About Us

Georgia Music Foundation

Our Mission

The Georgia Music Foundation supports programs of music education, preservation and outreach while fostering an appreciation for the state’s rich music heritage.

Our Vision

By preserving the past and providing learning opportunities today, we imagine a future where music generates even greater cultural, educational and economic benefits in Georgia.

Our History

Established in 1994, the Georgia Music Foundation spent its first decade supporting the cultivation of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame collection of artifacts and media. Following the closure of the museum in Macon in 2011, the Foundation donated the collection to the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries in Athens for permanent stewardship, exhibitions and the facilitation of loans. Now in its third decade of operation, the Georgia Music Foundation focuses on providing grants to music education, preservation and outreach projects at schools and non-profit organizations and supporting events that recognize and celebrate the state’s musicians and music heritage.


Years in Service


Projects Supported


Georgia Music Grants Awarded since 2014

Georgia Music Foundation Programs

Georgia Music Grant

The annual Georgia Music Grant provides awards of $5,000 or less for music education, preservation and outreach projects at Georgia schools and non-profit organizations. Past grants have supported the purchase of classroom and school band instruments, after-school and summer camp instruction, artist residencies, museum exhibits, the production of a documentary and more.

Music Education IS Workforce Development

In 2019, the Georgia Music Foundation launched a program to study and support the capacity of music programs to instill the soft skills that can provide an early foundation for a highly trained and reliable workforce in the state. With the guidance of the Georgia Department of Education Fine Arts, the Foundation has developed curriculum, provided teacher training and expanded its 2019 grant awards.

Georgia On My Mind

In 2015, the Peach Pickers, a songwriting collective featuring Georgia natives Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, invited a group of fellow homegrown artists to join them for their first sold-out concert in Nashville to benefit the Georgia Music Foundation. Since then, the event has attracted thousands annually to the Ryman Auditorium to celebrate Georgia musicians and songwriters and raise funds for the annual Georgia Music Grant program.

Joseph R. Johnson Fellowship

In 2006, the Georgia Music Foundation along with Fred W. and Dinah Gretsch, endowed the Joseph R. Johnson Fellowship at the University of West Georgia’s Center for Public History. The graduate assistantship supports the research and documentation of regional music projects which in the past have included the development of a Sacred Harp website, the production of a documentary on Georgia blues tradition and participation in Smithsonian Museum on Main Street New Harmonies exhibition in Georgia.

Georgia Music Foundation Board & Staff


Your donations increase the level of support the Georgia Music Foundation is able to provide annually to deserving programs of music preservation, education and outreach across the state.


There's a reason Georgians have helped shape the fabric of American music.