When seeking funding, a good first step is to visit your local Foundation Center or state arts council office. They can help you locate a variety of funding sources, depending on the nature of your project. Below are several specific funding sources to consider.

Aaron Copland Fund  Music recording, performers, organizations
American Composers Forum Composer assistance, music for dance
American Folklife Center (LC) Ethnographic projects
American Music Center Composer assistance, live for music dance program
American Music Education Initiative Teachers of K-12 programs
American Musicological Society Awards and travel Grants
American Musicological Society Subvention for publications
American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers Foundation grant and award programs
American String Teachers Association Competitions, outreach funding for string players
American Symphony Orchestra League Orchestral funding
Arnold Schoenberg Center Research grants
Association for Recorded Sound CollectionsResearch Research and travel Grants
Association of Hispanic Arts Grants for visual and performing arts (regional)
Beebe Fund for Musicians Study abroad funding for performers and composers
BMI Foundation Awards, scholarships, internships, funds
Bogliasco Fellowship Program  Creative and scholarly work
Center for Black Music Research Travel-to-the-collections grants
Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Composers Composers
Classics for Kids Foundation String programs for children
Creative Capital Foundation Writings about the arts
Dena Epstein Award Archival and library research in American music
Disney's The Music in You School Grant Program Promoting scientific research on benefits of music
Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts Scholarships & internships
Electronic Music Foundation Grants, fellowships, residencies, commissions
Foundation Center Reference guide for musicians
French American Fund for Contemporary Music Fosters cultural exchange between France and USA
Fulbright Foundation International educational and cultural exchange
Harmony Foundation Grants Scholarships, young singers
Jerome Foundation Grants Program  Non-profit arts organizations
Kurt Weill Foundation Research, travel, study
Library of Congress Felllowships Internships, fellowships
Mockingbird Foundation Funding for Children's Music Education Programs
Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation Instruments for K-12 schools
Music Alive Composers and new music projects
Music and Letters Grants
Music Library Association Awards and Grants
Music Performance Fund Sponsors free concerts
Musical Online Links to grants and other resourses
MusiCares Foundation Grants for scientific research relating to music, archiving
Musicians Foundation Provides emergency financial assistance Education, training
Nakamichi Foundation--Grants Program  Underwrites classical performances
National Association for Music Education List of grants
National Association of Teachers of Singing Composers, singers
National Endowment for the Arts Grants 
National Endowment for the Arts Grants for performers, organizations
National Federation of Music Clubs Student awards
National Humanities Center Fellowships for advanced study
New York Foundation for the Arts Opportunities for artists
NYFA Source National directory of funding sources
Presbyterian Association of Musicians Seed money grants
Reading, Writing, and Rhythm: The Chely Wright Foundation Donates money for instruments in public schools
Rockefeller Foundation Grants
Sinfonia Educational Foundation Research assistance grants
Society for American Music Funding for costs of publication
Society for Music Theory Publication Subvention Grants  Awards for music theory publications
Spencer Foundation Grants Program  education
Sphinx Organization Competition for Young Black and Latino Players String players
The American-Scandinavian Foundation Singers
VH1 Save the Music Foundation Music education programs
Virgil Thompson Foundation Organizations to promote serious music

Selection Criteria

In order for a funding source to be represented here, it should:

  1. Be open to a national or international pool of musician-applicants.
  2. Be offered on a regular basis (rather than a one time opporunity).
  3. Not be a scholarship.

To submit a funding source (that meets these conditions) for possible inclusion, please let us know.