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NEA Launches Guidelines, Webinar & Content for Music

Published: 2013-01-08
The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to announce application guidelines are available for Grants for Arts Projects in Music: Arts Works & Challenge America Fast-Track deadlines are March, May, and August 2013.

Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes with at least three years of programming history in order to apply.

Grant Opportunity: Art Works
The NEA's Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Within these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged.

The NEA recognizes and supports a wide range of music, from classical to contemporary to America's indigenous jazz. It supports both performing ensembles and music presenting institutions including chamber music ensembles, choruses, early music programs, jazz ensembles, music festivals, and symphony orchestras.

Art Works project types include but are not limited to:
* Commissions, residencies, and workshops with artists; development and performance of new works.
* Music performances and other activities in public spaces intended to foster community.
* Performance and educational engagements by NEA Jazz Masters
* Outreach projects that involve diverse communities or that reach new audiences.
* Arts journalism
* Arts, science, technology

Webinar for potential Art Works applicants
The NEA will present a webinar for music applicants covering the basics of the Art Works funding category, how to apply to the NEA, discipline-specific details, and advice on preparing a strong application. There will be time for Q and A with NEA staff. The webinar will be January 30, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

A sample of recent Art Works music grants
* Network for New Music in Philadelphia received a $12,500 grant to support Electronic.NNM: The Mini-Festival featuring a new electro acoustic chamber work by composer Eric Chasalow.
* Ojai Festivals in Ojai, California received a $15,000 grant to support activities of the 67th annual festival. Programming will focus on American artists and music.
* Los Angeles Philharmonic received a $100,000 grant to support a staged version of composer John Adams's oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary directed by Peter Sellars.
* Washington Chorus in Washington, DC received a $30,000 grant to support the New Music for a New Age performance project, featuring the works of composer Tarik O'Regan.

To see the full list of recent NEA Art Works grants in music, visit the Recent Grants section of the NEA website.

Grant Opportunity: Challenge America Fast-Track
The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Challenge America Fast-Track grants: Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations; are limited to specific types of projects; and are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.

To see the full list of recent NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grants, visit the Recent Grants section of the NEA website. For sample application narratives, go to the Freedom of Information Act Reading Room.

Deadlines for Arts Works and Challenge America Fast-Track
There are two deadlines for Art Works grant applications:
* March 7, 2013 for projects that fall under the category of creation, engagement, or learning.
* August 8, 2013 for projects that fall under the category of engagement, learning or livability.
* There is one deadline for Challenge America Fast-Track applications: May 23, 2013


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