The Fender Music Foundation
The Foundation, which believes that music participation is an essential element in the fabric of enduring society, was created to provide funding and resources for music programs across the America. It also seeks to educate the public on the value of a musical education. Qualified applicants are established, ongoing, and sustainable music programs in the United States, which provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music. The programís intent must be music instruction, not music appreciation or entertainment, and the participants/students cannot be professional or career musicians. Priority is given to in-school music classes, in which the students make music; after-school music programs not run by a school; and music therapy programs, in which the participants make music. Almost all of the Foundationís awards are traditional music instruments, and the equipment necessary to play them ranging in value from $500 to $5,000. On occasion, the Foundation also awards microphones and PA systems. To be eligible for a grant, the instruments and/or microphones and PA systems must stay in the program for the life of the instrument/equipment and must be played/used by the participants. The Foundation also awards signed musical memorabilia, which the program can sell or auction to raise money to purchase instruments or equipment. Applicants must complete a Grant Candidate Form found on the Web site. The Form will be available from July 15, 2011 through Nov. 15, 2011 or until the Foundation receives 50 grant candidate forms per grants. Look for additional information and application details.
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