NYSCA's Music Program fosters the performance, creation and interpretation of music in communities throughout New York State. It offers support for public performances by established and emerging music organizations representing a broad spectrum of musical expression. Funding is provided for organizations producing chamber music, choral music, early music, jazz, new music, opera and orchestral music as well as community schools of music and services to nonprofit music organizations and musicians.

Funding for national organizations is only provided for specific activities occurring in New York State.

Organizations and/or individuals requesting support for music commissions should refer to the Individual Artists guidelines.

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Program Goals
Develop new opportunities for New Yorkers to experience music in wide variety of venues
Open up new paid opportunities for professional musicians to perform throughout the state
Stimulate the performance of the work of contemporary composers, innovative programming and new perspectives on repertoire
Expand opportunities for music learning, participation and the understanding of music
Substantially increase the diversity of ensembles to better represent the population of New York State
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