Georgia Music Grant

Georgia Music Grant

The Georgia Music Grant program  awards grants of $5,000 or less to deserving music programs and projects at Georgia schools and non-profit organizations. Since 2015, nearly $500,000 has been distributed to deserving music education, preservation and outreach projects across the state.

Though applications for projects taking place in 2021 would normally be accepted July 15 through Sept. 10, 2020, due to the impact that COVID-19 is having on schools, after-school programs and music camps, the Georgia Music Grant application period is postponed until fall.

Applications for music projects taking place in 2021 will be available here at on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Grant applications will then be accepted through Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Grant recipients will be notified by Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

Teaching artist Dave Holland presents Pop Zing Boom! for music campers at Boys and Girls Club of Albany, Georgia.
Georgia Music Grant Guidelines

In support of its mission, the Georgia Music Foundation’s annual Georgia Music Grant program offers grants of up to $5,000 for music education, preservation and outreach projects demonstrating need; impact on a school, program or community; and the capacity to responsibly manage project operations and finances. All grant recipients are required to provide a final report per the terms of acceptance.

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:

Sava Stoianov of SaVaSa Trio with a student from Sallie Zetterower Elementary School (Photo by Jake Hallman)

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.