MUSICAL GRANT PROGRAM
FOR PERFORMERS, COMPOSERS, AND PRESENTERS
1. Do applicants or their partners need 501(c)(3) status to apply?
No. 501(c)(3) status is not required for applicants or their partners.
2. Do applicants or their partners need to have fiscal sponsorship to apply?
No, applicants or their partners do not need fiscal sponsorship to apply.
3. I am a member of several ensembles. Can I be part of more than one application?
Yes, but each ensemble must have its own separate identity.
4. I will be an Artist in Residence at a Bay Area cultural institution during the grant period. Can I apply to fund a project that will be presented there?
Most likely not. The MGP is designed to support smaller organizations not otherwise eligible for other funding sources, and so requires that all partners for a project have an annual organizational budget of under $100,000.
5. My project is a CD recording and I have a contract with a record label to produce the CD. Is the record label considered a project partner and does it have to meet the MGP eligibility requirement of having a budget of under $100,000?
No. Music publishers and labels are not considered project partners for CD recording projects.
6. My ensemble (or my presenting organization) would like to perform concerts for the residents of an assisted living facility. Is such a project eligible for MGP funding?
No, because the concerts would most likely not be open to the general public. If the concerts will be publicly promoted and accessible to audiences beyond those living and working in the facility, then you would be eligible.
7. Can an applicant commission multiple composers?
Perhaps. It depends on the details of the project. Project budget allocation of fair and respectful compensation to composers for the commissioning of new works is important. The MGP may support an ensemble that commissions several 3-minute pieces from a variety of composers. Or the program might support the project of an ensemble that is commissioning multiple composers with a common theme.
8. If I am a composer or a presenter, can I submit an application that includes the participation of an ensemble that received an MGP grant in 2016 or has not yet submitted a final report on an MGP grant received in 2015 or earlier?
No. Projects with composers and presenters must have the involvement of an eligible ensemble. Ensembles that received a grant in 2016 are not eligible to apply in 2017, either on their own or as part of a project led by a composer.
9. If I received a MGP grant in 2015, can I apply in 2017?
Applicants who received MGP grants in 2015 or earlier must have completed their previous MGP project and submitted their final report by January 31, 2017, in order to be eligible to apply for - or be a partner in - a new project in 2017. If you received an award for the 2016 cycle, you may not apply until 2018.
10. In your definition of an ensemble, what do you mean by "one on a part without a conductor?"
The MGP supports music where each musician is performing a unique part, not shared by others in a section as in a band, orchestra, or choir. Unison parts played by different instruments, individual musicians doubling on multiple instruments and a single lead sheet, arranged on the fly by a jazz combo are all acceptable as “ensemble music”. This rule is not intended to constrain composition. Rather it is meant to promote the intimacy and the vitality of music for the smaller ensemble that performs without a conductor. Grants for orchestras, bands, choirs, etc. are available from other sources. The MGP’s purpose is to specifically support ensemble music.
11. I live outside the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, but am doing a project that will take place in this geographic region - am I eligible for the Musical Grant Program?
No, applicants must reside, work, and present their projects in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to be eligible to apply. If there are special circumstances that you believe would affect your eligibility under this area (i.e., you reside, work, and present artistic work half the year in the Greater Bay Area but reside elsewhere for the remainder of the year), please contact email@example.com prior to completing an application.
12. I'm part of a performing ensemble whose project is to produce a concert in the Bay Area. We want to include a guest musician who occasionally performs with us. The members of our ensemble all live and work in the fifteen Bay Area counties included in the guidelines, but our guest musician resides outside the fifteen counties. Are we still eligible to apply to the MGP?
Yes. An application may include guest artists or substitute players from outside the fifteen counties. But the project must be predominantly based in one or more of the fifteen counties.
13. How many guest musicians from outside the Bay Area can I include in my application?
It depends on the project. Our funding priority is to support the Bay Area musical community. But we understand that even established ensembles are not always based in the same locality full-time. If the majority of the ensemble is local, and if you have other sources of funding to pay out-of-town guest artists and can demonstrate that their inclusion will benefit the local musicians and our local audiences, your application will be eligible.
14. SFFCM requires letters of commitment from the parties involved in a collaborative MGP project. What does that mean? Why does SFFCM require letters of commitment?
If you are an ensemble applying for funds to commission a composer, we require a signed letter from the composer stating that, if awarded the grant, she or he will complete the project. If you are a presenter applying for funds to pay an ensemble to perform, we require a signed letter from at least one member of the ensemble stating that, if awarded the grant, they will complete the project. In these collaborations, SFFCM requires letters of commitment to ensure that all parties are in agreement about the proposed project and all plan to complete it if awarded the grant.
This requirement is also to help applicants ensure that their proposed partners are not part of other applications that could conflict, potentially rendering both ineligible. A template for the letter of commitment can be found within the application form.
15. Will you accept letters of commitment after the application deadline?
We will not accept any application materials, including letters of commitment, after the deadline.
16. If I am including a composer work sample, do I also need to include the score for the work?
You do not need to, but it is highly encouraged if available and pertinent to the type of music in question. The score should correlate to the sample being provided.
17. I am a composer/performer and would like to assemble a new quartet of improvisers for a project. Do I need to include a History/Background page for each musician?
No. Please fill out the first History/Background page for yourself, and include a second page, compiling short biographies of the other players onto that single page.
18. How many grants will be awarded?
Each year, SFFCM sets a particular dollar amount to be awarded and distributed. The number of grants awarded will depend on the number and quality of applications received. We anticipate awarding 25-30 grants for the upcoming 2017 cycle.
19. Can you provide examples of the types of projects that could be supported by the Musical Grant Program?
Please see “Past Awards”.
20. Can you explain what to include in the mandatory project budget notes on my MGP application?
You can write budget notes in one of two ways:
1) Provide a detailed description for each line item in the project budget.
2) Provide a written narrative detailing the overall rationale for the project budget.
Examples of how to write both line item budget notes and narrative budget notes are included in the Application Information and Instructions.