Important information for Nelson Fund applicants:
The Robert U. Nelson Fund provides funding to support guests who engage in teaching activities at UCLA such as lectures, master classes, seminars, symposia, and conferences. It does not provide funding for performance activities. Any performances that a Nelson-funded guest agrees to offer during his/her visit to UCLA must be funded from another source.
There are two categories of events the Nelson Fund supports:
1. Single event activities such as master classes, guest appearances at classes, non-curricular guest lectures, chamber music coachings, or leading large ensemble sectionals. Maximum honoraria for these activities is $500 per guest. If a guest is coming from out of town, transportation and/or housing support may be requested in addition to the honorarium. If multiple guests are invited for one event (e.g. chamber groups), the $500 honorarium may apply to each guest.
2. Larger scale, multi-event activities such as symposia and conferences. For 2016-17, the Nelson Fund can underwrite these types of activities for up to $5000.
Ladder and non-ladder faculty from the Departments of Music, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology may apply for Nelson Fund grants. Graduate students may apply on behalf of eligible faculty. Multiple faculty members may be listed as applicants for the same grant.
In your application, please be as specific as possible regarding the content, budget, scheduling, room reservations, staff support, and media needs of your project.
If proposed Nelson Fund projects involve undergraduate classes, applicants are also eligible to apply fhttps://www.schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/administrator/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&layout=edit&id=1965or Office of Instructional Development mini-grants. (OID mini-grants may be used to fund guest appearances related only to undergraduate classes and cannot be used to pay full-time employees of UCLA. Information, restrictions, rules and applications for OID mini-grants may be found here.) In the interests of stretching Nelson Fund resources as widely as possible, applicants are asked to make every effort to use their annual allotment of OID mini-grants ($150 per speaker; up to $300 per quarter) and, when possible, to use mini-grants to offset Nelson Fund honorarium requests.
The Nelson Fund Committee comprises the chairs of the Ethnomusicology, Music, and Musicology Departments and the Chair of the Composition and Theory Division of the Music Department. It is overseen by the Director of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
Once a Nelson funding request is approved, the payee may not be paid until the responsible faculty member submits a Request for Payment form to Jennie Molina. This form can be found online: Click Here.