Funding Opportunity – Calling All Musicians

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Funding Opportunity Title: EI-NOFO-20-101: Calling All Musicians
CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs
Email: Dublingrants@state.gov
Grants Application Open Date:  7/9/2020
Application End Date:  8/14/2020 11:59 pm Irish Standard Time

Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

U.S. Embassy Dublin is soliciting proposals from musicians and musical acts based in Ireland to participate in 30-minute online performances and potentially interviews as part of the Embassy’s new Calling All Musicians initiative. Each successful applicant (individual musician or entire musical act) will receive €1,000 as a participation honorarium. Additional information on the application process can be found in Section IV.

Background:

Calling All Musicians aims to engage an Irish online audience and highlight how American music and culture have influenced Irish musicians. This new program is part of the Embassy’s public engagement efforts to highlight strong U.S.-Ireland cultural ties, support the arts, and stay connected with Irish audiences throughout the pandemic crisis.

Section II. Detailed Project Description

Selected musicians or musical acts will do a 30-minute virtual performance and have the option to hold an interview with a moderator designated by the U.S. Embassy. Performances will include at least two songs, one of which must be a cover of a piece by an American act (such as an American composer, songwriter, performer, or band). The interview would include a discussion of how the musicians have been influenced by American music or culture.

Performances will be aired periodically during the weeks following the Application End Date, with specific performance dates set at the U.S. Embassy’s discretion. Musicians will be permitted and encouraged to announce the performance to their own audiences through social media platforms and other means as appropriate. The U.S. Embassy will retain the right to air the performance, in part or in full, in the future.

Musicians must be able to participate via an online platform, such as Zoom, Facebook Live, or Instagram Live, and be able to pre-record songs. Performances and interviews will take place in ways that comply with the Irish government’s guidelines for individual movements during the pandemic.

Section III. Award Information

Funding Type and Amount: Grant

  • Award Amount: €1000 (approximately $1,100, total, per musical act)

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section reserves the right to award less or more than the amount described based on the availability of funds and approval of the Embassy Grants Officer.

Section IV. Eligibility Criteria

The following are eligible to apply:

  • Individuals resident in the Republic of Ireland

Section V. Application Submission:

Instructions: Please follow all instructions below carefully. Failure to furnish all information or comply with stated requirements may lead to the application’s disqualification for consideration. Applicants must set forth accurate and complete information as required by this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Applicants must ensure:

We recommend that you submit your project proposal using “Recommended Application format” template (Attachment A, below). The application must include:

  • Music Performance Sample: Include a link to a sample of a recent musical performance. The sample should include 1-2 songs and be no more than 10 minutes in length. Suggested format is a link to YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram.
  • Narrative: The narrative should be one paragraph in length and outline the influence that American music or culture has had on the musician or musical act’s music.

Questions: For questions on this solicitation please contact dublingrants@state.gov

All application materials must be submitted electronically via email at dublingrants@state.gov before the deadline of August 14, 2020. The subject line should be as follows — Applicant name – EI-NOFO-20-101

Section VI. Review and Selection Process

  1. Criteria. Each application submitted under this announcement will be evaluated and rated on the basis of the criteria enumerated in Section VII below.
  2. Acknowledgement of receipt. Applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their proposal.
  3. Review. A review panel from the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section will review the proposal based upon the criteria noted in Section VII.
  4. Follow up notification. Applicants will generally be notified within 1 week after the NOFO deadline regarding the results of the review panel.

Section VII. Application Evaluation Criteria

  1. Strength of the Musical Performance Sample: The performance is of a high standard, as determined by the panel, indicating the musicians’ ability to deliver a high-quality longer performance through the Embassy’s social media platforms, as described in Section II. (60 points)
  2. Narrative: The narrative is complete and demonstrates a clear American influence on the musician’s work.  (30 points)
  3. Completeness of Proposal: The proposal meets all of the outstanding technical and logistical criteria required in this grant agreement, addressing the objectives as noted in Sections I& II above. (10 points)

Section VIII. Award Administration

  1. Award notices: The grant award shall be issued by the U.S. Embassy Grants Officer, upon the conclusion of the selection process. The award agreement is the authorizing document and will be provided to the recipient.
  2. Disbursement of funds: Electronic Funds Transfers will occur upon completion of the Creative Minds program. All details related to award administration will be specified in the award agreement. The point of contact for questions or issues related to the administration of the grant/cooperative agreement will be specified in the award agreement.

Attachment A – Complete this MS Word document to be attached to an email and sent to Dublingrants@state.gov