Grants for Bands

It is sad to think that the school’s program for music are on the decline (according to Music for All and the Children’s Music Workshop), which is actually true due to the lack of the things that are needed for musical studies. It is sad to know that music is not on the priority list of most schools. Good thing, there are private organizations and foundations that are aiming to give support to the music programs of the schools as well as for the youth. There are grants for bands of the school, music programs and more.

First Octave Fund by Portland Schools Foundation

If you are an administrator for band in high school and based in Portland, you can try to apply for the grants provided by the First Octave Fund. This funding is offered by the Portland Schools Foundation. This First Octave is created to enhance the music education for youth. The grants can be used for the improvement of the choral music, creation of partnerships for community music, purchase of recording equipments and also enhancing the multicultural music. The cash assistance varies from $500 to $5,000. Application forms are available online in the grants programs section of the PSF website at For more details, call FOF 503-234-5404 or mail them at:

First Octave Fund
Portland Schools Foundation
905 NW 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209

Fender Music Foundation Grants

The leading guitar manufacturer named Fender is awarding grants to deserving schools of all levels and organizations. Fender is the manufacturer or the guitars used by icons such as Eric Clapton as well as Elvis Costello. The project they launched us called “Guitars in the Classroom”. As of now, this project has awarded grants to more than 210,000 students. This project is run on annual basis and they award a hundred thousand students in the 20 states in US.

For high school students, they can apply for the cash assistance fund for purchasing instruments, development of new and innovative programs, as well as for purchasing instruction materials. Interested applicants must first complete the grant candidate form so that the Fender Music Foundation can evaluate the school and the applicant. After the evaluation, schools that will be approved will be sent an email containing the link for the online application. The cash assistance ranges from $500 up to $5,000. For more details, contact the Fender Music Foundation at 818-706-8742 or check their website at

Fender Music Foundation,
28118 Agoura Road, Suite 105,
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

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