When jazz pianist Jean-Michel Pilc joined McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in 2015, he found out that being a professor also meant applying for peer-reviewed grants.
“I said, ‘That’s not exactly the thing that I know best how to do. But I’ll try,’” recalls Pilc, 58, who was born in France and then spent two decades playing and teaching in New York City before moving to Montreal. Pilc formulated a proposal, enlisted the help of a professional grant writer, and applied to the Fonds de Récherche du Québec – Société et culture. The fund’s assessors liked what they saw and awarded Pilc’s project $200,000.