Copland House as Fiscal Sponsor

We are elated to be working with Copland House as our Fiscal Sponsor for several projects, which has made everything so much easier!Molly Morkoski, MEME Ensemble

Copland House seemed like a perfect match when I was looking for a Fiscal Sponsor for Portals, my full-length, multimedia production that included the commission of a large new violin piece by Philip Glass. It has been great to have Copland House along on this wonderful journey.Tim Fain

In furtherance of its mission to nurture and renew America’s musical heritage, Copland House is very pleased to serve as a not-for-profit Fiscal Sponsor. In this capacity, we assist a select number of composers and performers working on projects involving the creation, performance, or preservation of American music. Our Fiscal Sponsorships are intended to help artists realize their goals!

Since most funding is awarded to non-profit organizations, rather than to individuals, a Fiscal Sponsor (or conduit) can be an important vehicle to help encourage and stimulate donations for specified projects. As a Fiscal Sponsor, Copland House offers composers and performers the opportunity to apply to funders that limit their support to 501(c)3, tax-exempt organizations. In this role, we will accept contributions restricted for the selected project; provide financial oversight to ensure that these monies are used properly and as intended; and offer administrative and clerical support in processing, acknowledging, and reporting on donated funds.

Copland House’s Board of Trustees determines which projects are accepted for sponsorship. Each Copland House Fiscal Sponsorship is governed by a formal, written agreement that details all respective responsibilities, and enumerates the terms of this financial and legal relationship. Copland House assesses a modest administrative fee on all funds received for sponsored projects.

We welcome email or telephone inquiries about the suitability of projects for Fiscal Sponsorship. Initial inquiries should address the following questions:

  1. What is the exact nature of the proposed project and its planned activities?
  2. What are the goals of the planned project?
  3. Who are the participating artists?
  4. What is the prospective timetable for the project?
  5. What is the estimated project budget?
  6. From which sources is it anticipated that funds will be raised?
  7. Provide examples of other successfully-executed projects.

Should Copland House wish to consider sponsoring a project, we will then ask for more detailed information and work samples. We are eager to hear about project plans, and to explore ways that we may be able to assist in realizing them.

Currently Sponsored Projects

Jeremy Podgursky, Multi-media Composition - Bloomington, IN

Past Copland House Resident Jeremy Podgursky (2014) is embarking on multimedia piece in collaboration with photographer Peter Hamlin.

Hamlin's eye for space, color, motion, and light is exceptionally musical; and his series, Photographs of Local Waterways, will be the source of inspiration for Podgursky's musical interpretation. The end result is slated to be a 30-minute piece for percussion ensemble, electronics, and video that will be premiered, recorded, and performed in multiple venues/cities by the Philadephia-based percussion ensemble SQUARE PEG ROUND HOLE.

Thompson Street Opera Company, 2016 Season - Louisville, KY

Thompson Street Opera Company exclusively produces chamber operas by living, American composers. 2016 will mark their 5th anniversary, and fourth full season in Louisville.

The mission of Thompson Street Opera Company is simple: to produce high-quality performances of new operas. A complementary goal of ours is to give young performers stage experience, and to inspire these young performers to be evangelists for contemporary opera through their experiences with us. We aim to not only involve performers in the creative process as artistic collaborators, but also to foster an intensely friendly work environment, where performers are supported emotionally as well as artistically.
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