ASCAP Foundation Grants for Aspiring Songwriters and Composers

Do you know someone who has what it takes to be a superstar? Want to promote music education in new ways? The ASCAP Foundation (See ASCAP Foundation: Grants for Music) considers proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations that promote music education and develop musical talent. Aimed at fostering the talents of songwriters and composers, the foundation was established to provide professional development, recognize the creative minds making music, enhance music education for students, provide community access to music and deliver grants to the music-making community.

The foundation regularly donates a total of over $1 million each year to organizations across the U.S. The average grant is between $1,500 and $3,000 to individual programs, particularly to those that develop aspiring songwriters and composers. In recent years the foundation has granted funding to jazz programs, youth symphonies, songwriting workshops, and more.

Applications for grants are by invitation only. Interested parties are encouraged to review the grant application guidelines and submit a Letter of Intent to begin the process. Please note that the foundation does not provide funding for general operating costs, recording costs, or the purchase of musical instruments, among other restriction.

Proposals are reviewed during the fourth quarter of the calendar year, with the board making determinations for the following fiscal year in December. Recipients are notified in January. Grants are delivered on an annual one-time basis, and applicants can only submit once per calendar year. 

Applicants wishing to renew their funding with the foundation must submit a program report detailing the music genre the grant served, cost to participants, benefits of the program, demographics of the community served, how the foundation was credited, and more. 

The Foundation is a branch of ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. ASCAP is a non-profit organization founded in 1914 that collects performing rights royalties on behalf of musicians registered with the organization. Nearly all who serve on the board of the ASCAP Foundation are musicians, including several professional songwriters, composers, and lyricists.