In celebration of Phish’s 23-show summer tour, the all-volunteer and fan-run Mockingbird Foundation has announced that it is sending an unsolicited $1,000 Tour Grant to a music education program near each of the 23 shows Phish will perform this summer. These grants are part of a long-standing effort to help support music education in the local communities that Phish touches.

The recipients announced thus far include:

This is the 24th round of unsolicited Tour Grants, an effort that now totals over $246,000, which is 11% of all disbursements made by the foundation. It will ultimately include 23 tour grants for Phish’s summer tour. Mockingbird also recently announced 18 grants for it’s 28th round of competitive grants, plus 25 more from inquiries in that round that requested $2K or less, for a total of 66 grants this summer alone!

The Mockingbird Foundation is an all-volunteer, fan-founded and -managed 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting music education for children. A leading grantmaker in music education for children, the Foundation has now made 639 grants in all 50 states, totaling more than $2.3M. Funds for grants are generated through donations from a loyal base of fans, as well as through books, recordings, artwork, merchandise, and special events. Mockingbird is the leading provider of historical information about Phish and its music, having cultivated intellectual property through (and three associated books, so far) since 1994. The Foundation has been operated entirely by volunteer fans of the band, without any salaries or paid staff, since its inception in 1996.