[Saratoga Springs, NY] – The Mockingbird Foundation today announced that its fundraising has surpassed the half-million-dollar mark. Coinciding with that milestone, the Foundation announced nine new grants, totaling $38,420, to support diverse programs in music education across the U.S. The recipients of these grants are:

These grants are in addition to the Foundation’s regular schedule, of two grant cycles per year. These recipients were not funded in earlier cycles due to limited resources. They are funded now due to a generous donation from Phish, who contribute their net proceeds from to the Mockingbird Foundation. Due to the size of the most recent proceeds donation, the Foundation board elected to fund these programs immediately, rather than wait for the next round of grants, which will be announced in early 2005.

The Mockingbird Foundation is the leading provider of historical information about the band Phish and its music. The Foundation has been operated entirely by volunteer fans of the band, without any salaries or paid staff, since its inception in 1996. It fundraises for music education for children by celebrating the music of Phish through comprehensive books, innovative recordings, creative donation premiums, and special events for the Phish fan community. The second edition of The Phish Companion – the Foundation’s 900-page authoritative encyclopedia – is available from major book outlets as well as through Phish was a rock band that started in 1983 and performed its final show in August 2004. continues to be one of the most successful single-band music download services online.