Iguana Music Fund applications open, offering up to $2,000 for artist projects
Passim has opened applications for it latest Iguana Music Fund grants, setting the deadline at Oct. 15.
The grants – started in 2008 with the help of an anonymous donor who wanted to help local artists – are for anywhere from $500 to $2,000 and can go to any musician with a New England connection “either by residence or tour history,” fund managers said, “for specific career-building projects and for projects that provide community service through music.”
To date, nearly $250,000 has been awarded; this year, $45,924 was awarded by the fund to 25 artists.
One winner, Connor Millican, used his grant to help fund The Old Guitar, a traveling video series featuring original songs played on a 1960s Kay guitar by a variety of artists. “We’ve filmed more episodes for the series and have also lined up future episodes,” Millican said. “The Iguana Fund has enabled the project to move forward by purchasing new equipment and hiring a Web developer to redesign our website.”
Other winners included the Piti Theatre Co., which creates works in French and English in Shelburne Falls and Ponts-de-Martel, Switzerland, and puts on the annual Syrup: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival; the Massachusetts Walking Tour, a collaboration of artists and art organizations, hiking and walking trail volunteers, cultural council members and school systems that put together annual treks of up to 13 miles that end with concerts, talks and story-telling; and a small recording studio for the Cambridge/Somerville music community called Electric Andyland.
Winners lean toward a mix of folk, Americana and roots music familiar to visitors to Passim, a storied Harvard Square folk club. Areas of support include recording or manufacturing assistance, publicity and marketing support, instrument repair or replacement, additional equipment and instruments, special projects and other activities promoting artistic and professional growth.
Winners of this round of Iguana Music Fund grant are to be announced in December.
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