Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: The Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research supports innovative ensembles that explore new models of operation.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks non-traditional performers who are finding innovative ways to engage and grow their audiences.

PROFILE: The Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research is a department of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music. The center’s “research and programming emphasizes the 21st Century evolution of the innovative ensemble, influenced by both the symphony orchestra and chamber music traditions.” The center offers grants for research projects with artist-centered and innovative ensembles. 

The center’s Research Support program awards grants to projects that “reflect new models of artistic innovation, organizational relationships, and operational sustainability.” This program prioritizes projects that analyze how orchestras and similar ensembles can apply successful practices implemented by smaller ensembles.

The Innovative Projects grant supports individuals, groups, and ensembles who work on projects “structured around the concept of innovative ensemble.” This program remains in order to attract a wide array of programs and projects.

Both grant program awards range from $500 to $2,000, and anyone who lives in North America is eligible to apply. The center reserves a few grant awards for Eastman School of Music students, alumni, and faculty. 

The current deadline for grant applications from Eastman students, alumni, and faculty is March 1. The current application deadline for all other applicants is October 1. 


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