SpreadMusicNow: Grants for Music

OVERVIEW: SpreadMusicNow supports nonprofit organizations that expand access to music education, build awareness and support for music and arts education, and strengthen the nonprofit and music educations sectors.

IP TAKE: SpreadMusicNow is a fairly new organization that only gives out a handful of grants each year. You're in the best shape to receive funding if you have a strong music education program for school-age children.

PROFILE: SpreadMusicNow is dedicated to "funding music programs that foster continual learning and that put students on a clear path to college, career, and life success." As articulated on its website, its giving is focused on three strategic principles:

  • Expanding access to high quality music education – in and out of school.

  • Building awareness and support for music and arts education.

  • Strengthening the capacity of the nonprofit and public music education sectors.

Currently it only supports a small number of organizations, most, but not all, of which are based in Connecticut. These include Little Kids Rock, which trains music teachers for public schools and donates instruments, and the INTAKE Organization, which provides access to classical music education for underserved youths. It mainly gives to nonprofit organizations, other foundations, public schools, and community based programs that are providing music services--whether it be in the form of in-kind support of musical instruments or music instruction--to children in disadvantaged communities.

Grant applications are by invitation only; however, organizations are encouraged to submit inquiries through this form.

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