Special Projects

Special Projects Page

A Performance By Astral Artists

Proposal Deadline:  October 15

Decision Notification:  January 1

Introduction & Purpose

The Trustees of The Presser Foundation created the Special Projects Committee in 1998 to consider requests for grants of any size for one-time special projects in music, including: non-capital projects outside the scope of the normal operations of a music organization, collaborative efforts between organizations, and efforts that the Trustees of the Foundation may encourage or initiate through a request for proposals to the field or to specific organizations.

The purpose of the Special Projects Committee is to identify special projects to recommend to the Trustees that are innovative, compelling and fill a clearly defined organizational or community need that advances the cause of music education or otherwise supports music philanthropy.

Activities that are a regular, continuing part of an organization’s operation will not be considered for special project funding.


Non-profit, 501(c)(3) music performance, presenting or educational organizations or a consortia of non-profit organizations led by a music organization are eligible to apply.

Grants will be made with preference to organizations that are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware or Maryland and are within a 100-mile radius of Philadelphia.

Multi-year requests will be considered and should be submitted for projects that are greater than a year in duration. Second grants for subsequent years of a project will not be considered.


Proposals will be judged on:

  • the strengths and accomplishments of the applicant organization(s),
  • the relationship of the project to the applicant’s capabilities and to the needs of the community,
  • the long term impact of the project on the applicant and the community,
  • the value and feasibility of the project.

Online Grant Management  

The Presser Foundation has implemented an online grant management system powered by Foundant.  The system allows for all prospective and current grantees to submit proposals and reports online.


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