What We Fund
Music Empowers Foundation provides funding to nonprofits that provide music instruction to children in communities where it does not exist or is underdeveloped. The Foundation acts as a clearinghouse to identify and partner with organizations that have the best potential to make a sustainable and measurable impact. Because of this, we can support a diversity of quality initiatives, giving a greater number of children the opportunity to learn, play, create and perform music.
The types of organizations/programs that will be considered for support by Music Empowers Foundation will include:
- Public charities and foundations that provide free instruments and/or music instruction programs directly to public schools without music programs. This includes organizations such as: Little Kids Rock and Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation.
- Academies, universities and colleges that conduct music education outreach programs that serve needy communities whether adjacent to the institution or more geographically diverse. Berklee College of Music's City Music Program is a good example.
- Nonprofit organizations that redistribute monies to individual public schools/teachers requesting support for specific music education projects. An example of such an organization is DonorsChoose.org.
- A consortium of multiple nonprofits working together and pooling resources to address a broad scale lack of music education programs in a particular geographic area, such as New Orleans or the Bronx. Here, a good example is the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium.
Please note that the Music Empowers Foundation does not provide scholarships or funding to individuals.