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Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant Program Application Info

Boston Conservatory: Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant Program

Purpose

The Boston Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Grant Program for Alumni empowers alumni to explore and develop their unique programmatic ideas in the arts. Our grants fund innovative, impactful performance endeavors that expand the artist’s toolkit as a performer, leader, and business-person while fostering creative spirit.

General Guidelines

Entrepreneurial Grant projects must have a component that is outwardly focused and beneficial to others and the community. Potential models for projects include but are by no means limited to: (1) Developing interdisciplinary partnerships, (2) launching performing arts business ventures, (3) exploring unique performance or concert formats, or (4) using technology to enhance the study and appreciation of the performing arts.

Eligibility

  • You must be a BoCo Alumni to apply for an Entrepreneurial Grant.
  • If you are collaborating on a project with other BoCo alumni, only one application needs to be submitted. Your application must include the names of the other collaborators. The collaborators can be alumni, current students, or non-conservatory affiliated colleagues.
  • BoCo Entrepreneurial Alumni Grants are not limited to activities based in Boston. Entrepreneurial Alumni Grants will not fund traditional competitions or summer festival activities or intensives. This grant can also
  • Successfully funded Boston Conservatory Alumni will assume leadership roles for their projects and will have to perform/present at The Boston Conservatory Annual Welcome Weekend – October 10-12, 2014.

Selection Criteria

Entrepreneurial Student Grant applications will be reviewed by a panel of BoCo faculty, staff, community members and Student Government Officers. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • A thorough explanation of how the project is entrepreneurial
  • A clear statement of the project’s intended benefit to others
  • The feasibility of the project’s timeline
  • The breadth and detail of the budget and marketing plan
  • The extent to which your budget is viable, with preference given to applications that demonstrate more than one source of funding (e.g. ticket revenue, donations, other grants, etc.)
  • When applicable, insight into the future sustainability of the project

Timeline

Application Opens: August 8, 2014

Application Closes/Deadline: September 12, 2014

Applicants can be submitted as a hard copy or electronically.

Grant Winners Announced: September 19, 2014

Grant Winner Showcase/Awards: October 11, 2014

  • If awarded a grant, you will have to perform/present at the Annual Welcome Weekend at the Boston Conservatory on the weekend of October 10-12, 2014. Funds will be awarded after this showcase.

Selection Committee

The committee will include the Director, the Director of External Relations, a Division Specific Representative, Staff/Faculty Members, the SGA President or VP, BoCo students and community members from the Greater Boston Area.

This committee will make a final decision regarding whether or not the project will receive funding.

Advising

If awarded a grant, the recipient will be offered advising/support from the Conservatory.

This is an optional service and will be through the Office of Career Support Services.

Grant Awards

Grant requests can range from $500-$2000. The committee can decide to award a partial or full grant request amount.

Click HERE to start the application. (note: the instructions above will appear again at the bottom of the application form for your reference.)

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