In celebration of Phish’s 27-show Summer Tour, the Mockingbird Foundation will announce 13 unsolicited Tour Grants supporting music programs across the country. Each $1,500 grant will be awarded to a music program near a venue Phish plays this summer.
This $19,500 in grants is part of a long-standing Mockingbird effort to help bring music from the Phish community to the local community, and is one of many ways fans contribute to the areas in which the band performs. Mockingbird has now made $147,500 in tour grants, 10% of all disbursements made.
The 13 recipients include a range of settings, genres, and populations served. We’ve announced these thus far:
- Music For Lifelong Achievement of St. Louis, MO (near Chaifetz Arena, June 11th and 12th) – blog post
- Westwood Middle School Music Program of Manchester, TN (near Bonnarroo, June 14th and 16th) – blog post
- Instrumental Music Program of Cuyahoga Falls, OH (near Blossom Music Center, June 19th) – blog post
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation of Charlotte, NC (near PNC Music Pavilion, June 21st) – blog post
- Atholton Music Boosters of Columbia, MD (near Merriweather Park Pavilion, June 22nd and 23rd) – blog post
The Mockingbird Foundation is an all-volunteer, fan-founded and -managed 501c3 supporting music education for children. It is the leading provider of historical information about Phish and its music, having cultivated intellectual property through phish.net since 1994. A leading grantmaker in music education for children, the Foundation has now made 405 grants in all 50 states, totaling more than $1.4M. Funds for grants are generated through donations from a loyal base of fans, as well as through books, recordings, artwork, merchandise, and special events. The Foundation has been operated entirely by volunteer fans of the band, without any salaries or paid staff, since its inception in 1996.
Phish first formed in 1983 at Goddard College in Vermont, and developed a large and fervent fan base through tireless touring and unpredictable, kinetic live performances.