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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.