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Guide to the Grant - MPTF:

The purpose of the trust fund is to promote "live music" and to provide music where music is the prime purpose for public attendance. Read the list of performance types NOT approved...

The MPTF has been providing grants to help create free music performances for the public's entertainment and education for over 65 years. Almost all of our events are co-sponsored, as we require the involvement of local participants that include arts councils, symphonic organizations, municipalities, veterans groups, school systems, and healthcare organizations, among others.

Our funding is meant to insure that the professional musicians who are performing are reasonably paid on par with local scale, while assuring that there is no cost to enjoy the music. The idea is to enhance our communities and enrich lives through music. Our co-sponsored events run the gamut of musical styles, from classical and opera, to Dixieland, pop, rock, country, jazz, and R&B. Our events often introduce musical styles that are not easily accessible and many times our events come with an educational element to them.

MPTF events are held in parks, schools, and public halls, as well as in hospitals and at retirement centers. We have a mandate to distribute our funds proportionately across the U.S. and Canada.

The easiest way to apply for a grant is to seek the assistance of the American Federation of Musicians Local in your geographic area. They are often experienced in our application process and can also be helpful in planning and organizing the musical aspect of your event. There is a Local office locator on the homepage of the AFM's website for your convenience. www.afm.org.

Recipients of our grants are required to handle the necessary payroll requirements of hiring professional musicians, including appropriate payments to pension funds and taxes. We will provide the financial and contact information necessary to make this happen.

MPTF-funded events must be free of charge and without any conditions for admittance. They cannot be fund-raising events or raffles regardless of the merit. We do not fund performances for conventions, political campaigns, class reunions, commencement exercises, workshops or seminars, or for private clubs. A list of these restrictions and related ones follow this general guide to our grants.

We require grant applications be submitted at least 30 days prior to the performance. Grant recipients should include the MPTF in event programs, press releases, websites, posted signs, and other public notifications, along with other event sponsors.

We look forward to receiving good quality photos and other materials that can help us inform the public of your good work and the legacy of the events the MPTF eagerly supports. We always welcome ideas and creative opportunities to expand the public and media awareness of these great performances and the work of our partners. We also have printed posters and material to help enhance the public's awareness of our participation.

Once the event happens, we require written certification that the performance was completed, upon which we initiate the payment of our grants.

Successful events are considered in evaluating future grants, based on timeliness of the application, overall cooperation, follow up and media support, and the quality of the events themselves.

Should you have any specific questions related to our grant application process, please contact us at 212-391-3950. Or email us at sramos@musicpf.org.


 
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