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JFund for new music seeks composer applicants
(Published: April 05, 2013)

Do you make music? (The original, fresh, and not-necessarily-commercially-driven kind?)
Have an ambitious project in mind?
Would up to $8,500 help?
Do you live in MN or NYC?
Read on...

The American Composers Forum (ACF) champions composers and other creative musicmakers, and boosts their careers with professional opportunities. Our Jerome Fund for New Music (Jfund) supports the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work. About 10 grants are available: up to $7,000 for the composer or primary artist's time to create the work, and up to $1,500 to help make it happen and further its potential.

Jfund welcomes applicants from the whole range of musical paths and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists.

The primary artist (not limited to those who self-identify as a "composer" but eligible to all kinds of artists who create original music) applies with a third party (such as a performing group or a presenter who commits to producing the finished work). The primary artist needs to be at an "emerging" level in her/his career: neither a student (except in certain circumstances) nor a well-established professional. The proposed project should be a significant artistic and professional leap: a risky but logical next step that will mark a new level of accomplishment.

Awards - judged by a panel of artists - are competitive and based on outstanding quality of work, personal musical voice, and exceptional potential to make a difference. Since its founding in 1979 the program, funded by the Jerome Foundation, has made hundreds of awards and helped launch many careers.

August 16, 2013 (postmark)

• Open to emerging artists who are at an early stage in their career, under-recognized, with no national reputation, and few professional accolades.
• Primary artists must reside in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City. Project partners may be based anywhere in the world.
• Applicants (primary or partners) may take a leading role in only one application.
• Previous winners of Jfund (formerly JCCP) awards may apply as long as they were more than two years ago and final reports have been submitted.
• Students may apply if their samples and proposal are beyond the scope of accredited course work.
• Projects may take place in a worship setting but not be premiered during a religious service.
• Jfund administrative staff members are ineligible.
• ACF membership is not required for Jfund applicants, but is strongly encouraged in order to keep informed about future opportunities.
• Proposed works should be at an early stage in their development, and must not be finished by the time of application. Works must be scheduled to premiere after November 30, 2013. Supported projects must be completed within five years of the award date.

• Quality of musical materials, showing singular artistic voice and vision.
• Significance of the project to the primary artist's career.
• Well articulated compositional planning and overall thoroughness of project.
• Level of commitment by project partners to presenting and furthering the work.
• Relevance of the Enhancement Funds to deepen the work and further the artist's career.
• The final pool will reflect a range of artists and projects, diverse in genre, gender, and racial origin.

• Primary artists request funds to cover their compositional time: a commission fee. The size of this fee is proportional to the scope of the work and may reflect the duration of the work and the number of participants. Panelists may change the amount of the award up or down based on comparable projects. ACF does not provide a standard fee schedule.

• In addition to the commission fee, artists may request up to $1,500 for out of pocket expenses that will magnify the impact of the work and advance the artist's career. These funds may be used before, during, or after the premiere. Scenarios might include: research, travel, consultation, preparation fees, equipment or software costs, rehearsals, workshops, space rental, collaboration costs, outreach events, touring, publication, recording or promotion costs.

The primary artist sends:
1. The completed Application Form
2. A Personal Statement articulating the development and direction of your music, aesthetic position, and the significance of this project to you at this time (one page max). State why you consider yourself "emerging".
3. A Description (one page max) of the proposed work.
4. A description (one page max) of how you would use the Enhancement Funds. Itemize the activities, their purpose, approximate costs, and give a timeline.
5. An Artist Resume or current bio (two pages max).
6. Musical Work Samples. Two identical copies of a CD (or DVD) of two recent works. The first four minutes of Track 1 makes the most critical impression on the panelists, so it should represent your most distinctive and compelling musical example. It may be an entire piece or a section from somewhere within a longer work. Track 2 may be the complete piece or a different work entirely (30 minute max for both tracks total). Together the samples should demonstrate the relevance of - and the artist's ability to carry out - the proposed new work.
7. Additional musical materials such as scores, charts, or information that give context for listening to these works. If your work involves improvisation, describe the role you played in creating the piece.
8. If you want your materials returned, include a $6.00 check to "ACF".

The Project Partner is someone other than you; typically a performer or ensemble. If you perform in your own work then the Project Partner needs to be a presenter or someone who will be producing the performance. This Partner sends a Commitment Letter (this may arrive under separate cover) indicating enthusiasm to perform, present, and promote the proposed work. Describe plans for the premiere and any additional activities that increase the visibility of the work and the artist.

• ACF staff reviews all applications for eligibility and completeness. A diverse panel of artists familiar with a range of contemporary music is sent copies of all written materials. Each applicant's complete recordings are listened to by at least one panelist. Panelists convene in St. Paul to make final determinations. Panelists remain anonymous until after the results are announced in late October.

Contact Philip Blackburn at (651) 251-2823 or pblackburn@composersforum.org
More on the JFund history is at: http://composersforum.org/program/jfund

ACF-JFund, 332 Minnesota St E145, St. Paul, MN 55101-1300

Primary artist (must be MN or NY based):


Project Partner


Proposed work details
Number of performers:
Requested commission fee ($7,000 max):

Enhancement fund activities (please list briefly):

Requested amount ($1,500 max):

Submitted Work Sample Description
Work #1
Year of completion:
Total duration:
Track ID number on disc:
Performers' names, instrumentation, venue, program notes

Work #2
Year of completion:
Total duration:
Track ID number on disc:
Performers' names, instrumentation, venue, program notes

Primary Artist's Demographic Information

ACF and the Jerome Foundation intend to be inclusive, welcoming, and accessible to all individuals. This commitment extends to including racial, gender, and genre diversity among the panelists and grantees (at least 20% of whom are to be people of color). Please help us track below how Jfund is attracting a range of applicants.

- Asian
- Black/African American
- Caucasian/White
- Hispanic
- Native American
- Other (please specify)

- Male
- Female
- Transgender

More Information: http://composersforum.org/program/jfund

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