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See Launch Grant Recipients

The Launch Grant supports creative, innovative projects developed by Peabody Conservatory third-year undergraduate and first-year master’s students in the course Pitching Your Creative Idea each spring. Grantees are selected each year to receive up to $5000 in funding as well as mentorship and promotional support from the LAUNCHPad office.

Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants should be undergraduate or master’s students currently enrolled in Pitching Your Creative Idea. Students are recommended for the Launch Grant based on their final class project and can then opt-in or opt-out of the final grant application process.

Selection Criteria

  • Artistic merit and skill of work represented in the work samples.
  • Feasibility of the project, including the likelihood that the project will happen, based on: how it will be shown publicly, the identification and alignment of programming with the target audience, project budget, and timeline.
  • A prerecorded video proposal pitch that addresses: the project, the external partner(s), target audience, audience programming, how the grant will help facilitate the realization of this project, and how your project aligns with the values of this funding source.
  • Creativity of the project as an innovative step for the artist or a significant deepening of the artist’s current artistic practice.

Selection Process

Instructors of Pitching Your Creative Idea nominate up to five students in each section as semi-finalists. A panel of artists and arts professionals will review semi-finalist projects and recommend finalists. Grant recipients will be selected from the finalists by a smaller panel including Dean Bronstein.

Required Application Materials

The application includes the following elements:

  • Project Description (1 page maximum)
  • Project Budget (1 page maximum)
  • Project Timeline (1 page maximum)
  • Resume/CV (3 pages maximum)
  • Work Sample Inventory (1 page maximum)
  • Work Samples (10 pages maximum)
  • Video Pitch (5 minutes maximum)
  • Possibility of live juried pitch in final rounds

Allowable Expenses include:

  • Artist fee (to support applicant’s time)
  • Fee to collaborators including other artists and vendors
  • Project-Related travel and materials
  • Equipment for the project
  • Space Rental
  • Promotion and Marketing

Unallowable Expenses include:

  • Routine rent or overhead expenses for artist’s housing, office or studio
  • Tuition expenses
  • Personal debt repayment

Expectations

The grant period is 12 months from the announcement of the Launch Grant winners. During this time, grantees will submit 3 report forms and participate in at least 1 meeting with LAUNCHPad staff to receive mentorship and discuss promotional strategies.

For questions about the Launch Grant, email launchpad@jhu.edu.

Launch Grant Recipients:

2020

2019