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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for projects to enhance music education for children. An initial inquiry must be submitted prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects in the areas of creative musical expression and instruction for children and youth.
The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc. (“Mockingbird”) offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that effect improvements in areas of importance to the Phish fan community. The programmatic focus is music education for children, defined as follows:
The Foundation recognizes broad and basic needs within conventional instruction, though are particularly interested in projects that foster creative expression (whether in instrumentation, vocalization, composition, or improvisation) and encourage applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies.
Education may include the provision of instruments, texts, office materials, or equipment; the support of learning, practice, and/or performance spaces; and the provision of instructors or instruction. The Foundation appreciates the fostering of self-esteem and free expression, but have never funded music therapy separate from education nor music appreciation which does not include participation.
The Foundation primarily funds programs serving children eighteen years of age or younger, but will consider projects which benefit college students, teachers, instructors, or adult students. The Foundation is particularly (though not exclusively) interested in programs which benefit disenfranchised groups, including those with low skill levels, income, or education; with disabilities or terminal illnesses; and in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations.
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Grants are made on a one-time basis, and are non-renewable and non-transferable.