The Inside Scoop on the Music Empowers Foundation's Efforts to Revitalize Youth Music Education

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.

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Why Is the Knight Foundation Funding Macon's Music Nonprofits?

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.

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The Grammys Aren't Cool (But Their Music Education Funding Model Is)

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.

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Kovner Fellowship Provides $60 Million in Aid to Juilliard Classical Music Students

The Juilliard School announced the creation of its Kovner Fellowship Program, a scholarship endowment for classical music students made possible by a $60 million gift from American businessman Bruce Kovner and his wife Suzie. The gift—the largest one-time donation in the school's history—will cover the tuition and living expenses for new and current students.
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Fender Music Foundation Offers Instruments for Future Rock Stars

Ready to rock? The Fender Music Foundation is a nonprofit music program that provides instruments to education programs across the U.S., including other nonprofit programs and public schools. The Foundation awards instruments and related equipment collected from manufacturers and retailers that have been lightly used or blemished. Primary instruments awarded include acoustic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic-electric guitars, bass guitars, and all the related equipment you need to get your groove on. 
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ASCAP Foundation Grants for Aspiring Songwriters and Composers

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.

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