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Innovations in Film Scoring Grant

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is pleased to announce an open competition for Georgian and American individuals and non-profit/non-governmental organizations, universities, and educational institutes to submit proposals for a project “Innovation in Film Scoring” promoting entrepreneurship and economic sustainability in the area of music composition for documentary and feature films.

The application deadline is January 27, 2017, before 6:00 PM. The project should be completed no later than December 15, 2017. The project proposal should address two phases:1) mentorship of composers and recording of an original film score, and 2) public presentation of the completed score.

Phase One should include the mentorship of 4 Georgian music composers. The grant recipient must solicit applications from music composers and musicians based on an open competition, and select participants based on merit and potential. The winning composers will create a music score for a work in the public domain or for an American or Georgian work (feature film, documentary film, TV show, theatrical performance, book, comic book, or other work of media) for which the grantee has obtained prior permission. The project should be advertised to all regions of Georgia. The budget should include professional recording and mastering of the final score in a professional sound studio.

Phase Two must include at least one public presentation of the final score. The project budget should include costs for at least one public performance, with the option of holding additional performances. The performance may include all or some of the musicians from Phase One. Performances can be held anywhere in the country, including but not limited to youth centers, schools, libraries, concert halls, and music schools. The proposal may also include an educational and outreach component that teaches marketing, business management, and entrepreneurship.

“Innovation in Film Scoring” is meant to strengthen the economy of Georgia by demonstrating the profitability of exporting musical talent to foreign markets.

Please submit an application that includes the following:

  1. Project activities description that explains the grantee’s capacity and experience, how the applicant intends select composers and musicians in Phase One, and a detailed project plan for work with composers and musicians, and;
  2. A narrative that details proposed performances and outreach activities in Phase Two;
  3. Detailed project budget that lists all costs for promotion, outreach, recording and performances for both phases;
  4. The resumes or CVs of the project administration staff and project partners;

Schedule: Projects must begin immediately after recipient selection.

If you have questions, please contact:

Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi
Email: Tbilisigrants@state.gov