Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does Interval work?
A: MATA provides you a fee to help present a concert. You present the concert with MATA’s guidance and support.
Q: Is additional funding available for travel and housing?
A: In general, no. All travel costs should be included in your general budget. We are happy to provide letters of support to help you apply for travel funding.
Q: Where will the concerts be held?
A: Concerts will be held at venues appropriate to the concert being presented. It depends on a lot of factors.
Q: Are there limits on technology?
Don’t worry about it, if we like your idea we’ll help you figure out most anything.
Q: Can I program my own music?
A: Yes, however portrait concerts are not generally seen as compelling proposals.
Q: What does “larger scale projects initiated by a composer” mean?
A: Some examples might include: large song cycles, evening-length ensemble works, collections of works under a specific rubric, as in Berio’s Sequenzas, or Ferneyhough’s Carceri cycle, and so forth.
Q: Do I need to pair up with an ensemble?
A: Not necessarily.
Q: What if my concert costs more than $2,000?
A: We recognize that some projects will be larger in scope than what we’re able to support with Interval and so in that case we hope that people would think of Interval as one mode of support among others. If your project budget is larger than what MATA can support, you should provide a full project budget along with a proposed funding plan, including MATA’s support as one of several sources of revenue.
Q: How many people will be selected?
A: MATA reserves the right to not select any proposals, but generally we choose 2-3.
Q: Can I commission a piece for the concert?
A: Commissions and premieres are looked upon favorably, however MATA does not generally have funds for the commissioning of new works for Interval.
Q: I am not a US citizen, can I present an Interval show?
A: In general, we cannot procure visas for foreign performers for our Interval programs, and foreign artists may not perform on Interval without a valid visa. Compositions by non-US citizens can be programmed. Contact us if you have any other questions about visas.
Q: How do you decide?
A: We look for concepts and events that are compelling; performers and works that deserve to be heard. We judge primarily on quality of materials presented.
Q: When will applicants be notified?
A: We expect to inform applicants by the summer.