The Mockingbird Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit founded and run entirely by Phish fans, has announced twenty (20) new grants totaling $141,263 in support of music education for children. This is Mockingbird’s 24th round of competitive grants, and the largest disbursement in the Foundation’s history and brings total disbursements by the Foundation to more than $1.6M.

The grants were enhanced by funds from Phish’s own WaterWheel Foundation, which allowed the board to double two of the grant requests; by the Kristy Anastasio Manning Memorial Fund (KAMM), which provided 50% of one of the grants; and through the direct contributions of hundreds of Phish fans. Mockingbird also increased five grants beyond the requested amounts, having been particularly impressed by those applicants.

These newest grants support the following programs at schools, centers, and non-profit organizations in twelve states:

These twenty grantees were selected from among 1,156 initial applicants who requested a total of more than $40 million, far beyond the Foundation’s resources. Due to such high demand, Mockingbird’s two-tiered online application process remains one of the most competitive in the nation. Each year, we are able to fund a slightly higher percentage of inquiries, making grants slightly less competitive, thanks to the tremendous generosity of fans. We hope that you will consider making a tax-deductible donation through the Foundation’s website at so that we can continue to increase the percentage of applicants whom we are ultimately able to fund.

The Mockingbird Foundation has been operated entirely by volunteer fans, with no salaries or paid staff, since its inception. Mockingbird is now a leading provider of historical information about the band Phish and its music, having cultivated intellectual property through since 1994. Also a leading grantmaker in music education for children, the Foundation has now made 446 grants, in all 50 states, totaling $1,623,786.40. Proceeds are generated by celebrating the music of Phish through books, recordings, art, donations, and special events, including poster exhibitions, poker tournaments, and golf tournaments.

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