the grant

The Grant

Eligibility is open to U.S. based jazz brass players 25 years and under (as of June 1, 2018), who are not currently under professional management. Applicants need not be currently enrolled in an academic institution.

$10,000 Cash Prize

Deadline for application is June 1, 2018.

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Submission Requirements

Applications this year will be collected through a Google Forms document.

Please have the following materials ready before filling out the form:

  1. LETTER OF INTENT (no more than 700 words). This should detail how your project will act as a catalyst for your artistic and professional growth. Be specific as possible (names of potential collaborators, outline of the budget, etc). Copy and paste your response into the form.
  2. SHORT BIOGRAPHY (no more than 200 words)
  3. THREE contrasting MP3 tracks (max. 4 minutes/10 MB per file) which demonstrate your improvisational skills and musical capabilities. ONE of these tracks must be a jazz standard – play the melody and improvise over the form.
  4. ONE letter of recommendation (saved as a PDF document) from a current teacher/bandleader/notable musician who supports your proposed study.

All winners will be required to verify their age and U.S. residence. Taxes on the award are the sole responsibility of the recipient.

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of four esteemed professional musicians in June 2018.

The official announcement will be made in September 2018 at the Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York City. If possible, the winner may have the opportunity to perform at the awards ceremony.

The prize will be given in two equal installments, the first being September 1 2018. By June 1, 2019, a letter of review will be required, detailing the progress of study and use of funds. If deemed satisfactory, the second half of the award will be paid.

Frequently Asked Questions

You are a brass player, but do you also play jazz and improvise? If so, yes!

Are you 25 or younger, as of June 1, 2018? If so, yes!

As long as one of your MP3 submissions is from the standard jazz repertoire, then the other two can be anything you’d like, including your own compositions. Remember to play the melody and improvise over the form.

If your track is longer than 4 minutes, please do! Remember that the judges are listening to a lot of submissions, so make sure that each track represents your best playing. We don’t need to hear long, vamp-y introductions… just cut to the chase. We want to hear YOU!

As long as one of your MP3s is an example of you playing the melody and improvising over the changes of a jazz standard, then you can upload whatever you think shows off your musical capabilities and jazz prowess the best.

This is a chance for the panel of judges to get to know about you, your musicality, and your vision for how the Laurie Frink Career Grant will help you grow further as a musician. In the letter, introduce yourself and the proposed project or course of study. Make sure to include a rough outline for how the funds will be dispersed throughout the course of your project. (i.e. I plan on using $__ for trumpet lessons, $__ for composition/ear-training lessons, $__ for travel, etc.)

Yes! The grant can be used for both national and international projects and/or private instruction.

A certain percentage of the grant may be used towards a recording (if the panel deems it to be a suitable educational project), but the majority of the funds must go towards study and musical development.

No. Please use complete sentences. Grammar is a wonderful tool for musicians.

Yes. Your letter can be written by your private instructor, current/old band director, or a professional musician you regularly work with. Someone that can attest to your musicianship and dedication to the project.

The panel meets in June 2018. The winner will be notified by phone of the panel’s decision. At that time, we will discuss the possibility of the recipient being involved in the FONT Festival in September 2018. All applicants will receive notification of results by August 1, 2018.

Email Please try to submit your application earlier than an hour before the deadline to save yourself some stress.

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