Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: The Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation offers grants to a variety of music organizations across the United States.

IP TAKE: While Baird awards grants to music programs across the country, its tax filings indicate strong support to organizations located on the East Coast.

PROFILE: Established in 1960, the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation is located in New York. Cameron Baird was a former professor and chairman of the music department at the University of Buffalo. He also served there as conductor of the Buffalo Oratorio Chorus. The foundation maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and does not employ a formal, paid staff. However, areas of grantmaking interest for the Baird Foundation include the arts, music, education, social services, family planning, conservation, and civil rights.

Baird Foundation grants tend to vary widely in amount, ranging from $1,000 to $700,000; however, most awards range from $5,000 to $75,000. Past music grantees include a number of organizations located in Buffalo, New York, such as the Buffalo Chamber Music Society and Buffalo Opera Unlimited. Organizations located beyond Buffalo have also received funding from Baird such as Lyric Opera Baltimore and the Metropolitan Opera Association.

The Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


  • Brian Baird, Trustee

  • Sarah Baird, Trustee

  • Bruce Baird, Trustee

  • Bridget Baird, Trustee

  • Bernd Senturia, Trustee

  • Peter Clauson, Trustee


Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation

726 Exchange Street

Buffalo, New York 14210

(716) 845-6000