What We Fund

Play. Learn. Become.

There are thousands of worthy music education programs that deserve support. So, how do we choose which organizations to fund?

SpreadMusicNow judges each prospective music program by how much impact their mission will have on youth development. We ask, "in addition to teaching kids music, what effects will your program have on a child's development over the course of their lives as young adults?"

We focus our funding on those organizations and programs whose organizational model contributes not simply to a child's music skill, but to their ongoing development.

Our goal is that, through music education, we can contribute to a child's overall well-being, helping them gain skills and abilities that will allow them to succeed in school, at work and in life.

What are some examples of this development?

To further understand how we approach funding, take a look at some of the programs we currently support:

Little Kids Rock focuses on engaged learning, by revision and approximation

Music Haven guides students through the course of education - from grammar school to high school - and then assists their students in facilitating employment.

INTEMPO (formerly INTAKE) engages directly with the families of students to offer multi-year development and tutoring.

Learn more about these programs and the SpreadMusicNow mission by watching our video:

Our investments focus on three strategic priorities:

  • Expanding access to high-quality music education – in and out of school
  • Building awareness and support for music and arts education
  • Strengthening the capacity of the nonprofit and public music education sectors

On a national basis, SpreadMusicNow welcomes stories from nonprofit music, arts education and youth development organizations, public school systems, higher education institutions, and cultural institutions and venues.

Eligible organizations must demonstrate a commitment to our three strategic priorities listed above and to building strong connections between in-school and out-of-school learning experiences as well as continuous pathways to college, career, and life success.

The SpreadMusicNow Fund does not accept unsolicited applications.

Rather, we cultivate relationships in targeted cities nationally and invite proposals for funding.

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The Importance of Music

"Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it's essential to being human."

- Jewel