Opportunities for commissions, contests, grants, etc. To submit an item for listing, please email newmusicmn@composersforum.org, including deadline, full details, pertinent

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ACF | Create

Deadline: 09.01.19

ACF | create is an evolution of the Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund), which started in 1979. Through this program, ACF has made hundreds of awards and has helped launch many careers. ACF | create supports the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work. Five grants are available: up to $8,000 for the composer or primary artist’s time to create the work, and up to $3,000 to help with production and promotion support. This program is for early career artists that reside in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City. Click the link below to see guidelines and get dates for info sessions. Please take advantage of the info sessions – they are a great opportunity to get information that will make your application stronger!

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Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council

Deadline: 09.20.19

Apply for a Project Support grant for arts-related projects. Grants will provide financial support up to $3,000 but will not exceed 50% of a project’s budget. For a project to be considered, it must meet Rimon’s mission and its goals. Rimon seeks to promote and enhance Jewish identity through arts and culture, support arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes and to assist the greater Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts.

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Forecast Public Arts Grants

Deadline: 10.16.19

Forecast Public Arts fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and transformative placemaking. Apply for Mid-Career Project Grant, Mid-Career Professional Development Grant, Early-Career Artist Project Grant, or Early-Career Artist Research & Development Grant. Performing musicians and composers are eligible to apply.


MRAC Arts Learning Grant

Deadline: 11.04.19

The Arts Learning grant program provides grants of up to $10,000 for arts learning activities in any arts discipline to communities within the seven-county metro area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties. Grant requests must outline specific activities that may include related costs for artists and personnel, supplies, equipment rental, and other expenses necessary to carry out the project. This program is intended to serve as a catalyst for innovative projects in which organizations provide opportunities for Minnesotans of all ages and experiences over an extended period of time to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts. The arts learning opportunities can be single-discipline or multidisciplinary arts and can occur in a broad range of venues. The focus of these projects must be on the arts learner and not on a final presentation or community engagement.

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Able Artist Foundation Grants

Deadline: 11.11.19

Music Career Grant Program for Musicians with Disabilities. These $2000 grants are intended to support new, generative work to be completed in 2019/2020 by Twin Cities musicians.

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MRAC Arts Project Support Grant

Deadline: 12.16.19

The Arts Project Support grant provides up to $10,000 in project funding for groups wishing to offer quality arts activities in any discipline to communities within the seven-county metro area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. Projects should benefit Minnesotans. Grant requests must outline specific arts projects that may include related costs for artists and other personnel, supplies, equipment rental, and other expenses needed to carry out the project.

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MRAC Next Step Artist Grant

Deadline 01.27.2020

The Next Step Fund, funded by the McKnight Foundation, provides project grants up to $5,000 to professional artists in any discipline for the purpose of career development and artistic achievement. Applicants may be at any stage of their career, but must demonstrate achievement in their artistic field and have a history of public presentation or community contribution. This is a highly competitive program.

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Interested in composer opportunities beyond Minnesota? Consider membership in ACF, which gives you access to an extensive, curated list of national & international opportunities.