What is the Copland Fund’s definition of ‘contemporary’?

Works of living and recently deceased composers are eligible, as well as other works written within the last century that are of importance. In general, the fund tends to support music written in the last 50 years. For projects of music written before that of particular importance to the field, please contact the grants manager.

However in the Recording Program, the Fund is interested primarily in supporting recordings of works by living American composers and those who are recently deceased. Regarding works by deceased composers, the Fund will give preference to works of composers who died in 1980 or later, but will consider funding extraordinary projects involving the music of American composers who died earlier.