Community Partners grants support composer residencies with a wide range of community, cultural and educational organizations. The residencies challenge composers to create and perform new works that respond to the heritage, culture, and interests of the community, while engaging communities in the creative process of composition. The “community partner” in the project could range from a neighborhood organization/club to public or private school to a community center or religious congregation to an arts and culture organization. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach “underserved” or “non-traditional” audiences for new music.
All projects should involve the creation and public performance of a new work and all projects should include some form of community engagement (educational workshops, lectures, etc.). There is no "typical" Community Partners project; each is tailored to the needs, interests and resources of the participating composer, the partner organizations, and their respective constituencies. They may include collaborations with artists in other art forms, such as film and architecture.Special Note for Film Projects
For composer-applicants looking to produce a film score for a new film that highlights Philadelphia communities, cultures, or history, please make sure that the film fits within the criteria listed below:
- Films highlighting, depicting or otherwise involving Philadelphia communities or individuals within those communities
- Films of specific interest to Philadelphia communities, but not necessarily directly about the community
- Films that highlight some aspect of Philadelphia's history or cultural heritage: for example, a documentary on cultural or political issues that affect Philadelphians, or historical events or landmarks in Philadelphia
- Films that highlight an influential or overlooked individual or community group whose work has impacted Philadelphia communities
- Films that are fictional, depicting an individual, community, or political or cultural issue, if it relates directly to Philadelphia and its communities.
The film must premiere in Philadelphia and in the featured community, if possible. Composers are strongly encouraged to contact James Falconi
, Program Manager, to discuss their project prior to submitting a proposal.