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Deadline: July 1, 2019

Aaron Copland Fund for Music: Performance Program

The Performance program’s objective is to support performing and presenting organizations whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music. Funds are available for general operating support for professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music and with plans to continue that commitment. The program also provides project support for exceptionally important activities relating to contemporary American music proposed by professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations that do not normally feature contemporary American music in their programming.

Amount: In general, grants range from $1,000-$20,000.

Eligibility: Applicants must: 1) have nonprofit tax-exempt status; 2) have a performance history as an ensemble or presenter of at least two years at the time of application; and 3) for general operating support, applicants must have a commitment to contemporary American music. Eligible organizations include: Chamber sized ensembles of any instrumentation; chamber orchestras; symphonic or other full-sized orchestras; opera companies; dance companies and/or ensembles (see note below); vocal ensembles and choruses; presenters; festivals (see note below); and presenter/ensemble hybrids.


  • Dance applicants: The Fund’s primary focus for dance applicants is on the quality of the music and the performance, which must be by live musicians, not the choreography. However, the choreography must enhance the performance of contemporary American music.
  • Festival applicants and other applications with educational activities: If the primary focus of the organization or project is public professional performance of music, the applicant should apply to the Performance Program.

Link: https://coplandfund.org/programs/performance-program

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