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Staff Contacts 

If you have a question that is not addressed below in our FAQ section, our staff members are happy to set up a meeting to assist you. Please see the contact information below.

Ask me about:

  • Eligibility
  • Your program & general application guidance
  • Scoring rubrics & the review process
  • Panelist feedback

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  • Logging into the application portal
  • Issues with application submissions


Information Sessions

Click here to view the recording of our October 18 applicant webinar here.


Frequently Asked Questions

We hope to address as many potential questions that may arise from prospective applicants in this FAQ section. If you do not see your question answered here, please see our staff contact information above.

We don’t yet have our 501c3 designation letter or nonprofit status yet. Can we apply?

Maybe. Applicants without a 501c3 designation letter (US) or registered charity status (Canada) may only apply if fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit/registered charity. To do so, please make sure to include your fiscal sponsor’s name and EIN/registration number when completing the application, and upload documentation of your fiscal sponsorship to the final attachments section.

Can I submit an application on my phone?

While you can submit an application on your smart phone, we recommend using a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer for the easiest experience. 


I am a first-time grant applicant. Do you have any tips for people who are new to this?

Yes! First and foremost, please make sure to review the  scoring rubric and  core values to gain a clear understanding of the criteria that will be used to evaluate your application. We also highly recommend that you make use of the Application toolkit on the Apply page. 

Second, we encourage you to have someone not familiar with your program read or listen to your application to check for clarity. If they have questions, it’s likely the panelists will too. 

Finally, we recommend submitting your application early. If any last-minute questions or issues arise, it’s easier for our staff to assist you when there's not a rush to meet the deadline. 

Is this grant the same opportunity as the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award? How is this opportunity different?

This year, a Chorus America board-led taskforce made the recommendation to transition the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award to a grant. Our grants program focuses on funding future work, while our award program is focused on recognizing the achievements and accomplishments of past work.

The grant is very similar to the previous award in terms of funding amount, requirements, and evaluation criteria. The most substantial change is that in lieu of submitting a 5-page statement, we are asking applicants to answer 4 narrative questions (that previously would have been addressed in a submitted statement). In addition, all panelists reviewing applications will now participate in our grant panel orientation, which includes an awareness training and discussion on how bias can show up in the review process. 

Can I submit applications for both the Dale Warland Singers Commission Grant AND the Music Education Partnership Grants?

Potentially, yes. Please check the eligibility guidelines for both grant opportunities to ensure that you meet the criteria for each grant opportunity. 

For organizations submitting applications to both opportunities, we do require that each application proposes different projects. The same project will not be considered for both the Dale Warland Singers Commission Grant and Music Education Partnership Grants.

Do you require a project budget or matching funds for the application?

We do require a project budget. While we recognize that budgets may change many times before an application is funded, it is helpful for the panel to get a sense of how you anticipate expending grant funds.

We do not require matching funds. We also recognize that matching fund requirements prevent smaller or less-resourced nonprofits from applying.  

I can’t access the online portal.

The application portal will open October 2, 2023. Please check to make sure you are using your application portal credentials and not your Chorus America site username and password. If you are having trouble, we recommend restarting your computer and using the most updated version of your browser. Browsers supported by this software include Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. If problems persist, please contact Vale Southard at [email protected] or (202) 331-7577 ext. 253.  

I can’t submit my application.

Please check to make sure all required fields are completed. If the submit box is still green, you have only marked your application as complete, but have not yet submitted. You must click the green submit box to ensure your application is received. If you are still running into issues, please contact Vale Southard at [email protected] or (202) 331-7577 ext. 253.  

What if I miss something when submitting my application? 

You will be contacted in December if there are any components missing from your application. Upon submission, staff will review applications for eligibility and completion. We encourage all applicants to review the application requirements and scoring rubric thoroughly.  

Who will be reviewing my application? 

Review panelists from across the US and Canada will review and score all applications and virtual learning sessions. These panelists will be selected by Chorus America based on their experience collaborating with composers on commissions and understanding of nonprofits arts management and funding. All panelists must agree to a confidentiality agreement and disclose any conflicts of interest. If one is present, panelists must recuse themselves from reviewing the assigned application. 

Chorus America will strongly prioritize diversity of perspectives and lived experience in its selection of review panelists, including but not limited to diversity of race, gender, identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, and religion.

A full list of panelists, as well as demographic information for these reviewers, will be published on the Chorus America website in April 2024 when all Grants for Organizations are announced.  

I'm interested in reviewing applications. Is there an opportunity for me?

We are currently seeking diverse members of the music education and broader community who are interested in serving as review panelists for this program. An honorarium will be provided for review panelist service.  See more information about becoming a review panelist here and complete a nomination form by Tuesday, December 5 to be considered.

If my application is declined, will I be notified? How can I receive feedback?

All applicants to the Dale Warland Singers Commission grant will receive a status update in late March 2024, including projects that will not be funded. We anticipate receiving many more quality applications than we are able to fund. 

We can share the scores from your application, along with anonymous reviewer feedback. We encourage you to reach out to us to better understand why your application was declined. To contact staff, please schedule a time to meet with the grants team here.