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What Are the Different Types of Music Grants?

Online research can help identify some music grants.
Grants may fund symphony orchestras.
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Music grants are available in many forms to many different groups or individuals and from many different funding organizations. The type of grant to apply for depends upon how the funding will be used as well as who the funding is for. The best way to determine what types of music grants to apply for is to conduct research either online or at a library.

Grants for music funding can come from many different funding organizations. Arts councils, business and community development organizations, and charitable arts trusts are common sources. Creative development agencies and the federal government are also types of organizations that may fund different music projects. Some music grants may be available only in certain locations.

One of the specific types of music grants is a grant for groups. This can include community education programs or schools and may cover costs such as teaching wages or travel expenses. The Arts in Education program, for example, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education, is a federal grant program that schools can utilize for funding. Musical productions are also projects that may request grant funding. This could be a community theater or school production, and funding can be used for things like costumes, props, or wages for the director.

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Music lessons may also be subjects of grants. These grants can be for individuals or groups and can range from instrument to voice lessons. These types of grants are often awarded to people who have musical talent but do not have the financial means to get formal training. A video or showcase of the individual or group's talent may be part of the grant application process. In addition, grants may cover the cost of music supplies or instruments for people who can't afford them.

Music education is another area that may be funded through grants. For example, someone who wishes to major in music but cannot afford the college tuition may apply for a grant to help cover the costs. Some of the different types of jobs that music majors may pursue could include teaching, composing, or working in radio or television or with a record company. More recent opportunities have become available in computer or Internet music or developing music software. Music grants are available to more than just musicians.

Teaching is another area where music grants can be helpful. These types of music grants may help fund a musical artist-in-residence for a school. Musicians themselves may also receive grants, which can cover costs such as living expenses while the musician is performing, practicing, or researching.

One of the largest grant providers is the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency in the United States. This organization generally provides music grants to groups or ensembles, such as jazz, chamber music, and performing ensembles. It also may offer funding for music festivals, symphony orchestras, or choruses. In addition, this organization, among others, may provide funding to preserve music.

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