The Mockingbird Foundation has announced nineteen (19) new grants totaling $144,158, the largest competitive disbursement in the Foundation’s history. Mockingbird, a nonprofit founded and run by volunteer Phish fans, has now disbursed 625 grants totaling more than $2.3M to support music education.

Mockingbird’s 28th set of competitive grants support the following programs at schools, community centers, and non-profit organizations in 15 states (AZ, CA, CO, GA, HI, IL, MD, ME, MI, MO, NC, NV, TX, VA, WA):

These nineteen grantees were selected from among 1217 initial applicants who requested a total of nearly $10 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 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has been operated entirely by volunteer fans, with no office, salaries, or paid staff, since its inception in 1996. 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 625 grants, in all 50 states, totaling $2,325,395.40. Proceeds are generated by celebrating the music of Phish through books, recordings, art, donations, and special events, including the upcoming Eighth Annual Runaway Open golf tournament in Denver.

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