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How can my school apply for a Save The Music grant?

Save The Music Foundation (STM) 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 in-school music education programs. These school districts often serve Title I schools, a high percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, own limited instrument inventory and music education materials prior to an STM partnership, and have the readiness to receive an STM grant.

Save The Music partner school districts and communities 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. Learn more about our grants for music education.

After a series of steps to establish a strategic, collaborative, and long-term grant partnership, STM grant applications are distributed to specific school sites by invitation only. There is no public Save The Music Grant application online. Please direct all questions regarding grant partnerships to the STM Program Team at [email protected].

Save The Music is currently focused on the following community and state-wide partnerships to increase equity and access to music education for all students. If you know or work for a school in need in one of these communities, please feel free to contact the STM Program Team at [email protected].


  • Atlanta (GA)
  • Baltimore (MD)
  • Metropolitan Detroit (MI)
  • Miami (Southern FL)
  • Philadelphia (PA)
  • New York City (NY)
  • Northern California
  • Southern California
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia
What types of grants are offered by Save The Music?

Save The Music delivers specific packages of grants (see below) in the form of musical instruments, equipment, technology, and materials at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to support PreK-12 sequential, standards-based music education for every student.

Intro To Music Grant: Get Started With Music
Bring elementary music to your school for all students, establishing foundational music skills.
Grades: PreK-Grade 5

Core Grant: Build Your Core Programs
Build your instrumental music programs with a Band, Strings, or Mariachi grant.
Grades: 3-8

J Dilla Music Tech Grant: Explore Music Technology
Empower students’ inner creativity, talent, and confidence by teaching the fundamentals of electronic music creation, recording, and production.
Grades: 9-12

What are Save The Music's grant requirements?
  • Be a traditional public school
  • Have insufficient or nonexistent instruments and music education resources or reasons to expand the 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, with a minimum of 45 minutes of instruction per week per student
  • Provide classroom space dedicated to music instruction
  • Provide adequate, secure storage space for instruments, materials, and equipment
  • Complete annual progress reports about the benefitting music program
  • Accept full responsibility for the maintenance of the donated instruments and equipment
  • Allow representatives from Save The Music to visit the benefitting school as requested

Please direct all questions about STM grant requirements to [email protected].

If your school does not meet these requirements, check out Save The Music’s list of fundraising and advocacy resources which include organizations that may be able to support your music program.

Where has Save The Music donated grants?

Since 1997, Save The Music has donated grants for music education to over 2,000 schools to nearly 300 school districts across 42 states. See our impact map here.

Does Save The Music offer monetary donations?

No, Save The Music grants are awarded in the form of specific packages consisting of musical instruments, equipment, technology, and materials. STM does not award monetary grants or donations to individuals, schools, or school districts.

Can Save The Music sponsor my arts based organization?

Save The music does not sponsor other organizations, events, or initiatives as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Check out Save The Music’s list of fundraising and advocacy resources which includes organizations that may be able to support your program.


Can Save The Music donate an instrument to my child?

No, Save The Music does not make grants to individuals.