Salt Lick Incubator Offers Grants to Emerging Songwriters, Board Includes T Bone Burnett, Jon Batiste and More

A new Boston-based nonprofit, Salt Lick Incubator, aims to support “diverse emerging musicians” with unconditional grants and collaborative opportunities to support their growing careers.

With a focus on R&B, neo-soul, singer-songwriters, Americana, bluegrass, folk and their Latin and African roots, the nonprofit will be looking for artists who have ” a fire in the belly” to pursue their career in music. and would like to be part of a larger collective.

Salt Lick Incubator offers micro-grants from $5 to $15,000 per artist. Financial aid will help cover everything from studio time, vinyl pressing, video production, touring support, marketing, and more. The best part? The artist retains all rights. Artists can apply, HERE.

Led by Roger Brown (former President of Berklee College of Music), Liza Levy (former Rounder Records and UMG executive) and Jennifer Roe, Salt Lick Incubator already boasts an advisory board of stars including Harvey Mason Jr, T Bone Burnett , Jon Batiste, Patrice Rushen, Claude Kelly, Alison Brown and Will Wells.

“We believe in the power of music to inspire, transform, soothe, provoke and express our deepest longings and hopes,” says Brown. “We also pay tribute to the artists who are committed to joining the tradition of griots and troubadours who offer us these musical gifts. Music is one of the most powerful tools we have to help people understand, hear and embrace each other.

Burnett adds, “I’m thrilled to help the next generation of music makers bring all their gifts to us. The sacred and timeless act of making music is how we nourish and rejuvenate the soul. It is the source of our connection and our commitment to each other.

In addition to advising on an artist’s plans, Salt Lick Incubator will also host songwriter/artist retreats, host live performances, and facilitate artist-led group meetings with managers, agents, and labels. .

Hosted by fellow and songwriter Beane Hepler, a Youtube series is in the works, which will feature weekly episodes with fellow micro-grant recipients and national artists. The series will give fans an intimate look at the artists supported by the nonprofit. The first episodes feature Tiny Habits, Beane, PAMÉ and Alisa Amador. Watch them HERE.

Upcoming sessions will feature Lizzy McAlpine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaby Moreno, Dustbowl Revival, Sierra Hull, Aoife O’Donovan and India Carney.

Photo Jon Batiste by David Needleman/T Bone Burnett Courtesy of T Bone Burnett

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