Performing Arts Education Grants

Mockingbird Foundation Music Grant Deadline Nears

Educators have about a month left to submit inquiries for a program that awards grants for innovative music programs of up to $10,000.

The program, offered through the Mockingbird Foundation, a music-focused philanthropic organization, awards grants ranging from $100 to $10,000 to schools and nonprofits for children's music education. In the previous round, some $25,000 in awards were handed out. To date, the Mockingbird Foundation has awarded some $1.9 million to 515 grant recipients.

The grants focus on music education, in particular "projects that foster creative expression (whether in instrumentation, vocalization, composition, or improvisation)…." The organization encourages "applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies."

The awards are open to schools and nonprofits within the United States.

The deadline to submit inquiries is January 15, 2022. All inquiries will be reviewed in February and March, at which point proposals will be invited. (Grants are only awarded to those invited to submit proposals after the inquiry period.)

Further details and a link for submissions can be found at

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