In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, @MbirdFoundation will use Emergency Grant funds to rapidly help protect music education in these unprecedented times beginning with $25,000. Between now and July 31st, the Foundation will match the first $25,000 in donations made by our community to give at least $75,000 total to #ProtectMusicEd!

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Due to the slowed economy, programs across the country may be cut significantly because of budget constraints, while they are also losing the fundraising revenue generated by live performances.  Some programs will struggle to survive on their own; meanwhile, all are adjusting to new circumstances that few were completely prepared to face.

We asked several of our past grant recipients to share details about their current and expected future financial needs as they adapt in response to the pandemic. Here are a few of their responses:

“A grant from The Mockingbird Foundation would help put instruments in children’s hands to facilitate virtual learning from home.”

“It would allow me to buy an online, interactive music curriculum for my students to use.”

“To help cover the cost of our program instructors because we have seen a huge loss in future funding and current donors.”

“Funding will help us to provide financial aid to students whose families can no longer afford our program fees.”

“Truthfully, my department is so underfunded and lacking in resources that any amount of money would be greatly beneficial for my students.”

Original art by Josean Riviera.

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