November 16, 2007


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Accepting Applications For Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grants
Deadline: January 22, 2008

The Manhattan Community Arts Fund, an initiative of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council ( ), supports local arts organizations and artists that have little access to other government funding sources by providing small grants to local artists and arts projects serving the Manhattan community. Funds are intended to enable grant recipients to eventually leverage financial support from other sectors and to prepare applicants for the process of obtaining public funds. Through the fund, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council will award a total of approximately $125,000 this cycle, with grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 each to individual artists or nonprofit organizations.

Last year, 69 grants were awarded. Applications will be accepted from Manhattan-based individual artists or nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits such as arts organizations, social service agencies, senior centers, faith- based organizations, folk societies, and cultural centers are eligible. However, they must have proof of nonprofit status and their projects must be implemented in Manhattan. Similarly, individual artists must live in Manhattan.

Applications may be submitted for ongoing or new projects in any discipline for which activities will take place between April 1, 2008, and December 31, 2008. Proposals may only be submitted by applicants who have not applied by the September 18, 2007, appli- cation deadline. In addition, first-time applicants are required to attend program information sessions.

Visit the LMCC Web site for complete program details, eligibility restrictions, and dates and locations of information sessions.

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NAMM Foundation Announces New Grant Initiatives for Music Makers and Researchers
Deadline: Various

The NAMM Foundation ( ), a non- profit organization dedicated to advancing active participation in music making by people of all ages, has announced its 2008 Request for Proposals initiative.

The foundation is accepting proposals for the following five initiatives:

Disney's High School Musical: The Music in You Grant Program will award ten public middle and high schools a grant of $5,000 each and license to put on their own school stage production of Disney's "High School Musical." (Deadline: November 30, 2007.)

The Sounds of Living: The Impact of Music Making initiative will support research that examines the role of active participation in music for children, youth, adults, and seniors. Research funded under the initiative explores the effects of music learning and music making outside of formal educational settings and ex- pands the understanding of the role of music making in health, wellness, socialization, and the inter-connections between mind, body, and spirit that contribute to wellness and overall quality of life. (Deadline: January 2, 2008.)

Program Grants support innovative music learning programs from nonprofit public service organizations that reach new audiences with new protocols, and that further the NAMM Foundation's mission of creating more active music makers of all ages. (Deadline: January 4, 2008.)

The Sounds of Learning: The Impact of Music Education initiative supports research that examines the role of music education in the lives of school-age children. (Deadline: January 15, 2008.)

Scientific Grants support leading researchers and research teams in the fields of music research, neuroscience, psychology, edu- cation, and/or health-related fields to explore the effects of hands-on music making. (Deadline: January 15, 2008.)

Applicants may only apply to one program. For detailed information about the programs, eligibility restrictions, and application procedures, visit the NAMM Foundation Web site. RFP Link:

For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit:

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