About Us

We believe Georgia music matters.

From Albany to Athens, Blue Ridge to Sapelo and all across the state, Georgia’s natural beauty, rich history and culture have long inspired musicians whose songs and stories resonate with audiences in their own communities and around the world.

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Georgia Music Foundation

Our Mission

The Georgia Music Foundations fosters an appreciation for the state’s rich music heritage by supporting programs of preservation, education and outreach.

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 has dedicated more than two decades to facilitating programs that preserve, promote and perpetuate Georgia music.


Years in Service


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Students Impacted in 2017

Georgia Music Foundation Programs

The Georgia Music Preservation, Education and Outreach Grant Program exists to  identify music programming needs statewide and provide support via awards of $5,000 or less to non-profit organizations and public, private or charter schools. Since 2014, the Georgia Music Foundation has provided nearly $500,000 in support to projects administered by deserving schools and non-profit organizations.

In 2006, the Georgia Music Foundation partnered with Fred and Dinah Gretsch to endow the Joseph R. Johnson Fellowship in Regional Music at the Center for Public History, University of West Georgia.

The scholarship is available for graduate students in the Public History or Museum Studies programs, and the recipient works on a project that documents Georgia’s rich musical heritage.

The Georgia Music Foundation continues to work collaboratively with the Center for Public History, UWG and the scholarship recipient. Past projects include a mini-documentary featuring interviews with Georgia music historians/folklorists Fred Fussell, George Mitchell and Art Rosenbaum and the development of Sacred Harp music website, among others.

In its first decade of existence, the Georgia Music Foundation worked exclusively with the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon to cultivate the museum’s expansive collection of artifacts and media. When the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Authority closed the museum in 2011, the Georgia Music Foundation donated the collection to the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries in Athens to provide permanent care, stewardship and public accessibility.

The Foundation continues to work with UGA to evolve its growing collections representing Georgia’s music heritage and to initiate loans of items from the Hall of Fame collection to museums and institutions statewide.


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.