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By Aisha Jordan on September 19th, 2019

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Upcoming Grant Deadlines and Opportunities (9/19/19)

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The New York Foundation for the Arts is accepting applications for The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre.

Description: The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to address the underrepresentation of those who identify as women in film, music, television, and theatre. New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to administer this Fund, which this year adds music as a category.

The Program Will Provide:

  • Finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects
  • Funds for the creation of music recordings or videos
  • Production funds for live theatre

In addition to being made by, for, or about all who identify as women, projects are eligible if they feature a strong female perspective; and/or include a female-identified director and/or producer and/or writer/songwriter and/or engineer (for recordings) and/or female protagonist(s) or lead musical role.

Geographic Focus: New York, NY

Deadline: October 1, 2019 at 11:59pm


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The Eastman School of Music’s Paul R. Judy Center Grant Program is accepting applications for its Applied Research Grant Program.

Description: The Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research is a division of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music. The Center’s research and programming emphasizes the 21st Century evolution of the innovative ensemble, influenced by both the symphony orchestra and the chamber music traditions, with a focus on creative, artist-centered ensembles that reflect new models of artistic innovation, organizational relationships, and operational sustainability.

The Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research Grant provides funding for research and projects related to innovative ensembles. Anyone based in North America may apply.

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: October 1, 2019


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The Robins Foundation is accepting applications for The Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant.

Description: Robins Foundation believes strongly that one must connect the past with the future and align closely with innovation and transformation. It is the Robins Foundation belief that nonprofits have the answers to the most pressing challenges facing children and families today.

Awarded annually the Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant (CIG) funds one proposal that celebrates the imaginative, cooperative spirit of Greater Richmond. The award is designed to support a project that addresses unmet community needs or issues in emerging neighborhoods.

Proposals should demonstrate an innovative approach to solving the need, strategic collaboration and the potential for wider, long-term impact on the affected audience.

Geographic Focus: Richmond, VA

Deadline: October 4, 2019 at 5pm


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Bronx Council on the Arts is accepting applications for their Arts Fund, New Work, and Community Arts programs.

Description: Arts Fund (AF)Bronx-based professional and pre-professional artists, artist collectives and Bronx-based 501(c)(3) organizations with an organizational budget below $100,000 are invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 for high-quality arts projects that contribute to the cultural life of the borough. In 2016, Arts Fund distributed $69,000 to 25 artists and organizations.

The Arts Fund aims to develop Bronx artists and small arts organizations through its support of high-quality arts projects that engage Bronx audiences in a diverse array of artistic works in all disciplines, genres and styles. Bronx-based 501(c)(3) organizations with organizational budgets below $100,000 and individual artists living in the Bronx may apply directly to this program.

New Work (NW) supports individual Bronx-based artists through a commissioning grant in the amount of $2,500 for the creation of a new work in a community setting. Projects must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artist’s project.

With a maximum of only four (4) awards made each year, New Work is a highly competitive grant process for Bronx artists of all disciplines.

Community Arts (CA) supports local arts projects and activities that enable Bronx communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. All projects must be community-based and open to the general public. Local non-profit organizations may apply directly to this program; individual artists or collectives must apply either through a Bronx-based fiscal sponsor or in partnership with a community-based non-profit organization based in the Bronx. Grants range from $1000 t0 $5000.

Geographic Focus: Bronx, NY

Deadline: October 7, 2019



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Chamber Music America is accepting applications for the 2019 Presenter Consortiums for Jazz.

Description: Presenter Consortium for Jazz provides support to consortiums of three U. S. presenters that collectively engage up to three professional U.S. jazz ensembles (consisting of 2–10 musicians each) to perform at each presenter’s venue. Incentives are available to each consortium partner that invites one of the CMA New Jazz Works grantee ensembles to perform its entire CMA commission.

The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization’s work. CMA’s goal in this program is, through the panel review process, to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of the race, gender and jazz style of the ensembles that the consortium partners have chosen to present.

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: October 11, 2019



Chamber Music America is also accepting applications for its 2019 Residency Partnership Program.

Description: The Residency Partnership Program supports professional ensembles and presenters in building audiences for classical, contemporary, and jazz chamber music through residency projects. The program funds activities that take place in community settings and that are not part of a regular concert series.

Community settings must be accessible to the specific audiences you plan to reach. Examples of community settings are classrooms, libraries, healthcare facilities, senior centers, and parks. The program does not support private lessons or coaching for K-12 students, or activities for college- or conservatory-level music students.

The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization’s work. CMA’s goals in this program are, through the panel review process, to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of the ensembles’ race, gender, and style of chamber music.

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: October 18, 2019



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Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) is accepting applications for the Queens Arts Fund (QAF).

Description: Queens Arts Fund (QAF) offers grants to Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations offering distinctive arts and cultural programming that directly serves the citizens of Queens.

The Queens Arts Fund is committed to supporting emerging artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, working within all disciplines to create work that provides open and equal access for audiences in all communities of Queens, to further racial and cultural equity.

Geographic Focus: Queens, NY

Deadline: October 29, 2019



Japan Foundation New York is accepting applications for Performing Arts Japan 2020–2021.

Description: The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2020–2021 fiscal year.

This program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the US and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop a new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences.

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: October 31, 2019

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Puffin Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2020 grant cycle.

Description: The Puffin Foundation Ltd. seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. For the upcoming 2020 cycle they will accept proposals in Music, Photography, & Theater.

Application forms are not available electronically, but can be requested by sending a SASE (#10 business letter sized, self-addressed stamped envelope) to the address below beginning in September 2019. Requests for application forms must be received by December 15, 2019. Completed applications for the 2020 cycle will be accepted from September 1st until the deadline of December 30, 2019 postmarked by midnight. Applications postmarked after this date will not be reviewed.

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: December 30, 2019 postmarked by midnight (Requests for application forms must be received by December 15, 2019)

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About Aisha Jordan

Aisha Jordan is an Actor, Performer, and Arts Administrator originally from Amherst, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in The Arts from Eugene Lang College at The New School and her M.A. in Arts and Politics from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. She has collaborated with and worked for arts institutions such as, The Hemispheric Institute, Manhattan Theatre Club and The New York International Fringe Festival. For several years she supported Bronx Arts and Culture as the Manager of Visual and Performing Arts at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education. Most recently she taught a course in social justice collaborative performance at Eugene Lang College and is Artistic Director of 2050 Legacy Theater for Social Change. She believes artists are crucial to the advancement of culture and society and lives to support creative exploration.