NYWC Seed Money Grant 2018 Guidelines

The New York Women Composers (NYWC) offers annual Seed Money Grants of $750 for concert projects that include a substantial commitment to music by NYWC members.

Applicants may be solo performers, ensembles or presenting organizations.
This is not a commissioning grant, nor to fund a program of the work of one composer only. There is no stipulation that the program consists of music by women composers only.
Grant recipients select the music they want to perform, with a significant representation by works by NYWC members.
There is no application fee, applicants do not need to be members of the NYWC organization, and concerts may be presented in any geographic location.
The 2018 receipt deadline for all applications is July 13th.

Application details are below. For further application questions, please contact Marilyn Bliss: marilyn@marilynbliss.com

NYWC Seed Money Grants 2018 Guidelines

The New York Women Composers’ annual Seed Money Grant Program awards grants of $750 each for concert projects that include a substantial commitment to the performance of music by NYWC members. (Note: This is not a commissioning grant.) Applicants may be solo performers, ensembles or presenting organizations. The receipt deadline for all applications is July 13, 2018. Here are the guidelines for 2018.

For concert grant applications, we offer two possible formats:

1) Focused concert: Presentation of a concert featuring the works of three or more composer-members of New York Women Composers for at least half of the project’s time-length. At least one of the NYWC composers chosen must be new to the performers.

2) Disseminated performances: Performers or ensembles may instead choose to perform works by a minimum of five different NYWC members during their performance season, on two or more concerts. At least two of the NYWC composers must be new to the performers.

Concerts for this grant period must take place from September 2018 to December 2019.

The music to be presented will be chosen from a call for scores circulated on behalf of the grant recipients by NYWC. Although many composers do list works in the members' online catalog on NYWC website, please be aware that this list is not complete, so a general score/recording call is preferred (either physical scores or PDFs) over catalog-only selection. The concert organizers choose the music they wish to play according to their tastes. We ask that composers receive notification of rehearsal schedules with the option to attend at least one rehearsal; that printed programs be provided with information on the composers and the pieces, and if vocal music, song texts; and that performers vet the venue prior to booking to make sure it is suitable and that the acoustics and piano (if applicable) are suitable for the performance.

Preference for grant selection will also be made for concerts that are covered by performance licenses from ASCAP and BMI, so that composers may be remunerated. Some concert halls carry blanket licenses, but other venues do not. NYWC will be happy to provide information on how to secure single-performance licenses for your concert if your concert is not free admission.

Applicants do not need to be members of New York Women Composers, and the concerts are not required to take place in New York State.

Finances and project completion: Seed Money Grant awards are $750. Any financial proceeds from the concert go directly to the organizers, not to New York Women Composers. The recipients are responsible for all publicity materials and press. The selected composers do not have to pay any money to the organizers for the performance of their works. NYWC is not responsible for any additional monies needed to complete the projects. We require a concert program in either physical or PDF form to be sent to NYWC, and strongly favor those projects for which we can receive an audio and/or video recording of the performance(s). The successful applicants will also fill out a short "Concert Performance Details" form, after which the payment will be provided.

Application deadline and procedures: 2018 Receipt Deadline for grant applications is July 13. The applicant should submit a brief outline of the proposed project, along with, professional biographical and promotional materials, and a sample sound recording. Applications will be judged by the following criteria:

1) Project visibility
2) Financial need
3) Instrumentation
4) Community outreach potential
5) Performing Rights Organizations licensing coverage for paid-admission concerts
6) Concert length
7) New applicants will receive preference over those who have previously received New York Women Composers funding.

Application materials must be received by July 13, 2018.

Mail hard copies to:

Marilyn Bliss, President, NYWC
34-40 79th St. Apt. 5E
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Or email materials or share Dropbox link to: marilyn@marilynbliss.com

For more information, contact: info@newyorkwomencomposers.org

13 Jul 2018