Live for Live Music posted this story on December 29, 2015:
The Mockingbird Foundation is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization founded and run entirely by Phish fans. A leading grant-maker in music education for children, having now made 274 grants in 46 states, totaling $918,093.40 total, the organization also serves as the primary provider of historical information about Phish and its music, and has since its inception 1996.
The Foundation has recently announced thirteen new grants, totaling $75,000, to go toward music education for children. This year’s grants have exceeded almost one-third of the applicants’ requests, proving the ultimate generosity that comes from this particular community. $5,000 for instruments at Alabama Symphony Orchestra (Birmingham, AL)
$4,000 for instruments at Boys and Girls Club of Vista (Vista, CA)
$10,000 for instruments at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy (Chicago, IL) – doubled
$5,000 for instruments at Hilo Intermediate School (Hilo, HI)
$2,000 for instruments at Jesse S. Bobo Elementary School (Spartanburg, SC)
$5,000 for instruments at Legacy Music Alliance (Salt Lake City, UT)
$10,000 for staffing at Mainly Mozart, Inc. (San Diego, CA) – doubled
$10,000 for scholarships at Manna House Workshops, Inc. (New York, NY) – matched & doubled
$5,000 for instruments at Moreno Valley Unified School District (Moreno Valley, CA)
$5,000 for scholarships at Philadelphia Chapter of The American Harp Society (Philadelphia, PA) – increased, matched, & doubled
$5,000 for general funds at SoundStrings (Red Wing, MN)
$5,000 for instruments at Southern Utah University Preschool & Teacher Education Program (Cedar City, UT)
$4,000 for instruments at The Alberta School of Performing Arts (Tuscaloosa, AL)
The lucky thirteen grantees were selected among a list of over 877 applicants, with requests totaling more than $2.5 million, via a highly competitive, two-tiered online application process. The Mockingbird Foundation is only as strong as its supporting community, so if you are one who wants to help reach even higher goals, head over to their website and be part of the movement today.
Thanks to @Drew_Savage for the find!