The Concert Artists Fund

Although many grant programs at the Vermont Community Foundation include support of the arts as part of its mission, the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund and the Concert Artists Fund are exclusively dedicated to supporting the arts.

In 2005, the Concert Artists Fund was created from the estate of Charles Goetz to support performances of classical music in Chittenden County.

IMPORTANT ALERT!  The Concert Artist Fund switched to a two year grant cycle in 2016. Grants awarded in 2016 are for two years of funding (through June 30, 2018) distributed in two equal annual payments, conditional on receipt of a successful first year report and confirmed plans to continue presenting qualified work in the coming year.

There will be no open grant round for the Concert Artists Fund in 2017. The next deadline will be in 2018.

To learn more about our other dedicated arts fund, the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund, and its work to fund arts organizations and individual artists statewide, click here.

The Concert Artists Fund

These grants support organizations that present performances of classical music in Chittenden County. Funds are limited to the support of public performances and cannot support music education or other programs.

Applications to the Concert Artists Fund will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Funds will support performances of classical music in Chittenden County 
  • Artistic quality, as demonstrated in work samples
  • Capacity of the organization to present the performance(s) for which funds are requested
  • Clear plan to ensure that the performance(s) will be open to the public and attended by a broad audience, including underserved populations
  • Reasonable and appropriate budget and demonstrated ability to raise the funds needed for the project

The fund appreciates opportunities to support collaborations or unique partnerships resulting in excellent programming.

The Concert Artist Fund will not support:

  • Arts education programs *
  • Art for religious purposes
  • Capital campaigns or debt reduction
  • Expenses that have already been incurred
  • Events that occur before grants are awarded (July 2016)

*A note on art education programs: the Vermont Community Foundation recognizes that art education programs for youth and adults are a critical component of the life-long learning that helps create healthy and vital Vermont communities. The Foundation will consider art education programs through a number of grant programs, including Small and Inspiring; Innovations and Collaborations; and many of our regional programs such as the Walter Cerf Fund, the Green Mountain Fund, and the Northeast Kingdom Fund. 

See a list of 2016 grant awards

Who May Apply

Grants  must be paid to a 501(c)(3) organization, town or municipality, church, or public school. If your organization does not have 501(c)(3) status, you may be able to use a fiscal sponsor that has a mission supported by your project. Your fiscal sponsor must sign an agreement that you submit with your application to confirm its understanding of the fiscal and programmatic responsibility it accepts when it agrees to be a fiscal sponsor for your organization. 

Read the fiscal sponsor agreement. If you are awarded a grant by the Community Foundation, the grant check is made payable to the fiscal sponsor. All grant reports must be approved by your fiscal sponsor. Some organizations charge a fee to be a fiscal sponsor. The Vermont Community Foundation cannot act as a fiscal sponsor. 

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of title 18, United States Code), sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds made available (meaning any funds having a competitive application process) by the Vermont Community Foundation, and any other program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds appropriated for grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance administered by the Foundation. 

Grant applicants must employ staff and provide services without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of title 18, United States Code), sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability.

Grant Size

Up to $20,000 over two years, up to $10,000 per year.  The median grant size in 2015 was $4,500, for a one year grant cycle.

Deadline and Notification

To reiterate, the Concert Artist Fund switched to a two year grant cycle in 2016. Grants awarded in 2016 are for two years of funding (through June 30, 2018) distributed in two equal annual payments, conditional on receipt of a successful first year report and confirmed plans to continue presenting qualified work in the coming year. There will be no open grant round for the Concert Artists Fund in 2017. The next deadline will be in 2018.

 Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically via our Online Grants Manager. Visit our Online Grants Center to learn how to use the Grants Manager, including accessing your existing account or registering for the first time.

For reference click below to view or download the 2016 application questions.

Important notes: 

  • By submitting your application to the Vermont Community Foundation, you give us permission to share your application with other interested funders (if any), both individuals and foundations.

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