A program of Meet the Composer, MetLife Creative Connections (formerly the Meet the Composer Fund) provides support for American 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 of and enhance the creative artist’s role in society.
The program supports composer fees for participation in outreach activities, including but not limited to open workshops or lectures (e.g., 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, podcasts, etc.; and traditional media activity such as radio, television, or print interviews, etc. The program does not support commissioning fees (for commissioning support, see Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program) or projects that are not open to the general public.
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) participating in public activities organized, sponsored, and/or presented by the organization. There are no limits or restrictions on the style or genre of music to be performed or presented.
Grants will range from $250 to $3,500 each and will be awarded directly to the composer.
Visit the Meet the Composer Web site for complete program information and application guidelines.