Music is all around us. It’s in the shows we watch, at the sporting events we go to, and on the car radio as we drive from place to place. We listen to it during religious services, hold on to its beat when exercising, and even use it as a form of communication when we can’t quite find the right words. And without it, life would not be what it is now. The color in the world we see now would be a little bit darker and life would be overall duller.
The Benefits of Music
Not only can music improve someone’s mood for the better, but it also has many health benefits. According to the American Psychological Association, music has proven successful when it comes to reducing stress. It can also be an excellent way to reduce anxiety for patients before surgeries. Additionally, the organization notes that music therapy can be an important part of treating pain and illness.
For children, it is especially crucial to introduce them to music at a young age. In addition to physical and mental health benefits, music can be a useful tool when it comes to education. The New England Board of Education summarizes music’s impact on a child’s education as having six main benefits. These include enhanced language capabilities, improved memory, strengthened hand-eye coordination, good study habits, teamwork skills, and a heightened sense of Mental processing & problem-solving.
GrantWatch has a category specifically for arts and culture grants that includes many music grants. It also has a category for education grants and one for grants for children. And in honor of music and what it brings to the world, GrantWatch is sharing eight of the top music grants available. These grants provide anything from funding for creating musical programs for children to support for professional musicians.
8 Grants to Fund Musical Programs
- Firstly, there are grants to U.S. nonprofit organizations and K-12 schools to equip music programs with musical instruments. The applicant organization must show evidence of need and a commitment to raising matching funds.
- Grants of up to $10,000 to U.S. nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that provide music education to youth. Particular interest will go to programs serving disenfranchised groups.
- Opportunities for U.S., Canada, and International singers and actors between the ages of 19 and 32 to participate in a musical theater and opera vocal contest.
- As well as opportunities for U.S. musical ensembles to participate in a 20-day international tour. Bands will receive monetary compensation, travel and production expenses, and a tour manager.
- In addition, there are grants of $1,000 to U.S. middle schools for music education programs having a community service component. Students at recipient schools will provide at least three performances to seniors in the community, interacting with them during or following each performance.
- Funding of up to $15,000 to U.S. and territories musicians to support performances and tours. This grant program is open to both new and established musicians, solo artists, and musicians who play in an ensemble. Priority will go to proposals that reach underserved communities and rural areas lacking opportunities to present live jazz.
- There are also grants of up to $500 to U.S., Canada, and International schools and other groups for in-school, educational programs that present music to students. Although the Funding Source appreciates all forms of music, priority is given to proposals that focus on bluegrass music.
- Lastly, there are grants of up to $5,000 to U.S. nonprofit music organizations to develop promotional materials such as brochures, websites, and marketing videos.