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The Presser Foundation




The Foundation, named for music publisher Theodore Presser, awards grants in five categories: capital support; advancement of music; special projects; music education initiative; assistance to music teachers; and undergraduate scholar award. Capital support grants support the construction of new facilities; the renovation, repair, or expansion of existing facilities; and the acquisition or repair of musical instruments, equipment, and other property. Preference is given to organizations located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, or Maryland and within a 100-mile radius of Philadelphia. Advancement of music grants provide general operating support of music organizations to advance the cause of music education or otherwise support music philanthropy. Special projects grants support one-time special projects in music including non-capital projects outside the scope of the normal operations of a music organization; collaborative efforts between organizations; and efforts that the Trustees may encourage or initiative through an RFP. Music education grants are awarded to Philadelphia elementary schools interested in establishing or enhancing a music program in their school or collaborating with other elementary schools to provide programs. Assistance to music teachers’ grants support retired or disabled teachers in need. Awards are made to individuals living in the United States whose primary occupation was as a teacher of music and who can demonstrate financial need. Undergraduate schools of music at accredited colleges, universities, and independent institutions of higher education are invited to apply for the opportunity present the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award to an outstanding music major whom they select. Additional information on all the grants can be found on the Web site. The deadline is for the capital support, advancement of music, and special projects grants.

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