The Foundation considers music composed within the last 50 years to be contemporary. Concert music includes opera, orchestral and chamber music for instrumental and/or vocal ensembles, as well as concert music in experimental genres and similar formats. (For more information, please review the guidelines.)
Does the Foundation support jazz music?
No, generally speaking, jazz is not within the scope of the Foundation’s mission.
Funding for jazz programming is available from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Chamber Music America, and New Music USA.
Will the Amphion Foundation consider funding for holiday or pops concerts?
No, but pops and holiday concerts will not have an adverse effect on your application if there is sufficient eligible contemporary concert music activity throughout your season.
Does the Foundation support musical theater?
No, Broadway-style musical theater projects are generally not supported. Opera and dance projects involving live performances of contemporary concert music are supported.
Our organization does not have non-profit status. Can we apply?
Yes, provided you obtain fiscal sponsorship from a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. Be sure to review the guidelines and application instructions to submit proper documentation.
Can I apply to the Foundation as an individual?
No, the Foundation does not accept applications from individuals.
Non-profit and fiscally sponsored organizations may apply for funding for performance fees and expenses related to presenting the works of an individual composer.
Individuals may find grant opportunities on Candid.
Will the Foundation fund activity that occurs before the application deadline?
No. The Foundation provides funding for programming that occurs between September of the current year through August of next year. The current cycle provides funding for programming between September 1, 2023 and August 31, 2024. Activity that occurs before this period is no longer eligible. Activity that occurs after this period should be submitted as part of a future application.
Does the Foundation give grants to arts organizations outside New York City?
Yes! Non-profit and fiscally sponsored organizations with eligible activity throughout the United States and internationally will be considered for funding from the Foundation. Please note that organizations based outside the United States are only eligible for funding of works by American composers.
Does the Foundation provide funding for educational institutions or initiatives?
No, educational institutions and organizations seeking funding for educational outreach may not apply for activities involving school-age students, student ensembles, or credit-bearing university activities. Such organizations may apply for performances or other eligible projects that involve professional musicians (including faculty).
Youth choruses that perform contemporary concert music specifically composed for children’s voices may be considered. Please inquire with the Grants Manager.
Can I apply to the Foundation for a commission?
No, the Foundation does not provide grants for commissioning fees.
I am part of a consortium project. Can I apply for funding?
Possibly. Please contact the Grants Manager with your specific inquiry.
Can I apply for funding for a commercial recording project?
No, the Foundation does not support recording projects.
Funding for recording projects is available through organizations such as The Alice M. Ditson Fund and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.
NOTE: If you are making a recording of the works of Elliott Carter, please review the Carter Special Projects Grant Program guidelines to see if your project is eligible.
Does The Amphion Foundation consider diversity and inclusion in its grantmaking?
The Amphion Foundation encourages programming that whenever possible celebrates a broad spectrum of diverse creators and strives to reflect the communities served by the organization.
The Amphion Foundation encourages applicants to consider the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their programming decisions whenever possible.
How do I complete an application?
How do I obtain an account?
(Note: before registering for the site, please confer with your colleagues to determine whether your organization already has an account. If in doubt, contact the Grants Manager.)
Immediately upon registering on the site, you will receive a confirmation e-mail at the address that you provided. Foundation staff will then assess your organization’s eligibility and respond to your account request within 3 to 5 business days. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam filter for a message from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should I apply to the spring or fall cycle or both?
Performing organizations (e.g. orchestras, choirs, chamber music groups, opera and dance companies, etc.) must apply to the spring cycle. All other organizations including presenters and festivals must apply to the fall cycle.
Performing organizations may also apply to the fall grant cycle only if they operate a discrete and substantial standalone program that qualifies for fall grant cycle eligibility, and only with permission from the grants manager.
Do I need to submit a Letter of Intent?
No, the Foundation does not request letters of intent.
What belongs in a proposal summary?
This should be a two- or three-sentence description of your funding request.
Should I apply for general operating or project support?
If your organization has a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American concert music and plans to continue that commitment, you should apply for general operating support.
If your organization plans to present contemporary concert music as part of more eclectic programming or will be presenting a discrete program featuring eligible activity, you should apply for project support.
What is an appropriate funding ask?
Grant awards generally range from $1,000 to $7,500. The Foundation advises project support applicants not to ask for more than 50% of the total project cost.
Note: Grant awards do not exceed the total requested amount.
Is there a limit to the amount of text I can input into the text boxes?
Not technically, no. The text boxes have unlimited capacity, despite the limitations indicated in the application. But the panelists strongly prefer brevity, so we recommend that you make your answers as concise as possible while still making the case for your application.
What belongs in a proposal narrative?
A proposal narrative should be a general description of your organization’s activities, plans for the upcoming season, and any other significant points to make your case for support.
What belongs in a project description?
Note: this applies only to applicants submitting for project support.
This should be a brief, yet detailed, description of the project such as information about the performers, repertoire, venue(s), timeframe, and audiences served. For non-concert projects, applicants should supply details about the personnel and participants involved, timeframe for completion, and end goal of a proposed project.
May I submit video links in lieu of uploading MP3 audio files?
No. You may submit video in addition to uploading audio files, but the Foundation requires that all organizations that request funding for performance activity submit audio files as specified in the guidelines.
May I submit audio other than MP3 files?
No. The system only supports MP3 files. Each upload may not exceed 32 MB.
Do I have to use the budget template provided?
Yes, you must use the template we have provided as it incorporates the format and level of detail we wish to see.
What is the difference between organizational budgets and financial statements?
Organizational budgets refer to revenue and expense statements. The Foundation requires that each applicant submit the following using the budget template provided:
the actual statement from the preceding fiscal year;
a projected statement (budget) for the current fiscal year; and
a projected statement (budget) for the fiscal year for which support is requested.
Financial statements are generally prepared by an accountant, and sometimes audited, and reflect a more complete picture of an organization's financial details, including statements of activity, cash flow, balance sheets, and accompanying notes.
While it is not required, if your organization has an audited financial statement for any of the past three fiscal years, please submit the most recent one.
Note: Please check your local laws to determine whether you are required to have audited financial statements.
We are applying with a fiscal sponsor. Should we submit budgets for our organization or those of our fiscal sponsor?
Submit your organization's budgets. We will contact you if we need more information about your fiscal sponsor.
I have a question about grant awards.
When will award decisions be announced?
Award decisions for the spring round are generally announced in August; decisions for the fall round are generally announced in March. Please do not contact the Foundation for grant decisions.
What is the average amount of a grant?
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.
Who reviews the applications?
The Foundation’s panels are made up of a combination of members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and guest panelists from the contemporary concert music field.
Why didn’t we get funding?
Our programs are very competitive. Unfortunately, each year many worthy projects cannot be funded simply because they exceed our available resources. Please contact the Grants Manager if you wish to schedule a feedback session about how your proposal could be improved in the future. (Please note that application feedback cannot be shared via email.)
I registered for the site, but haven't received a confirmation e-mail. What do I do?
Please check your spam filter for an email from email@example.com. If the message is not in your junk e-mail box, call us at 212-461-6956 so that we can assist you further.
How do I update my username and password?
Click on "My Account" on the upper-right hand corner of the page, then click "Username & Password" to update your information. Foundation staff do not have access to your password but can help you change it if necessary.
What is the relationship between The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Amphion Foundation?
Both Foundations fund contemporary concert music, use the same grant application software, and contract the same support staff. They are otherwise discrete organizations with different leadership and different funding priorities.
Please note that, provided your season plans or project are eligible under each foundation’s guidelines, there is no restriction on applying to both the Amphion Foundation and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music for support.
I have a question that isn’t answered here. What do I do?
Please be sure to review the grant program guidelines and all FAQs. If you still have a question, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply within 3 to 5 business days.
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