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Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant Program Application

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Boston Conservatory: Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant Program


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.



  • 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.
  • 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


Application Opens: August 8, 2014

Application Closes/Deadline: September 12, 2014

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.


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.

Application Attachments

Please attach the following items to this application. 

  1. Project Purpose: Articulate the vision for your project.

Projects submitted for Entrepreneurial Grants should demonstrate:

  1. Vision: The ability to articulate a vision that inspires and unites a community of students, faculty, or citizens around an innovative project
  2. Engagement: Who is your target audience (be as specific as possible and consider categories such as age, geographic location, institutional affiliation, affinity etc…)? How does the idea engage the targeted community?
  3. Project Timeline: Please provide a detailed timeline for your project.

III.       Marketing Documentation Plan:

a. Practicality: The ability to find additional funding, logistics, partnerships, and integration of resources currently available: Who else is doing what you have proposed in your project plan?  Which category do these individuals or organizations fall into (see below)? What can you learn from their models? Describe the segment of the market you are hoping to enter, and potential competitors and collaborators in your field. Comparatives: fill the same niche or address the same issue for a different market.  These individuals or organizations can serve as helpful models for your work. Competitors: are seeking to fill the same niche or address the same issue in your market. Collaborators: are seeking to fill a different niche or address a different issue in your market, but share core values or philosophies. These individuals or organizations can collaborate with you and support your work without undermining the success of their project or venture.

b. Media Strategy:Using the categories below, create a concrete plan for attracting your target audience. If your project is education-based, describe how you plan to document and share your work with others.

  • Web: Plans for sharing information about your project through a website, blog, and/or e-newsletter.  Includes plans for how to populate your web presence with impactful language, images, video and audio content. Also includes plans for how to highlight your project on websites frequented by your target audience.
  • Social Media: Plans for generating buzz and following for your project with tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Four Square, YouTube, Sound Cloud, etc. Social media platforms can help promote content or products that live on your website, blog or online retailers.
  • Traditional Media: Plans for casting a wide net to promote your project through print, radio or TV coverage.
  • Program Partners: Plans for attracting potential collaborators in the community that have a strong and overlapping audience base/constituency.  If approached correctly, these collaborators can promote your new project/venture through their marketing channels. If this has been addressed in the environmental scan, simply outline the kind of promotional support your collaborators can offer.

IV. Project Budget: A written outcome report of how the grant money will be used. This can be a detailed budget report that includes itemized materials or a detailed summary. The selection committee will use this to determine what will and will not be funded.

V. Media (optional): Provide links to group media (performances, recordings, YouTube, social media, press kits, websites etc.)

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