Category Archives: Grant Info

NextNotes High School Composition Awards

Reblogged from: American Composers Forum

Program Description:

The American Composers Forum (ACF) is pleased to announce the first annual American Composers Forum NextNotesTM High School Composition Awards.
The six NextNotes Composers will receive: mentorship from professional composers and musicians over a two-day workshop, flights to/from the workshop, room/board during the workshop, a public concert of the winning works, a scholarship of $1,000 to be used for formal composition studies, a recording of the culminating concert and also be eligible to receive up to $500 in “bring it home” funds to share their accomplishment with their hometown.
Up to thirty applicants will be chosen as an Honorable Mention and will receive written feedback on their composition from the panel of judges.
All entrants who submit all required materials and are deemed eligible applicants will receive a free one-year American Composers Forum student membership.

The 2014-2015 NextNotes Guidelines can be found here.
FAQs can be found here.

Knight Foundation is the founding sponsor of the NextNotesTM High School Composition Awards. Additional funding provided by The Augustine Foundation and the Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation.

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MSAB Arts Access Grant Applications

msab_logo_smallMinnesota State Arts Board

For Immediate Release:

Arts Access

The Arts Access grant program is designed to help arts organizations broaden arts opportunities for underserved groups.  Grants can be used to identify underserved groups or communities, identify the barriers that keep them from engaging in the arts, and develop and implement strategies to reduce or eliminate the barriers.

Who Can Apply

The applicant may be any Minnesota nonprofit arts organization including producing organizations, presenting organizations and presenting affiliates, or any other arts group that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or has a nonprofit, tax-exempt fiscal agent.

An Operating Support or Community Arts Schools and Conservatories grantee is able to apply for an Arts Access grant, as long as it can describe how its proposed project expands upon past programming, allows the organization to provide new kinds of service, and enables it to serve a broader, more diverse, audience of Minnesotans.

An applicant may submit only one Arts Access grant proposal per fiscal year.

Grant Range


The applicant must provide at least 10 percent of the total project’s cash expenses from other sources, and may receive up to 90 percent of the total project’s cash expenses in combined support from the Minnesota State Arts Board and one of more or more the state’s regional arts councils.

This 90 percent / 10 percent match requirement will apply regardless of the size of applicant’s budget or request amount.

FY 2015 Application Deadline

The FY 2015 deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2014.

The Arts Board will not accept applications that are not submitted and accepted by the online WebGrants system before the 4:30 p.m. deadline.

Application method

All applicants are required to use the WebGrants system to apply, and will submit all materials electronically. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once.

Two online tutorials are available to acquaint users with the WebGrants system:

Program information

FY 2015 Overview and Instructions (PDF)—all applicants should read this document thoroughly before beginning the application.

Sample Applications

If you have questions or need assistance

If you have questions about the content of the application form or narrative, please contact:
Connie Skildum, program officer
(651) 215-1617

If you have questions about financial forms or required financial documents, please contact:
Dave White, director, finance and grants administration
(651) 215-1622


If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application forms, or questions about electronic submission, please e-mail the Arts Board at:

You may also call the following staff, but e-mail is preferred.

Tom Miller, project manager
(651) 215-1611

All staff can be reached toll-free at (800) 866-2787.

Online application

Reports and amendments

For FY 2013 and previous download the form below. For FY 2014 and newer grants log in to WebGrants.

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MSAB Upcoming Grants Deadlines

msab_logo_smallMinnesota State Arts Board

Ensuring all Minnesotan have the opportunity to participate in the arts

March 31, 2014–

Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support grant application deadline May 23, 2014

The FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support  grant program is now open for application. The FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support Program Overview and Application Instructions are available on the Arts Board Web site.
The deadline to submit applications for the FY 2015 Minnesota Festival Support grant program is Friday, May 23, 2014. Please note that applications must be submitted before4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
The Arts Board uses WebGrants, an online grants management system, for all applications. Registration is required of all applicants before beginning an application to any Arts Board program. It is only necessary to register once. To register, visit the Arts Board Web site. See the NEWS section on the home page for WebGrants instructions and registration information.


FY 2015 Folk and Traditional Arts

Folk and Traditional Arts is a pilot program designed to support the artistic traditions and customs practiced within community and/or cultural groups by identifying, documenting, creating, preserving, presenting, and honoring Minnesota’s folk arts and traditions.

The practice of folk or traditional art generally stems from birthright, community membership, or community life, and is a powerful marker of cultural heritage. It is often rooted in a longstanding sense of place and/or ethnic identity. Folk and traditional artists often have their own community-based systems of training and education through which they learn and attain mastery of a form by observation and practice or through apprenticeships with elders and masters.

The Folk and Traditional Arts grant application deadline is May 2, 2014apply today.


FY 2015 Artist Initiative

The Artist Initiative program supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers. It encourages artistic development, nurtures artistic creativity, and recognizes the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.

Grants will be awarded for career building and for the creative development of artists. Some artists may choose to request funds to create new work, but that isn’t a requirement of the program. Artists working in all artistic disciplines—dance, media arts, music, photography, poetry, prose, theater, and two- and three-dimensional visual arts—may apply.

There are three deadlines for the FY 2015 Artist Initiative grant application, depending on discipline:

  • Literary arts; poetry and prose: June 13, 2014
  • Performing arts; dance, music, and theater: July 11, 2014
  • Visual arts; media arts, photography, and visual arts: Friday, August 1, 2014

Apply today.

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MSAB Grants Program Info Sessions

msab_logo_smallMinnesota State Arts Board 

Grant program information sessions 

Program Host: Kathee Foran

Special Guest: Mara Lunde Wittman, Executive Director NWMAC

The Minnesota State Arts Board is holding a free information session in your area about funding opportunities for artists, arts organizations, schools, community organizations, and human and social service organizations. The session includes an overview of all Arts Board grant programs followed by a question and answer period. Individual appointments are also offered.

The information session is the best choice if you’re unsure about what program might be the best fit for you. If you want to go into detail about a specific idea, consider signing up for an individual consultation. We’re offering six to eight one-on-one consultations (thirty minutes each) in each region. Sign up early to guarantee a spot.

Sessions to be held in Region 1:


Session: Wednesday, April 9

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Crookston Public Library

110 North Ash
Crookston, MN 56716

Individual appointments (30 minutes each)

Wednesday, April 9 – 5:30, 6:00 p.m.

Location: Crookston Public Library


Thursday, April 10 – 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 a.m.

Location: Cofé coffee shop

1504 University
Crookston, MN 56716

The information sessions and individual consultations are free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged.

Click here to register for an information session. 

Register for one-on-one appointments (30 minutes each) by calling the Arts Board front desk: 

(651) 215-1600

Toll free (800) 866-2787

MN Relay 7-1-1

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts. Funds for Minnesota State Arts Board programs are provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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