Gilder Foundation: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: The Gilder Foundation broadly supports music organizations around the United States.

IP TAKE: Gilder does not provide detailed information regarding its grant eligibility and requirements. Grantseekers should contact staff members for more specific grantmaking information. Unfortunately, the foundation lacks transparency restricting information about grant strategies and deadlines.

PROFILE: After graduating from Yale, investment banker Richard Gilder worked as a stockbroker on Wall Street and later went on to cofound the investment firm Gilder Gagnon How & Company. Having been involved in philanthropy throughout his life, Richard Gilder established the Gilder Foundation in 1965. The Gilder Foundation maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and employs just two formal staff members. According to tax filings, the Gilder Foundation supports a wide range of causes including education, historic preservation, visual arts, theater, dance and social services. Despite this, it is unclear what kinds of music-related projects the foundation hopes to support. This suggests the foundation considers a range of related work rather then a few, limited areas.

Grants range from $1,000 to $1 million foundation-wide; however, most music grants fall in the $5,000 to $25,000 range. The Gilder Foundation awards grants to both large and smaller, locally based organizations. Past grantees include the Metropolitan Opera, the Westchester Philharmonic and Make Music New York.

The Gilder Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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Gilder Foundation, Inc.

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