A great many existing organizations are dedicated to helping provide help and opportunities for music education programs. The following is list of some of these organizations, their core objectives, and how connecting with them may help individuals looking to start up or enhance music education programming in their school or community.
- Support Music Coalition
- NAMM Foundation Grassroots Advocacy Guide
- NAMM Foundation “Why Learn to Play Music” Advocacy
National Association for Music Education
NAFME has a very helpful page “Five Ways to Support Your Music Program” resources for parents and other music advocates. Check it out! http://www.nafme.org/take-action/5-ways-to-support-your-music-program/
This NYC-based organization connects students in underserved communities with budding musicians, offering music appreciation programming and collective performances between students and musicians. For more information, please visit: www.musicunites.org.
VH-1’s Save the Music
Donating millions of dollars worth of musical instruments each year, VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation is one of the most well-known philanthropic funds for music education. For more information, please visit: www.vh1savethemusic.org.
Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock partners with public school districts in some of the nation’s most economically disadvantaged communities with the goal of ensuring that all students (K-12) have access to music education and its many benefits: http://www.littlekidsrock.org/
Children’s Music Workshop
Children’s Music Workshop is an Emmy® award winning music education company which specializes in a variety of products and services including custom designed band and orchestra method books, school-site music instruction, music education advocacy and more. http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/
Gift of Music Program, Charity Music Inc.
Charity Music Inc. loans musical instruments to homeless students in an effort to make music education accessible to all students. For more information, please visit: http://givethegiftofmusic.info/give-the-gift-to-those-in-need/.
The Music Education Resource Network (MERN), The Foundation for Music Education
MERN is a mentoring initiative started by the Foundation for Music Education, which helps music educators to improve their skills in the classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.foundationformusiceducation.org/music-educator-resource-network-mern.
Fender Music Foundation
One of the world’s most respective guitar manufacturers, Fender, also hosts a foundation dedicated to providing musical instruments for music education programs in communities as well as in schools. For more information, please visit: http://www.fendermusicfoundation.org/
Some Helpful Links and Articles About Starting a Band Program
- Starting A School Band Program With Next To No Budget
- Building Your Instrumental Music Program
- Schmitt Music’s “Strike Up The Band” program
- How to Write a Grant Proposal
- Planning and Operating After School Programs