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Elliott Carter Special Grant Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofit Entities
for Projects that Involve the Music of an American Composer

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The Amphion Foundation

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit presenting institutions, performance ensembles, and recording companies for projects that involve the music of a 20th Century American composer and musical innovator. Funding is intended for special projects that involve the music of the modernist composer, Elliott Carter.

The Elliott Carter Special Grant Program also provides project support for first time recording projects relating to his music as well.

Special note for dance applicants: The Carter Special Grant Program’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 Carter’s music.

The following criteria will be applied in evaluating grant proposals:

  • For ensembles: artistic quality and ability of the ensemble to perform Elliott Carter’s music at the highest standard, as determined from the work samples, and its overall repertoire/proposed concert program.
  • For presenters, or organizations that are otherwise involved with performances: are the ensembles and Elliott Carter repertoire being presented of outstanding artistic quality?
  • Demonstrated financial ability to carry the proposed project to completion.
  • Will this project encourage and improve the public knowledge and appreciation of Elliott Carter’s music?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186586

Term of Contract:

Project support for presentations being given in a season after the season during which support is applied for will be considered, but funding generally will not be released until the beginning of the season in which the presentation will occur.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

Proposals may be submitted by non-profit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions and non-profit or commercial recording companies. Non-professionals, students and individual performers are not eligible for support.

Please note that the Elliott Carter Special Project Fund only makes grants to US 501(c)(3) entities or foreign charitable entities with proof of equivalent status. The Fund does not make direct grants to individuals or to for-profit entities such as commercial recording companies. Such entities should consider applying via a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor if eligible.

Applicants must have performance history as an ensemble or presenter of at least two years at the time of application.

Eligible organizations:

- 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)
- Presenter/ensemble hybrids
- Commercial Recording Companies
- Non-Profit Recording Companies

Projects sponsored by universities and similar educational institutions are not eligible. For instances in which a proposal is made in support of an independent professional ensemble in residence at a university, but the ensemble does not have separate 501(c)(3) status, the university may serve as the fiscal sponsor, but the ensemble shall be the applicant.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: September 15th, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Award decisions will be announced in the January following the Septempber 15 deadline. Award decisions will be announced in the July following the April 1 application deadline. Please do not contact the Foundation for grant decisions.

Due to the competitive nature of the special project request process and limited resources of the Elliott Carter Special Project Fund, requests will be reviewed twice annually. Notification will be sent via email on a rolling basis. For a project where the performance will occur within six months of the application date, the applicant may request expedited handling.

Prospective applicants are first encouraged to read the Frequently Asked Questions. If your question is not answered there, please contact the Grants Manager prior to the time of application.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Telephone: 212-461-6956

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.