Applications open for Koussevitzky Music Foundation’s 2021 commissioning grants for orchestras and chamber groups

Posted on: February 5, 2021

The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has announced that it is accepting applications through March 1, 2021 for its commissioning program. The annual program was paused in 2020 due to the pandemic. Guidelines have been revised this year; all applications must be submitted electronically. The Foundation will consider applications from performing organizations from any country for the commissioning of composers of any nationality. Successful grant recipients typically are notified by August following the application deadline. The commissioning program is designed primarily for orchestras and chamber groups that have a record of excellence in the performance of contemporary music. Commission fees for works for chamber groups range from $10,000 to $15,000. The Foundation will fund up to $20,000 for a symphonic work, of which the submitting performing organization must provide at least 50% of the amount funded by the Foundation as a minimum matching grant. Details are available at