Bohemian Foundation: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: The Bohemian Foundation has many different funding avenues, from their grants program, to community music programs. They embrace music as a "powerful force in both the vibrancy of our community and the individual lives of our citizens" and support solutions developed within different communities to help solve issues regarding the environment, poverty, public health, and natural disasters.

IP TAKE:  The Bohemian Foundation has three specific grant initiatives and multiple additional community programs they support. Grantseekers should note that not all grants are music related and support organizations within the Greater Fort Collins area in northern Colorado.

PROFILE: Created in 2001, the Bohemian Foundation supports music exclusively through its Music Event Fund. Grants from the fund are made to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that offer services in the Fort Collins area (defined by the boundaries of the Poudre School District). Awards range from $500 to $5,000 and fund organizations that produce events that promote "the development and performance of diverse music expression and/or supports events where music is the main focus." Music must be a central component to the event, and the foundation "strongly advocate that all musicians/bands performing are paid market rate fees for their services." It accepts Applications on a rolling basis, but they must be received 90 days prior to the event.

Also within the Foundation's music programs is Pianos About Town, which involves "local artists painting murals on pianos at the Art in Action Stage in Old Town Square where the public can watch the creative process and interact with the artists." It also supports the Bohemian Nights Festival. The Muse program “awards up to $20,000 to eligible 501 (c)(3) organizations serving the Northern Colorado area (defined as Larimer and Weld Counties).”

The Little Kids Rock project, which provides music education to disadvantaged public schools, is done in partnership with public school districts and provides interested teachers with two-day training workshops where they "meet other music and general education teachers from their district and learn how to teach music the Little Kids Rock way." Teachers then receive a donation of curricula and resources, including "all of the instruments necessary to run a rockin’ music program right in their schools!" For a list of locations the program serves, click here and for more info on how to apply, click here.

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