The American Music Project will awards grants for performances taking place after September 1, 2015.
So, what kind of proposals are likely to be approved?
A single performance of Rhapsody in Blue or the Candide Overture is not going to do it. Select composers and works that will be discoveries for your audiences (and yourselves!). A festival of American chamber music or a season-long survey of rarely heard American symphonies are ideas worth exploring.
Say you represent a regional opera company that would like to present a rarely heard work, like Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount, William Grant Still’s Troubled Island or Deems Taylor’s Peter Ibbetson. Get together with other regional companies and come up with a plan to coproduce a production. Think creatively and put together a proposal that will bring new American music to your audience.
2015 is David Diamond’s centennial year (1915-2005) and AMP is especially interested in supporting performances of his music in the 2015-16 season.
AMP is happy to discuss and suggest repertory, but each application should have a clear idea of when the work(s) will be performed, where and how much it would cost to present. Send proposals to [email protected]. Digital application form is currently available online.