How does Save The Music decide which schools or districts receive grants?

Save The Music partners with public school districts in communities across the United States that show an immediate need for support and resources to jumpstart or enhance their music education programs. These school districts often serve Title I schools, a high percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch, and own limited instrument inventory and materials prior to our partnership. Our partner districts are committed to investing in and building in-school music education programs for the benefit of student achievement and access to a well-rounded education. After establishing a partner school district, Save The Music grant applications are given to specific school sites by invitation only. View Save The Music’s current partner districts.

Save The Music is currently focused on the following community and state-wide partnerships to increase equity and access to music education in these areas (in no particular order):

  • Northern California
  • Southern California
  • Louisiana
  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi
  • Ohio
  • Metropolitan Detroit, MI
  • West Virginia
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Miami/Southern Florida
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • New York City, NY
  • New Jersey

Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.

What types of grants are provided and what is included in each grant?

Save The Music provides grants at the elementary, middle and high school levels to support PreK-12 sequential music education for every students in your school district. Learn more about our grants for music education.

Save The Music grants are delivered in the form of musical instruments, equipment, resources, etc. in the following packages:

Intro to Music Grant
Grades PreK-5
Get started with music! The Intro To Music Grant includes everything a music teacher needs to provide all PreK-5 students with sequential standards based general music instruction focused in active music making and engagement for all students. The grant package includes $22,000 worth of developmentally-appropriate and culturally-relevant instruments and resources, including a digital piano, acoustic guitar, Orff Instruments, world drums, recorders, hand-held percussion, Boomwhackers, a classroom set of ukuleles, method books, and program support for 10 years.

Core Grant – Band, Strings, or Mariachi
Grades 3-8
Build your core music programs! The Core Grant program – Band, Strings, or Mariachi – restores instrumental music in public schools across the country by providing grants of new musical instruments, music stands, method books, program services valued at $61,000, and support for 10 years.

Music Tech Grant
Grades 9-12
Explore music technology! 
This grant focuses on delivering the future of music learning through innovative tech tools and curriculum. This revolutionary program reflects how music is being made today by bringing integrated 21st century training techniques to local communities and school districts. Our goal is to bring out students’ inner creativity, talent, and confidence by teaching them the fundamentals of electronic music creation, recording, and production.

Keys + Kids Grant
Grades PreK-12
Our Keys + Kids grant (pronounced keys plus kids) can support any music program at any level. The grant package includes a hybrid piano and student keyboard workstations. Keys + Kids grants have supported music education programs such as choir, elementary general music, musical theater, and more!

If you have questions, please contact: [email protected]

In order to receive a grant from STM, schools must meet the following grant requirements:
  • Be a traditional public school
  • Have insufficient or nonexistent instruments and music education resources or reasons to expand current music program
  • Maintain and/or hire at least one full-time (or full-time equivalent) certified music teacher
  • Schedule music classes as part of the regular school day, a minimum of 45 minutes of instruction per week per student
  • Provide classroom space dedicated for music instruction
  • Provide adequate, secure storage space for instruments and equipment
  • Complete annual progress reports about the benefitting music program
  • Allow representatives from Save The Music to visit school (as safety protocols allow)
  • Accept full responsibility for the maintenance of the donated instruments and equipment

Learn more about our grants for music education and if you have questions, please contact us at [email protected].

How can I apply for a music education grant?

Save The Music grant applications are distributed by invitation only.

We develop a partnership with leaders at the school district level who commit to increasing access to music education programs for students at their schools over several years. After establishing this partnership, we strategically plan which of the district’s schools are in the most need for music education support and are ready to accept a Save The Music grant. Those school sites then receive a grant application to move forward.

Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

My organization or school doesn’t qualify for Save The Music grants, but we still need instruments, can you help?

We advocate for all students to receive quality music education as part of their school day. Though we may not be able to provide your school with a grant, we recommend these resources:

Advocacy & Fundraising

Save The Music Advocacy Tools 

Does Save The Music provide monetary donations?

No. Our grant packages are in the form of musical instruments, equipment, technology, and supplemental resources. Save The Music does not provide monetary donations of any kind to individuals, companies, schools or school districts.

In what cities has Save The Music granted?

Since 1997, Save The Music has donated over $60 million worth of new musical instruments, equipment, and technology to 2,201 schools in 277 school districts across 42 states–impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of students. See our impact map and learn more about our grants for music education.

Can Save The Music donate an instrument to my child?

Unfortunately, we do not donate instruments to individual students. We only grant instruments to schools with the goal of ensuring every child has access to music education. Check out our advocacy tools list for some potentially helpful resources.

Can Save The Music sponsor my arts based organization?

We do not sponsor other organizations, events or initiatives as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Check out our advocacy tools list for some potentially helpful resources.