Entrepreneurial Student Travel Fund

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a new resource for students: the Entrepreneurial Student Travel Fund, provides financial assistance for expenses related to travel needs of NEC students as they pursue professional opportunities outside of Boston. Administered by the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department, these travel grants are provided specifically to students who can show significant participation with the EM program (classes, EM Grant Program, EM Nova Fellowship, etc.), and the grants support the following activities:

  • Travel funding for tours of ensembles (regional, national, and international)
    • Examples of recent received requests include:
      • Ensemble tour in the New England area
      • Touring of chamber ensembles internationally
  • Travel funding for national/international conferences, festivals, and professional training (educational and performance based)
  • Travel to fund original research projects
  • Travel and lodging funding for professional auditions
    • This does not include auditions for graduate programs or summer festivals

Applications that further professional development will be given preference over applications for professional auditions.

Travel funds are awarded via reimbursement. After an application has been approved, students are expected to purchase their travel expenses and submit receipts to the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department for reimbursement processing.

Students are welcome to apply for this grant every cycle that it is offered. However, preference may be given to those who are applying for the first time. 


To apply students must submit the following: 

  • Documentation of event/invitation to participate 
  • Budget Requested (Use this Budget Template)   
  • Evidence of Involvement within the CEPS department (EM and/or CPP)

Normally students are eligible to receive funding up to $1,000 in support of their travel. Applications are reviewed by CEPS Staff. 

**PLEASE NOTE: The EM Travel Fund does not support travel for competitions. For questions about applying to the NEC Competition Fund, please email Ali Eaton at ali.eaton@necmusic.edu


Summer and Fall Travel Application  - Applications Open 

Travel for this application must occur between May 1st, 2024 - November 1st, 2024.

Deadline: May 1st, 2024 @11:59PM ET

Apply Here


Winter and Spring Travel Application - Applications Closed

Travel for this application must occur between November 1st, 2023 - May 1st, 2024