Funding & Support

The Ensemble seeks to connect and inform all people who are committed to ensemble music education for youth empowerment and social change.

Opportunities for Black and Latinx Arts & Cultural Entrepreneurs


Sphinx is offering two opportunities for Black and Latinx arts and cultural entrepreneurs in the United States.

Applications Are Open for the AIM Teaching Awards 2022


The Academy for Impact through Music (AIM) is accepting applications for its 2022 Teaching Awards, which will recognize up to nine music educators who demonstrate a distinct connection to AIM’s pedagogical framework—the Five Pillars you read about on our site last month.

Apply for the Prince Claus Seed Awards


The Prince Claus Fund, which annually recognizes 100 emerging artists and cultural practitioners within the first five years of their careers, has opened applications for their 2022 Seed Awards

New Artist Grants and Opportunities in 2022


From the Artwork Archive, here is an excellent collection of the best arts opportunities, grants, and calls-for-entry for the upcoming year. Many come from around the world.

U.S.-Based Grants Available to Out-of-School Programs for Middle School Students


The Aim High grant program (funded by the New York Life Foundation and administered by the Afterschool Alliance) supports out-of-school programs serving middle-schoolers in the U.S. Aim High helps prepare economically disadvantaged eighth-graders to succeed in high school by supporting after-school, summer, and expanded learning programs.

The Nonprofit Pay Problem and What We Can Do about It


In the words of Petro Manzo’s article “The Real Salary Scandal” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the “psychic income” one receives from feeling good and fulfilled from their nonprofit work doesn’t pay the bills, and can have real consequences for individuals and their families. The concept of a “psychic income” connects to a longstanding narrative that nonprofits workers can’t make too much, for fear that they will profit from charity work. Dan Pallotta has discussed how harmful it is when we adopt the Puritan mindset that paying well somehow undermines our mission. Many funders perpetuate this narrative, too—limiting general operating funding and keeping strict ratios between overhead and direct program expenses. But our passion for our work shouldn’t hinder us from paying our bills.

Microgrants for Arts Workers of Color


ARTNOIR’s Jar of Love Microgrants provide relief for artists, curators, and cultural workers of color, launched to ensure that the next generation of Black and Brown arts workers are supported. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and open to all arts workers living in the fifty states, territories, and Tribal Nations. Check out the application process on ARTNOIR’s website, and learn more about ARTNOIR—a female-majority and minority owned global collective based in NYC—here.

Funding for Early Childhood Programs


The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is looking to support programs that enhance and bring quality of life to children from birth to seven years old. They are especially seeking “innovative curricula” and “the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments”—something our field understands better than most. What better way to encourage imaginative play than with inclusive, collaborative music learning? Grants are designed to act as seed money, so if you know of a new program still looking to get off the ground, consider sharing this with them. Visit to learn more and apply.

NYC-Based Funding Centers Women’s Perspectives in the Arts


Here’s a bonus item for those based in New York City: The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, provided by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and NYC’s Office of Media and Entertainment. The grant will distribute $2.5 million to NYC-based projects that center women’s voices and perspectives in media, music, and theatre. Anyone who identifies as a woman or places women in central leadership positions is eligible to apply. Applications are due November 1. Read more about the grant and watch recorded information sessions here via NYFA.

Funding for Youth-Led Community Service Projects


The pandemic has led many to confront longstanding inequities in their communities—none more so than our young people, who have made their voices heard in unprecedented ways. The Karma for Cara Foundation’s Microgrant Program seeks to support these young people as they work to improve their communities around the world. Available to youth ages 18 or younger, grants range from $250 to $1,000 and are given to young people working on community service projects, from rebuilding school playgrounds to helping senior citizens prepare for winter. Many of our students have creative community service projects in mind—let’s share this opportunity with them. Application deadlines are quarterly throughout the year, and this year’s final deadline is October 1. Visit Karma for Cara Foundation’s website to apply online.


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