Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 5/12/2023

Performance Program

The Program's Objective: To support performing and presenting organizations whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music.

Funds are available for General Operating Support for professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music and with plans to continue that commitment. The program also provides Project Support for exceptionally important activities relating to contemporary American music proposed by professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations that do not normally feature contemporary American music in their programming.

Deadline: July 7, 2023

Eligibility Requirements
  • Non-profit tax-exempt status.
  • Performance history as an ensemble or presenter of at least two years at the time of application.
  • For General Operating Support applicants, commitment to contemporary American music.

Performing ensembles and presenting organizations whose programming (in terms of duration) for the preceding two seasons does not consist of at least 20% contemporary American music should apply only for Project Support unless otherwise advised in writing in advance by the Grants Manager.

The Performance Program supports the electronic dissemination of live performances, whether as a simultaneous transmission or via a recording of a live performance, by means including broadcasting and streaming. Expenses such as recording and electronic distribution costs can be considered as eligible costs in a request for general operating or project support when included live performance. Stand-alone recording projects (e.g., an “album”) are not eligible for support in this program.

Amount Description

In general, grants range from $1,000 to $20,000. Grant amounts for larger organizations with a demonstrated extraordinary commitment to contemporary American music may exceed these amounts at the discretion of the panel. Please note that the awarding of a grant for general operating support in one year does not imply continuation of that support in subsequent years. Project support grants are for that project only, and no more than one grant will be awarded for a single project.

Funding Type