The Musical Fund Society actively invests in the musical life and legacy of Philadelphia by making limited funds available to incorporated, non-profit classical music organizations for projects which advance the foundational goals of the Society:
The Society does not fund the general operation of an organization, nor will it fund non-production related expenses such as receptions and social events. The Society funds only specific projects. Applying organization that sponsor multiple events within a given year, must identify the specific project for which funds are requested.
The Society will consider supporting projects in the Philadelphia area that focus on:
- new music, with an emphasis on Philadelphia-area composers and their works
- innovative programs
- development of new audiences
- music education (specifically, music programs; not scholarships)
- recording projects involving new compositions performed by local artists
While the aggregate funds available for distribution from the Society are modest, it is the hope of the Society that its grant will play a significant role in the funded project. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $6,000 per year and should be an important, but not the sole, source of funding. Applications that rely on the grant as the sole source of funding will be rejected.
Criteria for judging include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Artistic excellence
- The project’s relevance to the mission of the applicant organization
- The organization’s capacity to complete the project
Applications for multi-year projects will be considered. Grant applications should include a very specific chronology of events to occur during the multiple-year timeframe. An organization that receives a multiple-year grant should not expect further funding for the same project from the Society in the year following completion of the grant.
Applicant organizations whose staff or board includes current Society members are eligible to apply for and receive grants.
The Musical Fund Society requires that all grantees submit a final report after the completion of the funded project. Additionally, when posting about Society funded projects on social media, grantee organizations are expected to tag MFS social media pages in relevant posts. Consideration of future proposals is contingent upon compliance with these requirements.
Applications for FY 2022 grants must be submitted no later than 4:00 PM on March 1, 2021.