Building a dream can takes a lot of determination, and Passim is giving numerous dreamers a way to build their confidence.
Passim enriches others not only through music classes, workshops and live performances, but through outreach as well. One of the ways Passim supports the community is through the Iguana Music Fund that was established in 2008. Click here for a video on the fund.
The annual Iguana Music Fund gave away $40,000 in grants last year to 24 lucky applicants. The application process for the 2013 Iguana Music Fund is open and the deadline is quick approaching on Wednesday, October 23. Click here for the grant application and visit www.passim.org for more information!
I had the honor of speaking with Dan Hogan, Executive Director of Passim, Matt Smith, the Managing Director of Passim, and Bengy Kantor, Marketing Director of Club Passim about the Iguana Fund.
You have had great success with The Iguana Fund. How has it evolved since it started in 2008?
Dan: The number of applicants has risen tremendously. We have had a lot of applications and a committee that will forever remain anonymous. They sit and review applications, listen to all the music, and make a selection.
What are the requirements for applying?
Dan: You have to be a New England based musician. That is not rigorously defined.
Matt: You have to have a strong career connection to New England.
Can it involve any instrument?
Bengy: Yes. It does not necessarily have to be an instrument. It can be a music educational program for adults or someone who wants to run a workshop. One of the previous winners runs a songwriting camp in New Hampshire every year.
Dan: We also give awards to people for not just career enhancement, but for people doing good works in the community. We have given a number of awards to people who are playing music in hospitals. One person was helping to design an orthotic device for veterans who lost fingers to still allow them to play the guitar. Another woman is doing a music DVD with Jane Goodall for children who have serious, life threatening illnesses in hospitals.
Bengy: Part of it is that they are all seed grants between $500 and $2,000. It will not necessarily pay for you to host a camp, but it will help you build something bigger because you would not otherwise have that funding.
Dan: It really is amazing the difference that a small grant makes to an artist. It is a boost of confidence and an affirmation of who they are. It gives them the courage to go on.
If people would like to help support the Iguana Music Fund, how would they do that?
Dan: Simply make a contribution to Passim and say it is specifically as part of the grant to artists.
To learn more about Passim and the Iguana Music Fund, visit www.passim.org. Hurry, the application deadline is Wednesday, October 23!