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Toulmin Luna Composition Lab Alumni Fund

The network of Luna Composition Lab Alumni extends all across the United States. The Toulmin Luna Composition Lab Alumni Fund provides critical funding to cover costs related to music composition endeavors including application fees, travel fees, equipment and software expenses and tuition at summer festivals. The new Fund is intended to break down financial barriers that may impede Fellows’ continued professional and artistic growth and highlight the impressive work of Luna Lab graduates.

Overview

Open to all former Fellows, The Toulmin Luna Composition Lab Alumni Fund provides financial support towards continued professional and artistic growth after the fellowship year. The Alumni Fund is graciously underwritten by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.  

Luna Lab Alumni will submit requests to support specific projects related to their musical career from album recordings to summer workshops and festivals. Funding may not be used for middle, high school, or college tuition. Here are some examples of projects and resources that the Alumni Fund will support: 

Ambitious Creative Projects  

  • Album recording, multimedia projects, concert production, etc. 

Equipment and Software 

  • Software (Ableton, Logic, etc.) 
  • Notation software (Sibelius, Finale, etc.) 
  • Instruments (keyboards, accordions, midi controllers, etc.) 
  • Recording equipment (microphones, effects pedals, computer, etc.) 

Professional Development

  • Travel, audition fees, performance fees, headshots, websites, etc. 

Continuing Education

  • Non-degree courses and programs, mentorship, masterclass attendance, etc. 

Eligibility 

All alumni from Luna Composition Lab are eligible to receive stipends from the Alumni Fund. Individuals may apply to receive project stipends ranging from $100-$1,000. Individuals may apply more than once, but can only receive a maximum of $2,000 from the Fund over time. Please note that funding received is taxable and recipients can expect to receive a 1099 form.  

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in March 2021. Results will be communicated to applicants within one week of the panel's review.  Submissions will be assessed for financial need, project relevance, and application quality.  Applications for projects that have already happened or applications for reimbursement of expenses will not be considered.  

Download and complete the Application Form

Send completed application form to Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh, Program Manager, at lunalab@kaufmanmusiccenter.org. 

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who are selected will be required to submit additional materials explaning how the project funding was used and how it helped to advance their musical career within one month of receiving funds from the Alumni Fund.