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Amphion Grant Fund

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Amphion Grant Fund


Applications may be submitted by publicly supported non-profit or fiscally-sponsored organizations that have a history of substantial commitment to contemporary concert music at a high level of excellence. Organizations must have been in existence for at least two years at the time of application. Applicant organizations that are applying for support for performances must have presented two full seasons prior to the season for which support is requested, except for special projects of extraordinary significance. In that case, one must contact the Grants Manager for approval prior to beginning an application. Applications from organizations with a budget of over $10 million will be considered only for project support. The Grants Manager should be contacted for approval prior to beginning an application. Please note that, in general, the grant program does not support jazz music.

The Foundation does not accept proposals for:

Commissions to composers
Endowment funding
Audio or audio-visual recordings of any kind
Music publishing projects
Projects that are part of the curriculum of an educational institution
Composition competitions
Performances of music by performers that include volunteer, community, or amateur musicians are not eligible for support, including any organization that may have been previously granted an exception to this policy. This includes choruses, except for children’s’ choruses, because of the unique nature of music composed for and performed by children’s choruses.

If you have any further questions about your organization’s eligibility, please see the FAQs.

Project support will be given only for a project that begins in the current season. Thus, for the 2019 grant round, support will only be given to projects that begin between September 2019 and August 2020. The Foundation will consider projects that fall outside of the period of support under extraordinary circumstances. Please contact the Grants Manager for further information.

Funding Provisions
For Project Support applicants: An eligible project is a clearly defined endeavor that includes one or more performances of contemporary music and, often, other activities related to the performance(s) that improve the public’s knowledge of such music. An aggregated list of contemporary music activities spread intermittently over the course of a season would not be eligible for Project Support, but could be considered for General Operating Support if a multi-year history of substantial commitment to contemporary music is demonstrated as an integral part of the season. Applicants should be aware that support in one year does not imply continuation of that support. In general, special projects relating to a broad spectrum of contemporary music will be viewed more favorably than those relating to a single work or a single composer. In general, grants will range between $1,000 and $7,500, although larger grants may be awarded to larger performing organizations with an extraordinary commitment to contemporary concert music or a particularly significant project. Organizations requesting support for the performance of a new work that is part of a commissioning consortium should contact the Grants Manager for further advice.

The Amphion Foundation encourages applicants to consider the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their programming decisions whenever possible.

The following criteria will be applied in evaluating grant proposals:

History of high-quality performances of, or otherwise substantially fostering the public knowledge and appreciation of, contemporary concert music;
The significant contributions the organization has made in the past and those it is likely to make in the future;
The responsibility and effectiveness of management.
How to Apply
The current application cycle is for Presenters, Festivals, and Music Service Organizations. The deadline is on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

The next application deadline for Performing Ensembles is on April 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Using the online application system to submit all materials
If your organization does not already have an account on our site:

You will need to create a new account. We will approve new accounts as quickly as possible, but please allow a minimum of two business days for approval. We may need to contact you during this process.

If your organization already has an account on our site:

Log in here. Then click on the “Start Application” button at the top of this page to begin the online application process. You may work on your proposal and must save it as you go along. It is not necessary to complete the application in one session.

You will need to supply the following information:

Organization Information
Contact information, including current e-mail address.
A copy of the IRS determination letter confirming tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that the applicant is not a private foundation. If the applicant organization is not based in the United States, submit a letter from a lawyer confirming its equivalence to a publicly funded 501(c)(3) organization.
Federal tax ID number
Three-year financial snapshot
Applicant Information
Type of organization
Special note for Fall deadline applicants: Those music service organizations that apply for a project involving the presentation of music must apply as presenters so that they can submit required audio samples.
Mission of the organization
If the applicant is a performing ensemble or presenter, or is applying for support for performances, the number of concerts projected in the season for which support is being requested and the two years prior.
State the specific time period for which support is requested.
Indicate the amount and type of support (general operating or project support) requested, and purpose of the request. Note that orchestras and opera companies, other than contemporary music specialists, may apply only for project support.
If project support is requested, please provide a description of the project, a breakdown of the project costs, and an itemized list of other sources of income for the project with the amount of support from each source. Also note whether support from each source has been secured or is prospective funding.
History of the organization listing all of the activities in which it has been engaged during the past two years and the activities in which it proposes to engage during the season for which support is being requested.
Description of the constituencies or audiences that are served, including size, age groups, and geographic regions.
For opera and dance applicants, as well as any applications for which the visual element is important to the presentation of the music, the Foundation strongly encourages, but does not require, video work samples of the performers, company, any choreographer and the project’s director. Video samples should involve live performances of contemporary music. If an applicant is unable to furnish a video due to legal or contractual obligations, please so state in the proposal.
Musical Materials (required only for performing ensembles and presenting organizations, or those that are applying for support for performances)
For performing ensembles, please submit:

For ensembles up to 13 players, a list of performers who comprise the ensemble. Please indicate the date of the beginning of their participation as permanent members of the ensemble. Please also indicate the number of non-permanent players who perform in each season.
Recordings of three contemporary compositions performed by the ensemble and recorded within the current performance season and the two performance seasons immediately prior (i.e., for the 2019 round, within the 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons). Each recording should be between three and five minutes in length (excerpts are acceptable).
Please submit recordings of live performances rather than edited studio sessions unless no live recordings are available. Musical examples should demonstrate the performance quality of the core members of the ensemble playing together in representative repertoire, rather than feature extended soloistic passages.
For each recording submitted, provide the title of the work, names of the composer and performer(s) and date of the performance.
For one of the three recordings a score must be supplied, and must be marked at the point at which listening is to begin. Scores in PDF format are strongly preferred, however scores sent by mail to the foundation office and postmarked no later than September 16 are also acceptable.
For each recording submitted, provide the title of the work, names of the composer and performer(s) and date of the performance.
If project support is being requested for the work of a particular composer(s), please include a recording of a representative sample of the work of that composer(s), even if the recording is by performers other than the applicant ensemble.
Supporting Materials
If the applicant is a performing ensemble, presenter, or is applying for support for performances, a list of all performances and repertoire for the season for which support is being requested and the two years prior, including identification of the performing artists or organizations, if applicable. This should amount to three consecutive years of information. Please do not submit this list in the form of season brochures.
A list with award amounts of foundation, corporate, and government support for the season for which support is being requested and the two years prior. This should amount to three consecutive years of support information. (Projections are acceptable for the coming year and, to the extent necessary, the current year.) For the year for which you are requesting support, it is required to differentiate between secured funding and prospective funding.
A list of members of the Board of Directors (or equivalent) and their principal affiliations.
Organizational budgets for the season for which support is being requested and the two years prior. This should amount to three consecutive years of financial information. Note that use of the Foundation’s three-year budget template is required. Organizations that do not submit budgets using the template are unlikely to be funded. There is space on this form for appending any explanatory notes regarding the budgets. Please be sure that your total income and expenses for each year in the template match those in the Financial Summary you submitted in the “Organization Information” section of your application.
Also submit your most recent audited financial statement, if available. (Not every organization is required to have an audited financial statement; however, if your organization has one for any of the past three fiscal years, you are required to submit the latest one.)
Application Deadline
The fall grant program application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 16, 2019. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by the end of February 2020 following the application deadline. Please do not contact the Foundation for information on funding decisions.

IMPORTANT: You are responsible for complying with all legal and contractual requirements that may apply to the creation of your materials. The Amphion Foundation hereby disclaims all legal responsibility in connection with your submissions. In case of questions, consult your legal advisor.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Policy

Prospective applicants are first encouraged to read the Frequently Asked Questions. If your question is not answered there, please contact the Grants Manager prior to the time of application.

Telephone: 212-461-6956
E-mail: grantsmanager@amphionfoundation.org

Hard copies of scores should be addressed to:

The Amphion Foundation, Inc.
254 West 31st Street, 15th floor
New York, NY 10001
Attn: Grants Manager