The D’Addario Foundation provides monetary and product support to high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline to improve access to music education. It supports programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing as early and as frequently as possible. The Foundation believes in the transformative power of music and that mentoring and building communities through music can positively affect social change.
Amount: Grants typically average $2,500. Cash and product donations are awarded.
Note: The Foundation prefers not to provide monetary support for the purchase of instruments, although it provides in-kind donations in the form of product accessories quite often.
Eligibility: The Foundation primarily supports private sector nonprofit programs, however, it will also accept requests from existing in-school music program seeking additional support. In most cases if a school program qualifies, the Foundation recommends and forwards the application on to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (http://www.mhopus.org/), Little Kids Rock Foundation (http://www.littlekidsrock.org/), VH1 Save the Music (http://www.vh1savethemusic.org/), or other organizations directly assisting school music programs.
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