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

VH1 Save The Music provides grants at the elementary, middle and high school levels to support PreK-12 sequential music education for every child in your school district.

We divide our programs into 3 areas:

Check out what is included for each grant here.

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

The process begins by reaching out to us on our contact us page. Once we receive your email, someone from our Program Team will be in touch.

*For any school district to be considered for grants, their proposal and needs-assessment process is completed a full school-year before any grants would be in place. We work at the district level, with a top down commitment from district leadership to ensure equity across the entire school district. Out grant application is by invitation only and we do not grant to individual schools without a full district commitment.

*We recognize need a few different ways (Title I status, free and reduced lunch percentages, demographics, limited instrument inventory and resources).

Does VH1 Save The Music provide monetary donations?
No. Our grants are in the form of musical instruments and supplies. The Foundation does not provide monetary gifts of any kind to individuals, schools or school districts.
In what cities has VH1 Save The Music granted?


Since 1997, we have granted to more than 2,000 schools in over 300 cities/257 school districts across 42 states.  See our impact map here.

How can my school qualify for a grant? What are the requirements to receive a grant?

We have different types of grants depending on the needs of the school. Our flagship Core Grant is the most common grant we offer, see requirements below. Or check out all grants types here.


  • Be a traditional public elementary or middle school
  • Not currently have an instrumental music program
  • Hire at least one certified music teacher and have instrumental music as part of the regular school day
  • Schedule a minimum of 45 minutes of instruction per week
  • Have adequate, secure storage space for the instruments and a room dedicated for instrumental music instruction
  • Complete annual progress reports about the instrumental music program and allow representatives from the Foundation to visit
  • Accept full responsibility for the maintenance for the donated instruments


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

Check out a full list here >> 

We recommend the following resources:

Program Support:

  • These two foundations can assist you with purchasing new instruments and/or refurbishing of old instruments.
  • Fender Guitar Foundation: fendermusicfoundation.org
    • They accept grants from established, ongoing and sustainable music programs in the U.S., which provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music.

Crowdfunding Sites:

  • Donors Choose: donorschoose.org
    • It is a website where you can ask for specific materials and donors can choose what they would like to provide.
  • Adopt-A-Classroom: adoptaclassroom.org
    • It is a website that invites the community into the classroom in support of teachers and their students.
Can VH1 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.