In keeping with his lifelong devotion to contemporary music, American composer Aaron Copland created the and bequeathed to it a large part of his estate. Officially launched in 1992, the fund's purpose is to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.
To advance this mission, the fund is accepting applications for its annual Performance Program, which supports performing and presenting organizations whose artistic excellence encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music. New this year, the program will support the electronic dissemination of live performances, whether as a simultaneous transmission or via a recording of a live performance, by means such as broadcasting and streaming. Expenses such as recording and electronic distribution costs can be considered as eligible costs in a request for general operating or project support when included as part of a live performance. Standalone recording projects (e.g., an "album") are not eligible for support through this program.
In 2018, the fund will award grants of between $1,000 and $20,000. Grant amounts for larger organizations with a demonstrated commitment to contemporary American music may exceed these amounts at the discretion of the panel.
To be eligible, applicants should have nonprofit, tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations without nonprofit status may seek support in partnership with a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Aaron Copland Fund website.