IML Grant Programs are available to all full-time, matriculated Eastman students. Some grants are also available to Eastman alumni and full-time, matriculated University of Rochester students. The Paul R. Judy Grants have additional availability to non-UR affiliated applicants.

Reference our IML Grant Programs chart for a better understanding of eligibility, award amounts and deadlines.

The IML Grant and Mentorship Program provides students with opportunities to receive funding and mentorship to encourage new thinking and the development of innovative ideas in music. Successful recipients demonstrate creativity, innovation, uniqueness, passion, added value to the music field and their own communities, and the potential for sustainable initiatives and projects.

The application deadlines are October 1 for projects to be completed no later than September 1 of the following year, and March 1 for projects to be completed no later than the May 1 of the following year. This program is open to all full-time and matriculated Eastman and University of Rochester students.


The Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research Grant provides funding for research and projects related to innovative ensembles. Anyone based in North America may apply for these grants, though a number of Paul R. Judy Grants will be reserved for and awarded to Eastman School of Music students and alumni. These awards are available in both research and innovative projects categories. The deadlines for application is October 1 (all applicants) and March 1 (Eastman students, alumni, and faculty applicants only).


The Eastman/ArtistShare Partnership is designed to recognize and
support the career and artistic development of exceptional Eastman students and alumni through two initiatives:

  • The Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist Program
  • The Eastman/ArtistShare LAUNCHPAD Program

The deadline for both programs is on October 1.

ArtistShare, founded in 2001 as the Internet’s first fan-funding platform, connects artists with fans in order to share the excitement and beauty of the creative process, document the work of today’s most exciting creators, and allow fans to participate directly by funding and observing the creation of new artistic works.


The Arts Leadership Program (ALP) Special Opportunity Grant provides funding to further the professional 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 and ALP course-work.