Music Performance Trust Fund

The Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) was established in 1948 as a nonprofit independent public service organization whose mission includes contributing to the public knowledge and appreciation of music, as well as making music a part of every child's life experience. Headquartered in New York City, the tax-exempt MPTF, operating under section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, evolved from a landmark collective bargaining agreement between the American Federation of Musicians and the major recording companies of the day.

Today the MPTF is a vital organization that brings music to the public and supplements the income of musicians, all at no cost to those receiving this precious gift of music. The fiscal year begins May 1 each year. Potential grant applicants may send in letters requesting assistance for your group, ensemble, or orchestra prior to April 1.

All grant applicants have a Federal ID number (e.g. non-profit organization, local business, etc.) and assume all employer responsibilities; Local 47 is no longer responsible for preparing the payrolls as in years past. Applicants accepted for an MPTF grant are now responsible for direct payment to all musicians, including benefits, work dues and the proper filing of union reports with Local 47. Once all the necessary paperwork and proof of payroll is submitted to Local 47, the documents will be sent to MPTF headquarters in New York. Once verified and processed, your grant check will now be mailed directly from MPTF. Grant request letters should include the following: date, time, place, a description of the event, the name of the group they are requesting assistance for, the name of the leader, how many side musicians and cartage. To qualify for assistance, the event must be absolutely free and open to the public; no donations, no fundraising.

Funds are made available by MPTF to sponsor performances for community events, outdoor park concerts, libraries, senior citizen centers and museums, as well as educational performances throughout Los Angeles County by a wide variety of jazz, classical, chamber, symphonic and other ensembles.

Each new fiscal year we seem to receive more and more requests for assistance. All requests will be reviewed for approval, and recommendations will be forwarded to MPTF in New York. Each new fiscal year begins May 1 and goes through April 30.

All requests must be received in writing no later than April 1. You may send them to: Local 47, Attn: MPTF, 3220 Winona Ave. Burbank CA 91504.

If you have any questions, please contact the MPTF office: 323.993.3156, email

Points to Remember

1. Music must be the main reason for the event.

2. The concert must be free and open to the public, with no condition for admittance.

3. There must be no donations solicited before, after, or during the performance.

4. There must be no recording (video or audio) of a performance.

5. Music must not be used for any fundraising activity no matter how worthwhile the project.

6. Music must not be part of a religious service, seminar, clinic, etc.