Puffin Foundation: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: The Puffin Foundation supports a wide range of musicians and musical works. It does not impose restrictions on its grants based on genre, musical form or style.

IP TAKE: This funder selects specific grant programs to support each year and does not offer awards for all of its specific areas of funding interest every year.

PROFILE: Since its founding in 1983 when it was known as Puffin New Jersey, the Puffin Foundation has “[s]ought to open doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.” Main areas of funding interest include music, photography, theater, dance, writing, video, film radio, and public interest causes.

Foundation-wide, grants are modest, often coming in at $10,000 or less. Musicians that have received funding from Puffin in the past include Alexa Dexa, who received a grant for her album Whale Bones and the Boundary of a Fish, a collection of curated field recordings and lyrical narratives; and Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, which received funding for its Community Power album. Click here to learn more about the foundation’s past music grantees including links to their websites (if applicable) and other works.  

The Puffin Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding, generally starting at the beginning of September. Grantseekers must request and complete an application packet provided by the foundation. The foundation must receive application packets no later than December 15 for consideration in the current funding cycle.

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