Arthur Satz Music Grants

Funding for music research, study, and other projects is available for both faculty and music students through Arthur Satz Music Grants. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and decisions are typically made within a month.

Student Applications: A short online form is available for student applications. Funding is available to support requests such as master classes, travel, music software, independent research, and partial support for study abroad. Student requests generally range from $200-$2,000. A brief narrative report is required upon completion of successfully funded requests.

Faculty Applications: A separate form is available for funding requests by music faculty. Both tenure-track and non tenure-track faculty are encouraged to apply. Funding is available for a wide range of projects and activities including conference travel, concerts, curricular support, visiting speakers and artists, research, and other needs related to faculty teaching and research. For information about typical award amounts, please reach out to Sara Rembert.

Featured Projects

“‘Phrases That Can’t Be Beat’: A Symposium on Music and Lyrics in Popular Song” (Spring 2024)

This symposium features talks about Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan, and the art of songwriting. Stephanie Burt, an acclaimed poet and scholar from Harvard University, discusses the music and lyrics of Taylor Swift. Steven Rings, a music theorist from University of Chicago, discusses the lyrics of Bob Dylan. And Victoria Malawey, a music theorist from Macalester College, discusses her experience teaching songwriting.


Inaugural Satz Music Creativity Forum (Spring 2024)

Guests – Augusta Read Thomas, Jennifer Undercoffler, Mark Davis Scatterday, Brad Lubman participate in a panel discussion in collaboration with ESM and Musica Nova.


URSO Guest Appearance (Spring 2024)

Vitas Spehar (@underthedesknews) with ‘cellist Natalie Spehar for Camille Saint Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals appear with the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Mark Powell.


Edward Rothmel Residency (Fall 2023)

American Collaborative Pianist and META Education Materials Author Edward Russell Rothmel presents two talks on musical skill flexibility and other transferable applied skills for other environments.


Study Abroad - Elizabeth Garijo-Garde (Summer 2023)

This summer I spent 6 weeks in Vienna, Austria studying music through IES! I took a music history class, private cello lessons, and learned German. I loved every second of my classes and time in Vienna, especially because much of my music history class was field trip based! We visited the Austrian Alps where Mahler composed his third symphony, Mozart's apartment in Salzburg, attended the Vienna Philharmonic's annual outdoor summer concert, and visited Beethoven's apartment in Heiligenstadt. The trip was amazing, and I'm so grateful to the Arthur Satz Department of Music for their generosity!