Win up to $7,500 for individuals / ensembles to develop the business side of their musicianship. Open to all NEC Student & Alumni.
This competitive application process is modeled on real-world grants, and students/alumni have access to coaching from the EM Team throughout the application process. New and existing projects are welcome. Finalists must be available to present at a live pitch event on Wednesday, November 6 at New England Conservatory.
- First Prize $7,500 + project guidance from EM
- Second Prize $3,000 + project guidance from EM
- Third Prize $1,500 + project guidance from EM
Honorable Mentions available at the discretion of the adjudicators.
- Application Due: Wednesday, October 9 @ 11:59pm
- Pitch Night (for finalists): Wednesday, November 6, 6-8pm (reception following)
Pitch Coaching for finalists occurs between October 17 and November 6 with the EM Team. Please sign up here for an appointment.
- Open to all current NEC Students & and all NEC Alumni
- Team collaborations are permitted; only one application needs to be submitted. If you are collaborating on a project with another NEC student/alumni, your application must include the names of the other NEC student collaborators. Teams with individuals outside of NEC are permitted, so long as at least 1 team member is a current student or alumni.
- Project Grants are not limited to activities based in Boston.
- Grants will not fund traditional competitions or summer festival activities.
- Finalists must be available to present in person at NEC on Wednesday, November 6
Applications and pitches will be reviewed by a panel of NEC Faculty, Staff, and industry professionals and evaluated based on the following criteria:
- A clear explanation of what the project is and how it is entrepreneurial
- A clear statement of the project’s value (its intended benefit to others)
- The feasibility of the project timeline
- The feasibility of the marketing plan
- The viability of the project budget, with preference given to applications that demonstrate more than one source of funding (e.g. ticket revenue, donations, other grants etc.).
- Insight into the future sustainability of the project
- A clear explanation of why this funding is critical for your work
For questions, contact EM Assistant Dean, Andrew Worden.
Download Budget Template here.
We recommend drafting your application in a word document prior to submitting via the portal. To assist in this process, please see the application questions listed below:
- Describe your project in the length of a tweet (140 characters)
- Describe your project, including all related activities, events, and/or products (100-300 words).
- Who are your partners and/or collaborators and how will they be involved? (100-200 words).
- What makes your project entrepreneurial? (100-200 words)
- Please share an analysis of the market and/or community you are entering and how you will distinguish your project (100-300 words)
- Who is your target audience? Who will be engaged by this project? (100-300 words)
- How will you publicize your project? (100-300 words)
- Please articulate 3 specific goals for your project (1 sentence each).
- Project Impact: What benefits and/or growth will your audience experience as a result of being involved with your project? (100-300 words)
- Work Samples: Provide web links to your work, up to 3 samples (video/audio/prose are acceptable)
- Project Timeline: Upload a PDF of your timeline, including bulleted tasks and specific deadlines, broken down month-by-month
- Project Budget: Upload your project budget as a PDF using this budget template. Include all sources of income and expenses.
- Optional: upload supporting documents as PDFs (technical plans, past programs, marketing materials, etc.)