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.

NAMM Foundation

Founded in 2006, The NAMM Foundation represents the generosity and philanthropy of the music products industry. A supporting organization of NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, the NAMM Foundation is funded through trade association activities and donations. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. NAMM Foundation’s educational programs and advocacy materials are a powerful resource!

Grants 101: Funding Opportunities for School Music Programs

This helpful resource guide by Wenger Corporation offers a step-by-step introduction to crafting a proposals to request financial assistance from a grant-making organization, such as a government agency, foundation, or corporate entity. A successful grant proposal demonstrates the value and impact of the project and persuades the grantor that your music classroom is a worthy investment.

Arts ARE Education

Arts ARE Education is a new national campaign in support of arts education for all students. All PreK-12 students have the right to a high-quality school-based arts education in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts taught by certified professional arts educators in partnership with community arts providers. As a well-rounded subject area under federal education law, the Every Students Succeeds Act, music and the arts support the social and emotional well-being of students, foster a welcoming and safe school environment, and encourage inclusivity through multiple pathways for every child’s creative voice.  

Click here for their EXCELLENT Advocacy Toolkit.

National Association for Music Education

Here is one thing every school music program needs to know: Title IV-A Block Grants are available to support your program! The application process is very simple– don’t hesitate to apply!

Title IV-A is also known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants.  As one of the new opportunities created by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), SSAE provides supplemental funding to school districts in three broad areas, including:

  1. Providing students access to a well-rounded education (e.g. music and arts),
  2. Supporting safe and healthy students (e.g. comprehensive school mental health, drug and violence prevention, training on trauma-informed practices, health and physical education) and
  3. Supporting the effective use of technology (professional development, blended learning,

Because of the grant’s significant potential to improve access to music education for students and to support student success, Title IV-A is among NAfME’s top priorities in the annual federal budget process. CLICK HERE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE TOOLKIT!

Other NAFME Reources: NAFME has a very helpful page “Five Ways to Support Your Music Program” resources for parents and other music advocates. Check it out! and here are some excellent additional resources:

Music Resource Guide for Students and a Note on Scout Badges:

A number of children have earned a scouting Music Badge by utilizing the resources in this Spirit of Harmony Music Education Advocacy Toolkit. Several have even organized a community instrument drive as their Eagle Scout Project!

Special shout-out to Noah, a Boy Scout from North Carolina, whose research led him to his excellent additional resource that he shared with us:
Music Resource Guide for Students

It is a pleasure for us to add this to our Toolkit. Thank you Noah!

Music Education Works!

This is an international website that posts the latest and greatest music education information from around the world. Excellent resource!

Music Unites

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:

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:

Music Will (formerly Little Kids Rock)

Music Will 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:

Carnegie Hall PlayUSA

Carnegie Hall’s PlayUSA supports partner organizations across the country that offer instrumental music education programs to low-income and underserved K–12 students. These organizations receive funding, as well as training and professional development from Carnegie Hall. Website and grant application.

Music Notes – A Guide to Music for Kids

Music is not only a way to have fun, but it also has been proven to have incredible developmental benefits for kids. Listening to music helps them learn sounds and the meaning of words. While dancing allows them to built motor skills, practice self-expression, and improve memory. However, teaching music to kids can prove to be challenging. This is the exact reason SeatUp created this resource. This guide introduces music theory, the different styles of music, what types of instruments that are available, directions for music games to make learning fun, and it provides several more excellent resources for those looking to continue learning about specific topics covered in this piece. Please click here.

Best Colleges

The team at wants to equip individuals who are set on pursuing a musical career with the tools to help them succeed and create a career that will be life-long and fulfilling. We curated a Music Career Series dedicated to music majors and professionals that talk about programs, curriculum, and career outlook. Take a look below:

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.

Gift of Music Foundation

The Gift of Music Foundation is dedicated to creating greater accessibility to music programs, instruments, teachers, and the overall benefits of music education. For more information, please visit their website.

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:

D’Addario Foundation

The D’Addario Foundation is a unique non-profit grant-making organization providing monetary and product support to high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline to improve access to music education. They support programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing as early and as frequently as possible. The D’Addario Foundation believes in the transformative power of music and that mentoring and building communities through music can positively affect social change. To apply:

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, and vital support services to school districts nationwide, giving economically-disadvantaged youth access to the many benefits of music education, leading them to success in school, and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music. To apply:

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:

Artsmart TV

Miss Patti’s Artsmart TV is a youtube channel filled with wonderful videos to stimulate interest in music and the arts among pre-schoolers. The Spirit of Harmony Foundation is developing a partnership with Miss Patti to help spread her message and give young children an early introduction to music education!

The Wide World of Music

This super-cool interactive website was shared with us by Denise Goodwin and her troop of Junior Girl Scouts from Lyndhurst, New Jersey, who have been using our Music Education Advocacy Toolkit for their “Musician” Badges. Thanks girls! Seriously, this site is big fun! Click here. 

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