The Georgia Music Grant to Lyman Hall Elementary School in Gainesville funds a residency with music teacher Dana Rice. (Photo by Austin Steele)

In early 2020, the Georgia Music Foundation awarded $99,615 in Georgia Music Grants to more than 20 schools and non-profit organizations for projects taking place this year. Established in 2015, the Georgia Music Grant supports music education, preservation and outreach programs around the state.

Among the projects funded in 2020 was “Electrify the Britt” a two-day chorus workshop led by Emmy-nominated singer, songwriter and vocal coach Laura Kaye and dancer/choreographer Nathan Blake at W. C. Britt Elementary School in Snellville. Last July, music teacher and tuba player Nicole Guimaraes was among the more than 600 music educators attending the 2019 Modern Band Summit, hosted by the national Little Kids Rock organization in Fort Collins, Colorado. “As I listened to Laura describe her ‘Electrify Your Choir’ program during her opening keynote,” Guimaraes said, “I immediately knew I had to introduce it and her to my chorus students at W.C. Britt Elementary School.” Guimaraes applied for the Georgia Music Grant, was approved and on Thursday, March 6, Laura Kaye and Nathan Blake led Britt students through a five-hour workshop, culminating the following day with a dress rehearsal and Friday night concert for parents, family, staff and community members.