Grant Writer

Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 02, 2019
Oct 02, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level




Starting September 2019


Please follow application instructions listed at the end of this job description

Summary of Position

The Atlanta Music Project seeks a motivated and experienced individual to take on the position of Grant Writer. The Grant Writer will be responsible for managing all aspects of grants process, including grant seeking, grant writing, grant management and grant reporting. The Grant Writer will report to the Chief Executive Officer, and work collaboratively with the development team, program team and finance manager. The successful candidate will be able to provide grant writing samples, and a list of successful grant applications.

About the Atlanta Music Project

Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project provides intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood. AMP’s mission is to empower underserved youth to realize their possibilities through music. In addition to four after-school learning sites providing band, orchestra and choir instruction, AMP’s programs include: the AMP Academy, providing advanced musical training to AMP’s most talented and dedicated students; the AMP Summer Series, a music festival and school; and the AMP Youth Choirs & Orchestras.

AMP music ensembles perform more than 50 concerts annually, performing in venues all across Atlanta, from community centers to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. AMP music ensembles have performed alongside international stars such as the Harlem Quartet, electric violinist Lindsey Stirling, pianist Terrence Wilson, soprano Alison Buchanan, rapper Lecrae, R&B singer Monica, and the Imani Winds. AMP musicians can be seen performing with rapper T.I. on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. AMP’s young musicians have successfully auditioned for Georgia All-State ensembles, the Atlanta Opera, and have concertized as far away as Los Angeles, Aspen and Mexico City. AMP is a 2019 winner of ArtsATL’s Luminary Award for Arts Education and a 2018 winner of Emory University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. In 2016 and 2017, the White House named AMP one of the top 50 after-school arts programs in the nation.

AMP’s existence is a direct result of the 2009 TED Prize, which was awarded to Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of Venezuela’s El Sistema. AMP’s co-founders were members of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

The 2019-2020 school year will be a milestone year for AMP as it celebrates its tenth year of programming. This will also be AMP’s first full year in its first ever headquarters space, the AMP Center for Performance and Education. With a 2019-2020 annual operating budget projected at just over $1MM, AMP will serve 350 young musicians.

AMP’s current and past funders include Carnegie Hall, PwC, Bank of America, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, the Coca-Cola Foundation, MailChimp, The Zeist Foundation, the Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation, the Harland Charitable Foundation, the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Council for the Arts, Georgia Music Foundation and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

AMP’s partners and collaborators include the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, The Kindezi Schools, the Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta Public Schools and Clayton State University and Carnegie Hall. 

AMP is a member of “El Sistema USA,” the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs.

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General Responsibilities

  • Understanding and representing the AMP philosophies for empowering youth and uplifting communities through the pursuit of musical excellence
  • Coordinating and executing the writing, submission and maintenance of all grant applications
  • Establishing and maintaining relationship between AMP and grantors
  • Collaborating with the development team and program team
  • Staying up-to-date on the organization’s latest programs, exploits and strategy
  • Reporting to Chief Executive Officer

Grant Writing & Management (85%)

  • Researching and identifying new grant application opportunities
  • Collecting and researching information, facts, stories about AMP to be used in grant applications
  • Setting up meetings as necessary with relevant AMP staff for collection of information to be used in grant applications
  • Maintaining a shared, online grants database
  • Maintaining an in-office database of grant contracts and grant letters
  • Working with finance manager to complete financial portions of all grant application
  • Ensuring that all grant-related deadlines are met
  • Attending all pre and post grant application webinars, panel reviews and informational meetings
  • Act as the contact point with grantors, as directed by Chief Executive Officer
  • Act as the primary organizational contact for all grant applications

Administrative Responsibilities (15%)

  • Assist the development team with fundraising tasks, including special events, annual campaign etc
  • Other administrative tasks as directed by the Chief Executive Officer

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required
  • Minimum 1-2 years of work experience in grant-writing
  • Minimum 1-2 years of work experience in non-profit
  • Can provide list of successful grant applications
  • Can provide minimum of three grant-writing samples

Candidate Profile and Skills:

  • Strong storyteller with the ability to inspire and engage donors, supporters and partners through the written presentation of AMP’s mission and programming
  • Natural curiosity, desire to learn, and strong ability in research and collection of information
  • Strong inter-personal skills, strong interview skills
  • Superior organization skills, both cloud-based and office-based
  • Superior time-management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Possesses extreme optimism and tenacity, especially in the face of challenging, high-pressure situations
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative spirit who thrives in a fast-paced and ever-changing work environment
  • Impeccable communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to adapt, be flexible and have a sense of humor
  • Knowledge of the arts and arts education, particularly music

Additional Work Demands

  • Must be willing and able to work some evenings and weekends in order to meet deadlines
  • Must be willing to travel occasionally for work, professional development

Notes: The Grant Writer is a full-time position starting in the fall of 2019. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Health, dental and vision benefits included. AMP provides MacBook laptop, telecommuting options and generous vacation policy. Background check required.

To Apply:

Prepare one document in PDF format consisting of the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • One grant writing sample
  • Three professional references
  • Salary expectations

Email the one document in PDF format to with subject “Grant Writer” Applications will be accepted through September 31, 2019. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

It is the policy of the Atlanta Music Project not to discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of age, color, sex, disability, national origin, race, religion, or veteran status.

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