GRANTS FOR PROJECTS
The Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is home to the Jolidon Fund, a bequest by Marjorie Jolidon, which supports:
• Scholarships for organ study
• Grants for events/projects that prominently feature the organ.
Each year between $10,000–$30,000
is given away to qualifying candidates.
The purpose of grants through the Jolidon Fund is to bring new audiences to the pipe organ and to deepen appreciation of the instrument in the general public.
How do I apply?
Organizations may fill out an online application and submit to :
Hartford AGO at HartfordAGO@Gmail.com
The deadline for applications has been extended to April 11th for programs in the following season (considered to be September through August each year). Awards are announced on May 1st.
Preference is given to projects which:
• demonstrate innovation
• enable events that would otherwise not be possible
• initiate projects where there is currently little awareness of musical potential of the organ
• are hosted by small-to mid-size organizations that may not have other additional resources
• have not been funded in past years
Grants through the Jolidon Fund are only awarded to projects that prominently feature the pipe organ. The total amount available for grants varies from year to year (as determined by the GHC-AGO Executive Board) and organizations are encouraged to re-apply for subsequent years, even if previously granted funding.
Grants are primarily given to Connecticut projects, with occasional consideration expanded to AGO Region I. A current AGO member must sponsor or co-sponsor the grant proposal. Current members of the Jolidon Committee are not eligible to act as a sponsor or co-sponsor for grant applications.
Grant proposals are submitted to the The Marjorie Jolidon Fund Committee (see link to form at the bottom of the page). The committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the GHC- AGO Executive Committee for final approval.
Examples of grant projects could include: AGO regional convention sponsorship, organ recitals, silent movie accompaniment, AGO Pipe Organ Encounter, competition prizes, CD recordings, organ accompaniments for choral concerts, organ commissions, etc.
Examples of Previous Grant Recipients:
James Kennerley, organ recital - The Music Series of South Church (New Britain, CT)
Monica Czausz, organ recital - Salisbury Congregational Church (Salisbury, CT)
CONCORA, Durufle Requiem - Immanuel Congregational Church (Hartford, CT)
Pipes Alive! Music at the Red Door - St. John’s Episcopal Church (West
Hartford Chorale’s Christmas in the Americas - Bushnell Theatre (Hartford, CT)
First Prize Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival
Commissioned work by Philip Moore – First Church (Newington, CT)
Concert programs with organ accompaniment – Greater Middletown Chorale (Middletown, CT)