The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concerts Fund provides small grants of $500 for youth to attend live performances of classical music and other, related programming. Classical music education (vocal or instrumental) must be the key component of any music program awarded a grant. Priority is given to requests for funds to purchase tickets for specific live classical music performances. Stipends and performance fees for guest instructors and musicians are also considered. Eligible applicants are public and charter schools with music education programs for K–12 students, and other, qualified nonprofit programs that directly fund music education for elementary and secondary students, regardless of ability to pay. All applicants must have an existing music program and curriculum in place. Requests should be for music performances and activities that will be held during the next school year (after September). Interested applicants will find this grant opportunity on GetEdFunding, a free database sponsored by CDW•G of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
The award-winning Novel EffectiPadapp brings stories to life, promotes literacy, sparks imagination, and provides enjoyment for children aged 12 and under. The app follows the voice of users as they read aloud from children’s storybooks, and responds at just the right moment with music, sounds, and character voices.
The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concertsfund supports string education by inspiring middle school string students through direct experience with accomplished classical musicians. Mentoring programs and high-level concert experiences are two examples.