VH1 Save The Music Foundation provides grants to public elementary and middle schools that do not currently have an instrumental music program in place. We work at the school district level to identify schools in need.
(June - October)
After initial contact, we will reach out to school district personnel (i.e. superintendent, music supervisor) to determine the amount of need in your area. The majority of our grantee schools are Title I, with a high percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch.
(October - December)
A VH1 Save The Music representative will set up a meeting with school district leaders to further explain how we work and our partnership expectations.
(December - February)
With a firm commitment from the district, they will create a partnership proposal outlining their vision for building music programs district-wide.
(Until every child has access)
Once approved, we will work alongside the district until instrumental music education is in place in every elementary and middle school.
Application Opens on April 1st
Only qualified schools are able to apply to our invitation-only application (see above steps).
District personnel (i.e Superintendent, Music Supervisor) identifies a qualified school
Qualified school is invited to apply for a grant
School personnel (i.e. principal, music teacher) completes online application
Foundation reviews and approves all the applications for a district
Grant Agreement letter is mailed for the district personnel (i.e. superintendent, music supervisor) signature. What is a Grant Agreement? It is a legal document that confirms the district’s commitment to abide by all Foundation grant requirements.
The Foundation purchases the instruments from a local music retailer in each community (typically takes 6-8 weeks for instruments to be delivered to the school)
Our grant timeline with new partner school districts begins approximately one year before schools receive musical instruments.
We provide high-quality, new musical instruments, equipment, method books, professional development and program supports to public elementary and middle schools. By offering a set number of instruments in our grant packages, we are able to jump-start beginning music programs across the country. Schools can choose from the following instrument packages, depending on their needs: