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Koussevitzky Music Foundation Grant

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Library of Congress - Koussevitzky Music Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/01/18 Postmarked


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International performing organizations for the commission of chamber and symphonic music compositions. This program is primarily intended for chamber groups and orchestras demonstrating a record of excellence in the presentation of contemporary music.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178361

Estimated Size of Grant:

Commission fees for works for chamber groups range from $12,500 to $17,500. The Foundation will fund up to $20,000 for a symphonic work.

Term of Contract:

The performance period for works submitted under the March 1, 2018 deadline may begin with the 2018-2019 Concert Season (not before September 2018). 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.

United States citizenship is not required for consideration, nor is the sponsoring performing organization required to be based in the United States.

A performing organization may propose only one composer for a joint commission each year. PLEASE NOTE: Beginning with the 2010 round, the Foundation will accept applications only for composers who have received no more than one prior Koussevitzky Commission, provided that the prior commission was not awarded within the past ten rounds of the program.

Please consult the Foundation if there are questions regarding a composer's eligibility.

Pre-Application Information:

The Koussevitzky Foundation will fund the entire commission fee in the case of a work for a chamber group. For, symphonic work, the performing organization must provide at least 50% of the amount funded by the Foundation as a minimum matching grant. The performing organization may raise the matching funds from any source available, provided that the dedication to the foundation, which is required to appear on the score of each commissioned work, is placed in first position of all dedications or acknowledgments appearing on that score.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2018.

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

Contact Information:

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

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.