwf.org/grants-a-prizes.html
Deadline : November 1
(1) Research and Travel. Funding may be requested to support research and travel expenses to locations of primary source material. Applicants must be researching a topic related to Kurt Weill and/or Lotte Lenya and must submit a detailed outline of the proposed project, a writing sample, and at least one letter of recommendation.
(2) Kurt Weill Dissertation Fellowship. Ph.D. candidates may apply for dissertation fellowships to assist in research activities. The application must include a copy of the dissertation proposal, at least one writing sample, and two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s faculty advisor.
(3) Publication Assistance. Funding may be requested to assist in expenses related to preparing manuscripts for publication in a recognized scholarly medium, including editing, indexing, design, and reproduction fees. Not-for-profit publishing companies are encouraged to apply. All proposals must have been subject to peer review; such reviews must be submitted in support of the application, along with a copy of the manuscript. Normally conference proceedings are ineligible unless the essays have undergone significant revision and editing as components of a book.
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Meet the Composer, see Music Alive

Mockingbird Foundation
Funding for Children's Music Education Programs
http://www.mockingbirdfoundation.org/funding/
Deadline: February 1
The foundation funds projects that encourage and foster creative expression in any musical form but also recognize broader and more basic needs within conventional instruction.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation
http://www.MHOpus.org/
Created in December 1996 by Michael Kamen, Richard Dreyfuss, and Steve Herek, the musical composer, co-star, and director of the 1995 film "Mr. Holland's Opus", the goal of this nonprofit is to make the joys and benefits of active music making accessible to our nation's young people. The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation supports music education and its many benefits through the donation of new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved school and community music programs and individual students nationwide. K-12 schools can apply for this grant. The foundation makes repairs to damaged instruments, distributes refurbished instruments and then purchases new instruments.
Two opportunities are currently offered:
(1) Melody Program helps K-12 school instrumental music programs that take place during the regular school day. Public, private and charter schools may apply, however, schools must be Title 1 or be able to demonstrate financial need. Schools must have an established instrumental music program (i.e. concert band, marching band, jazz band and/or orchestra) that is at least three years old. If your school offers Orff/classroom music only, it is NOT eligible to apply. Schools must apply separately (please provide information for the applying school only, do not include information for other schools within the district even if the music teacher teaches at more than one school. Requests should not exceed $10,000 worth (retail value) of musical instruments. Full or partial requests may be awarded.
(2) Special Projects Program helps after-school music programs. After-school music programs must be at least three years old. Requests should not exceed $10,000 worth (retail value) of musical instruments. Full or partial requests may be awarded. If any portion of your music program takes place during the regular school day, please use the Melody Program application.
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Michael Davis Music Is Revolution Mini-Grant
http://www.svengirly.com/mir2/pdf/Mini_Grant_Application.pdf
Mini-grants up to $500 are available to public school teachers of children in grades K-12. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, equipment, transportation for a field trip, and/or to bring a performer or musical group to the school. Funds may not be used to pay for personnel, to replace state or local school funds, or for celebration food and drinks. Applications for mini-grants are reviewed three times each year. Deadlines are January 15, April 15 and October 15. Applications received after a deadline will be reviewed in the subsequent grant cycle. Applicants will be notified about the status of their mini-grants within 60 days of each deadline.
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Music and Letters Grants from Oxford Journals
http://www.oxfordjournals.org/musicj/grants.html
The Music & Letters Trust makes awards twice a year, in January and July, in order to support musical research. Sums awarded recently have ranged from £50 to £1500, with most falling between £250 and £750. Support has been given for the obtaining of research materials (such as photographs and microfilms), editorial costs (e.g. translations, reproduction rights), and expenses for research trips and conference attendance, as well as costs associated with conference organization. (The costs of concerts at conferences are considered for support only if the concert can be regarded, in the opinion of the Trust, as analogous to a paper by an invited speaker or as the illustration to an actual paper.)
Funds are not available for research towards a degree. Applications from students, however, are welcomed for such purposes as conference attendance and for research expenses not directly related to the production of a thesis. All applicants should provide detailed and fully costed proposals, together with information about any other funding received or applied for.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Music Performance Fund
http://www.musicpf.org/
MPF supports programs which are often the only source of live music in the communities in which they take place. MPF is the largest single sponsor of live music in the world. A main objective of the Fund in recent years has been support of music education in the schools. As federal, state and municipal funding for music education in public schools has declined, MPF has increased its commitment to filling the void. Repeated studies have shown that exposure to music enhances a child's ability to read and learn. It has been shown to improve vocabulary, concentration, enhance problem solving skills and study habits, and encourage cooperation. At present, 25% of our available funds are earmarked for in-school programs.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Musical Online
http://www.musicalonline.com/foundation_grants.htm
A compilation of funding resources including Foundations, Associations, Grants, Scholarships, and Organizations.
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MusiCares Foundation
http://www.grammy.com/musicares/
Established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, it is the mission of MusiCares to ensure that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical or personal crisis. MusiCares' primary goal is to focus the attention and resources of the music industry on human services issues that directly impact the health and welfare of music people. Sponsored by the Recording Academy of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

National Association of Teachers of Singing/
Art Song Competition
http://www.nats.org/
NATS offers a cash award plus a performance of the winning composition at a NATS Conference to the composer of the winning song cycle, group of songs, or extended single song. Competition is open to any composer whose submitted work meets the prescribed requirements, and who pays the competition entry fee. For further information visit the web site or contact NATS Coordinator, National Association of Teachers of Singing, 2800 University Boulevard N., Jacksonville, FL 32211, (904) 744-9022.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

National Association of Teachers of Singing/
Artists Awards Competition for Singers
http://www.nats.org/
The biennial NATSAA competition is designed to assist singers prepared to launch a professional career, and to that end substantial monetary and performance prizes are offered. The competition takes place every other year, in conjunction with NATS Conferences. Preliminary competitions are held regionally, and semifinals/finals take place at the NATS Conference. For further information visit the web site or contact NATS Coordinator, National Association of Teachers of Singing, 2800 University Boulevard N., Jacksonville, FL 32211, (904) 744-9022.
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National Endowment for the Arts
Grants Page
http://www.arts.endow.gov/grants/index.html
Although primarily a funder of nonprofit organizations, the National Endowment for the Arts also offers fellowships for individual artists, including musicians.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits.
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National Federation of Music Clubs
Competitions and Awards
http://www.nfmc-music.org/Competitions/CompetitnsAwards.htm
The National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) offers more than $750,000 in competition and award prizes on the local, state and national level. The Biennial Young Artist and Ellis Duo-Pianists competitions award a total of $50,000 in awards and two years of performance bookings. Additional competitions are sponsored by the Federation in a wide range of categories, including voice, instrumental music, composition, dance, conducting, handicapped and visually impaired, and music therapy. NFMC also sponsors more than 40 annual and biennial awards for students desiring to attend Summer Music Centers.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

New Music USA
https://www.newmusicusa.org/grants
Provides up-to-the-minute details on available funding opportunities for composers and other music professionals that are offered once a year.
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New York Foundation for the Arts
Opportunities for Artists
http://www.nyfa.org/level1.asp?id=1
NYFA’s mission starts with individual artists in the visual, media, performing and literary arts. This site offers access to the most comprehensive list of opportunities for artists in the nation, opening doors to the widest range of financial, educational, technological, and institutional resources and information. Provides information on fellowships, fiscal sponsorships for artists, including musicians.
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NYFA Source
http://www.nyfa.org/source
A database of some 6,000 grant, award, publication, and other opportunities for artists in all disciplines nationwide. These listings are supplemented by weekly jobs and opportunity listings that are part of NYFA Current. New postings appear every Sunday. NYFA's grants and other programs for New York State residents are also described on the site.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Opera Foundation
American-Berlin Scholarships
http://www.operafoundation.org/schol.htm
The scholarship competition is open to American citizens or permanent residents between the age of 18 and 30 who are beginning their professional singing careers.
The scholarship recipient will travel to Berlin to start his or her training with the Deutsche Oper in August. The term of residence is the Deutsche Oper Berlin's season: approximately 10 months, ending in June. Housing is made available and the recipient is encouraged to participate in German language courses at the Goethe Institute. During the residency, the recipients will receive advanced training and professional experience singing roles in Deutsche Oper productions.
Each scholarship includes a stipend in the amount of US$15,000 and a round-trip flight to Berlin, Germany. During the year, the students are offered roles in Deutsche Oper productions for which they receive an honorarium.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Presbyterian Association of Musicians
Seed Money Grants
http://www.presbymusic.org/ProfSeedMoney.htm
PAM Seed Money Grants are available for educational activities and events related to church music. PAM is dedicated to helping those who plan workshops, concerts, and other experiences which will inspire and enlighten church musicians, pastors, and lay persons in their geographical areas. Ecumenical events are encouraged.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarships
http://sigmaalphaiota.org/home/Philanthropies/SaiSymphonySociety/tabid/94/Default.aspx
Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. offers numerous awards to both members and non-members of SAI, including scholarships to the Aspen Music Festival, the Chautauqua Summer Institution Scholarship, and the Brevard Music Center.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Sinfonia Educational Foundation Research Assistance Grants
http://www.sinfonia.org/SEF/
Deadline: March 1
The sponsor provides support to individuals conducting scholarly research related to American music or to music in America. Eligible applicants must show evidence of previous successful writing and research (publications, master's thesis, doctoral dissertation, etc.) or show evidence of unusual knowledge or competence in the field to be researched. Applicants who are students or members of the faculty at institutions of higher learning must submit a statement from an institutional official indicating endorsement of the project. There are no citizenship restrictions.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Society for American Music Awards
http://american-music.org/awards/AwardInformation.php
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Society for Music Theory Publication Subvention Grants
http://www.societymusictheory.org
Publication subventions are available from the Society for Music Theory and will be awarded on a competitive basis to any member in good standing. Awards are intended to reimburse authors for out-of-pocket expenses associated with the preparation and publishing of any article or book in the field of music theory that has been accepted for publication. Among the possible expenses to which the fund may be applied are the copying and setting of musical examples, the payment of copyright or permission fees, the production of graphic and illustrative material, and the development of any relevant computer soft-ware, audio material, or other multi-media components essential to the text's production. Funds are not intended to support costs associated with research, travel, or editing. Authors will be expected to submit receipts to the treasurer of the Society documenting all covered expenses within twelve months of the date of the award. Grants awarded may be up to $1,500.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Strings Magazine Scholarships
http://www.allthingsstrings.com/Strings-Magazine-Scholarship-Program
Strings Magazine grants 1 $3,000 scholarship to a string student each year based on financial need, academic merit, and community service. To be eligible for a Strings Magazine Award, you must play the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Student must demonstrate financial need, academic merit, and a record of community service. Applicants may be enrolled and majoring in music performance or music education at any degree-granting college or conservatory.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Vergil Thompson Foundation
http://www.virgilthomson.org/
Supports nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. that have a history of substantial commitment to serious music.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

VH1 Save the Music Foundation
http://vh1.com/insidevh1/savethemus/
VH1 Save The Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to restoring music education to America's public elementary schools, and raising awareness of scientific research proving that music education dramatically increases early brain development and improves students' overall performance.
(Last checked 10/06/13)


Databases

SciVal Funding
http://www.funding.scival.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/home
http://www.funding.scival.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/search?preSearch
Provides access to a searchable database of more than 12,000 active opportunities, 2.25M awards (back to 2004), and 4500 funding bodies. Geographic coverage is strongest for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, European Commission, Australia, Ireland, Singapore, India, South Africa, and New Zealand. At present academic discipline coverage is strongest in the sciences and business; hopefully it will beef up funding information in the arts, humanities, and social sciences as time goes by.
For more information see Frequently Asked Questions: MSU Scholars (SciVal Experts/SciVal Funding)
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Main Library Access Only)
http://gtionline.fdncenter.org/ipl.php
Includes descriptions of more than 6,000 foundations and public charities that fund individual grantseekers, and is searchable by nine different criteria. Records provide contact information, financial data, application information, and program descriptions, with links to more than 500 foundation Web sites. Updated quarterly.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

GrantSelect
http://ezproxy.msu.edu:2047/login?url=http://www.grantselect.com/access
An extensive online grants database owned and operated by Schoolhouse Partners, and it contains more than 16,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,100 unique sponsoring organizations. Also provides a selection of funding news.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

MSU Scholarship Search
http://scholendow2.ais.msu.edu/Student/ScholSearch.asp
MSU offers a wide variety of scholarships, some of which have criteria which severely limit the number of students who might be eligible for the scholarship, while others have much broader criteria. This facility should help you find those MSU scholarships for which you might be eligible. You can search either by unit (College/Department) within the University or by criteria such as major/specialization, Michigan county of permanent residence, high school, or study abroad.
(Last checked 10/06/13)

Cornell University
Graduate School Fellowships Database
http://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/fellowships
(Last checked 10/06/13)

FastWeb
http://www.fastweb.com/.
If you have access to the world wide web and are willing to fill in the online forms, this service promises a free customized list of financial aid sources. FastWeb is actually a searchable database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from more than 3,000 sources for all levels of higher education. First-time visitors have to register (first and last name and a user ID), then complete a profile, including background and fields of study. Registrants then receive a list of all currently relevant funding sources. The registration information is stored and can be used on subsequent visits. The entire sign-up process, and delivery of available funding sources, can be a bit tedious: about five to twenty minutes, depending on the connection speed. Approximately 500 new scholarships are added to the database daily, so registrants can stay current. Provided courtesy of Financial Aid Information Page and Student Services, Inc. created by Mark Kantrowitz and sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
(Last checked 10/06/13)


Books

The books mentioned on this page are available for public use in the Michigan State University Libraries. If you are unable to visit our library, consider visiting a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection in your home state or a local public library in your home town. If the books are not available there, ask about interlibrary loan or visit a local bookstore to find out whether they can be purchased.

Artists communities : a directory of residencies that offer time and space for creativity. Introduction by Robert MacNeil ; edited by Deborah Obalil and Caitlin S. Glass. [Portland, Or.] : Alliance of Artists' Communities ; New York : Allworth Press, c2005. 3rd ed. 273pp. Funding Center (1 East) NX110 .A767 2005
This updated, expanded directory lists 95 in-depth profiles (US) and more than 350 residencies worldwide that provide studios and housing for artists in community settings that support more than one artist at a time. Each profile includes photographs; expected data (address, phone, fax, e-mail, Web sites, fees, and artist categories); useful added information (meals, selection process, special programs); wonderful added paragraphs about the community, history, and mission; other opportunities; quotes from the director and participating artists; and lists of past residents. A map of the US pinpoints locations of the communities. The introduction by Robert MacNeil (chairman, The MacDowell Colony) emphasizes the need for these communities, especially in view of present negative attitudes toward artists. International residences are listed alphabetically by country, then by name. Each includes the address and Web site for obtaining further information. These are all members of Res Artis, an international network of residential art centers and programs. Trans Artists is another organization that offers information on cultural exchanges. New to this edition is more information concerning family acceptance (spouses/partners, children, pets). Five indexes for the profiled organizations depict in graph form artistic categories, seasons and deadlines, fees and stipends, handicap accessibility, and companions allowed. A short statement about the alliance is presented, with board members and staff listed.

Dramatists Sourcebook: Complete Opportunities for Playwrights, Translators, Composers, Lyricists, and Librettists. New York, N.Y. : Theatre Communications Group, annual. Main Library Reference (1 East) PN1661 .D735
Contains a fellowships and grants section listing foundations and organizations that offer funding to playwrights, composers, translators, librettists, and lyricists. This directory also includes information about script production resources, sources of emergency funds for writers in severe temporary financial difficulties, the addresses and phone numbers of state art agencies, and artists colonies and residencies. Latest edition available : 2006. Earlier editions available in Main Library Stacks PN1661 .D735

Free Money for People in the Arts. Laurie Blum. New York, N.Y. : MacMillan, 1991. 258pp. Reference Funding Center NX398 .B58 1991
Lists organizations that provide grants, awards, residency programs, and other means of support for individual artists. Details sources in architecture, creative writing, dance, design, film and video, music, theater, and the visual arts. Each entry includes the name and address of the donating organization, an overview of its grant program, eligibility requirements, geographic restrictions, and application procedures. Also includes information on grants available to artists sponsored by non-profit groups, federal agencies that give money to artists, and how to write successful grant proposals.

Money Business : Grants and Awards for Creative Artists. Boston, Mass. : The Artists Foundation, Inc., 1982. 140pp. Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center NX397 .R66 1982
A resource book on financial assistance available to creative artists including poets, fiction writers, playwrights, filmmakers, video artists, composers, choreographers, painters, printmakers, sculptors, craftsmen, and photographers. Covers grants, awards, and prizes offered by various organizations. Funding opportunities cover both independent artists and students.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals: arts, film, photography, and writing.

Music, Dance, and Theater Scholarships: A Complete Guide. Cleveland, Ohio: Conway Greene Publishing Company, 1995. 493pp. Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center LB2338 .M87 1995

Music Scholarship Guide. Reston, Va. : Music Educators National Conference, 1994. 3rd edition, 209pp. Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center ML12 .M874 1994
A directory of over 2000 music scholarships from undergraduate institutions throughout the United States and Canada, including eligibility requirements, application dedlines, recipient responsibilities, and contact information.

Musical America: International Directory of the Performing Arts. Changed name to Musical America Worldwide. Highstown, NJ: Primedia Information, Inc., annaul. Fine Arts Library (4, West) ML12 .M88
Includes a listing of North American and international contests, foundations and awards in the field of music and performing arts. [2009 edition available]

Opportunities in New Music. New York, N.Y. : American Music Center, 2002. 10th edition, 88pp. Main Library Reference (1 East) Funding Center ML12 .O66
Lists American and foreign music competitions, grants, commissioning programs, workshops, call forsocres, and artist colonies. Earlier editions available too.

The Savvy Musician : Building a Career, Earning a Living & Making a Difference David Cutler. Pittsburgh, PA : Helius Press, c2010. 350pp. Fine Arts Library, Music Collection, ML3790 .C89 2010
This career guide for musicians contains a chapter that discusses grantseeking, donor solicitation, and fundraising activities. Includes a sample business plan.

Song Writer's Market. Mark Garvey, ed. Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, annual. Fine Arts Library (4 West) Reference ML102 .P66 S63
Provides information on where and how to market your songs, focusing on music publishers, record companies and producers, managers and booking agents, but does include a section on awards and contests. Latest edition : 2009. Earlier editions available too.

Stern's Directory. Continued by Dance Annual Directory. New York, N.Y. : Macfadden Communications, annual. Main Library Stacks GV1580 .D247
Covers all aspects of music and dance. Includes sections on funding agencies and programs, sponsors, and government agencies and councils. Latest edition - 2006; earlier editions also available

Annual Register of Grant Support
Wilmette, Ill. : National Register Publishing Co., annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .A7
Includes information on programs sponsored by government agencies, public and private foundations, educational and professional associations, special interest organizations and corporations. Covers a broad range of interests including academic and scientific research, publication support, equipment and construction support, in-service training, competitions and prizes, and travel and exchange programs. Organized by broad subject areas with four indexes: subject, organization and program, geographic and personnel.

Directory of Research Grants
Phoenix, Ariz. : The Oryx Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .D5
An annual print version of the Grants Database. Contains information about grants and fellowships available for research projects from federal and state governments, private foundations, professional organizations, and corporations. List grants programs by specific funding areas; indexed by sponsoring organization and grant name.

Foundation Grants to Individuals
New York, N.Y. : Foundation Center, biennial. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .F6
The most comprehensive listing available of private foundations which provide financial assistance to individuals. The foundations described have made grants to students, artists, scholars, foreign individuals, minorities, musicians, scientists and writers for scholarships, fellowships, student loans, internships, residencies, arts and cultural projects, medical and emergency assistance, residencies and travel programs.

The Grants Register
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .G7
The complete guide to postgraduate funding worldwide.

 

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