The American Music Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and underwriting performances of American classical music of the past as well as selectively commissioning new works from American composers.


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?

Be Ambitious

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.

Be Imaginative

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.

Be Specific

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.