League launches Ford Musician Impact Fund, grant program for orchestra musicians to strengthen digital presence

Posted on: November 16, 2020

The League of American Orchestras is launching the Ford Musician Impact Fund, which will distribute $25,000 to orchestra musicians to assist in making their virtual presence stronger. Generously supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the program will award more than 150 musicians a one-time, need-based payment of $150 for the purchase of hardware and/or accessories. The Impact Fund supports virtual work done with each musician’s orchestra, including solo performance and chamber music, i.e., “at home” performances and educational programming; activities like private teaching are not eligible. The Impact Fund prioritizes need-based purchases of microphones, cameras, lighting, video editing software, audio editing software, tripods, and accessories. Fund recipients will be asked to share video links and photos so that the League can share the stories of their work. Musicians from League-member orchestras are eligible (youth, collegiate, and international orchestra musicians are not eligible) and a limit of three musicians per orchestra will be awarded. The League welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. The deadline to apply is December 17, 2020 or until all funds have been distributed. To learn more and to apply, visit the Ford Musician Impact Fund. Contact James Barry at jbarry@americanorchestras.org with questions.