Meet the Four African American Female Artists Who Got $50,000 from the Joyce Foundation

Joyce Awards are given artists who can balance history with fresh ideas, relevance with emotion, and imagination with diversity. To be considered for the $50,000 prizes, artists must collaborate with relevant nonprofit institutions to bring diverse audiences together and strengthen cultural understanding.
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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Sponsors Numerous Jazz Programs

Attention all hepcats! The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation helps keep jazz alive by supporting the creation and distribution of one of the most popular genres of music to emerge over the last few centuries. The foundation funds grantees via programs administered by Chamber Music America, Creative Capital Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts and National Performance Network. Grants are open to both programs and individuals.

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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 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.

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Online Radio Service Pandora Helps Fund Music Education Nonprofits

The popular online music discovery and radio service Pandora is doing more than making the music you love available 24 hours a day. The company has teamed up with Global Giving to raise money for three awesome music organizations: Education Through Music, Little Kids Rock, and Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. Pandora users can donate to any of the three organizations, and for a $10 donation or more they'll receive a limited-edition Pandora poster. In previous years, Pandora raised $40,000 for the programs, all of which are focused on music education for students. 

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New Jersey Music Programs Get a Boost from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

New Jersey may be famous for musical exports like Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, but there are plenty more creative minds at work in the Garden State. The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation helps foster those musicians by donating primarily to New Jersey-based arts programs. Founded in 1974, the Morristown, NJ, foundation focuses on donating to organizations in order to strengthen the community and maintains a specific interest in funding arts education programs in local schools. Since its formation, the foundation has given over $400 million to nonprofits.

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Rap Icons Donate $70 Million to Launch New Undergraduate Program at the University of Southern California

Just when you thought rap music was all about wasting massive amounts of cash on fleeting things, some of its most successful icons are actually doing good with their millions. Two legends in recent music history have teamed up to donate a combined $70 million to launch a new institute at the University of Southern California.

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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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USC Gets $7 Million for Violin and Cello Students

Alice Schoenfeld’s latest gift to the USC Thornton School of Music is sure to tug on some (heart)strings. The violin professor is donating $7 million to found the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Endowed Scholarship Fund for Strings Students. The gift, which is the largest donation made by a USC faculty member, will be for scholarships for violin and cello students at USC.
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Outdoor Classical Concerts, Courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation

The Grant Park Music Festival is the largest free summer classical music series in the country. Charitable contributions by major philanthropic leaders like The MacArthur Foundation make these festivals more successful every year. The MacArthur Foundation awarded $262,500 to the Grant Park Orchestral Association and Music Festival to use between 2010 and 2013. These funds are indicative of MacArthur’s continued support for the festival’s ten-week summer seasons, which are all free and open to the public.

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Who Knew? The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

After creating the film score for the 1995 Film Mr. Holland's Opus, film composer Michael Kamen founded the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation in 1996. With a firm belief that music education was an endangered species in public school systems around the nation, Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation began with the goal, and remains dedicated to, keeping music alive and well in our nation's schools.

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Opera at a Diner and Drummers at an Airport? Why Not?

We've all experienced those moments we look upon with wide-eyed wonderment that make us say: "You don't see that every day." Like seeing a small plane "pulled over" on the side of the expressway, or enjoying a world-famous cheesesteak at Geno's in Philly when suddenly a bunch of men in sweatshirts start belting out Verdi. The plane on the side of the expressway is completely random. The men in sweatshirts singing Verdi is a Random Act of Culture perpetrated by the Knight Foundation. 

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