In January of 2018, the Georgia Music Foundation announced that 17 Georgia schools and non-profit organizations had been selected to receive its annual Georgia Music grants. The grants are given each year to music preservation, education and outreach projects administered by non-profit organizations and public, private and charter schools statewide. The nearly $80,000 awarded awards was provided by a grant to the Georgia Music Foundation from the Riverview Foundation and by funds raised at the annual Georgia On My Mind benefit concert hosted by the Peach Pickers at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Young musicians perform at Camp Amped presented by Nuci’s Space in Athens. (Photo by Jason Thrasher)

The 2018 Georgia Music grant recipients include:

  • Colquitt County Arts Center in Moultrie for A/V upgrades to Wright Auditorium
  • Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts in Savannah for its Third Coast Percussion project with Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School in Dahlonega for its annual programming and operations
  • Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics in Hephzibah for its Orff Project and instrument purchases
  • Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School in East Point for the Boom Boom Better Up! hands-on music assembly
  • Jefferson County High School, Louisville Middle School and Wrens Middle School in Louisville for their school band programs
  • Norton Park Elementary School in Smyrna for the Pop Zing Boom! science and music workshop
  • Nu├ži’s Space in Athens for its Camp Amped summer music camp program
  • Otis Redding Foundation in Macon for the “I Write the Songs” workshop
  • Savannah Music Festival for its annual Musical Explorers music education program for students and teachers
  • School for Arts Infused Learning (SAIL) for its Singing & Drumming Our Way to Cultural Understanding project
  • Shuman Elementary School in Savannah for its Microphones for Musicals project
  • Springfield Elementary School in Springfield for its Instrument and Audio Enhancement project
  • The Big House Foundation for its 2018 outreach programming at the Allman Brothers Band Museum
  • West Chatham Elementary School in Pooler for its Hands On Music program
  • Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus for its Chamber Music program

Instructions and applications for music preservation, education and outreach projects taking place in 2019 will be posted at in July of 2018.