The Foundation awards grants to individuals and organizations who have an exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm -- as expressed in music and dance. The Foundation is awarding grants to nonprofit music and dance organizations in Washington and Oregon committed to one or more of the following: ongoing skill building; working with children under 18 (the younger the better); involving experts working and playing with non-experts; and working toward synchrony and inclusion. In addition, organizations should work to overcome barriers related to race and class, build community, link diverse groups, create a ripple effect, involve mentors, create foot-stomping public performances in a party-like atmosphere, or engender flat out joy. The Foundation does not fund professional performances where students are the audience, programs for religious purposes, theatrical productions without a commitment to joyful rhythm and movement, programs that require auditions, or programs where mastery is the goal. Additional information including an online application can be found on the Web site. The deadline is for letters of intent.
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