In celebration of Phish’s 34 shows this summer and fall, the Mockingbird Foundation has announced that it is sending an unsolicited $1,000 Tour Grant to a music program near each venue at which Phish performs. The grants are part of a long-standing effort to help bring music from the Phish community to the local communities Phish touches. These are the 20th round of unsolicited Tour Grants awarded, an effort that now totals $183,000, which is 9.0% of all disbursements made by the Foundation.
The $25,000 total in this round celebrates Mockingbird’s 25th year, which began with a three-day livestream concert. Continuing the celebration, these Tour Grants will be announced in six batches over the course of three months. The recipients announced thus far are:
- Rogers High School Band Boosters of Rogers, AR (near Walmart Arkansas Music Pavillion, July 28th) – blog post
- Carver High School Band Program of Birmingham, AL (near Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, July 30th) – blog post
- Midtown High School Bands of Atlanta, GA (near Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, July 31st and August 1st) – blog post
- Springfield Middle School of Springfield, TN (near Ascend Amphitheater, August 3rd and 4th) – blog post
- Noblesville East Middle School of Noblesville, IN (near Ruoff Music Center, August 6th, 7th, and 8th) – blog post
- Hershey Elementary School of Hershey, PA (near HersheyPark Stadium, August 10th and 11th) – blog post
- Ventnor Middle School of Ventnor, NJ (near Atlantic City Beach , August 13th, 14th, 15th) – blog post
- Chelan High School of Chelan, WA (near Gorge Amphitheatre, August 27th, 28th, 29th) – blog post
- Carson High School (via Carson City Band Association) of Carson City, NV (near Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, planned but cancelled for August 31st and September 1st) – blog post
- Carson Middle School Bands of Carson City, NV (near Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, planned but cancelled for August 31st and September 1st) – blog post
- Leigh High School (via Leigh Parents of the Performing Arts) of San Jose, CA (near Shoreline Amphitheatre, August 31st and September 1st) – blog post
- Adams City High School Band of Commerce City, CO (near Dick’s Sporting Goods Arena, September 3rd, 4th, 5th) – 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 493 grants in all 50 states, totaling more than $1.8M. Funds for grants are generated through donations from a loyal base of fans, as well as through books, recordings, artwork, merchandise, and special events, including the recent Mockingbird Sessions, celebrating our 25th anniversary. The Foundation has been operated entirely by volunteer fans of the band, without any salaries or paid staff, since its inception in 1996.