Denver Music Advancement Fund Guidelines and Application

Requisitos De La Propuesta Del Fondo De Avance De La Música En Denver - en español

Denver Music Advancement Fund Proposal Requirements

The Denver Music Advancement Fund (DMAF) will provide $75,000 in grants up to $10,000 each to fund 2021-2022 Denver-based, music-centered projects driving economic vibrancy, building a more equitable and connected city, and creating positive social change. 

Programs must:

•    Advance a music-centric program or initiative
•    Provide fair pay for all artists
•    Take place in the calendar years 2021-2022
•    Support justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and access

Funding during the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Safety is paramount, and due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, applicants can also address how programs will be executed following state and local public health guidelines. We will work with grantees on their program as the landscape continues to shift. Virtual programs should explain the technology needed for online programs, as well as audience access to these programs. In-person activities must adhere to public health guidelines, and proposals should outline how activities will be adjusted if more restrictive public health orders are mandated during the implementation of the program. Please reference Denver’s public health orders. 

Applications for our 2021-2022 funding cycle are now closed. Please check back to learn more about the grant and when to apply for 2022 funds. 

Eligible Applicants

•    Applicants can be individuals, businesses, educational institutions, nonprofit or community organizations located in the City and County of Denver.
•    Entities outside of the City and County of Denver are encouraged to participate through collaborative partnerships with Denver-based applicants or may apply if their programming supports City and County of Denver residents.

Ideal Eligible Proposals

•    Respond to current COVID-19 related programming gaps, health awareness, education and needs for connectivity
•    Advance positive change and addresses historic societal inequities of our communities including Black, Indigenous, Latino/x/e, Asian American & Pacific Islander and People of Color or of the global majority, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities 
•    Use music to create a more empathetic and equitable society 
•    Demonstrate a clear understanding of a population that lacks access to music, and the economic, social, racial, geographic, or other reasons for this lack of access
•    Identify an opportunity or addresses a specific need with inclusive and culturally relevant programming 
•    Demonstrate a strong knowledge of the perspectives of the audiences served
•    Develop creative cross-discipline collaborations 
•    Explore a broad range of musical genres
•    Engage and benefits diverse and historically marginalized communities
•    Provide student-centered and culturally relevant instruments and instruction to Denver schools that offer limited or no music education
•    Show potential for significant artistic and cultural impact on a community
•    Support career growth and capacity-building to help build workforce in difficult times
•    Show strong artistic vision, risk taking and originality
•    Explore global and culturally diverse connections
•    Understand the professional and creative landscape of the music ecosystem
•    Emphasize sustained music-making and other experiential approaches to music instruction 

Eligible Expenses

The Denver Music Advancement Fund may be used to cover expenses directly related to the initiative such as:
•    Program development
•    Supplies and materials
•    Implementation
•    Personnel (staff, artists, etc.)

Ineligible Projects and Expenses

Activities that are not tied directly to program objectives including:
•    Expenses incurred outside of the funding period
•    Alcohol
•    Maintenance, operations, or retroactive funding 
•    Debt or loan repayment
•    Fundraising activities
•    General organization or business operating expenses
•    Academic degrees or certificate programs
•    Cash reserves and endowments
•    Political campaigns or legislative issues

Selection Review Criteria

The Denver Music Advisory Panel and representatives of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, with support of Denver Arts & Venues staff, will review proposals and recommend a slate of grantees that show strength in relation to the following factors and criteria:
•    Relevance: Clear explanation of how the music-centered project or program supports the community, responds to the COVID-19 health crisis and addresses racial inequities in our city.
•    Collaboration: Indication of how the project or program was developed through authentic relationships with diverse entities, collective leadership, and community buy-in.
•    Commitment to Community: Commitment to the creative process, civic engagement, and community change.
•    Commitment to Creativity: Commitment to the creative process through culturally relevant processes and practices

Denver Arts & Venues will promote the projects supported through the Denver Music Advancement Fund. Recipients will be invited to share project information including photographs, video, quotes, and any documentation that will help us tell your story of impact.

Considerations for Proposals

•    Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Denver Arts & Venues is committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all programs, initiatives, and decision-making processes. Proposed initiatives must support these values.
•    Accessibility: Applicants should consider how their programs and services are accessible to individuals with disabilities. These standards are based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and can be found at Assistance can also be found by contacting the Denver Office of Disability Rights, 720-913-8485.