Overview of Our Grants
The Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research Grant
Deadline: November 20th and March 1st
The PRJC recognizes that the music profession must engage in systemic and transformational change in pursuit of a more just and equitable arts ecosystem. This grant provides funding for proposals such as:
Research: Interested individuals or teams may submit a proposal to support a research project. Funding may go toward travel, lodging, or other costs in order to complete the project. Winners will submit articles/summaries to be featured in IML research.
Projects: This category is for ensembles and is intentionally broad, encompassing a wide range of activities. A few examples of projects include educational outreach programs, concerts, and recording projects.
IML Mentorship Grant
Deadline: November 20th and March 1st
Provides students with opportunities to receive funding and mentorship to encourage new thinking and the development of innovative ideas in music. To receive a grant, the proposal must demonstrate:
- Musical excellence
- An inspired project concept/artistic mission
- A value add to the music field and the community. We do not support proposals that will just support an individual or their career.
- Potential for sustainability
- Capacity for completing the project (i.e. realistic budget, access to resources, partners/collaboration, appropriate authority/permission)
Applicants are required to attend an informational session prior to applying. Fall session dates are below. Please contact IML Program Manager Jeff Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom links and questions.
Spring Grant Information Sessions:
- In-Person: Friday, February 3 at 12:30 PM in A704
- Zoom: Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00 PM (Click here to register)
- Can’t attend live? Contact Jeff at email@example.com for recording to view.
Applicants are highly encouraged to have an advising session with an IML staff member PRIOR to submitting their application.
Department Matching Grant
Deadline: 2 months prior to the event
Every school year, each ESM department can receive up to $500 in matching funds to support bringing in external guests (i.e. honoraria, transportation, room & board, etc.). To receive a a matching grant, the event must meet the following criteria:
- Requests must be received at least 60-days prior to the event, excluding holidays.
- The department chair agrees to the request
- The event is feasible from a scheduling, logistical and financial standpoint
- The specific event that we are supporting will involve the guest discussing our specified topics. We do not support performances or masterclasses.
Notice of the proposal being accepted will happen within 3-4 business days.
Special Opportunity Grant (ALP Candidates only)
Provides funding to further the professional development and skill development of students currently enrolled in the Arts Leadership Certificate Program. These grants provide support for specific opportunities that relate to a student’s career goals that are not offered through Eastman curriculum or connections.
To apply, ALP Certificate students must log into their Intranet account.
Grant Logistics & Expectations
What Is needed in the Proposal?
Each grant has specific requirements outlined in the application. However, all grants can expect to have a proposal description, audience/impact description, list of collaborators/partners, timeline for the project, and a budget.
How are Grants Selected?
Each grant has a specific committee consisting of IML & ESM staff and faculty members.
What are the Expectations of the grant?
To receive funding, all grant awardees must submit final materials describing the outcome of the project including:
- A summary of the project, including any relevant data demonstrating impact
- Representative photos or images
- A 2-3 sentence testimonial about how the funds assisted in the success of the project
Can Previous Winners Apply again?
Yes, though we will give priority to those who have not receive funding yet.
Other Funding Avenues
Looking for additional funding support? There are other opportunities around campus to explore!
Offered every month during the school year, this funding supports ESM faculty, individual students, and chamber groups to purse professional development opportunities.
Students pursuing dual degrees at ESM & UR are eligible to apply for funding at the Gwen M. Green Career center, including internship and skill-building support.