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Instrument Grant - 2021

Submissions Open: October 1st, 2021 12:00 a.m. CST (GMT -5)
Submission Deadline: December 31st, 2021 12:00 a.m. CST (GMT -5)
Winners Announced: February 4th, 2022 03:00 p.m. CST (GMT -5)

Age Restriction: 15 years old and up
Open to: AAF Members and Grant Applicants
Limited to Country: United States only

AAF Instrument Grant Program

Able Artist Foundation supports disabled musicians through our discount program, contests, and a grant program designed to provide physical instruments and gear to support their career goals.

Multiple times a year, AAF will review applications to award $500-$1,000 grants to disabled musicians/composers for the specific purpose of procuring much-needed gear/instruments that the grantee will use to further their career goals of working/performing in the music/live music/film/tv/advertising/gaming industries. This grant is intended for disabled individuals who are low income, but the applicant does not need to be receiving SSI/SSDI benefits to qualify for this grant.

Applicants, please provide the following information:

  1. Provide a bio highlighting your musical activities and achievements in music.
  2. Provide basic info: name, age, address, email, socials, and if you are/not an AAF member.
  3. Two published videos (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo) or two published audio files (i.e. SoundCloud, Spotify) demonstrating your musicianship/creativity.
  4. What are your career goals and how will this AAF Instrument Grant assist you in getting there?

This grant is for physical/mechanical instruments/gear only (no software).

If you are awarded this grant, AAF will purchase the instrument on your behalf and provide it to you.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Provide proof of disability with one (1) of the following items: a physician’s letter, staff member letter, VA letter/I.D., state I.D. with disability identifier, SSI/SSDI letter , etc.
  • Must be 15 years of age or older. (applicants aged 15-17 years must have a signed letter from a parent, guardian, school counselor, or music teacher affirming the information the applicant is providing to AAF for consideration.)
  • Must be a citizen and live within the United States.
  • Can demonstrate a history of activity directly related to seeking a career in the music/film/tv/ad/gaming industries.
  • Be the primary artist, songwriter, composer, orchestrator, etc.


By submitting your application, and should you be awarded this grant, you consent to having your name and likeness used by Able Artist Foundation in promotional materials related to AAF’s activities. To receive this grant award, you will be asked to sign a legally binding document that permits the use of your name and likeness.

If you are interested in becoming an AAF member (which is private and free), click here.

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