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

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 80% up front and the balance once receipts are submitted).

Tier 1 Reimbursement Form
Tier 2 Reimbursement Form

  TIER ONEAPPLY TIER TWOAPPLY SKY HI AWARDAPPLY
Deadline(s): Meet with Dean Brown by 10/4, 4pm; Application due 10/12, 5pm; Mandatory presentation on 10/24, 1-4pm—this date and time are not flexible. Please do not apply if you have a conflict. Application due 10/12, 5pm Meet with Dean Brown by 10/4, 4pm; Application due 10/12, 5pm
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, 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—80% awarded up-front, 20% as reimbursement $500 maximum—reimbursement only $1000—80% awarded up-front, 20% as reimbursement
Meeting: Meeting with Dean Brown required by 10/4, 4pm (book here) Required for first-time applicants BEFORE applying (book here) Meeting with Dean Brown required by 10/4, 4pm (book here)
Application: Online, including two-page proposal and budget Online, including one-page proposal 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), a one-page project proposal, and a project budget.
Presentation: Proposal presentation to judging committee on 10/24, 1-4pm—this date and time are not flexible. Please do not apply if you have a conflict. No presentation required 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
Anything outside the description above. 
Judging committee: Arts professionals from outside the SFCM community SFCM's Faculty Executive Committee Mix of arts professionals and SFCM faculty