Flora L. Thornton Foundation: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: The Flora L. Thornton Foundation typically awards music grants to organizations operating in large metropolitan areas in the United States.

IP TAKE: While this funder does geographically restrict its grantmaking, it awards many of its music grants to organizations in California.

PROFILE: Flora Thornton, founder of the University of Southern California/Thornton School of Music Dedication, established the Flora L. Thornton Foundation in 1982 upon her husband Charles B. Thornton’s death. The foundation aims to “[e]nhance the quality of life,” in local communities and world communities. Since its founding, Thornton has supported nonprofit organizations working in the fields of higher education, the arts and preventative medicine.

Although the foundation has made philanthropic contributions to a number of music institutions, its primary areas of giving foci are vocal and instrumental arts.

Grant amounts generally range from $1,000 to $20,000; however, Thornton awards a small number of grants for $50,000 to $65,000. Music organizations that have received support from the Thornton Foundation in the past include the Opera League of Los Angeles and Neighborhood Music School.

The foundation’s board makes grant decisions following their quarterly meetings. The Thornton Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.