In celebration of Phish’s 13-show Fall Tour, the Mockingbird Foundation will announce 5 unsolicited Tour Grants supporting music programs across the country. Each $2,500 grant will be awarded to a music program near a venue Phish plays this summer.
This $12,500 in grants is part of a long-standing Mockingbird effort to help bring music from the Phish community to the local community, and are one of many ways fans contribute to the areas in which the band performs. Mockingbird has now made $137,500 in tour grants, 10% of all disbursements made.
The five recipients include a range of settings, genres, and populations served. We’ve announced these thus far:
- The Free School, near Times Union Center (Albany, NY, October 16th & 17th))
- Lindsay MS Band & Chorus, near Hampton Colesium (Hampton, VA, October 19th, 20th, & 21st)
- Music Makes Us, near Ascend Amphitheater (Nashville, TN, October 23rd & 24th)
- Rosemont SD78, near Allstate Arena (Rosemont, IL, October 26th, 27th, & 28th)
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 385 grants in all 50 states, totaling more than $1.3M. 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.