When you read about cuts to music education funding in public schools, it's easy to assume that this funding isn't coming back. Thankfully, this is not always the case, as evidenced by some historic news out of Boston and New York City.Read More
While foundations have proved adept at filling music education funding gaps, they first need to be impressed by a nonprofit doing great things. Pittsburgh's CLO Academy of Musical Theater is one of them.
The Music Empowers Foundation recently cut a $75,000 check to Boston's Berklee College of Music’s Berklee City Music Program. It's the second installment of a two-year $150,000 grant that aims to scientifically measure the intellectual, social, and academic benefits of musical education for young people.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently awarded $363,000 to 11 arts-related nonoprofits organizations across Macon, Georgia. A closer analysis reveals that music-oriented organizations were the big winners. Six of the recipients are devoted to musical education, performance, and networking, and their collective funding totals $170,000.
The Grammys are a lot more than simply stroking Kanye West's planet-sized ego. Case in point: their recent announcement that they'll be partnering with Converse, the Ford Motor Company, and Journeys — the shoe-maker, not, alas, the band — to provide 16 public high schools across the US with $2,000 cash grants to support music programs in under-served communities.
The ASCAP Foundation considers proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations that promote music education and develop musical talent. Aimed at fostering the talents of songwriters and composers, the foundation was established to provide professional development, recognize the creative minds making music, enhance music education for students, provide community access to music and deliver grants to the music-making community.