Asian American Arts Alliance

Grant Opportunity: The Shelley Pinz Professional Development Grants for Sound/Music Composers - New York Foundation for the Arts

Deadline: May 9, 2017
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) are happy to announce a new support opportunity for NYFA artists. The Shelley Pinz Professional Development Grant will award NYFA Artists practicing in music and/or sound from the Fellowship, Fiscal Sponsorship, or Immigrant Artists Program, with a grant for their own professional growth. Grants amounts range between $100-$500 and a total of $2000 in artist grants will be awarded during the 2017 cycle. This grant seeks to fund and artists so they may take advantage of a specific, unique opportunity that will significantly benefit their work or career development. 
Please Note: The funded opportunity must take place between July 1 and December 31, 2017.
Although there is no limit to what the “opportunity” might be, it should be specific, time sensitive, and should have a direct impact on the professional growth of the artist applicant. 
Who can apply?
  • Individual Composers who work in sound/music
  • Current and past NYFA Fellows, artists with current NYFA Fiscally Sponsored projects, and all past IAP participants and mentors. 
  • Each artist may submit only one grant application.
What does the grant fund?
Grant funds will be awarded to cover costs connected to any unique professional opportunity for a composer working in sound/music. For example: the career advancement opportunity award may be used to defray the travel costs associated with an artist attending a symposium at which he has been asked to present his work, the expense of translating a work into another language, costs associated with specialized work with a professional mentor, or any other professionally relevant advancement opportunities. 
The Opportunity Grant will NOT support:
  • Artist fee (salary) for the artist applicant.
  • Artists’ working in disciplines other than sound/music.
  • Artist fees not related to the specific opportunity.
  • Past or completed opportunities.
  • Activities connected with your employer (such as an exhibition at a gallery where you are employed).
  • Teaching opportunities.
  • Promotional expenses.
  • Medical, legal, or accounting fees.
  • Purchase of expensive “big ticket” equipment not specifically related to the completion of a project.
  • Routine documentation of work unrelated to a specific opportunity.
  • General project expenses unrelated to a specific opportunity.
What you need to apply:
Your application should include the items below. Please upload supplemental materials where prompted in the application form.
  • Completed Application questions
  • Brief, chronological resume
  •  Support material for your specific opportunity such as:
    • Mentor’s resume or bio (if your opportunity is to study with a mentor)
    • Letter of commitment from a vendor or venue if you are renting equipment or space.
    • Class schedule or enrollment form.

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