The project description should be a detailed description of the specific project for which you are requesting support. For example, performing ensembles and presenters should include information about the performers, repertoire, venue(s),time frame and audiences served for a proposed season or concert series. Music service organizations should supply details about the personnel and participants involved, timeframe for completion, and end goal of a proposed project. 


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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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


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