Ameriprise Financial: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: Ameriprise Financial commits to grantmaking that creates “positive change” in communities across the U.S. This includes not only meeting “basic needs” but also supporting “community vitality.”

IP TAKE:  Ameriprise Financial’s philanthropy prioritizes opportunities that support and improve U.S. communities. Performing arts funding, including that for music, is a well-regarded aspect of this giving because of the importance the corporation places on cultural enrichment.

PROFILE: Founded in 1894, Ameriprise Financial, the U.S. financial services company, seeks to “create brilliant moments in [its] communities and help people thrive” by giving back to the communities in which it operates, or as it states on its website, “where we live and work.” Ameriprise Financial views the arts as an integral aspect of bettering a community.

First, some geographic logistics that flow right out of that sentiment: the best bet for grantseekers looking for a grant from Ameriprise Financial is to create music experiences within 30 miles of Boston, Chicago, Green Bay (WI), Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland (OR), or Providence (RI). Projects and organizations outside one of those geographic zones are not necessarily excluded (see some recent theater grants below), but it does make it all the more critical to create a project that aligns with Ameriprise Financial’s arts-giving mission.

Ameriprise Financial’s community betterment has two principle areas of focus: Meeting Basic Needs and Supporting Community Vitality. It further breaks down Community Vitality into two program areas: Community Development and Cultural Enrichment. Within Cultural Enrichment—which is, of course, where music resides—Ameriprise Financial prioritizes: Arts education, Access for underserved populations, and “Diverse artists and performances that spark topical community conversations.”

A past music grant supported the Shrevport Opera to bring interactive opera programming into children’s hospitals, community centers and schools across Louisiana, Mississippi, eastern Texas and southern Arkansas. Other past music programs which received Ameriprise Financial grants include The Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis), Minnesota Opera Company (Minneapolis), Minnesota Orchestral Association (Minneapolis), the National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale of Montgomery County (MD), the Portland Youth Philharmonic Association (OR), and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN).

Additionally, grantseekers should remember that Ameriprise Financial prioritizes “applications where there is active volunteer engagement of Ameriprise advisors and employees.” Ameriprise Financial grant application deadlines are mid-January and mid-May of each year.

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