Aaron Copland Fund for Music: Performance Program Grants

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music supports performing and presenting organizations whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music through its Performance Program. General operating support grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music and plans to continue that commitment.

The program also provides project support for exceptionally important activities related to contemporary American music proposed by professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations that do not normally feature contemporary American music in their programming.

An eligible project is a clearly defined endeavor that includes one or more performances of contemporary American music and, often, other activities related to the performance(s) that improve the public’s knowledge of such music. Projects featuring only one contemporary American work on a single concert program are not eligible for support unless authorized in advance by the grants manager.

Support will be provided only for activities set to occur in the current season, designated as September 1, 2022, through August 31, 2023.

Eligible organizations include chamber-sized ensembles of any instrumentation; chamber orchestras; symphonic or other full-sized orchestras; opera companies; dance companies and/or ensembles (note the fund’s primary purpose is the quality of the music and performance, which must be done by live musicians); vocal ensembles and choruses; presenters; festivals; and presenter/ensemble hybrids.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and have a performance history as an ensemble or presenter of at least two years.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.