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Grants to USA Organizations and Artists
to Create and Release New Music

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New Music USA

Deadline Date:

01/30/20 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $15,000 to USA organizations and individuals for a broad range of music-related projects. Eligible projects are activities that release new music through a recording or a live performance. Preference is given to funding artists directly for their work, such as creating, engaging, and performing. Please note that eligible projects will include specified living composers and recent music as well as clear project dates and projected outcomes.

Other funding priorities: 

  • New Music USA prioritizes smaller grants whilst supporting a small number of larger projects. 
  • New Music USA is committed to supporting the widest range of creative work in all areas of the nation.
  • There is a special emphasis on funds towards:
    • The creation of new musical work
    • New live music for dance
    • Recording costs
    • Residency and community outreach activities

Through Project Grants, awardees gain more than a grant award; they gain access to New Music USA’s platform and broader network. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178453

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards can range between $250 and $15,000. The average award ranges between $4,500 and $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place anytime between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Composers, performers, presenters, and organizations based in the United States can all apply on behalf of their projects.

Ineligible Activity:
- Projects in which work is not in some way delivered or disseminated publicly through performance, recording, etc.
- Expenses that are not connected specifically to a project, including general administrative expenses
- Expenses related to purchasing equipment, instruments, computers or software
- Competitions or contests
- Tuition expenses
- Professional development
- Benefits or fundraisers
- Funds for artists and organizations based outside of the USA
- Projects starting before June 2020

Pre-Application Information:

- The deadline for submission will be 5 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
- The online system will open in early December 2019.
- Decision notifications will be sent via email before May 31.

New Restrictions:
- New Music USA will not support retroactive projects. Any projects submitted to the January deadline must take place from June 1, 2020 onwards.
- Project organizers will only be eligible to submit one project per deadline. Appearing as a collaborator on multiple projects is allowed.
- As of this round of funding, the roster of grantees will be rotated so that more people have the chance to receive support. This means that those receiving grants in the Winter 2020 round will not be able to apply again until Winter 2022.

To apply for a project grant:
- First, log in to your existing profile (or register for one), which can be updated at any time. For information on creating a profile, see:
- Create a project page. For details on creating a project page, see URL for Full Text below.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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