Alumni Enterprise Awards

Revolutionary. Daring. Inspiring.

How to Apply

Application & Selection Timeline

Application

DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific

Before submitting materials, applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a Zoom advising appointment with the program administrator, Casey Molino Dunn, Music Academy’s VP of Innovation & Program Development: https://MAW-AEA.as.me/Advising. This is an opportunity to gain additional perspective about the application review process and discuss your submission.

All applicants will receive updates about their submission by early December.

Overview

The Alumni Enterprise program:

  • incubates and accelerates innovative projects led by Music Academy alumni;
  • seeds the music industry with bold, new ideas while simultaneously advancing alumni projects and careers;
  • supports entrepreneurship in areas including, but not limited to, artistic expression, audience development, community engagement, education, social justice, and technology.

Awards range from $2,500 to $20,000 USD. Funding levels are based on a project’s scope and scale. In addition to funds, winners will sharpen their business skills through the Innovation Residential in late February 2022 on the Music Academy campus. Costs for travel, accommodations, and training sessions are included as part of the Alumni Enterprise Award package. A pairing with an Industry Mentor provides additional education and networking opportunities.

26 alumni have received Alumni Enterprise Awards over the past four years, for a total of $320,000 to support innovative projects. Learn more about each winner and their work below.

The Alumni Enterprise Awards are generously supported by the Ladera Foundation.

Criteria

  • This annual grant program is open to ALL Music Academy of the West alumni.
    • Applications submitted on behalf of multiple individuals or ensembles must have at least one Academy alum in a leadership role.
    • Regardless of any past submissions or previous grants from the Music Academy, alumni can apply every year (and, each year, can submit applications for multiple projects).
  • Successful proposals align with or challenge the Academy’s mission 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, and/or
    • Cultivating discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences.
  • Completed applications must include a project title and categorization, a project narrative, a timeline for implementation, a proposed budget, and value and impact metrics that describe the vision and breadth of the initiative. Application: https://enterpriseawards.getacceptd.com
  • Awardees are expected to carry out their proposal within the 2022 calendar year. The project can certainly have a life beyond 2022, but award funds are distributed in early 2022 and must be used that calendar year.
  • Alumni Enterprise Awards are not granted for projects simply asking for funds to support one musician’s private lessons, audition expenses, or tuition costs. Any requests related to purchasing equipment or instruments must significantly impact a community.

 

Successful applications clearly and convincingly describe:

  • WHAT the project entails (including its potential for impact);
  • WHO is involved in the project and WHO it serves;
  • WHY this undertaking is needed, important, innovative, and timely, and thus WHY this project should receive funding;
  • WHEN, WHERE, and HOW the proposal will come to fruition in 2022.

Before submitting materials, applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a Zoom advising appointment with the program administrator, Casey Molino Dunn, Music Academy’s VP of Innovation & Program Development: https://MAW-AEA.as.me/Advising. This is an opportunity to gain additional perspective about the application review process and discuss your submission.

 

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific. All applicants will receive updates about their submission by early December.

Questions regarding the Alumni Enterprise Awards may be directed to Music Academy’s Innovation Institute: [email protected].

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2021 Alumni Enterprise Award Winners

About the 2021 Winning Projects

Música para Respirar 24/7: Camila Barrientos Ossio & Bruno Luiz Lourensetto

Música para Respirar 24/7: Camila Barrientos Ossio & Bruno Luiz Lourensetto

Award: $20,000

Based in Cochabamba, Bolivia and São Paulo, Brazil, Camila and Bruno are co-founders and co-artistic directors of La Sociedad Boliviana de Música de Cámara. La Sociedad conceived and launched a direct musical response to the COVID-19 crisis last August. Top international musicians representing major institutions have since performed online concerts – available 24 hours a day, free of cost – for COVID-19 patients, their relatives, health care professionals, seniors, children, and others. As of January 2021, the project has already presented 2,157 concerts for 5,538 listeners in 46 countries. In 2021, the winners will present four week-long editions of Música para Respirar 24/7, culminating in a Bolivian in-person tour to connect with their online audiences.

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InsideOut: Pop-Up Concerts & Walking Concert Tour: Adanya Dunn

InsideOut: Pop-Up Concerts & Walking Concert Tour: Adanya Dunn

Award: $20,000

Adanya’s collaborative project as part of her organization Red Light Arts & Culture consists of a series of indoor and outdoor, socially-distanced pop-up concerts (following a range of COVID protocols), in unconventional locations throughout Amsterdam’s Red Light District. The series culminates in a weekend of “walking concerts” in which audience groups rotate between different special location performances during their concert experience and come together at final location. These concerts also create the opportunity for the small business owners and local entrepreneurs of the district to share their stories.

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Composition of a City: Digital: Christina Giuca Krause

Composition of a City: Digital: Christina Giuca Krause

Award: $20,000

Christina is the Artistic Director of LYNX, a nonprofit art song organization that amplifies diverse voices through new song commissions, inclusive performances, and innovative educational programming. LYNX’s initiative Composition of a City addresses the challenges facing youth on Chicago’s South Side by providing students with positive mentorship and a safe musical outlet to share their stories through a curriculum incorporating elements of both hip hop and classical music.

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BIPOC Voices: The Library of Music for Voice and Orchestra by BIPOC Composers: Rich Coburn

BIPOC Voices: The Library of Music for Voice and Orchestra by BIPOC Composers: Rich Coburn

Award: $15,000

In 2021, Rich will create a prototype of an online library with orchestrated vocal works by Black, Indigenous, and other Composers of Color, featuring samples of many previously un-recorded works, with the goal to develop the library into a permanent resource for educational and artistic institutions. This project is in partnership with Amplified Opera, Black Opera Productions, the Association for Opera in Canada (formerly Opera.ca), and the Canadian Music Centre in British Columbia.

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The Resilience Project: Cristina Cutts Dougherty

The Resilience Project: Cristina Cutts Dougherty

Award: $10,000

The Resilience Project will add to the educational narrative the voices of heroes in our musical history, highlighting fourteen trailblazing women in brass. Active between the 1940’s and today, these orchestral brass players are uniquely relevant to today’s aspiring musician – these are artists who have succeeded against all odds. During 2021, The Resilience Project will manifest as a book of biographies, pedagogies, and testimonies with supplemental online resources for education and development.

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About the 2020 Winning Projects

About the 2019 Winning Projects

2018 Enterprise Award Winners

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Ben Bliss ('12): MESS Core Ensemble

Ben Bliss ('12): MESS Core Ensemble

Under the leadership of stage director Paul Curran, the group spent five days preparing operatic scenes for a Manhattan performance on the final day of their Initial Ensemble Session, geared toward a millennial demographic.

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Evan Shinners ('09): The Bach Store

Evan Shinners ('09): The Bach Store

A pop-up storefront in NYC where those walking by can see and hear musicians play Bach every day, for five hours a day, over 30 days. Learn more in the New York Times feature article by Michael Cooper: A Pop-Up Shop That Offers Bach Preludes, Fugues and Condoms

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Brenda Patterson ('00): The Forgotten

Brenda Patterson ('00): The Forgotten

A Halloween double-bill that interweaves Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Menotti’s The Medium, The Forgotten explores American poverty, economic anxiety, and teenage gender identity.

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Molly Carr ('07) & Anna Petrova ('17): Novel Voices

Molly Carr ('07) & Anna Petrova ('17): Novel Voices

This debut album for the Carr-Petrova Duo premiered this fall as part of their “Refugee Awareness” concert in Carnegie Hall, mounted to raise awareness about the lives and struggles of refugees across the globe.

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Theresa Kim ('06): International Music Sessions

Theresa Kim ('06): International Music Sessions

The founding director of International Music Sessions launches Social Integration Workshops, offering 5-weekend musical workshops to young people from diverse communities.