Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards $1.2 million to Create New Johns Hopkins University Music Program

Students at John Hopkins University are about to have several more options available to choose from as they pursue music studies. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (See Andrew Mellon Foundation: Grants for Music) has awarded $1.2 million in grants to create a new interdisciplinary undergraduate music program at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. The grants will also support arts programming and postdoctoral fellows. 

The grant will help create a new music major that draws on both Krieger's resources in the historical, cultural, and scientific study of music, as well as Peabody's resources in performance, music theory, and musicology (Read program officer for performing arts, Susan Feder's IP profile). The combined assets will offer more choices to degree-seeking students. 

"I'm eager to see a music major in place," says Katherine S. Newman, dean of the Krieger School. "The creation of this new undergraduate degree program is contingent on the Krieger School building a faculty that is sufficient to the task of partnering with colleagues at Peabody to develop a distinctive, robust curriculum. The Mellon grant allows us to do just that."

"I am delighted that this generous award from Mellon will provide a platform for deeper engagement between the Peabody and Homewood campuses," echoes Peabody Director Jeffrey Sharkey. "It will allow us to create an academic music degree to serve a wider population of students and add another strong arts subject to the undergraduate curriculum."

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation offers grants in five major areas, including the performing arts, art history, conservation and museums, higher education and scholarship, scholarly communications and information technology, and conservation and the environment. Other recent recipients have included programs crafting music theater festivals, opera programming and in-depth studies of the music scores of Frédéric Chopin. Such cool stuff! A full list of grants are accessible in the foundation's annual reports

Grant applications are by invitation only. Please note that the foundation prefers to receive a short query letter rather than full proposals. The query should be a two to three page letter "providing an overview of the organization, its history, mission, and goals, and the relevance of its work to the priorities and programs of the Foundation."