California Arts Council

State of California

Grant Detail

New Music USA
Project Grants

Our approach to project grants is driven by two core convictions. First, that the best way to serve new music is to ask practitioners what they need rather than tell them what they should want. Second, that the process for requesting financial support should be simple and should help artists connect with audiences, not just funders.

Applicants are asked to present their projects using the same language and media they would use to build public interest in their work. Our goal is to make grantmaking less about grant writing, and focus instead on how artists naturally talk about their work.

Through our project grants, awardees gain more than a grant award; they gain access to our public network. By promoting awarded projects through social media, email, and our deep connections within the field, we work tirelessly to build a community around projects while supporting awarded artists as they develop their work.

Awards can range between $250 and $15,000. With a continued desire to impact the greatest possible breadth of artists and informed by valuable feedback we've received from the field, we will be placing continued emphasis on small grants requesting $3,000 or less. Similarly, we will continue our committed effort to support the widest range of creative work in all areas of the nation as much as we possibly can within the limits and restrictions on our own funding.

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Deadline: 12-07-2017

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