Professional Development Grants
Fall 2023 Submissions are Open!
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.
There are three types of Professional Development Grants, each with a different maximum award amount, and slightly different application procedures. You may only submit an application for ONE of the awards.
NOTE: These are reimbursement grants. You must submit receipts for your expenses to be reimbursed up to the amount you were awarded (Tier 1 and Sky Hi awardees receive 50% up front and the balance once receipts are submitted). Receipts will be accepted up to one year from the date you receive your award notification. Projects up to one year in the past from application date are eligible for an award.
|TIER ONE—APPLY||TIER TWO—APPLY||SKY HI AWARD—APPLY|
|Deadline(s):||Meet with Kristen Klehr by 11/10, 4pm; Application due 11/17, 4pm; Mandatory presentation on 11/29, 10am-1pm—this date and time are not flexible. Please do not apply if you have a conflict.||
First-time applicants and returning applicants who did not receive an award: meet with Peer Career Advisor by 11/10, 4pm; Application due 11/17, 4pm
|Meet with Kristen Klehr by 11/10, 4pm; Application due 11/17, 4pm|
|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||Supports the collaborative creation of new music for performance works including dance, multimedia, performance art, interactive performance, film/video, and other forms. This award is intended to support both the creation of the music and the collaborative process with choreographer or other artist(s). Projects that utilize digital (computer software) workspaces or tools are preferred.|
|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
|Must be a currently enrolled student at SFCM. Not open to previous semester awardees.|
|Award amount:||$1,000 maximum—50% awarded up-front, 50% as reimbursement if/when project is completed within one year of award date||$500 maximum—reimbursement only||$1,000—50% awarded up-front, 50% as reimbursement if/when project is completed within one year of award date|
|Meeting:||Meet with Kristen Klehr by 11/10, 4pm (book here)||Required for first-time applicants BEFORE applying. Meet with Peer Career Advisor by 11/10, 4pm (book here).||Meet with Kristen Klehr by 11/10, 4pm (book here)|
|Application:||Online, including project details and budget||Online, including project details and budget||Online, including a letter of support from your collaborator, two representative work samples from within the last five years (in audio or video form), project details, and budget.|
|Presentation:||If you pass the first-round screening process, you will make a proposal presentation to the judging committee on 11/29, 10am-1pm—this date and time are not flexible. Please do not apply if you have a conflict. Click here for T1 presentation guide.||No presentation required||No presentation required|
||Anything outside the description above.|
|Judging committee:||First round screening by PDEC. Second, final round by arts professionals from outside the SFCM community||SFCM's Faculty Executive Committee||
Mix of arts professionals and SFCM faculty
Examples of Successful PDG Proposals & Budgets:
Previous SkyHi Grant Winners:
Taylor Barlow (Spring 2022)
Jose Soberanes (Fall 2021)
Ilia Klimenchenko (Spring 2021)
Jenna Flohr (Spring 2021)
Dylan Williams (Fall 2020)
Kristofer Twadell (Spring 2020)