OVERVIEW: The Bohemian Foundation has many different avenues of support, 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. It should be noted that not all grants are music related and the support that is given is to organizations within the Greater Fort Collins area in northern Colorado.
PROFILE: 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 are given to 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 they "strongly advocate that all musicians/bands performing are paid market rate fees for their services." Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but 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." They also support the Bohemian Nights Festival, and the Little Kids Rock project, which provides music education to disadvantaged public schools.
The Little Kids Rock project 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.
- Tom Scharf, Music Programs Director