When they evaluate grant applications, the independent panel members are asked to consider the following criteria:
- How important is the project concept to the furtherance of the KWF’s mission?
- Based upon evidence of the applicant’s past work, does the project promise excellence of performance/scholarship?
- For performances, is one of Weill’s less familiar works to be performed? What is the size of the potential audience? Will the work be exposed in a place where Weill’s work is not well known? Will a younger audience be introduced to Weill?
- Does the project budget make sense, and is it in line with the budget for other similar projects? Is there sufficient funding in place to assure that the project will be completed, and are the forces involved capable of doing what they propose?
GRANT PROGRAM PRIORITIES
- The top priority is high-quality premiere recordings of works that have not yet been recorded: Love Life and One Touch of Venus. (Although not as crucial, excellent recordings of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Mahagonny Songspiel, and Marie Galante are given high priority as well.)
- The next highest priority is national/international-profile professional performances by excellent artistic groups. Such performances should reach a large audience either by virtue of attendance or broadcast/telecast; they should have the potential to attract substantial attention from the press.
- A third priority is performances using KWE critical edition materials, especially the new edition of Zaubernacht. Whether or not KWE materials have been published, performances of lesser-known stage and concert works are encouraged.
- For Research and Travel grants, first priority is given to support of dissertation writers and established scholars on Weill-related topics not previously investigated.
- Dissertation Fellowships are reserved for scholars with notable prior work on Weill and extraordinary potential for contribution to the field, according to recommendations from the academic community and evaluation by the grant panel. The applicant’s project should address significant lacunae in Weill research.
- Publication Assistance may be provided to assist with expenses related to preparing manuscripts for publication in a recognized scholarly medium. Sometimes publication assistance is given to the scholars funded in 1 and 2.
Educational Initiatives and College/University Performances:
Priority will be given to projects that do one or more of the following:
- Incorporate substantial ancillary events (seminars, symposiums).
- Expose young performers and audiences to repertory beyond Weill’s most popular works.
- Educate a broader community about the music of Weill.