Grant Overview

Georgia Music Preservation, Education and Outreach Grant

The Georgia Music Preservation, Education and Outreach program awards grants of $5,000 or less to deserving music programs and projects at Georgia schools and non-profit organizations. Applications will be accepted July 15, 2017 through Sept. 15, 2017 for projects and programs taking place during the 2018 calendar year. The online application will be available here on July 15, 2017.


In order to be considered, the applicant must demonstrate that the proposed project falls within one of the three categories below:

Preservation: Project documents, preserves or produces materials that preserve Georgia’s rich music heritage and that will be made accessible through a Georgia-based archive, museum, library or historical organization. Examples include, but are not limited to, archival research, conducting oral and video histories, and restoring or digitizing historically significant materials.

Education:  Project provides music instruction, workshops, programs or summer music camps for students k-12. Public, private and charter schools may apply; however, public and charter schools must identify in their application the percentage of students that qualify for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced price school meals. All private schools must provide the cost of tuition and the number of students that receive full or partial scholarships based on low income.

Outreach: Project interprets Georgia’s rich music heritage through creative programming and learning opportunities that are publicly accessible through experiential, digital or print platforms. Examples include exhibitions, public programs, documentaries, audio, books or other projects that foster an appreciation for Georgia’s music traditions and heritage.


Applications will only be considered from Georgia-based non-profit organizations with IRS 501(c)3 status, or from public, private or charter schools in Georgia serving K-12 grades.


Online grant applications will be available here on July 15, 2017. Applications will be accepted between July 15, 2017 and Sept. 15 2017 for projects that take place during the 2018 calendar year. Only online applications that follow the guidelines will be considered.


Funds will be considered for expenses associated with: music instructor, teaching artist and lecturer fees; instruments; instructional materials and software; research and development; exhibit curation, design and fabrication; production of digital, film, audio or book projects.

Non-eligible expenses include: general administrative or operating expenses; marketing and fundraising expenses; food or beverage; or accumulated deficits or debt. Events or festivals will not be considered; however, public programs that are clearly educational and foster an appreciation for Georgia’s rich music heritage will be considered.


The maximum amount eligible for a grant is $5,000. Grant awards may be made for less than the amount requested.


Grant applications will be reviewed by a panel of Georgia Music Foundation board members along with music and arts professionals. Panelists will review applications based solely upon eligibility requirements and the merits of the application including artistic or academic merit; audiences and communities served; feasibility of project based on budget and staff available; and organizational history and prior achievements.


The Review Panel reserves the right to conduct Applicant Interviews either by phone or in person during the review period.


Grant awardees will be notified in December prior to the award year. Grant awardees will be provided a contract with the Georgia Music Foundation detailing the terms and conditions of the award. Upon receipt of a signed contract by an authorizing official of the grantee and a completed W-9 form, the Georgia Music Foundation will disburse the funding.


Final reports are due within 30 days of completion of the project. Grantees must submit a final report in the form provided in the award contract. Grantees who do not submit final reports by the due date will not be eligible to apply for future Georgia Music Foundation grants.