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Koussevitzky Music Foundation Grant

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

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Library of Congress - Koussevitzky Music Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/01/21

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International performing organizations to commission chamber and symphonic music compositions. This program is primarily intended for chamber groups and orchestras demonstrating excellence in the presentation of contemporary music. Applications will be accepted from performing organizations and composers of any nationality.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178361

Estimated Size of Grant:

Commission fees for works for chamber groups range from $10,000 to $15,000. 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.

Term of Contract:

The performance period for works submitted under the March 1, 2021 deadline may begin with the 2021-2022 Concert Season (not before September 2021). 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:

This commissioning program is designed primarily for orchestras and chamber groups that have a record of excellence in the performance of contemporary music. Other types of ensembles with records of excellence in the performance of contemporary music may also be eligible; please inquire with the Foundation.

The Foundation will consider applications from performing organizations from any country for the commissioning of composers of any nationality. United States citizenship is not required for consideration, nor is the sponsoring performing organization required to be based in the United States.

Pre-Application Information:

Submit the application no later than March 1, 2021.

All audio files submitted must be operational and accessible to the review panel during the period from March 1, 2021 to June 1, 2021.

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

The Foundation recognizes that at the time of application there may be few details available about the proposed work, beyond anticipated instrumentation and duration. There is no requirement for further information, and no expectation that these details will be available.

At least two of the works submitted must have been composed within the eight year period prior to the application date.

Please include the performing organization’s firm commitment to present the premiere performance of the work in the organization’s regular concert series within two years after receiving the completed score.

The Foundation will fund up to $20,000 for a symphonic work, of which the submitting 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; the foundation must be credited in first position on all publicity and program listings, as well.

The commissioned works will be performed by the sponsoring organizations. The composer’s original manuscript (or, if no manuscript exists, original computer score 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.

A performing organization may propose only one composer for a joint commission each year.

Beginning in 2010, the Foundation accepts 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.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the competed application form and required materials via email to KoussevitzkyFoundation@loc.gov.

For questions about the Koussevitzky Foundation or the application process, please telephone the Music Division of the Library of Congress at 202-707-5503 or email the above address.

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