The Foundation’s Primary Purpose is to award Springboard Grants to talented young musicians and theater arts students
Every autumn the Bruce Montgomery Foundation for the Arts awards $2,500.00 Springboard Grants to talented individuals and/or student organizations from the Greater Philadelphia region who are pursuing excellence in the performing arts. Applications are accepted between May and September and four winners are selected by our Grants Committee to receive their awards at a gala fundraiser in the fall.
Applicants must be of high school through college age. Those interested in applying must demonstrate that a BMFA Springboard Grant would make a significant difference in their ability to achieve a specific project or goal.
Winners are required to describe how their grants benefited them, either through a detailed report or through a short video, presented at the following year’s Awards Reception.
BMFA’s grants are currently made possible by the extraordinary generosity of Marc Platt – Oscar, Tony, Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy award-winning producer of Wicked on Broadway, Empire Falls on TV, and multiple Hollywood blockbusters (Jerry Maguire; Sleepless in Seattle; the Legally Blonde movies, Into the Woods, Bridge of Spies, The Girl on the Train, La La Land, and many more). Mr. Platt, a Bruce Montgomery protégé, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a former member of the Penn Glee Club and Penn Singers.
Exceptional talent, a carefully thought-out plan, and financial need and will be among the major award criteria. To apply, please read the guidelines below.
Grant Application Guidelines
The Foundation preserves Bruce Montgomery’s artistic legacy by awarding Springboard Grants annually to individuals and student organizations (high school through college age) pursuing excellence in the performing arts. “Monty” possessed a deep understanding of the needs of artistically talented young people. Accordingly, the Foundation provides funds for activities that often fall outside the parameters of educational scholarships awarded by most granting institutions. With schools being forced to drastically reduce their budgets for the arts, the type of assistance offered by the Foundation is important and timely.
Our Springboard Grants are awarded on the basis of need and merit. Examples of the types of grants available could be as diverse as, but not limited to:
- Providing subsidies – outside of regular course work – for instruction in music composition, arranging, musical instruments, conducting, voice, acting, choreography, etc., where extra financial assistance for private lessons could make the difference in realizing a dream.
- Encouraging up-and-coming composers, lyricists and playwrights by providing funding for such necessities as the copying of music; paying for orchestrations; commissioning set designs; theater rental, costume rental, etc.
- Providing financial assistance to student arts organizations for special projects, such as help with travel expenses; the printing of programs and posters; costume rentals; professionally filming/recording/editing student performances and productions, etc.
Applicants will be asked to make a logical case for receiving a Springboard Grant, articulating the path they intend to follow to achieve the goal they have described. Applications will first be reviewed by BMFA’s Grants Committee. Finalists will be selected by the committee, after which each finalist will be scheduled for a personal interview with the committee. When necessary an independent panel of judges, with experience in a specific discipline for which a grant is being sought, will evaluate and help to select the winners. The committee’s choice of finalists will be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval.
Once their projects are completed (within a one-year period), Grant recipients will be asked to submit a written “Proof of Benefit” essay to the Board of Directors. Grantees will be formally recognized again at the next year’s Awards Reception, where they will have the opportunity to perform and/or describe how they benefited from their Awards. This event will provide exposure for past recipients and serve as inspiration for the current year’s winners.