Grants to Support Music Education Experiences with String Instruments
The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concerts fund 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. The grants focus on financial need in school and nonprofit music programs throughout the United States. Grants of up to $1,000 are made on an annual, one-time basis. Priority will be given to well-designed projects that provide comprehensive immersion into or guidance from the musical talents of advanced musicians. String education must be a key component of any music program requesting funds, and the music program or curriculum must already be in place. Public or charter schools serving grades 5–8, or nonprofit/501(c)(3) organizations directly funding string education, regardless of their ability to pay, should apply.
Deadline: June 30, 2021, with notification by August 15, 2021; grants will be awarded in September
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