Arizona Commission on the Arts: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: The Arizona Commission on the Arts supports arts projects and organizations within the state.

IP TAKE: Grant seekers applying to these grants will have to compete with arts organizations from all other disciplines. Those with a local or regional connection to their work will likely be the most successful.

PROFILE: Created in 1967, Arizona Commission on the Arts is a state agency that promotes arts programming throughout the state. It seeks to “create opportunities for all Arizonans to participate in and experience the arts.” The commission supports music through a variety of grants.

The Personal Development Grant provides funding support to “Arizona artists, arts administrators, and arts educators” to facilitate participation in learning activities, including residencies, workshops, and participation in a conferences. Award amounts vary from $500 to $750. New grantseekers can contact Brad DeBiase, the programs and Grants Coordinator, for more information.

Research and Development Grants provides support for Arizona artists in any discipline “as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work.” Grant amounts range from $3,000 and $5,000. Only individuals are eligible to apply; up to 30 grants are awarded each year. Grant seekers can contact Gabriela Muñoz for more information.

Arts Learning Collaboration Grants support “school-based arts teaching and learning programs.” Eligible applicants must be an Arizona school or school district with tax-exempt status. Contact Anastasia Freyermuth, Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator, for more information.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support “partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in a variety of community settings for learners of any age.” Contact Anastasia Freyermuth, Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator, for more information.

Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships provide “support for substantive school/community partnerships that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration in Arizona Title I schools.” At least one school and one nonprofit arts organization or governmental entity must be included to be eligible, and the school must be the lead applicant. For more information, contact Elisa Radcliffe, Arts Learning Manager.

Community Investment Grants provides funding support “to nonprofit arts organizations of all sizes, local arts agencies and tribal cultural organizations whose primary mission is to produce, present, teach or serve the arts.” Grant seekers can contact Kristen Pierce Kent, Organizational Grants and Services Manager, for more information.

Festival Grants support “organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts programming through festival activities and are awarded to assist with the costs of connecting artists (or their artistic work) with communities.” Grant seekers can contact Kristen Pierce Kent, Organizational Grants and Services Manager, for more information.

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