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IMPORTANT! Please note that the Foundation's grant-making procedures have changed significantly. Before applying to the 2013 grant program round, please read these revised program guidelines carefully, especially regarding eligibility and how to apply.

The basic purpose of the Foundation is to further and promote the performance, preservation, dissemination and public appreciation of serious music in general and the music and writings of Virgil Thomson in particular.


Applications may be submitted by publicly supported non-profit organizations that have a history of substantial commitment to serious music and intend to apply for funding for a significant project involving the works of Virgil Thomson. Organizations must have been in existence for at least two years at the time of application. Requests for general operating support will not be considered. The Foundation's application form is available in several formats on the Application page on this site.


The following criteria will be applied in evaluating grant proposals:

• Preference will be given to large organizations performing contemporary American music in general and the works of Virgil Thomson specifically. The Foundation is particularly interested in imaginative and inventive programming of Mr. Thomson's music, especially of less frequently performed works that would benefit from more exposure.

• Special projects relating to an individual work, to an individual composer other than Virgil Thomson, or for a specific performance will not be considered.

• Whether granting the request will tend to encourage and improve the public knowledge and appreciation of the music.

• The contributions the organization has made in the past and those it is likely to make in the future.

• The responsibility and effectiveness of management.

How to Apply

Unless otherwise notified by the Foundation, an organization interested in submitting an application must first send a letter of intent to apply for a grant. This letter must be received at the Foundation's office by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 21, 2013. Such a letter should be submitted on the organization's letterhead and should include contact information, a description of the proposed project that involves the works of Virgil Thomson, the project budget, and a list of programming for the season for which support is being requested. The Foundation will respond by February 5, 2013. If invited to apply, the applicant should send a full application, including all the materials as stated below, so that it arrives at the Foundation's office no later than 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 25, 2013. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

For those organizations that are invited to submit a proposal, application materials should include the following:

• completed application form (available on this web site)

• a letter briefly summarizing the application and indicating the amount of support requested;

• a description of the project, with a breakdown of all project costs and anticipated funding from other sources;

• a history of the organization listing the principal activities in which it has been engaged during the past two years and those in which it proposes to engage;

• financial statements for the past two years (audited, if available);

• the organization's budget, showing anticipated expenses and revenues, for the current and forthcoming fiscal years;

• a list of support during the past two years from foundations, corporations and government agencies and anticipated support for the current season;

• a list of members of the Board of Directors and their principal affiliations;

• a copy of the IRS letter confirming tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and determining that the applicant is not a private foundation;

• if the applicant is involved with presenting activities or is a performing organization, a list of performances with repertoire for the last two years and performance plans for the future, including identification of the performing artists or organizations. Please do not send repertoire in the form of program brochures, but rather list the repertoire of each concert with the concert's date;

• please do not staple or bind materials.

Receipt Deadlines:

a. Letter of intent to apply must be received at the Foundation's office by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 21, 2013.

b. For those organizations invited to apply for a grant, all application materials must be sent in one package and must be received at the Foundation's office no later than 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 25, 2013.

Applications and inquiries should be addressed to:

Grants Manager
Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd.
254 West 31st Street, 15th Floor
New York NY 10001

Telephone: 212-461-6956
Fax: 212-810-4567


Revised November 15, 2012



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