Minnesota Music Grants Mixer

Monday, May 6th 6-8pm at The Cedar Cultural Center

Free & Open To All!

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Are you a musician, sound artist, or composer looking to learn more about how grants can support your art, and trying to figure out how to get support on writing grants?

Join The Cedar, American Composers Forum, Minnesota Music Coalition, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Springboard for the Arts, and past grantees at a free mixer introducing you to some of the grant support available to Minnesota musicians!

Talk directly to program officers about grant opportunities, meet artists who have gone through grant programs, and mingle with other musicians.

There will free snacks provided and a cash bar.

At 7pm, enjoy a short performance from Cedar Commissions alumna Kashimana.

Representatives from the following organizations will be on site to talk about grant programs and resources:

The Cedar Cultural Center

  • The Cedar Commissions: This grant, intended for emerging Minnesota musicians and composers in all genres, gives six artists $4,500 to create 30 minutes of new music to be performed on The Cedar Cultural Center’s stage. Applications open on May 1st, and close on June 1st 2019.

American Composers Forum

  • Minnesota Emerging Composer Awards: ACF seeks to expand our reach by identifying and supporting early career artists creating original music who typically operate outside our known circles. Artists must reside in Minnesota and are nominated by anyone in the community. Three artists are selected and awarded $3,000 to create a project that will advance their career to the next level. Nomination process will open in late April 2019 and close August 1, 2019.  

  • ACF | Create: Commissioning program supporting the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work. Five commissions are available to early career composers and their ensemble partners. $8,000 or each of the selected artists for the creation of the new work and $3,000 for each of the artists for production and promotional support.  Applications open April 29, and close September.

  • ACF | Connect: Provides opportunities for composers to build relationships with leading American ensembles to create new work, reach new audiences, and engage with new communities. Each year, ACF partners with a different ensemble partner. Through this program, composers are offered competitive commission fees, and have significant time to both work with performers and participate in learning/networking opportunities with industry professionals. The application deadline for the 2019/2020 program in collaboration with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians™ Great Black Music Ensemble is  June 1, 2019 11:59 PM Central.

  • McKnight Composer Fellowships: This fellowship provides recognition and financial support for mid-career composers working in any musical genre living in Minnesota. The program is designed to award composers whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. Four fellowships of $25,000 in unrestricted funds will be awarded. Application process will open in December 2019 and close in March 2020.

Minnesota Music Coalition

  • The Minnesota Music Coalition is a statewide network for independent musicians who care about creating and sustaining a vibrant popular music community. Through education, communication, and advocacy, we create access to resources and professional development services. The organization provides various performance opportunities for members including weekly opportunities at Republic at MSP International Airport.

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

  • Next Step Fund: Provides project grants up to $5,000 to professional artists in any discipline for the purpose of career development and artistic achievement. Applicants may be at any stage of their career, but must demonstrate achievement in their artistic field and have a history of public presentation or community contribution

Springboard For The Arts

  • Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Our work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and we believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life.