Grants for People Starting a Music Studio

Posted: August 10, 2013 in Artist Corner

By Lucy Bowles, eHow Contributor

If your dream is to start your own music studio but you don’t have enough startup capital to make it a reality, consider applying for music grants. Grants are beneficial to startup businesses because they usually don’t have to repaid, unlike loans. Plus there are various types of grants available from music organizations and private organizations that can assist you in getting your studio up and running. Additionally, arts commissions and state governments can be resources for grant funding.

Music Organizations

  • Music organizations such as The Aaron Copland Fund For Music provides grants to people starting a music studio or stepping foot into the recording business. The organization’s Recording Program grant is specifically for studio owners who record contemporary American music for distribution. Applicants must submit a demo recording with application. The fund awards grants up to $20,000. Studio owners are responsible for 50 percent of the project costs, and the recording project must be released for distribution within two years of receiving the grant.

National Arts Commissions

  • The National Endowment for the Arts has nonspecific grant programs that could apply to people starting a music studio. Grant programs are organized by state, and the funding amounts vary. Additionally, the Canada Council for the Arts awards grants to professionals in contemporary music who are formally trained in the creation and production of music. The grant amount varies each year depending on available funding.

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