Iguana Music Fund

The Iguana Music Fund is an annual grant program predominantly funded by generous anonymous donors, plus the help of Passim, sponsorships, and community donations. Each year the Iguana Music Fund gives approximately $40,000 in grants to individual artists in amounts from $500 to $2,000 each. Grants are used for projects and expenses to aid in artists' career growth, and range from recording projects to community programs to specialized equipment or instruments. The Iguana Music Fund was established in 2008 after a generous anonymous donation was given with the intention of helping artists pursue their musical goals. Artists often have the talent and ideas to create incredible music, but they do not always have the financial capacity to do so. To help musicians overcome financial limitations, the Iguana Music Fund awards annual grants to artists with a residential or tour-based affiliation to New England. Since 2008, more than $430,000 in grants has funded more than 220 projects.

The 2020 Iguana Music Fund applications are now closed!
Grantees will be notified in December and will be publicly announced by the end of the year.

For the past 12 years, the Iguana Fund has financed hundreds of projects to the benefit of our music community including Della Mae, Oompa, and Lake Street Dive.  This year has been challenging.  Being a musician in 2020 has led to more uncertainty than ever before.  What remains clear is that art helps us understand ourselves, connects us, and makes life worth living.  The way music enriches our community is vital, so rest assured, Iguana is back and applications are now open.

There is funding available for projects that you might be working on now: recording & streaming equipment, a new instrument that will take your playing to the next level, an online program that teaches important traditions, publicity for your debut EP.  The world may have stopped in a lot of ways for the time being, but Iguana is here to help you where your project is at.



On Sunday, June 14th at 7pm, Passim hosted the Iguana Music Fund showcase night.  Join us in celebrating the 2019 recipients of the Fund!  A handful of the recipients will be featured in a live stream, sharing progress on their projects as well as a few songs each: Alastair Moock, Yann Falquet, Volkan Efe, Naomi Westwater, & Louise Bichan.  The live stream is archived and available to watch below.  Also enjoy this playlist of artists who received Iguana grants in 2019:

Application Window Currently ClosedThe 2020 Iguana Fund application window will open over Labor Day weekend in September.
Support the Iguana Music FundTo contribute to the Iguana Music Fund, you may make your donation by phone (617.492.5300) or by check (to Passim, with memo Iguana Music Fund,) or donate online!Donate to the Iguana Music FundQuestions about applying?Email your questions to the Fund at iguanamusicfund@passim.org.Contact

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