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30 Jun

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Supports the Performance and Presentation of Excellent, Serious, and Contemporary American Music

  Grant Amount:  $1,000 to $20,000


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.

Applicants must meet the following 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.
Eligible organizations:
Chamber sized ensembles of any instrumentation
Chamber orchestras
Symphonic or other full-sized orchestras
Opera companies
Dance companies and/or ensembles (see note below)
Vocal ensembles and choruses
Festivals (see note below)
Presenter/ensemble hybrids
Individuals and student ensembles are not eligible. Volunteer, community and amateur ensembles are generally not eligible except when authorized in advance to apply by the Grants Manager.

Special note for dance applicants: The Fund’s primary focus for dance applicants is on the quality of the music and the performance, which must be by live musicians, not the choreography. However, the choreography must enhance the performance of contemporary American music.

Special note for festival applicants and other applications with educational activities: If the primary focus of the organization or project is public professional performance of music, the applicant should apply to the Performance Program. If the primary focus of the organization or project is educational activities, workshops, professional training, or career development, the applicant should apply to the Supplemental Program.

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