Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant Program
Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant Program empowers alumni to explore and develop their unique programmatic ideas in the arts. Our grants fund innovative, impactful performance endeavors that expand the artist’s toolkit as a performer, leader, and businessperson while fostering creative spirit.
- Applicants must be alumni of Boston Conservatory.
- Applicants may collaborate with other Boston Conservatory alumni, students, or non-Conservatory-affiliated colleagues. For projects involving multiple alumni, only one application needs to be submitted. The application must include the names of all collaborators.
- Alumni Entrepreneurial Grants are not limited to activities based in Boston.
- Alumni Entrepreneurial Grants will not fund traditional competitions or summer festival activities or intensives.
- Successfully funded Boston Conservatory alumni will assume leadership roles for their projects.
Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant applications will be reviewed by a panel of faculty and staff. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- A clear statement of the project’s description, purpose, and benefit
- An acceptable project timeline that is realistic and achievable
- A clearly organized budget and marketing plan
- A sustainable approach to the project and future endeavors
Entrepreneurial Grant projects must be an externally focused idea and should benefit others and the community. Examples of qualified projects include, but are by no means limited to:
- Developing interdisciplinary partnerships within the performing arts community
- Launching performing arts management endeavors
- Exploring unique performance styles, venues, and audiences
- Developing innovative applications to enhance the study and appreciation of the performing arts
- Providing supplementary artistic programming, education, or activities to the community
Awards and Funding
Entrepreneurial Grants typically range from $500 to $2,000 per project, and the committee may choose to partially fund projects.
Successfully funded projects are to be completed within one full year. Awarded funds are solely designated to the project and are not to be used for personal compensation.
Rachel Azrak (M.M. '11, G.P.D. '13, flute) and Thom Smoker (M.M. '11,voice) and SoulCove Center for the Arts
Chelsea Beatty Lewis (B.M. '09, voice) and Boston Opera Collaborative
Bonnie Cochran (M.M. '00, flute) and InConcert
Brian Calhoon (M.M. '09, percussion) and Boston Percussion Group (BPeG)
Ian Gollub (M.M.Ed. '12) and Global Learning Charter Jazz Initiative
Mike Hardin (M.M. '13, percussion) and Soundry
Kate Ladenheim (B.F.A. '11, dance) and CRAWL
Matthew Smith (M.M. '15, cello) and Palaver Strings Outreach