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Mockingbird Foundation

Deadline: August 1, 2019

The Mockingbird Foundation offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that effect improvements in areas of importance to the Phish fan community. The Foundation’s programmatic focus is music education for children, defined as follows:

  • Music: The Foundation recognizes broad and basic needs within conventional instruction, though it is particularly interested in projects that foster creative expression (whether in instrumentation, vocalization, composition, or improvisation) and encourages applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies.
  • Education: 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 has never funded music therapy separate from education nor music appreciation which does not include participation.
  • Children: 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. It 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.

Amount: Grants range from $100-$10,000.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code, or which have a sponsoring agency with this status, or which are government entities, such as a public elementary school.

Link: http://mbird.org/grants/apply/

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