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30 Grants to Celebrate 30 Years

We are not accepting applications for 30 Grants to Celebrate 30 Years at this time.

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music is celebrating 30 years of grantmaking with a special, community-driven program. The purpose of this program is to support organizations with a strong commitment to contemporary American music that have not been supported by the Fund before.

NOTE: Only applicants who have received an invitation from the Copland Fund may submit an application to this program. No other applications will be considered.

How it works

30 grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to 30 organizations who have not received previous support from the Fund. These organizations will be selected from nominations submitted by recent grantees from the Fund’s three regular programs (Performance, Recording, and Supplemental). The funding for this program will be separate from and will not affect the available funding in the Fund’s other programs.

Nominated organizations will be asked to create an account and submit a limited application with the following information to confirm eligibility:

  • Contact information, including website and social media profiles
  • 501(c)(3) or fiscal sponsorship status
  • Budget information for FY 23 & FY 24
  • A list of recent and upcoming repertoire/programming

Eligibility will be determined and scored based on the following:

  • Amount of activity related to contemporary American concert music and/or jazz
  • Confirmation of 501(c)(3) status or fiscal sponsor
  • Quality of repertoire/programming
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Community integration

This program is for organizations who have not previously applied to any of the Fund’s regular programs.


Nominations will be accepted through August 31, 2023. Nominated organizations will be invited to submit limited applications in early to mid-September with a deadline of October 20, 2023. Decisions will be announced by the end of December.


For questions about this program, please reach out through our contact form or send an email to

Updated: August 30, 2023

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