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Frequently Asked Questions about the WPA Performance Grants

Last update 1/17/2017

Q: May my ensemble apply for a 2017 grant even if we applied in previous years?
A: Yes absolutely! We encourage you to apply, and please help us spread the word to other orchestras.

Q: How can I find music by women composers?
A: Women have always composed, and music by women is available from every historical era and in every genre. To find it, you must be determined to research to uncover works that are unknown to you and your audiences. We have compiled a list of music by historic composers, which can serve as a starting point.  We also have a longer list of much of the repertoire of The Women’s Philharmonic.  It takes a lot of digging to find new repertoire, and it takes time to study unknown scores.  We challenge you to take up this task, and we are eager to help!

Q: Is there any fee required to apply for a Performance Grant?
A: No, there is no fee to apply for a grant! Woo-hoo!

Q: Can I upload a video or sound file?
A: We do not accept video or sound file uploads. We recommend you provide us with a link from Youtube, Soundcloud, or other online repositories.

Q: What about copyright? Can I use private links on Soundcloud or Youtube?
A: You are welcome to provide unlisted or private links; see Soundcloud and Youtube for help and recommendations.  Also it is a “fair use” exemption of copyright law to provide short excerpts for the purpose of study and review.

Q:  Our musicians union won’t let us share any audio recordings.  
A: Most unions are fine with short clips being used for purposes of promotion or study.  Ask your union for details.  Also you can provide unlisted or private links to recordings of your work, so that the recordings are kept private.

Q: Can I save my application as I go and return to it later?
A: Yes, the online application can be saved as you go, but we recommend that you pre-write longer essay answers and save in  Sorry — form is down — use the Worksheet.

Q: Chamber ensembles should feature women composers too! Can my string quartet/ piano trio/ brass quintet etc. chamber ensemble apply for a grant?
A: Sorry, no. Our grants are focused on orchestras and orchestral repertoire, which we are defining as 10 or more instruments, featuring bowed strings of the violin family.

Q: Can my wind ensemble apply for a grant?
A: No, sorry. While we agree the need is great in this area, and that there is very little knowledge of the wide range of works written by women composers for wind ensemble, at this time our grants are focused on the orchestral repertoire.  Maybe someday we will expand.

Q: We are a chorus, but every year we hire an orchestra to perform with us. Can we apply for a grant?
A:  YES!  We are happy to support the performance of works for chorus with orchestra.

Q:  Can our opera company apply for a grant?
A: YES!! — IF your opera company performs with orchestra, we are happy to have you apply!

Q: Can I print a sample of the form before I start?
A: Yes, instructions and form are available for print. This Worksheet, however, is NOT to be used for final submission. All submissions must be completed using the online application.

Q: Is there a file size limit to files that I upload for the application?  No, however we encourage you to provide links to files that are hosted on your website or storage such as Dropbox. If you have trouble submitting a file, email [email protected] and include type of file and extension as well as size in the email. (updated 8/17/2016)

For Further Help

For programming, process, or eligibility inquiries, email [email protected].

For technical questions or problems, email [email protected] or text 781-480-3214. Include a clear description of issue, name of orchestra, phone number, and appropriate time to call. Support inquiries will receive a reply in one business day.

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