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LineCheck: How to get a grant: Opportunities and advice for Minnesota musicians

Wednesday, May 18
Show | 12pm

Recording music and buying equipment is expensive; Gigs and merch sales hardly allow working musicians to stay afloat. Fortunately, there are organizations that offer monetary grants to outstanding artists. Minnesota Music Coalition executive director Joanna Schnedler, Springboard for The Arts artist resource director Andy Sturdevant and musician PaviElle tell us how.  

Registration Link – https://apmg.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8QHEqKIAQDSizO03j8_4iQ 

Panelists: PaviElle (@PaviElleMusic)
                   Joanna Schnedler
                  Andy Sturdevant

Musical guest: Moise (@moise__) 

It can be hard to keep up with Minnesota’s ever-changing music ecosystem if we don’t check in with each other. In 2022, The Current’s LineCheck series returns with monthly topics to create an exchange of ideas for keeping the scene healthy, safe, and inspired. Led by The Local Show host Diane, each virtual event brings together top artists, industry leaders, and audiences to reflect on where things are at, and where they’re going. In five events between March and June, LineCheck will explore the TikTok and NFT phenomena, find out how the pandemic has affected the business of booking concerts, provide guidance for artists looking to secure grants, and delve into what the creative process looks like for several successful acts today. In addition to providing a forum for education and connection, each event will also feature exclusive performances from top Minnesota musicians. 

LineCheck is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 


PaviElle is an Emmy Award winning, interdisciplinary artist, hailing from Rondo – a historically Black neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a Jerome Hill Artist Fellow (21-22), as well as a McKnight Artist Fellow (2020), and has received a Sage (Cowles) Award for Dance and Choreography. She is a Global Artists Initiative – Artist In Residence at MacPhail Center For The Arts. And, an American Composers Forum Grant recipient for her classical composition, A Requiem for Zula, (2018) written in celebration of her Mother’s life. PaviElle’s symphony was just featured at the New World Symphony in April 2021, under the direction of Conductor, Edwin Outwater, and Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas. Most recently, she is leading her own year-long Residency through the American Composers Forum called, Liberation! Lifting Up Our Youth. She has also been commissioned by the Sands Family, to create a symphony in honor of their 50th Anniversary. Sands Of Time, will be debuted by The SPCO in June 2022. And, she has been commissioned by The Schubert Club, to write another symphony, the SOVEREIGN Suite, to be slated for performance in May 2022. 

Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant (he/him) is a writer, artist, designer and occasional performer living in Minneapolis. Most of his efforts are devoted to writing projects.  He has also created art installations, publications, performances and public events, sometimes all coexisting in one project. Some of this work has been exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Northern Spark Festival and the Flaten Art Museum at St. Olaf College, as well as in museums, galleries and spaces in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and elsewhere. He has organized, led or participated in a variety of engaging and accessible multipurpose public programs, including walking tours, panels, lectures and other events. These include St. Olaf College, Preserve Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library, Minnesota Historical Society, Coffee House Press, Cunningham Group, The Soap Factory and many others. Andy has worked with local archives as writer-in-residence in two programs, the Robert C. Larson ’56 Art in the Library Program at the Laurence McKinley Gould Library at Carleton College in Northfield, MN (2015) and Coffee House Press “In the Stacks” Library Residency Program at the Northeast Library in Minneapolis, MN (2014). 

Joanna Schnedler

Joanna is Executive Director for the Minnesota Music Coalition, the statewide arts service organization that connects and supports Minnesota’s independent musicians with programs such as the annual MN Music Summit conference (June 3-5, 2022) and the Caravan du Nord musician showcase tour across greater Minnesota. Prior to MMC, her most recent role was as Executive Director of the Minnesota Theater Alliance, a statewide arts service organization for performing arts organizations and practitioners. Throughout her career in nonprofit administration and performing arts management, she has had roles such as General Manager for the Fitzgerald Theater/Minnesota Public Radio, Performance Manager for Theatre de la Jeune Lune, in fund development for social service and social enterprise organizations, and as a professional stage manager for theater and opera companies. She is on the CreativeMN arts impact committee, and is a Board member for The Moving Company theater and the Richfield Foundation.