Our Programs - VH1 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 Fall 2020 – see here.

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


To learn more about our specific grant packages and grant requirements, please visit our Grants Page.

If you have questions, please contact: [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 here.

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.

We divide our programs into 3 areas:

Check out what is included for each grant here.

Does 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.

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 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.