Passim just announced the recipients of the 2015 Iguana Music Fund Grants which are awarded annually to musicians in an effort to enhance their careers or aid their community outreach efforts. This year marks the Cambridge organization’s 8th year of grant making, with over $40,000 awarded to help fund 25 different musicians and their projects. The grants range from $500 to $2000 and are made in the areas of recording or manufacturing assistance; publicity & marketing support; equipment & instruments; songwriting retreats; tour support; special projects and other specific activities promoting artistic and/or professional growth.
The Iguana Music Fund was established in 2008 with the intention of helping artists pursue their musical goals. Often times, one has the talent and ideas to create, but not always the financial capacity to do so. To help those overcome financial limitations, the Iguana Music Fund awards annual grants to artists for projects and expenses to aid in career growth, that range from recording projects, community programs to specialized equipment or instruments. The artists must also have a New England connection. Since the beginning, more than $145, 000 in grants has funded more than 90 projects.
This year there were a large number of first time applicants and new recipients, so they are funding a number of exciting and different types of projects.
This years 2015 Iguana Music Fund grant recipients are:
Allison de Groot, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Chandler Travis, Changing Keys, Charan Devereaux, Dietrich Strause, Fabio Pirozzolo, Flynn Cohen & the Deadstring Ensemble, Gretchen and the Pickpocket, Hanneke Cassel, Hayley Thompson-King, Honeysuckle, Jeffrey Gaskill, Katie McNally, Laney Jones and the Spirits, Laura Brereton, Laurence Scudder, Lindsay Straw, Mike Block, Scottish Fish, The Busted Jug Band, The Stash Wyslouch String, and YANG YU CHEN (Tracy).
In addition to the 23 grants, Passim’s Iguana Music Fund will support two multi-year “Baby Iguana” grants that have previously been awarded to support the Sub Rosa Retreat, a program that brings together a group of artists for a week each summer to write and collaborate in a secluded setting on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Also, the Miles of Music Camp, which is a week-long retreat exploring traditional folk music, modern songwriting and how they work together.
There will be a concert featuring the recipients of the 2015 Iguana Music Fund grants at Club passim on March 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. Examiner will feature the event in our Friday weekend round up of Boston live music events closer to the date.