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University Libraries - Music Grants

Where to find grants

Grant Space Knowledge Base: Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. The page linked here is focused on funding for musicians.

Pivot database: Grants from governments, private foundations and various organizations in all fields of activity.  Free registration required if accessed off campus.

Savvy musician grant list: List of grants for musicians maintained by Dr. Cutler.

South Carolina Arts Commission: The Arts Commission's primary source of funding is state tax dollars appropriated by the S.C. General Assembly. Grants from the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts comprise the Commission's secondary source of funding. Additional support for Arts Commission projects is provided by private foundations and community sponsors.

USC Office of Undergraduate Research: Sample proposals and budgets from previous Magellan Scholar grant winners.


Examples of successful grants

Jesselson (P.I.) Visiting Scholar Proposal: A proposal to secure funding for A String Quartet-in-Residence at USC, The Parker String Quartet.

Jesselson/Fugo Duo: 2010-11 Creative and Performing Arts Grant Program Proposal Commissioning Six New Compositions for Cello and Piano to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Jesselson/Fugo Duo.

Jenkins Provost Grant: Grant to fund costs associated with travel to the Library of Congress to conduct research for a book on the works of Leonard Bernstein.

Jenkins Research Opportunity Program: Grant to fund travel costs associated with research culminating in the book The Program Notes and Musical Analyses of Arnold Schoenberg (1904-1951).

Megellan Scholar Student Research Funding: Sample grant for music students applying for research funding.

Herring Provost Grant: 2012 grant application to fund costs associated with producing a recording of musical works for solo marimba accompanied by chamber percussion ensemble.

Herring Provost Grant: Budget spreadsheet associated with the above Provost grant application.