OVERVIEW: The Jubilation Foundation funds organizations and individuals that help young people express themselves through music and dance.
IP TAKE: Jubilation prioritizes giving to organizations in Washington and Oregon. This is an approachable funder that also awards grants across the United States.
PROFILE: In 2008 ethnomusicologist Charlie Keil, professor of music education Pat Campbell, and musician Becky Liebman established the Jubilation Foundation, a fund of the Tides Foundation. Jubilation supports "individuals and organizations with an exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm – as expressed in music and dance."
Individual grants support two-year fellowships to people who serve as a link to a world filled with more joy. Grantees must live in the United States to be eligible. Click here to see current and past Fellows. Grants for individuals range between $2,000 and $10,000. Fellows must be nominated by January 15 and letters of inquiry from organizations are due by July 15
Grants for organizations prioritize those located in the Pacific Northwest. Organization grants can cover on-going skill building (a strong interest), working with children under 18, involving experts working and playing with non-experts, working toward synchrony and inclusion, overcoming barriers related to race and class, building community, linking diverse groups, creating a ripple effect, and creating foot stomping public performances in a party-like atmosphere, among other things. Click here for a full list of special considerations.
Jubilation has supported ARC Alliance/One Love Community Circle, which received a grant to support former Jubilation Fellow Nicole Willams’ group hand drumming and music programs. Arts Council Pendleton received a grant to fund its free year-round art and music classes for teenagers. To learn more about the foundation’s past and current grantees, explore its Jubilation Fellows and grants list.
In addition to its traditional grantmaking, Jubilation offers Special Projects grants of between $250 and $2,500 that can be applied towards scholarships, research, instruments, equipment, and collaborations.
- Kriss Deiglmeier, CEO and Director, Tides Foundation
- Judith Hill, Treasurer, Tides Foundation
- Kim Samecki, Secretary, Tides Foundation
- Amanda Keton, Secretary, Tides Foundation