Who Can Apply?


Performers, Composers and Presenters must propose projects (from Early Music, Classical Music, New Music or Jazz) that involve the participation of one or more ensembles.


PLEASE NOTE: SFFCM defines an ensemble as "a group of two or more musical performers - instrumentalists or singers - each playing one on a part, without a conductor”.


PERFORMER applicant can apply as:

      • an ensemble with consistent membership and a collective history of public performance;
      •  an ensemble created by an individual for a specific performance project where each ensemble member demonstrates a history of public performance;
      • an ensemble in collaboration with an eligible Project Partner: composer, guest performer or additional ensemble.


A COMPOSER applicant can apply as:

      •  a composer of a new work in partnership with an eligible ensemble;
      •  a composer who is a lead performing artist of an ensemble performing their original composition(s);


    A composer applicant MUST include at least one Project Partner


A PRESENTER applicant can apply as:

      •  a presenter of an on-going concert series (with a history of presenting professional music performances to the public) in partnership with one eligible ensemble;
      •  a presenter of a short-duration festival (with a history of presenting professional music performances to the public) in partnership with one or more eligible ensembles.


    A Presenter applicant MUST include at least one Project Partner


Please Note: Any presenter, ensemble or composer may appear on only ONE MGP application per cycle. However, individual performing musicians may appear on more than one application as members of different ensembles as long as the ensembles have separate and distinct identities.



Project Partner


A Project Partner is defined as an individual or ensemble that collaborates with the lead applicant for a project. The Project Partner must satisfy all MGP eligibility requirements and each of its members must sign a Letter of Commitment that they intend to complete the project as defined by the lead applicant.




All applicants must confirm their eligibility and the eligibility of any Project Partner(s) with SFFCM. Please visit MGP ELIGIBILITY SCREENING, answer the questions and submit your answers. SFFCM will reply within 24 hours and may ask for a phone appointment for further clarification about your project. For questions, please contact:


Applicants and Project Partners must be:

      • at least 18 years of age;
      • must be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident;
      • must reside in and plan to present their project in one of the fifteen counties of the greater San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo);
      • must have an annual organizational budget of under $100,000.

      Note: If your budget is above $75,000, you will be asked to provide a copy of your CDP or the first page of your most recent 990 Tax Form.


Past MGP Awardees


Past MGP awardees (from 2015 and earlier) must have submitted a Final Report for their completed project by January 31, 2017, to be eligible to apply in 2017. Those who received a MGP award in 2016 are NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY in 2017, but will be eligible to apply for the MGP 2018 cycle if your project is completed and you have submitted your Final Report by January 31, 2018. This restriction also applies to all Project Partners who were part of a previous project.





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