How to Get Grants to Promote Music

Posted: August 10, 2013 in Artist Corner

By an eHow Contributor

Getting a grant to promote your music can feel like a daunting task. Although the money is out there, you many not know were to look for it. Also, grants usually involve a certain amount of paperwork. However, the good news is that a lot of people and organizations enjoy helping musical artists. Besides understanding the contribution that music brings to society, these people also want the chance to be able to say, “I knew him when.”

Instructions

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      Talk to a music director of a school. Whether this person works for high school or middle school, he can educate you on grants related to music. He also can direct you to local music lovers who might not mind investing a few bucks into your project.

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      Enlist the help of a business in need of entertainment. Ikea is a store that often has outdoor entertainment. They feature local artists on weekends. Contact a store near you and set up an arrangement that allots you a certain amount of grant money in exchange for live performances.

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      Contact an organization that helps artists. The ArtistTrust.org gives grants to musical artists. They also teach you how to get free resources because of your musical gift. Their free resources might help you lower your other expenses and even cut out the need for a grant (see Resources below).

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      Approach an agency that works with minority groups. The National Organization for Women offers a variety of resources. If your project is one that enlightens or promotes the cause of women, they can offer you grant money to promote it (see Resources below).

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      Make a date with your Human Resources officers. Find out about any scholarships or grants your company might offer. If they decide to help promote your music, your company might even give you paid sabbatical leave.

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      Ask your family and friends. They might know someone who can give you a grant to promote your music. Or, even better, they might be able to band together to give you the funds for your project. Family members are often silent investors for musical artists.

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      Post a want ad on a social site. MySpace offers artists a great opportunity to share music and also earn money. You can post an advertisement on your MySpace page or in their designated advertisement area asking for help finding a grant (see Resources below).

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      Contact an Indie company. Indie companies are independent agents that promote music and film on a budget. As a result, the people working in them know how to raise money in creative ways. They can give you tips on how to get grants to promote your music (see Resources below).

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