Program

Small Grant Fund

The Small Grant Fund is a new initiative that New Music USA is developing across different US cities and regions where we have identified opportunities for collaboration with patrons and other funders who are passionate about supporting a music community which is significant to them. The first Small Grant Fund will focus on Portland, Oregon.

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Small Grant Fund

The Small Grant Fund is a new initiative that New Music USA is developing across different US cities and regions where we have identified opportunities for collaboration with patrons and other funders who are passionate about supporting a music community which is significant to them. The first Small Grant Fund will focus on Portland, Oregon.

About

The Small Grant Fund is a new initiative that New Music USA is developing across different US cities and regions where we have identified opportunities for collaboration with patrons and other funders who are passionate about supporting a music community which is significant to them. This sits alongside our New Music Capacity Building program which, over the coming years, will demonstrate our aim to work locally and regionally to increase and deepen our impact across the many diverse music communities in the US. 

Our first Small Grant Fund offers support to non-profit organizations, performance groups, festivals, presenters, and venues in Portland, Oregon who need support to help re-boot their programming of new music and nurturing of music creators following the disruption of the past few years.  It has been made possible by a donor who is passionate about Portland’s new music scene. They wish to remain anonymous. 

We aim to support and represent a broad range of organizations and genres across the region and would like to build connectivity amongst the organizations we support to facilitate shared learning, exchange of ideas, and opportunities.  

We are particularly interested in supporting organizations which are having a deep and consistent impact on their community of artists and music lovers. 

Funding

New Music USA will provide one-time grants of $3,000 each to 10 Portland-area organizations. Funding may be used for general operating costs which support the organization’s regular programming and collaboration with US-based composers and artists. It does not need to be tied to any specific project but we are asking you to tell us about the live performances in Portland that New Music USA’s support would help you with.

Eligibility

Organizations must

  • be based in Portland or the surrounding area
  • have a commitment to producing, performing, and/or commissioning the work of living, US-based music creators
  • be committed to working and performing in their community
  • have a minimum of two years of performing, programming, and budget activity at the time of the application (you will be required to supply a budget for the current and previous seasons)
  • have an annual budget under $600,000

Deadline and Timeline

The deadline to apply was September 27, 2022 at 11:59 Pacific time. Decisions will be made and notifications sent in early November 2022. Funds should be used by the end of calendar 2023.

Review and Review Criteria 

Applications will be screened first by staff for eligibility and completeness. Applications will then move forward to a peer review process completed by 5 panelists. Panelists will review each application against the criteria listed below providing a score that will then be averaged to create a ranked list. All criteria will be equally weighted during the review process.

  • Impact – the impact the organization has on its community of artists and the greater Portland community/audiences served; this includes a history of the regular and ongoing performing, programming, and engagement of diverse living US -based music creators
  • Artistry – as demonstrated by submitted media
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – as demonstrated by the diversity of artists presented and the organization’s commitment to equity and inclusion

New Music USA is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We strive for our applicants and awardees to represent a broad spectrum of diversity across size, genre, race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, religious belief, and geography. We encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, People of Color led, LGBTQIA+ led organizations, and organizations representing persons with disabilities.

Further Questions 

If you have additional questions, please email [email protected]

Header photo of the iconic “Portland” sign at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall by Peter Bucks on Unsplash.

We are always listening and responding to the needs of our community. Through conversations with artists and organizations across the country, we consistently heard there is a need for supporting new music communities in cities and regions across the US, and helping them move forward from the challenges of the ongoing pandemic. We’re excited to kick this new program off in the vibrant city of Portland, and grateful to our anonymous donor for making this fund possible.

Scott Winship, Director of Grantmaking Programs