Emerging Artists Project

Musicians come to New York to be part of the most creative and diverse music community and work with the most innovative artists in the world. Some of the most important musicians, bands and ensembles were born and bred here, finding New York City the perfect place to establish a voice and a place in the music community. However, countless musicians struggle to establish a foothold from where they can thrive. The Emerging Artists Project is a grant program that allows band members to be paid fair wages and and gain access to free rehearsal space and discounted recording opportunities. It is designed to help your band raise its profile, and help musicians keep doing what they do best—make music.

How the program works

The Emerging Artist Program is a four-year program launched in partnership with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the DiMenna Center for Classical Music that provides participating ensembles with the support they need to firmly establish themselves in New York City. Accepted ensembles who sign a letter of agreement with Local 802, have all members of the ensemble join the union (application fees are waived), and meet program requirements every year will receive a direct grant for each participating year they remain in the program to be used to support the mission and goals of the accepted ensemble, encourage a strong and financially sustainable growth and development of the ensemble, and help ensure musicians are able to make a living in New York City.

Program structure

The Emerging Artist Program is designed as a four (4) tiered graduating system, designed to provide financial support when groups most need it and help them develop the financial and organizational strength to establish themselves as a financially viable organization.

Stage 1 – New Group

EGDP Stage 1 groups must be those who have established a mission, leadership, a core group roster and performance schedule. Ensembles will be selected based upon the strength of their application  and the group’s alignment with Local 802 priorities and values.

Groups in Stage 1 will receive $10,000 that can be used to pay wages (New Group  scale negotiated with Local 802 EGDP Committee), health and pension, administrative costs, marketing fees and performance costs in conformance with the signed C.B.A.

Stage 1 participant requirements

  1. A signed collective bargaining agreement with Local 802 and establishing the group’s good faith intention to complete the program.
  2. File all performances under Local 802 contract – The ensemble must pay the New Group  rates in conformance with the EGDP negotiated  C.B.A.
  3. Union Security within group – initiation fee waived for new Local 802 members who receive EGDP grants

In December of the Stage 1 Year, the Group will meet with the Local 802 EGDP Committee to review and demonstrate its adherence to the terms above. The Committee shall determine if the Group has satisfied those conditions and the group must demonstrate plans for the Stage 2 year before the Group is permitted to move to Stage 2.

Stage 2 – Discovering Group

Stage 2 ensembles will have successfully graduated from Stage 1, proving capable of achieving year one goals, file contracts, develop audiences and retain the majority of a core group, as well as be on track toward being an established group. Stage 2 Discovering Groups will have established an administrative and organizational track-record that positions it to continue to grow.

Groups in Stage 2 will receive $10,000 that can be used to pay wages at (Discovering Group scale negotiated during review with Local 802 EGDP Committee), health and pension, administrative costs, marketing fees and performance costs in conformance with the signed C.B.A.

Stage 2 participant requirements

  1. File all performances under Local 802 contract – The ensemble must pay the Discovering Group scale in conformance with the EAP negotiated  C.B.A
  2. Union Security within group – initiation fee waived for new Local 802 members who receive EAP grants

In December of the Stage 2 Year, the group will meet with the Local 802 Program Subcommittee to review and demonstrate its adherence to the terms above. The Committee shall determine if the group has satisfied those conditions, and the group must demonstrate plans for the Stage 3 year before the group is permitted to move to Stage 3.

Stage 3 – Emerging Ensemble

Stage 3 ensembles will have successfully graduated from Stage 2, proving capable of achieving year two goals, file contracts, develop audiences and retain the majority of a core group, as well as be on track toward being an established group. Stage 3 Emerging Ensembles will have established an administrative and organizational track-record that positions it to continue to grow.

Ensembles in Stage 3 will receive $10,000 that can be used to pay wages (Emerging Ensemble rate negotiated during review with Local 802 EAP Committee), health and pension, administrative costs, marketing fees and performance costs in conformance with the signed C.B.A.

Stage 3 participant requirements

  1. File all performances under Local 802 contract – The ensemble must pay the Emerging Ensemble rates in conformance with the EAP negotiated  C.B.A
  2. Union Security within group – initiation fee waived for new Local 802 members who receive EAP grants

In December of the Stage 3 Year, the group will meet with the Local 802 Program Subcommittee to review and demonstrate its adherence to the terms above. The Subcommittee shall determine if the group has satisfied those conditions, and the group must demonstrate plans for the Stage 4 year before the group is permitted to move to Stage 4.

Stage 4 – Established Group

Stage 4 ensembles will have successfully graduated from Stage 3, proving capable of achieving year three goals, file contracts, develop audiences and retain the majority of a core group, as well as be on track toward being an established group. Stage 4 Established Groups will have established an administrative and organizational track-record that positions it to continue to grow.

Stage 4 groups will receive $10,000 to use to pay wages (Established Group rate negotiated during review with Local 802 EAP Committee), program performances, administrative overhead, health and pension. These groups must enter a Local 802 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Health and pension, administrative costs, marketing fees and performance costs in conformance with the signed C.B.A.

Stage 4 participant requirements

  1. Sign new C.B.A with Local 802 with established, fair and appropriate scales, work rules, health and pension contributions in conformance with area and industry standards
  2. File all performances under Local 802 contract – Ensemble must pay Established Group rates as agreed to and required by the C.B.A
  3. Union Security within group – initiation fee waived for new Local 802 members who receive EAP grants