Entrepreneurial Grants VIDEO
Articulating a vision, creating a work plan, identifying target audiences, crafting a marketing strategy, and figuring out how to balance a budget are all important skills that musicians need to make their work live sustainably in the world. Our students have the advantage of getting a head start.
The Entrepreneurial Grant program empowers students to execute their unique programmatic ideas, by arming them with seed funding and a cadre of advisors to support them along the way. This program is not necessarily about funding “the next big thing,” it’s about enabling students to build skills and networks so that the next time they have a great idea (and there certainly will be a next time) they will also have the toolkit to realize it.
As you browse the project profiles below, you will find that our students are not only creating new opportunities for audiences to engage with and appreciate music, but new pathways for their own careers.
For more information and to start the application process, contact Maria Finkelmeier at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply Applicants must be enrolled full-time at NEC in order to be eligible for an EM grant.
2015 - 2016 Deadlines coming soon!
Click on the links below for more information:
Spring 2015 Grant Projects Isabella Dawis: Capital I MuChen Hsieh, Jennifer Hsieh, TingRu Lai, Seth Russell: Oceanus Quartet Lautaro Mantilla: Scivias Susanna McDonald & Stephanie Scogna: Boston Art Song Society Deepti Navaratna: Dialogues with the Divine Linda Numagami: Silence Speaks Fall 2014 Grant Projects Austin Burns: Building Bridges: A Concert for Change Lina Gonzalez: Unitas Ensemble Lihi Haruvi: Project YAFE Krish Jaiman: Teach Your Muse! The Music Basti Experience Spring 2014 Grant Projects Mike Avitabile: Boston Young Composers Ensemble Stephanie Boyd: Tuesday Night New Music: Reimagined Zach Crowle: Divergent Drama Lisa Fujita: Sweet Music Mattia Maurée: Melisande Opera Ariel Mitnick, Alan Toda-Ambaras, Rainer Crosett: Project LENS Nir Naaman: Improve Your Groove Carl Pillot: The Billy Hart Drumming Method Fall 2013 Grant Projects Evan Allen and Connor Baker: The Full Salon Jennifer Fijal: The Stage on Harmony Farm Dan Gabel: First Friday Swing Spring 2013 Grant Projects Mathilde Geismar: Académie Anglicorde Maureen Heflinger, Gwen Buttemer, Chris Gamboa: Project Heckelmith Mattia Maurée: Printing Service Luis Ruelas: Taller Comp Colin Thurmond: GTX: Extreme Guitar Technique Emileigh Vandiver: Project Panama 2013 Fall 2012 Grant Projects Katherine Balch: The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year Brad Barrett: Development of ear-training application Henrique Eisenmass: NEC Meets the World: ETHNIC Jam Sessions Maria Rindenello-Parker & Soo Han: Soo & Maria Jussi Reijonen: un Tour in Finland Akenya Seymour: NEC: Underground Spring 2012 Grant Projects Robyn Bollinger: Project Paganini Etienne Gara: VivaClassica Festival Tyler Gilmore: A Rambling Stretch Leah Hennessy: In Response Neal Markowski: New Music and the WWII Relocation Camps Lauren Nelson: Residency in Jacmel, Haiti Rachel Panitch: Rhode Island Fiddle Project Summer Camp Devin Roth: Challenge Music Michael Sachs: Foreground Music Collective Fall 2011 Grant Projects Athena Adamopoulos and Colin Thurmond: toUch Performance Art Jason Belcher: The Music of Burr Van Nostrand Jennifer Kessler, Aisha Bowden, and Charles Burchell: Inside Out Group Action Project Joseph Kromholz and Debbie Pae: Music for Food 2011–2012 Katy Lafleur: Gradient Us Ensemble Laura Soto-Bayomi: NEC Production of Into the Woods Vanessa Wheeler: Nonce Ensemble Summer 2011 Grant Projects Beth McDonald: August Noise JP Nell Shaw Cohen: Beyond the Notes Eden MacAdam-Somer: Notorious Folk in Israel Helen Sherrah-Davies: Residency in Ramallah Leah Hennessy: Sight & Sound Festival Spring 2011 Grant Projects Michael Dahlberg: Parlor Night John Elliot: Prism concert Elisabeth Erenberg: Sounding the Stories Lauren Hunt: Corno Colombia Andres Lopera, Cecilia Huerta: Boston Latin-American Orchestra Peter Negroponte: Improvisers Anonymous series Albert Oppenheimer: Chiron Competition Vanessa Wheeler: NEC Composers Lab Ensemble Fall 2010 Grant Projects Jason Belcher: Inter-NEC Celia Hatton, Kayleigh Miller: Music for Food for Music Ryan Maguire: City to Summit Joan Arnau Pamies: NEC Young Composers Forum Wayne Shen: Project Violin Colin Thurmond: Sound Innovation Festival Summer 2010 Grant Projects Samantha Angstman: Burlington Ensemble Jennifer Berg: Oboe Reed Crafting Masterclasses Nell Shaw Cohen: Georgia O’Keeffe Video Daniel Hawkins: The Secret History Melanie Leinbach: Evening of SongBenefit Concert Amir Milstein: Sounds and Signs Peter Negroponte: Burlington Other Music Festival