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Koussevitzky Music Foundation Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Organizations
to Commission Contemporary Music Compositions

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Foundation / Corporation

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Library of Congress - Koussevitzky Music Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/01/17 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA, Canada, and International performing arts organizations to commission composers for contemporary music pieces presented by chamber groups and orchestras. Work may be presented by chamber groups, as well as symphony orchestras.

The commissioned works will be performed by the sponsoring organizations and the manuscripts, or original computer generated scores in hard copy, will be deposited with the Library of Congress as part of the Music Division's permanent collection. It is recommended that a copyright notice be placed on the submitted item.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178361

Estimated Size of Grant:

Commission fees for works for chamber groups range from $12,500 to $17,500. The Koussevitzky Foundation will fund the entire commission fee in the case of a work for a chamber group.

The Foundation will fund up to $20,000 for a symphonic work (matching funds required).

Term of Contract:

The performance period for works submitted under the March 1, 2017 deadline may begin with the 2017 - 2018 Concert Season (not before September 2017). Performances are not expected until two years following the completion of the commissioned work, however, so the period may extend through several future seasons.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress will consider applications from performing organizations from any country for the commissioning of composers.

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants should submit final application materials in one package on or before the postmark deadline: March 1, 2017.

Although there is no set date for the announcement of commissions, successful grant recipients typically are notified by August following the application deadline.

Organizations must provide at least 50% of the amount funded by the Foundation as a minimum matching grant for symphonic works The performing organization may raise the matching funds from any source available, provided that the dedication to the foundation, which is required to be printed on the score of each commissioned work, is placed in first position of all dedications or acknowledgments appearing on that score.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions about the application process, please telephone the Music Division of the Library of Congress at:


Submit all application materials in one package to:

Koussevitzky Music Foundation
611 Pennsylvania Avenue SE #118
Washington DC 20003-4303

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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