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Meet The Composer Invites Applications From Sponsoring Organizations for MetLife Creative Connections Program

Administered by Meet The Composer with support from the MetLife Foundation and other funders, the MetLife Creative Connections program provides support for U.S. composers to participate in public activities related to specific performances of their original music. By supporting the composer’s interaction with audiences, performers, arts organizations, and local communities, MetLife Creative Connections aims to increase public awareness and enhance the creative artist’s role in society.

The program is open to U.S. composers and U.S.-based sponsoring organizations. Applications are submitted by the sponsoring organization (a presenter, ensemble, dance company, etc.) requesting support for one or more composers (up to six). There are no limits or restrictions on the style or genre of music to be performed or presented.

The program supports composer fees for participation in outreach activities including but not limited to: open workshops or lectures (including workshops/lectures in local schools/universities); community outreach events; pre- and/or post-performance discussions (in more traditional concert venues); interaction with the audience during and after the performance (in less traditional concert venues); open rehearsals; utilization of new media technologies for composer engagement such as Web sites, blogs, online videos, and podcasts; and traditional media activity such as radio, television, or print interviews.

Support will range from $250 to $3,500 per composer. Most awards will be in the $250 to $500 per composer range.

Visit the Meet The Composer Web site for complete program guidelines and the application.

Link to Complete RFP

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