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This award funds innovative ideas in areas including artistic expression, audience development, education, community engagement, social justice, and technology.
Winners will sharpen their business skills through the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Residential (March 24-28, 2019) and expand their professional networks as participants of the Classical Evolution/Revolution Conference (July 21-27, 2019).
This opportunity is available to all MAW alumni. Proposals must align with or challenge the Academy’s mission to further classical music education while cultivating discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences. Awards granted for alumni projects range from $2,500 to $20,000 based on scope and scale.
• Advance social entrepreneurial endeavors/projects in classical music - bold and diverse initiatives developed and implemented by Music Academy alumni.
• Support innovation in areas including but not limited to artistic expression, audience development, education, community engagement, and technology.
• Provide funding and mentorship that generates positive learning outcomes for Music Academy alumni.
1. Open to all alumni of the Music Academy of the West. Applications submitted on behalf of multiple individuals or ensembles must have at least one Academy alumni in a leadership role.
2. Supportable activity includes proposals that align with or challenge the Academy’s vision to make a unique and enduring contribution to the world of music by:
• Advancing the development of the next generation of great classically trained musicians
• Cultivating discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences
3. Non-supportable activity includes proposals that request funding for private instruction, competitions or contests, audition expenses, tuition costs, or any charges related to purchasing equipment or instruments.
4. Selected winners are invited to participate in the Music Academy Entrepreneurship and Innovation Residential in March 2019 as well as the Classical Evolution/Revolution Conference in June 2019. Failure to attend these program components will jeopardize funding outcomes.
5. Completed applications must include a formal project title and general categorization, a project narrative, a timeline for implementation, a proposed budget, value and impact metrics, and any other details necessary to comprehend the vision and breadth of the initiative.