Welcome to Salt Lick Incubator! Please choose from the application option(s) below. Please review all guidelines and eligibility requirements before you begin your application. 


The Salt Lick Incubator is a nonprofit organization that supports emerging musicians on their paths to building sustainable careers. Our grants support a range of music-related projects as well as attending specific educational conferences. 


Approximate value is $1,750 and includes:

Attending the Americana Music Festival and Conference (AMERICANAFEST) with panels and workshops that give artists a better understanding of the music-business landscape. This is not a grant to perform.

  • Up to $1,000 to be used for support travel and accommodations
  • Americanafest Conference and Festival Pass
  • Ticket to Americana Honors & Awards

To be eligible for the grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen, eligible to work in the United States, or hold a student visa not expiring within six months 
  • Be an emerging artist, industry professional, or music enthusiast actively involved in contemporary music
  • (If an artist) applicant must not be considered an established artist, as indicated by having signed a major label or publishing deal, or having achieved a reasonable level of artistic and commercial success

Evaluation Criteria

Applications are reviewed by The Salt Lick Incubator’s employees, members of its Board of Directors, members of its Artist Advisory Board, and other industry professionals when deemed appropriate. Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Strength and quality of the applicant’s potential to contribute to and benefit from the conference and festival
  • Financial or other demonstrated need
  • Accuracy and completeness of the application


The next grant cycles are as follows:

  • Applications open April 15, 2024 and close May 15, 2024. Awards announced in June, 2024

Applications close at 11:59 p.m. ET.


No person on the basis of race, color, national origin or ancestry, native language, disability, age, religion (creed), gender or gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, socioeconomic status, or military status shall be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination of services, programs and employment provided by the Salt Lick Incubator or Americanafest.


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