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Grants to USA Nonprofits to Conduct Projects that Promote Systems Change Related to the Arts

Advocacy and Research Grants: Strengthening the Sector


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Deadline: 09/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for projects that promote systems change related to the arts and music. Applicants are required to meet with staff prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended to support initiatives in areas such as policy and research analyses, advocacy tools and training for arts and cultural leaders, and cross-sector activities that connect the arts with other interest groups. Applicants must serve the Los Angeles, California area or have a national focus.

The purpose of the program is to achieve positive changes in the arts, such as increased public funding for programming, support for policy changes, new research, and heightened public engagement.

This year, the Foundation invites a broader group of eligible organizations to apply for support, in line with aims to support systemic change via empowering organizations working at the intersection of music, learning, and well-being.  Organizations must be able to identify the system it seeks to impact, demonstrate why it is well-positioned to take on this system change, explain why its work is a priority for the field, and share accomplishments and/or progress toward achieving sustainable solutions.  The Foundation anticipates grants will support activities such as:

  1. Research and policy analyses that promote the need for arts (specifically music) to change and improve circumstances,
  2. Cross-sector initiatives that cultivate allies and build bridges between the arts and other interest groups,
  3. Advocacy training and tools that build the capacity of arts and cultural leaders to understand and proactively influence issues impacting the arts and community vitality, and/or
  4. Designing solutions that shift the circumstances within a system to promote efficiency and sustainability.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Nonprofits operating in Los Angeles County, in the state of California, or nationally are eligible to apply. In order to be considered for funding, an organization must:
- Reflect music within the organization’s efforts
- Operate as a non-profit organization
- Have at least 2 years of mission-aligned programming
- Have a service jurisdiction that includes either Los Angeles County, California, or the United States of America. Programs focused on a state that is not California will not be eligible.
- Have had at least one paid employee for a minimum of one year.
- For organizations that have previously received a grant from The Music Man Foundation, the organization must be in good standing with the Foundation before applying for the Award.
- Not have a structural deficit.

Pre-Application Information
- February – September: Mandatory organizational interviews take place with prospective applicants
- March 31: Applications due for grant decisions made in May 2023
- September 15: Applications due for grant decisions made in November 2023

Before applying, all organizations must participate in an organizational interview with Foundation staff.

Recipient organizations may reapply after all grant funds are expended and any required reporting has been submitted to the Foundation.

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Term of Contract
Grants will be one-time grants without any commitment made to future funding by the Foundation.

Contact Information
Online application portal:

For questions and for technical assistance, please contact

The Music Man Foundation
1751 Colorado Blvd., Number 354
Los Angeles, Ca 90041

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