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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, $473,000 in grants has funded more than 285 projects.

The 2020 Iguana Music Fund recipients have been announced!  See below for info on all 24 artists and groups that received grants this year.

For the past 13 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.  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.

On Monday, May 10th at 8pm ET, Passim hosted a showcase featuring a few recipients of the 2020 Iguana Music Fund.  Hear from Gabriella Simpkins, Maddie Witler, Nate Nics, Mairi Chaimbeul, & Home Despot as they talk about the projects they received funding for and share the new music they’ve been working on the past year.  All donations for this show go towards the next round of Iguana grants, distributed this fall.



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Enjoy this playlist of artists who received Iguana grants in 2020: