cartermusic

Elliott Carter Special Grant Program

The 2019 Elliott Carter Special Grant Program is now open for applications.
Application Deadline: April 1st, 2019 - 11:59PM

Eligibility

Funds are available for Special Projects involving the music of Elliott Carter for professional performing ensembles, presenting organizations, and other organizations with plans to carry out a substantial project involving the music of Elliott Carter. The Elliott Carter Special Grant Program also provides Project Support for first time recording projects relating to the music of Elliott Carter.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

Proposals may be submitted by non-profit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions and non-profit or commercial recording companies. Non-professionals, students and individual performers are not eligible for support.

Applicants must have performance history as an ensemble or presenter of at least two years at the time of application.

Eligible organizations:

  • Chamber sized ensembles of any instrumentation
  • Chamber orchestras
  • Symphonic or other full-sized orchestras
  • Opera companies
  • Dance companies and/or ensembles (see note below)
  • Vocal ensembles and choruses
  • Presenters
  • Festivals (see note below)
  • Presenter/ensemble hybrids
  • Commercial Recording Companies
  • Non-Profit Recording Companies

Projects sponsored by universities and similar educational institutions are not eligible. For instances in which a proposal is made in support of an independent professional ensemble in residence at a university, but the ensemble does not have separate 501(c)(3) status, the university may serve as the fiscal sponsor, but the ensemble shall be the applicant.

Special note for dance applicants: The Carter Special Grant Program’s primary focus for dance applicants is on the quality of the music and the performance, which must be by live musicians, not the choreography. However, the choreography must enhance the performance of Carter’s music.

Project support for presentations being given in a season after the season during which support is applied for will be considered, but funding generally will not be released until the beginning of the season in which the presentation will occur.

Funding Provisions and Review Procedures

The following criteria will be applied in evaluating grant proposals:

  • For ensembles: artistic quality and ability of the ensemble to perform Elliott Carter’s music at the highest standard, as determined from the work samples, and its overall repertoire/proposed concert program.
  • For presenters, or organizations that are otherwise involved with performances: are the ensembles and Elliott Carter repertoire being presented of outstanding artistic quality?
  • Demonstrated financial ability to carry the proposed project to completion.
  • Will this project encourage and improve the public knowledge and appreciation of Elliott Carter’s music?

How to Apply

Although the Carter Special Project program is separate from the Amphion Foundation's grant programs, applications are made through the Amphion on-line grant making system.

If your organization does not already have an account on the Amphion Foundation online system:

You will need to create a new account. We will approve new accounts as quickly as possible, but please allow one to two business days for approval.

If your organization already has an account on the Amphion site:

Log in here.

Then click on the Start a New Application button at the top of this page to begin the online application process. You may work on your proposal and 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
  • 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 in the home jurisdiction of the applicant confirming its equivalence to a publicly funded 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Federal tax ID number (for U.S. applicants)

Applicant Information

  • Type of ensemble (if applicable)
  • Type of presenter (if applicable)
  • Recording Applicant (if applicable)
  • Mission of the organization

Proposal

  • Indicate the amount requested and the total cost of the project.
  • Please provide a description of the project.
  • Please provide a project budget 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 and information on the principal artistic personnel and/or ensemble members.
  • Description of the audiences that are served, including size, age groups, and geographic regions.

Musical Materials

  • Three recordings of Elliott Carter works or comparable contemporary classical compositions performed by the ensemble or a representative sample of the ensemble(s) to be presented (for presenter applicants). 2 of the 3 mp3 music samples must be excerpts of Elliott Carter works.
  • All musical samples should be recorded within the two performance seasons immediately prior to the application date (i.e., for the 2018 round, within the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons). Each recording should be between 3 and 5 minutes in length (excerpts are acceptable).
  • If the applicant does not have two Carter samples from those years, it may submit its most recent samples from the preceding four performance seasons. If the applicant has no Carter samples from the last four seasons, please contact the Grants Manager before submitting an application.
  • Note: For projects other than recording projects, please submit recordings of live performances and not edited studio sessions unless no live recordings are available.
  • For recording projects, please submit the final master or closest available version to a final master.
  • 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 1 of the 3 recordings a score in PDF format must be supplied, and must be marked at the point at which listening is to begin. If you cannot acquire a PDF score of any of your examples, please contact the Grants Manager for advice.
  • For opera and dance projects, the Carter Special Project Fund strongly encourages, but does not require, video work samples of the company, any choreographer and the project’s director. Video samples should involve live performances of contemporary music.
  • Work samples should represent the nature of the applicant’s Carter Special Project activity to the best of the applicant’s ability. If available work samples do not strictly meet the guidelines’ requirements, contact Grants Manager for advice.

Application Deadline

Due to the competitive nature of the special project request process and limited resources of the Elliott Carter Special Project Fund, requests will be reviewed twice annually. Notification will be sent via email on a rolling basis. For a project where the performance will occur within six months of the application date, the applicant may request expedited handling.

Please note that the Elliott Carter Special Project Fund only makes grants to US 501(c)(3) entities or foreign charitable entities with proof of equivalent status. The Fund does not make direct grants to individuals or to for-profit entities such as commercial recording companies. Such entities should consider applying via a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor if eligible.

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

Inquiries

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

General FAQs

When may an organization apply for a grant?

There are two deadlines each year for submission of grant proposals. The non-performing ensemble deadline is September 15, 2018. The next performing ensembles deadline is April 1, 2019. 

Does the Foundation support musical theater?

Opera and dance projects involving live performances of contemporary concert music are supported. Broadway-style musical theater projects are generally not supported.

We are applying with a fiscal sponsor. For ”organizational budgets” should we submit our organization's budgets or the fiscal sponsor's?

Submit your organization's budgets. We will follow up with you if we need more information about your fiscal sponsor. 

What is the average amount of a grant?

For smaller organizations, grants range from $1,000 to $5,000; for larger institutions, awards average from $3,000 to $7,500, although larger grants may be awarded to larger performing organizations with an extraordinary commitment to contemporary concert music or a particularly ambitious project.

Does the Foundation support “pop” music?

Pop music is not supported. The Foundation’s emphasis is on contemporary concert music.

 

Which three years of organizational budgets should I submit?

Please submit organizational budgets for the season for which support is being requested and the two years prior. For the 2017 round, this means FY 2018, FY 2017 and FY 2016. Use of the Foundation’s 3-year Excel budget template is required.

Does the Foundation give grants to arts organizations outside New York City?

Yes. Non-profit performing and presenting organizations in addition to non-profit service organizations throughout the United States and abroad are eligible to receive grants from the Foundation. For information on how to apply, see the Guidelines page at this web site.

Are universities and other educational institutions eligible for support?

Educational institutions may apply for projects that involve professional musicians (including faculty). Activities including student ensembles are generally not eligible for support. Performances that are primarily by professional musicians are eligible even if some students also participate.

Youth choruses performing at an exceptionally high level are eligible for support, provided that they are performing contemporary concert music intended for young voices.

What is the difference between organizational budgets and financial statements (in the supporting materials section)?

Organizational budgets refer to three consecutive years of revenue and expense statements:

  • the actual statement from the preceding fiscal year
  • a projected statement (budget) for the current fiscal year
  • a projected statement (budget) for the fiscal year for which support is requested

We require using our Excel template to create your organizational budgets; the template incorporates the format and level of detail we wish to see.

Financial statements refer to statements, often prepared by an accountant and sometimes audited, that reflect a more complete picture of an organization's financial details, including statements of activity, cash flow, balance sheets, and accompanying notes. 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. 

I am an individual composer. Can I apply to the Foundation for a commission?

The Foundation does not make grants to composers for commissioning new works. A good place for individual composers to research grant opportunities is The Foundation Center in New York City. The Foundation Center has an informative web site at www.fdncenter.org.

Our university is seeking funding for a project. May we apply for indirect costs?

The Amphion Foundation will not fund indirect costs on a project, so it is advised that you do not include them in the budget.

When will decisions be announced?

Award decisions will be announced in the January following the Septempber 15 deadline. 

Award decisions will be announced in the July following the April 1 application deadline.

Please do not contact the Foundation for grant decisions. 

I am making a recording of contemporary concert music. Can I apply to the Foundation for support?

The Foundation does not support recordings.

 

Are music education projects eligible for funding?

Education projects focused on pre-college age children are generally not eligible.

The Foundation will consider professional level performance projects with an education component, as well as training programs for emerging professional-level musicians or composers, provided that they have a focus on contemporary concert music.

My project will take place before the application deadline. Am I still eligible to apply?

Except in rare circumstances, projects that take place before the deadline will not be considered.

What is the Foundation’s definition of a "project"?

The Foundation considers a "project" to be out of the scope of an organization’s regular programming activities, often (but not necessarily) a one-off initiative that adds incremental expenses to your operating budget in order to achieve its goals.  An aggregated list of your contemporary music activities spread intermittently over the course of a season would not be eligible for project support.  Please explain how you will fund those aspects of the project expenses not covered by the Amphion Foundation in order to ensure the project can take place as envisioned.


 

Our proposal was not funded. Can you tell us why?

Programs are very competitive. Unfortunately, each year many worthy projects cannot be funded simply because they exceed our available resources. You are welcome to call the Grants Manager at 212-461-6956 for feedback about how your proposal could be improved in the future.

What organizations are eligible to apply for general operating support?

Chamber ensembles (those comprised of under 20 performers), service organizations and presenters are eligible to apply for general operating support.  Large organizations such as orchestras and opera companies, other than contemporary music specialists, are eligible to apply only for project support.

What is the Foundation’s definition of "contemporary"?

For the Foundation’s purposes, music written in 1960 or later is considered contemporary.

Our organization performs/presents pops and holiday programming. Is this repertoire eligible for support?

Generally, no. The Foundation’s emphasis is on contemporary concert music. However, programs of this nature do not have an adverse effect on your application as long as there is sufficient eligible contemporary concert music activity.

Must I use the Foundation’s 3-year budget template or may I upload my organization’s pre-existing budgets for my application?

The Foundation requires use of its 3-year budget Excel template.  Other budget documents are not accepted and should not be uploaded to the application.  As part of the form, you will find space to make any explanatory notes you find necessary.

What is the Foundation’s definition of a "performing ensemble"?

Performing groups such as orchestras, opera companies and chamber music groups with a consistent core membership, as well as ”flexible” ensembles with consistent artistic leadership and identity, are considered performing ensembles. Dance companies are also eligible to apply for projects that involve live performances of contemporary concert music.

Please note that orchestras and opera companies that do not specialize in contemporary music are only eligible to apply for project support.

 

My organization is the lead applicant in a consortium project. Does it have to be a service organization, a presenter or a performing ensemble in order to apply?

The lead applicant in a consortium project must have non-profit status, but doesn’t need to fit the criteria for service organizations, presenters or performing ensembles.

Consortium projects that support composers and performers through grants, residencies, training programs, etc. or aid in the preservation and dissemination of contemporary concert music, or projects that involve organizing and presenting live performances of contemporary concert music are eligible for support.  

Do I need to submit a Letter of Intent in order to apply?

There will be no letter of intent to submit prior to applying to the program.

What is the Foundation’s definition of a "presenter"?

Music festivals, music venues, and any other organization that organizes and presents live musical performances by a variety of performing groups can be considered a “presenting organization”.

Our organization does not have non-profit status. Can we apply?

Organizations without non-profit status may seek support with the sponsorship of a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. You must submit a letter from the sponsoring organization describing the nature of the arrangement, and undertaking to be responsible for disbursement of funds if a grant is awarded. In addition, you must include the sponsor's IRS tax-exempt determination letter. Create one PDF that contains both items.

It is not necessary to submit board or financial information for the fiscal sponsor unless we follow up with you with a request for more information.

Where are the guidelines for the Amphion grant?
What is the Foundation’s definition of a "music service organization"?

Organizations that support composers and performers through grants, residencies, training programs, etc. or aid in the preservation and dissemination of contemporary concert music, are considered music service organizations.

What is the Foundation looking for in a project description?

The Foundation considers a "project" to be out of the scope of an organization’s regular

 programming activities, often (but not necessarily) a one-off initiative that add incremental expenses to your operating budget in order to achieve its goals. An

 aggregated list of your contemporary music activities spread intermittently over the

 course of a season would not be eligible for project support. Please explain how you will

 fund those aspects of the project expenses not covered by the Amphion Foundation in order to ensure the project can take place as envisioned.

 

Does the Amphion Foundation consider diversity in its application decisions?

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

Does the Foundation support jazz music?

In general, it is not within the scope of the Foundation’s mission to support jazz music.  Among organizations that fund jazz are the National Endowment for the Arts, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Chamber Music America, and some programs of New Music USA.

 

What is the Foundation looking for 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. Applicants applying for general operating support are required to submit only a proposal narrative. Applicants applying for project support are required to submit a proposal narrative and a project description.