Teaching music to students, community members, or music therapy program participants can get expensive. Especially if you run a music program at a public school or through a nonprofit organization. Luckily, public schools and nonprofits are prime candidates for funding, donations, and grants, such as the Fender Music Foundation Grant.
The Fender Music Foundation donates instruments and music equipment to eligible music instruction programs, or those that are part of a nonprofit organization or public school. From acoustic, electric, and bass guitars to traditional instruments, including percussion instruments, keyboards, string instruments, and more, the Fender Music Foundation can donate pretty much any instrument you need. Keep in mind that these instruments are all used and come with imperfections, but they all still have more playing to do. Besides, who wouldn’t love to play on a vintage drum kit or hand drum with a bit of history to it?
Interested in applying for the Fender Music Foundation Grant? Here’s what you need to know:
- Your program must fit into one of four categories: in-school music class, after-school music program not run by the school, community music program, or music therapy program.
- All programs must offer music instruction. Your program must meet five criteria: the program can’t deny participation based on musical ability, any fees must be less than the fair market value, the program must run smoothly for at least one year, participants are instructed at least once a week for at least 8 months per year, and you must be sure the program will exist for the foreseeable future.
- You must fill out a two-part application within 24-hours.
For more details and application instructions, visit www.fendermusicfoundation.org.