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2018 State of the Arts (SOTA) Music Grant

Grants to Tennessee School Districts and Charter School
Organizations to Expand and Develop Music Education

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Tennessee Department of Education

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09/28/18 4:00 PM CT


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Grants starting at $50,000 to Tennessee public school districts and charter management organizations to develop and improve music education in schools. Funding is intended to support strategies and initiatives that will increase accessibility to high-quality music education. A portion of funding may be used for operating expenses.

Key Priorities:

1. Engage more students in music education by providing access to high-quality, curriculum-driven, and sequential standards-based music instruction.
2. Create equity and alignment by establishing new music programs in schools previously underserved and strengthening existing programs.
3. Foster excellence, creativity, and growth through a variety of traditional and innovative music programs.
4. Support highly effective music educators through professional development.
5. Reflect the culturally and ethnically diverse communities through outreach and community engagement.

The following are criteria for a district to be considered for the State of the Arts Music Grant:

1. The grant proposal should aim to serve all students – or a subset of students – within the district. Districts should prioritize programs that meet the needs of students with no or limited access to music education.
2. The proposal should demonstrate curricula and delivery systems that are aligned to the needs of students in the district.
3. The grant proposal should contain a thorough needs assessment that indicates both the strengths and deficiencies of the district’s music education program.
4. The district should commit to developing a strategic plan for music education that includes measures and efforts for program sustainability beyond the grant period.
5. The proposal should include a community engagement plan that details strategies to foster stakeholder participation and support for the music programs within the district. The proposal should include a letter of support from any community partners or local businesses signing on to support the work.
6. Program coordinators must establish formative and summative evaluation measures to assess the impact of the grant.
7. Program coordinators must commit to participating in a community of practice to continually refine the program plan and disseminate best practices and strategies for model music education programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184277

Number of Grants:

Eight school districts will be awarded grants, one district from each of the state’s eight CORE regions.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards may range from $50,000 to $200,000 depending on the size and scope of the grant proposal.

Term of Contract:

Grants are given for a three-year term. On March 15, 2019, Initial funding issued to districts, and districts begin implementation. The grant period ends in June, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grant is available to all public school districts and Charter Management Organizations in Tennessee through a competitive application process.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In August and September, the TDOE will host a series of application information sessions as part of an Application Roadshow. Teachers, school administrators, and district administrators are invited to attend. Sessions are planned in all CORE regions. You may attend any session; however, RSVP is required.

If you are unable to make one of the sessions, please watch the application webinar. The webinar and roadshow sessions will cover much of the same information; however, the roadshow session will explore topics further and provide an opportunity for Q & A.

All roadshow sessions are from 5-6 p.m. local time.

Aug. 20, 2018: Northwest – UT Martin, Fine Arts Building (Martin, TN)

Aug. 21, 2018: Southwest #1 – Liberty Technology Magnet High School (Jackson, TN)

Aug. 22, 2018: Southwest #2 – Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center (Bartlett, TN)

Aug. 27, 2018: Upper Cumberland - Cookeville Higher Education Campus (Cookeville, TN)

Aug. 29, 2018: Mid Cumberland – Ravenwood High School (Brentwood, TN)

Aug. 30, 2018: South Central - Columbia Central High School (Columbia, TN)

Sept. 4, 2018: First TN – East Tennessee State University Mathes Hall (Johnson City, TN)

Sept. 5, 2018: East TN - UT Knoxville, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center (Knoxville, TN)

Sept. 6, 2018: Southeast TN – UT Chattanooga, Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (Chattanooga, TN)

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Application Roadshow site:

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for the 2018 State of the Arts Music Grant:

- Aug. 1, 2018: 2018 Music Grant application opens
- Sept. 28, 2018, 4:00 PM CT: Grant application submission deadline
- Oct.-Nov., 2018: Applications and proposals are reviewed, finalist site visits and interviews
- Dec. 2018: Announcement of awarded grants
- Jan.-Mar. 2019: Planning for implementation with each district awarded funding
- Mar. 15, 2019: Initial funding issued to districts, districts begin implementation
- June 2022: End of three-year grant period

Application overview:

Application resources:

View the SOTA 208 Music Grant Application Webinar:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

For technical support regarding the State of the Arts 2018 Music Grant and Application, please email

Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Tennessee