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Applications are open. Schedule an individual appointment for advising / additional perspective about the application process:  

This award funds innovative ideas in areas including artistic expression, audience development, education, community engagement, social justice, and technology.

Winners will sharpen their business skills through the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Residential (March, 2021). This four-day Residential will be hosted in Santa Barbara on the Music Academy campus or held remotely depending on the ability to hold onsite events (dates to be announced). Costs for travel, accommodations and training sessions associated with Residential will be provided as part of the Alumni Enterprise Award winners package. 

This opportunity is available to all Music Academy alumni. Proposals must align with or challenge the Academy’s mission to further classical music education while cultivating discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences. Awards granted for alumni projects range from $2,500 to $20,000 based on scope and scale.

 - DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 30, 2020

 - FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: December 15, 2020

  • Support innovation in areas including but not limited to artistic expression, audience development, education, community engagement, and technology.
  • Advance social entrepreneurial endeavors/projects in classical music - bold and diverse initiatives developed and implemented by Music Academy alumni.
  • Provide funding and mentorship that generates positive learning outcomes for Music Academy alumni.
  1. Open to all alumni of the Music Academy of the West. Applications submitted on behalf of multiple individuals or ensembles must have at least one Academy alumni in a leadership role.
  2. Supportable activity includes proposals that align with or challenge the Academy’s vision to make a unique and enduring contribution to the world of music by:
    • Advancing the development of the next generation of great classically trained musicians
    • Cultivating discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences
  3. Non-supportable activity includes proposals that request funding for private instructionaudition expenses or tuition costs that are solely related to advancing the musical skills of the applicant. Any charges related to purchasing equipment or instruments must significantly impact more than just the alumni's career.

  4. Selected winners are invited to participate in the Music Academy Entrepreneurship and Innovation Residential in March 2021.
  5. Completed applications must include a formal project title and general categorization, a project narrative, a timeline for implementation, a proposed budget, value and impact metrics, and any other details to describe the vision and breadth of the initiative.
  6. 2021 winning projects are required to be completed within the 2021 calendar year.

Questions regarding the Alumni Enterprise Awards may be directed to Casey Molino Dunn, Vice President for Innovation and Program Development,

For technical questions please check out our Help Desk for frequently asked questions.