Got an idea? Get paid.

If you have an idea for an artistic project or need financial assistance to take part in a unique opportunity, we may be able to help. We want to work with you to get aid in making your ideas a reality. Professional Development Grants will give you the resources you need to start your next initiative.

Schedule a meeting with PDEC staff

Professional Development Grants are split into two tiers, each with a different maximum award amount and slightly different application procedures. You may submit an application for only one of the two tiers.

NOTE: Professional Development Grants are reimbursement grants. You must submit receipts for your expenses to be reimbursed up to the amount you were awarded.

Reimbursement Form

Do I need to schedule a meeting with PDEC staff?

  TIER ONE TIER TWO
Deadline(s): Meet with Dean Brown by 3/2, 4 pm; Application due 3/9, 5 pm; Presentation on 3/16, 1-4 pm Application due 3/9, 5 pm
Description: Designed to encourage ambitious, creative projects that may or may not include: concert production, an album, outreach, new technologies, staging, multimedia, marketing, etc. For miscellaneous expenses associated with a career in music, including: travel, audition fees, clothing, performance fees, recording costs, headshots, websites, etc. Equipment that is considered to be standard upkeep (e.g., strings, cases, mallets, most software, etc.) is not eligible
Eligibility: Must be a currently enrolled student at SFCM

Not open to previous semester awardees
Must be a currently enrolled student at SFCM

Not open to previous semester awardees
Award amount: $1,000 maximum $500 maximum
Meeting: Meeting with Dean Brown required Only required for those who have never received an Professional Development Grant (non-awarded applicants must meet)
Application: Online, including two-page proposal and budget; TIER 1 GUIDE Online, including one-page proposal and budget; TIER 2 GUIDE
Presentation: Proposal presentation to judging committee No presentation required
Ineligible requests:
  1. Audition, festival, or performance-related expenses, including travel costs and application fees
  2. Standard equipment needs (i.e., strings, cases, bows, mallets, etc.), including programs or other electronic equipment that is available to students at SFCM (i.e., Sibelius, ProTools, etc.)
  3. New instruments
  4. Expenses not related to a career in music
  1. Auditions for other schools or degree programs
  2. Standard equipment needs (i.e., strings, cases, bows, mallets, etc.), including programs or other electronic equipment that is available to students at SFCM (i.e., Sibelius, ProTools, etc.)
  3. New instruments
  4. Expenses not related to a career in music
Judging committee: Arts professionals from outside the SFCM community SFCM's Faculty Executive Committee