New Music Capacity Building Program - NYC
The New Music Capacity Building Program was funded and made possible by The New York Community Trust.
About the Program
Thanks to support from New York Community Trust, New Music USA is leading a two-year capacity-building program for a diverse cohort of small sized groups committed to presenting, performing, or promoting new music by living music creators on a regular basis. This new program will combine financial support with professional development opportunities to aid ten NYC-based organizations as they navigate their way through the next stages of COVID 19 and beyond.
The program will offer a flexible approach to the selected groups or organizations; each will receive $5,000 per year for two years, for a total of $10,000 each, in order to implement organizational plans that they will design in consultation with New Music USA staff and industry experts. Program content will be dictated by the participating organizations. At this stage, we are expecting the following topics to be of importance:
- audience development
- digital marketing and presentation
- equity and inclusion
- peer collaboration
- scenario planning
Our overarching goal is to create a supportive space through which a cohort of artist-led organizations can learn together, sharing the unique challenges and opportunities they face.
Summary of program activities
Selected applicants will need to commit to:
Three convenings of cohort members per year for two years to share progress and ideas, and to hear from guest speakers and experts in response to needs expressed by members of the cohort.
- A spending plan for the $10K bursary towards the organization’s capacity-building needs
- A clear set of goals and objectives
- Peer collaboration and sharing amongst the awarded grantees
Applicants deemed eligible for funding consideration must demonstrate the following:
- Be based in New York City, as defined by the five boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. We will accept an organizational mailing address and evidence of NYC-based programming
- Demonstrate cohesiveness as an organization or collective. Individual artists will not be eligible for funding through this program.
- Be able to provide group financials for 2017, 2018, and 2019 with an annual budget under $250,000
- Demonstrate a commitment to the presentation, performance, or promotion of new music by living creators
- Have a dedicated organization bank account
- Commit fully to participate in the program for all two years, contributing to the cohort. The selected participants will demonstrate self-motivation and enthusiasm for partnering with others on this program’s challenges
- Be able to track and articulate outcomes
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Due to the collaborative nature of this unique program, the final selection will be based on ensuring a cohesive and diverse cohort as a whole.
- Commitment to performing, presenting, or promoting new music by living creators regularly in NYC
- Service and engagement to NYC communities
- Demonstration of readiness to move to the next level of organizational development, as demonstrated through a track record of growth, as defined by the group
- Have presented public programming in NYC in 2017, 2018, and 2019. We understand that programming may have been suspended or significantly altered in 2020
Ten ensembles or venues will be selected to participate in the program over a two-year period. Awards of $5,000 will be made for each year of participation[VR1].
- Completed online application form, submitted by the deadline of March 18, 2021, 11:59 PM EDT
- 2 to 3 work samples, demonstrating artistry and the work of living creators
- Programming list that articulates organization’s role as presenters or promoters of new music
- Annual budgets for Fiscal Years 2017, 2018, and 2019
The deadline will be March 18, 2021. Awards announced by end of April. First convening mid-May 2021.
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