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The Mockingbird Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits and
Schools for Youth Music Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Mockingbird Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/01/18 11:59 PM PDT


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Grants ranging from $100 to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that provide music education to children and youth throughout the nation. Particular interest is given to organizations that take innovative approaches, operate with a low overhead, and demonstrate collaborative elements in their work.

The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc. offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that effect improvements in areas of importance to the Phish fan community. The Foundation’s programmatic focus is defined as follows:

Music: Mockingbird is particularly interested in projects that encourage and foster creative expression in any musical form (including composition, instrumentation, vocalization, or improvisation), but also recognizes broader and more basic needs within conventional instruction. Mockingbird encourages applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies.

Education: Education may include the provision of instruments, texts, and office materials, and the support of learning space, practice space, performance space, and instructors/instruction. Mockingbird is particularly interested in projects that foster self-esteem and free expression, but does not fund music therapy which is neither education nor music appreciation which does not include participation.

Children: Mockingbird is interested in targeting children eighteen years of age or younger, but will consider projects which benefit college students, teachers, instructors, or adult students. Mockingbird is particularly (though not exclusively) interested in programs which benefit disenfranchised groups, including those with low skill levels, income, or education; with disabilities or terminal illnesses; and in foster homes, shelters, hospitals, prisons, or other remote or isolated situations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181377

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range in size from $100 to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are made on a one-time basis and are non-renewable.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are typically made only to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code, or who have a sponsoring agency with this status.

Organizations selected to submit a full proposal will be required to submit documentation of their status as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt institution or as a public school.

Public schools are tax-exempt and thus eligible for funding, although school-based grantees cannot be independent of the school, must take place at the school, and must be supervised by the applicable municipality.

Mockingbird does not normally consider grants to individuals or to fund research, fundraising organizations or events, programs that promote or engage in religious or political doctrine, or organizations outside the United States.

It is hoped that nonprofit organizations who apply for support are operated and organized without discrimination in hiring staff or providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

Geographic Focus: USA, with an interest in geographic diversity throughout the USA. (The Foundation cannot fund organizations outside the US, and has funded within 43 USA States so far.)

Pre-Application Information:

Full proposals are by invitation only, and will not be considered if unsolicited.

Those interested in submitting a proposal should first complete the online Initial Inquiry Form via the website.

- January 1 – Inquiries open via an online form that closes August 1st, at 11:59 PM PDT. After a brief administrative vetting, each inquiry is randomly assigned to two reviewers.
- August 3 – First-Stage Review starts, with volunteers each receiving a docket of between 20 and 200 submissions. Each reviewer select three inquiries from their docket by September 8 (six weeks).
- September 9 – Second-Stage Review starts, as a subset of reviewers collaboratively considers all selections made. A final slate of ~15 applicants is due to the executive director by October 13 (five weeks).
- October 14 – Invitations are sent to submit full proposals, through a second online form, due November 17 (five weeks).
- November 18 – Proposal Review starts, with final dockets integrating the full proposals with elements from the initial inquiries. Board members review all proposals through an eight-step process.
- Year-End – Final funding decisions are typically announced between Christmas and New Year’s.

More information regarding online inquiries may be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an inquiry online:

Ellis Godard, Executive Director

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming