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Focused on Youth and Artistic Instruction

Accelerator Awards

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The Lewis Prize for Music

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06/03/22 5:00 PM PST


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit youth-serving music organizations for programming focused on youth and artistic instruction. Funding is intended for applicants working to achieve systemic change while providing music opportunities for youth. Eligible programs are those occurring outside of school hours.

The Lewis Prize for Music is opening applications for the 2023 Accelerator Awards. Accelerator Awards are open to Creative Youth Development (CYD) music organizations seeking to influence youth-serving systems so all young people have access to learning, creating, and performing experiences that reflect their culture and identity. Creative Youth Development (CYD) describes programs that blend excellence in artistic instruction with principles of positive youth development.

The mission of The Lewis Prize is to partner with leaders who create positive change by investing in young people through music. The Lewis Prize's vision is for every young person, regardless of who they are or where they live, to have the opportunity to access music programs from a young age. TLPM believes this can only be achieved through equitable systems change.

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GrantWatch ID#: 196350

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards of $500,000 will be awarded. By applying for the Accelerator Awards, organizations are also eligible for funding ranging from $15,000 to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year awards

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Creative Youth Development (CYD) organizations that are working toward systemic change are eligible to apply. Additional requirements are:

The youth in the organization:
- Must be in the age range of 6-21 years old.
- Must learn, create, and/or perform music for at least 50% of their overall program participation time.

The program/work:
- Has been underway and/or in operation beginning in or before 2017.
- Is an independent 501(c)(3) or has a partnership with a fiscal sponsor.
- Is in the United States or US territories, and the young people it serves reside in the US or US territories.
- Operates independently of schools/school music programs and operates outside of school hours.
- Provides consistent, ongoing participation opportunities for youth that sequentially build skills and relationships over time, ideally multi-year. (One time classes, short term workshops, and/or summer camps are not eligible.)
- At least 40% of the Board of Directors and/or management staff reside in or represent the community served.

Leaders* of the Organization:
- Are the author(s) of this Round 1 application.
- Have been in their role of leader at the organization beginning in or before 2020.
- Reside in the local community where the work/program is located.
*The Lewis Prize for Music defines “leader” as someone who reports to and is solely supervised by the Board of Directors. For organizations that have more than one person reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Leader Eligibility Requirements may be interchangeable between those leaders.

The Lewis Prize for Music knows that organizations that are run by and/or uplift people of color, rural communities, and women leaders are often overlooked in funding opportunities. The Lewis Prize for Music is putting attention and effort toward creating equitable opportunities.

School Booster Clubs and other 501(c)3’s that exist to support a school music program do not meet the CYD eligibility requirements.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar Series:

March 30 at 1:00pm PT / 4:00 PM ET (Webinar #1 informational session has passed.)

April 12 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET featuring 2021 Accelerator Awardee, Beyond the Bars. Learn about the experiences of Accelerator Awardees in partnership with The Lewis Prize. Sign up for Webinar #2:
Attendees must register by Monday, April 11th, 6pm ET

May 3 at 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET, join the 2nd interactive webinar about the application process. Sign Up for Webinar #3:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:
- Applications are open from March 25-June 3, 2022 at 5pm PST.
- Applications are submitted and reviewed by Round 1 readers.
- Round 1 readers submit recommendations.
- TLPM Team reviews recommended applications and narrows down pool
- Applicants advancing beyond Round 1 will be notified in early July. They will be asked to submit additional materials July 5-29.
- Finalists will be notified in early September. They will be asked to host a virtual site visit and submit a Request for Proposal due October 21.
- Awardees are notified in early December and asked to be interviewed in mid-December for a highlight video managed and paid for by TLPM.
- In January 2023, TLPM will announce Accelerator Awards to organizations.


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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

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