Skip to main content

John Cage Research Grant

The Northwestern University Libraries' John Cage Collection is an extensive archive of primary materials documenting the life and work of the 20th century’s most revolutionary composer. Established by Cage in the early 1970s, the collection grew considerably over the following decades as Cage placed more and more materials at Northwestern until his death in 1992. Since then, the archive has been expanded further with acquisitions obtained through donation and purchase. As a major repository of original Cage materials, the collection supports the work of scholars worldwide and has been a source for many books, articles and dissertations. 

Established in 2013 to promote further use of the John Cage Collection, the Northwestern University Libraries John Cage Research Grant is a competitive award for one or more scholars whose research requires substantial on-site use of the Cage Collection.  



How to apply

To apply, please submit the following:

1. A project proposal (1,200 words max) that:

2. A detailed budget indicating total amount requested with itemized list of projected expenses for transportation, accommodations, meals. Applicants should indicate any other sources of funding that will be applied to the project. For additional information on planning a budget, see allowable expenses and Out-of-Town Visitor Resources.

3. A curriculum vitae.

4. Applicants should arrange for one (1) confidential letter of recommendation from someone qualified to judge the quality, feasibility, and significance of the proposal and the qualifications of the applicant to successfully complete the project to be sent in support of their proposed project. Those writing recommendations should submit their letters directly to

Applicants should submit the description, curriculum vitae, and budget by e-mail attachment (in PDF format) to

Please note: The selection committee is unable to provide feedback with regard to unsuccessful applicants.