Our Grant Programs - Save The Music Foundation
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.

We are pleased to announce our partner districts for the 2020-2021 school year.

For the 2021-22 school year, Save The Music Foundation is focusing on the following community and state-wide partnerships to increase equity and access to music education in these areas.

  • New Jersey
  • Miami/Southern Florida
  • Northern California
  • Southern California
  • Louisiana
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • Tennessee
  • Detroit, MI
  • New York City
  • Mississippi Delta

Please contact us at [email protected] for more information

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
  • 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].

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.

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 child in your school district. Learn more about our grants for music education.

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]

Does Save The Music provide monetary donations?

No. Our grants are in the form of musical instruments, equipment, technology, and supplemental resources. The Foundation does not provide monetary gifts of any kind to individuals, schools or school districts.

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 not be able to provide your school with a grant, we recommend these resources:

Advocacy & Fundraising

Save The Music Advocacy Tools 

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.


Can Save The Music donate an instrument to my child?

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