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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Music Presenters
to Increase Exposure to Contemporary American Music

Recording Program Grant

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The Aaron Copland Fund for Music

LOI Date:

11/16/21

Deadline Date:

02/15/22 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions, and recording companies to develop audiences for contemporary American music. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full application. The Fund is interested primarily in supporting recordings of works by living American composers and those who are recently deceased.

The Program’s Objectives
  • To document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers
  • To develop audiences for contemporary American music through distribution of recorded performances in physical and online media
  • To support the production of new recordings of contemporary American music and the reissuance of significant recordings that are no longer available

What is Eligible

The Fund favors first recordings. However, reissues of significant recordings are eligible only if the music is not available from any other sources, such as ArkivMusic, Amazon, or other internet services at the time of application. Grants will not be made solely for the pressing or reprinting of additional CDs by the same label. In general, the Copland Fund does not support the reissuance of projects initially supported by the Fund.

The Fund is interested primarily in supporting recordings of works by living American composers and those who are recently deceased. The Fund favors works that were composed more recently. 

Recordings that will be distributed primarily or solely digitally, whether by download or streaming, are eligible. For all projects distributed digitally, grantees will be required to post liner notes and credits on an appropriate page of their web sites and to provide a permanent copy of the funded recording for the Fund’s archive.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164729

Estimated Size of Grant:

In general, grants will not exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The recording must be released within two years after the date of the first (or only) payment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals may be submitted by non-profit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions and non-profit or commercial recording companies. Non-professionals and students are not eligible.

Projects sponsored by universities and similar educational institutions are not eligible. For instances in which a proposal is made in support of an independent professional ensemble in residence at a university, but the ensemble does not have separate 501(c)(3) status, the university may serve as the fiscal sponsor, but the ensemble shall be the applicant.

Any applicant who, as of the deadline date, has one or more Recording Program grants that have been paid but that have not been released within two years after receiving funds will not be eligible to apply for a Recording Program grant, unless the applicant has received a written waiver from the Fund.

Grants will not be made for the purpose of commissions to composers.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- November 16, 2021: Preliminary Round deadline
- December 20, 2021: Preliminary Round notification via e-mail; invitation to apply to the Recording Program
- February 15, 2022: Invitation Application Deadline

All deadlines end at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the date specified.

Any applicant wishing to apply to the Recording Program must first apply to the Recording Program Preliminary Round.

Grants will generally not exceed 50% of the total project costs.

FAQs: https://coplandfund.org/faqs

Guidelines: https://coplandfund.org/programs/recording-program

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://coplandfund.org/get-started/70070

Direct questions to the Grant Manager at:

https://coplandfund.org/contact
Telephone: 212-461-6956

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
c/o Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP
156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1208
New York, NY 10010

onlinegrants@coplandfund.org

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