Georgia Music Grant


Though Georgia Music Grant applications for music programs taking place in 2022 would normally be accepted in July/August, available funding has been significantly reduced by the impact of COVID on normal fundraising activities. While the Georgia Music Foundation regrets not being able to take applications at this time, we sincerely hope to have updated information in early fall 2021.

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In support of its mission, the Georgia Music Foundation’s annual Georgia Music Grant program offers grants for music education, preservation and outreach projects demonstrating need, potential impact on a school, program or community,  and the capacity to responsibly manage project operations and finances. Due to COVID’s impact on Georgia Music Foundation fundraising activities in 2020 and 2021, the application process for music programs taking place in 2022 has been postponed. Further information and instructions are expected in early fall 2021.

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 grades K-12.

In order to be considered, the applicant must clearly demonstrate that the proposed project falls within one of the three categories below and meets criteria for that category:

EDUCATION: Project provides music instruction and/or programming for K-12 schools, after-school programs or music camps. Public, private and charter schools may apply; however, public or 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.

PRESERVATION: Project interprets, documents and preserves Georgia’s rich music heritage. Examples include, but are not limited to, conducting oral and video histories, restoring or digitizing historically significant materials and production of documentaries or media that preserve and interpret stories of Georgia’s music history and culture.

OUTREACH: Project interprets and fosters an appreciation for Georgia’s rich music heritage through through public programming. Examples include museum exhibitions, educational workshops, symposiums and lectures. Festivals, plays, ballets or other special events are generally not considered unless applicant clearly demonstrates project is in support of an existing museum or educational program and presents Georgia’s music heritage and stories as the primary focus of the proposed programming.

Georgia Music Grants are only eligible for expenses associated with: music instruction including instructor, teaching artist or artist residency fees; instructional materials; instruments, instrument repair and musical equipment; music technology, hardware and software; exhibit curation, design and fabrication; fees for musical artist or lecturer participating in approved project; archival research and development.

No funds from Georgia Music Grants shall be used for expenses incurred outside the specified project period. Additional non-eligible expenses include: general administrative or operating expenses; marketing or fundraising expenses; food or beverage; or accumulated deficits or debuts.

Grant applications are reviewed by Georgia Music Foundation board members who consider the merits of the application including the capacity to implement the program with available budget and personnel, as well as organizational history and prior achievements. Preference is given to projects demonstrating critical need and providing accessibility to underserved audiences and students.

The Review Panel reserves the right to request Applicant Interviews as part of the application review process.

Upon notification of the award, grant recipients will be provided a contract with the Georgia Music Foundation detailing the terms and conditions of the award. Upon receipt of the contract executed by an authorizing official of the grantee and a completed W-9 form, the Georgia Music Foundation will disburse awards.

Final reports for funded projects are due within 30 days of completion of the project or no later than January 31 in the year following the project year. Final reports must demonstrate that the project was completed within the terms and conditions of the contract. Grantees who do not submit final reports by the due date will not be eligible to apply for future Georgia Music Foundation grants.

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Teaching artist Dave Holland presents Pop Zing Boom! for music campers at Boys and Girls Club of Albany, Georgia.
Sava Stoianov of SaVaSa Trio with a student from Sallie Zetterower Elementary School (Photo by Jake Hallman)